On its own for freezing belays or under a waterproof shell during ski sessions.
When winter's weather freezes the hair off your chest, cancel your waxing appointment and wear the MontBell Men's Alpine Light Down Parka as a mid-layer for your ski sessions. With 800-fill down insulation warming your bones, you stay nice and toasty at the resort all day long. Its Ballistic shell and lining are wind-resistant, and it's durable enough to take out on hiking excursions in late fall and early spring. If the day starts to warm up, you can compress this jacket into its stuff sack, store it in your backpack, and whip it out again when the sun starts to set.
The Alpine features an insulated hood that cinches tightly across your head to seal out those blustery winds breezing down your body. Elastic cuffs softly seal out the cold and retain all that wonderful warmth along with the drawcord at the hem. And MontBell lined the hand-warmer pockets with fleece for a cozy feeling that warms up your numb digits on those mountains.
- 20D Ballistic ripstop nylon shell with DWR coating
- 20D Ballistic taffeta nylon lining
- 800-fill down insulation
- Insulated, adjustable hood
- Stuff sack included
- Elastic cuffs
- Drawcord at hem
- Two fleece-lined hand-warmer pockets, two internal drop-in pockets
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- Fit: Runs small
The jacket was too short - I'm 5'10" 155ibs, I ordered an medium, and it seemed to barely cover my waist. Also, I thought that it could'v been warmer. I'm considering ordering a large in the permafrost parka instead.
Great fit and warmth for multi pitch
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I researched and tried-out 4 other jackets before choosing this one. Other options included MH Nitrous, Rab Microlight, and Patagonia. Overall, this jacket was the best for everyday use and for keeping toasty at the belay station on multi pitch climbs
-WARM! I wear it around Boston in 25 F weather with just a t-shirt. I unzip it at the craig when I'm fully layered, because it heats up fast! It is noticeably warmer than the other lightweight jackets I tried.
-Much less expensive
-Tons of internal pocket space
-Good fit for an athletic frame
-Doesn't layer as well as the other jackets. The MontBell has greater loft than the others, making it just a bit difficult to stuff under a shell.
-Loses feathers more easily. Every day that I wear it, I notice a half-dozen feathers breaking free. Not sure what this means for the jacket's lifetime, but I might need to retire it a bit earlier than others.
I'm 6'1", 185 lbs with an athletic frame. I got a large, and it fits well all over
I'm 5'10 160 w athletic build just curious...
I'm 5'10 160 w athletic build just curious if you would perhaps recommend a small or medium?
I'm 5'11, 175 & have this jacket in a medium. I thought that the medium looked small out of the box, but I have had the jacket for 2 weeks now and wouldn't want anything larger (def couldn't wear a smaller size). I also wear a medium in Patagonia gear.
MB Alpine Light Down Parka v. Nalgene bottle
How warm is this jacket? The description...
How warm is this jacket? The description states it's a layering jacket, but it appears to be much heavier. I live in Chicago and I'm looking for a warm winter jacket for the frigid winters here. Is this a good choice?
I've worn this jacket with a moderate baselayer underneath comfortably down to ~28-30 degrees without being cold, per se. That being said, I know the Windy City can be, well, windy, and a lot colder than my typical arena (Kentucky), so if you were wearing it out and not moving that much while wearing it, I would think after a while you would start to feel a bit chilled, but by no means frozen. However, it is a quality 800-fill down jacket that does a above-average job at mitigating problems of wind chill; if you had a light or moderate baselayer on underneath, and a shell layered over top, I wouldn't worry about Chicago being a threat, unless it dropped to well below zero. Conversely, if you are really wanting to stay warm bordering on hot, I would look into a higher down-fill parka (if you're into MontBell specifically, check out their Frost parka, I'm pretty sure that is at least a 50-fill higher jacket), but like I said, layering should be efficacious in helping you alleviate the chill of Chi-Town. Hope this helps.
Is it a 2013 years product or last...
Is it a 2013 years product or last years one?
This is the 2013/2014 model
Does anyone know if these have changed at...
Does anyone know if these have changed at all from last year, is the shell fabric the same, still shiny? The photos don't look like they are as reflective now. Thanks
This jacket is still going to be shinny, its just the lighting in our photo studio that makes it look otherwise in this photo. The thing is, pretty much every down jacket you get with a DWR coating is going to have that glossy finish; its that coating that makes it water resistant. If its not water resistant you probably are not going to want to rely on that coat to keep you warm in really nasty conditions, that or you are going to need a waterproof shell over top of it. If down gets wet you might as well be wearing nothing at all, its the one true benefit synthetic insulation has over down.