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From freezing dawn patrols to motoring around on your scooter to waiting for the bus as a cold front swings through, the Montbell Women's Alpine Light Down Parka keeps you warm without weighing you down. The genius of this 800-fill down jacket is simplicity: uber-warm 800-fill down stuffed inside a super light, weather-resistant nylon shell. Since it weighs in at a mere 11.9 ounces and packs down to a tidy little package, you can stuff it into your carry-on for guaranteed warmth anywhere you go. Layer it under your ski shell, keep it handy on a backpacking trip, or wear it while you're taking a walking tour of Reykjavik.

The 800-fill down offers a warmth-to-weigh ratio not found in other materials. When you're packing for a pengiun-watching cruise, weight matters, but so does warmth. This parka means you won't even flirt with the luggage weight limit and you'll still stay toasty warm on deck for the duration of the day. Sewn through construction creates baffles, preventing the down from finding favorite spots in the jacket and leaving other spots bare.

Ballistic nylon and a taffeta lining offer two layers of weather and abrasion resistance. The DWR finish helps water bead on the jacket surface, letting you shake off drizzles with a quick twitch. Elasticized cuffs and an adjustable hem keep the chilly air out, and a smooth microfleece-lined collar feels comfy against your throat and chin. The roomy hood fits over your beanie to give you your own plush, warm microclimate, and hand pockets warm your wind-chilled fingers.

  • 20D Ballistic ripstop nylon shell, taffeta lining
  • DWR treatment
  • 800-fill goose down
  • Sewn-through construction
  • Microfleece-lined collar and hand-warmer pockets
  • Hood, insulated and adjustable
  • Hem drawcords, elastic cuffs
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Good warmth to weight ratio

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:True to size

I ordered several down jackets to try. I was looking for a warm but lightweight down to complement my ultralight montbell. Lightweight, pretty good fit, and good warmth to weight ratio. I'm 5'2", 115lbs (broad shoulders/chest) and the S fit me well. I decided to return this jacket and go with the Lyngen Lightweight Down 750 Jacket but this was the runner up.

Cozy and comfy without the bulk

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

I am about 5' 5" medium build (~140) and I have a large in this jacket (Med-Large is my norm for outerwear). This leaves me enough room for layering. I use this jacket for all sorts of activities from Ice climbing, snowboarding, walking the dogs, and traveling. I like it because it is light enough that wearing it with a tshirt at 55 degrees when the sun goes down is not overkill, but it is also warm enough that it is good for me down to about 0-10 degrees F (with layers of course). It is great for travel because it stuffs to about the size of a nalgene. I did get it really wet at Machu Pichu and it kept me warm and dried within a couple hours.

If the intent is to wear it at sub-zero F temps I would probably look for an expedition weight jacket.

Overall this jacket is super comfy, cozy, and awesome. I love it!

Great 3-season Down Puffy

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I like this jacket. A lot. It lives in my pack all summer long, is a great pillow, and I get compliments all the time (looking good is priority #1, obviously). Oh, and it's warm. I guess that's important.

This is great for late spring, summer, and fall in the mountains, but it's not quite warm enough for the winter. I get cold pretty easily, so take that however you want. As far as the fit - it's a little boxy. I'm a little boxy in general, but it kind of depends on the person. It's also a little short - I don't mind it at all during the summer, but in shoulder seasons it can be a little drafty. Just layer well and you'll survive. Overall, this jacket is a great lightweight puffy that you won't notice in your pack but will definitely appreciate when you need it.

Hi, I cant decide between this and the...


I cant decide between this and the MontBell Ultralight Down Parka. To be honest i cant work out quite what the difference is. For long distance hikes though the Himalayas witch would you recommend?

Thanks :)

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Hi Madison,

There are basically two differences between this jacket and the Ultralight Down Parka.

Difference 1: The Alpine Light is going to be slightly warmer than the Ultralight, due to a fill weight (how much down they pack into the jacket) difference of 1.3 ounces.

Difference 2: The Ultralight, as the title suggests, has a lighter pack weight than the Alpine Light. (A difference of 3.9 ounces.) Where does it lose that extra weight? The Ultralight is made from a slightly thinner denier face fabric, is a bit shorter (1.2 inches) than the Alpine Light, and as mentioned before, has a lower fill weight.

To use as a midlayer on a backpacking trip through the Himalayas, I'd choose the Ultralight, since every ounce counts when you're trekking at altitude.

Hope this helps! If you've got any other questions, feel free to give me a call at 800.409.4502, ext 4456.