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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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Great puffy, great price

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Worn down to around 30F with just a synthetic long sleeve under, kept very warm. The hood is great and usually I hate hoods but this is pretty comfortable. Only complaints is a chest pocket would be better than the inner pockets. And inside the hand pockets, where the fleece lining is great, there is draw cord from when you cinch the bottom tight. Hard to explain and very odd. But overall a good jacket, warn and very light weight.

Very Nice

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs small

I'm 6'1" 180 lbs with a medium build(43" chest/33" waist). I purchased the large first and while I liked the closer fit in the torso I could feel it pulling in the arm pits when I reached forward with both arms which was a little annoying. I decided to get the xl and while there is no pulling under the arms I feel its a little too much room in the torso area. Length for me in the arms is perfect and it comes to about the middle of my butt in the back. The quality of the jacket is very nice. The soft fleece along the chin area and inside the hand pockets are a very nice touch and help with keeping your hands warmer than say the Marmot Zeus(which I also like and own). I got the black color and it looks fantastic. I also tried the Frost Smoke in size xl and it seemed to run slightly bigger than the Alpine Light Down Parka and feel that a large would have worked . I feel they are pretty true to size, maybe just slightly small, but think I'm just between sizes and sized up for comfort. I sent the Frost Smoke back and kept this parka for 2 reasons. The hood fits better for those that are not going to be wearing a helmet and the fill rate was higher. All in all I'm very please with the jacket and if either the large was slightly larger the shoulders or the xlarge was slightly trimmer fit in the torso I would have given it a 5 star rating.


  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

Great value. Extremely warm. Light as a feather (pun intended). I am tall (5'11" and 160lbs) with a long, narrow torso and find the med to fit perfectly. It "spits" feathers occasionally but I think that's the norm for this type of jacket. The hood fits perfectly and is luxurious! I love this little jacket! Great for temps down in the 20s with a base layer of wool or 2.

A classic that needs updating

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small

Extremely well made. Excellent value. Admirable weight to warnth ratio. I've owned this jacket twice, and both times I ended up parting with it due to one single flaw: The torso length is simply too short.

Since the release of the Alpine Light, Montbell has generated other jackets of slightly different design that have 3" more length. I ended up buying those instead - and being quite satisfied - but still wishing the A.L. would receive a much-needed update in its overall length. I'm sure there are folks out there with more compact torsos that would disagree, but I think even they could benefit by having more of their length covered.

Otherwise bomber

Great jacket but I did return it

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:Runs small

Awesome light weight 800 fill jacket. But once I recieved it I realized I wanted some features it did not have. Napoleon pocket as well as self stowing inside pocket. The jacket had just the right amount of puff, well filled hood, and good sleeve length. The medium was a little short for my 6'1 frame and the non adjustable cuffs are a weight/comfort feature compromise. Overall, best value in the 800 Fill jacket category without all the frills. Just for reference, I went with the Marmot Ama Dablam jacket instead and love it.

Solid 4 Stars

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small

This was a great jacket for me until it jumped out the car window somewhere in North Lake Tahoe.

Buyer beware: this jacket is short! I'm 5'10" 165lbs and I consider this jacket to be best for being stashed in a climbing pack, or other situation of limited space, and being donned while wearing a climbing harness. It just barely was long enough to sit at my waist and would sometimes creep up if I was moving around a lot.

If you want a jacket for climbing, this is a good one. If you want a jacket for being at camp, in town, or extreme cold, get something else.

Excellent !

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

i took a recent trip with this jacket and was completely content. You aren't getting a 500$ jacket here, but you are most certainly getting a great amount of warmth for your dollar. The fit was great at a large, I had none of the size issues listed below. The hood adjustment is a little wonky but functional. I found the length to also be spot on for wearing under a torrentshell.

It is not the lightest jacket on the market, but with 4oz of down and a good build it is a best buy, no lie!

Best buy!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small

For the price the warmest and best fit you'll find! It is so sleek! It is very form fitting so you can wear it out on the town and you will look great and then you could wake up and go spend the day outside mid winter and you will stay pretty warm. Especially if you have a jacket underneath you will stay way warm. I was impressed with how well this jacket compacted and well it repelled water. I wore it alot during utahs rainy winter this year and I stayed dry. I love the look of this jacket and felt it was the warmest I could get for the price. And you'll be a stud in it and then all your new girl friends will want to wear it and they wont drowned in it.

Excellent Value

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I tried to compare this jacket to others in terms of fill weight and total weight. Allegedly, the Alpine Light has 4.3 ounces of 800 fill which I have to assume is correct. The total weight using my scale is 13.7 ounces including the 0.4 ounce stuff sack. Other offerings by Western Mountaineering, Patagonia, Feathered Friends and Nunatak were significantly more expensive. A GoLite jacket lost in the coin toss. The baffles below the hand warmer pockets are both overstuffed (odd) but the pockets are inside the baffles which makes the hand warmer pockets warmer. The bottom hem can be cinched down by pulling the ends of the bungee that terminate in the pockets. It's the quickest adjustment I've seen in a jacket and eliminated drafts (tested in light winds at 22-degrees F). The front zipper has a draft flap that works well and does not get caught in the zipper. The hood is helmet compatible but can be cinched down in the back and around the face to control drafts without a helmet. The inside drop pockets measure 8X11 so they're big enough for a water container or to keep your snacks from freezing. I'm 5'9" 155 and the medium is sized well. Stitching and overall quality seem good. Is it too short? The medium measures 28" from the base of the neck to the bottom hem which for me covers half of the cheeks.

Great jacket, killer price.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs small

This is incredibly warm. You can't get a better price for such a high down count. Also, super light weight. If you have broad shoulders for your stature, you will want a larger size.

Awesome but short.

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs small

This jacket is really warm for the weight and price. It's an ideal backpacking jacket. My only beef is that it's too short. I wish I could have kept it but I had to return it based solely on this aspect. It's too bad because I loved it. I'm still giving it 5 stars because, unlike most reviewers, I am reviewing it based on warmth, comfort, style, weight, etc (which all are 5-star quality) instead of just how it fit my body type. I am 6'1" and 155 lbs.

Too short

  • 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

Size comparison

MB Alpine Light Down Parka v. Nalgene bottle

Size comparison

My dimensions are 38.5 in chest, 5'8", 145lbs, 29in waist, and the Medium in this jacket fits me splendidly. MB, from my personal experience as well as what I've heard from others, typically runs a bit on the small side. However, I also have the MB Thermawrap Insulated Guide Jacket in a size Small, and that seems a bit larger (or maybe just bulkier, given it is a synthetic) than this particular model down parka, but it is definitely larger in terms of size than most MB garments, from what I understand. If your measurements are even relatively close to mine, I would go with the Medium in this jacket; otherwise it might be a bit small for your liking. Hope this helps.

Unanswered Question

Has anyone noticed any issues with the...

Has anyone noticed any issues with the durability of this jacket since the change from 30 denier fabric to the now 20 denier?

Size question too! Hi, im 5' 9" 132lb. I...

Size question too! Hi, im 5' 9" 132lb. I want it for wearing at mountain. The chart seems to say a small but im concerned that will be to tight to layer under the jacket. Please help with S vs M.

Does the high collar fold down and stay...

Does the high collar fold down and stay down? It looks amazing for back country use, but I'd like to also wear it out on the town, and it almost looks like it would have this funky turtleneck look - I have the same issue with my Marmot down vest...if the collar can fold down it would be truly versatile.

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.

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.

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.