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Warmth that won't weigh you down.

In the alpine or amidst the lowlands, the Montbell Frost Smoke Down Parka makes its home anywhere it wants. Designed for adventure seekers with vertical intentions, the Frost Smoke comes with 800-fill down insulation to lock in the warmth and a lightweight, 15D nylon shell to keep it all in place. Reinforced shoulders and elbow pads mean that you don't have to worry about durability or performance when it matters most.
  • The 800-fill goose down lofts easily allowing more body heat to be trapped between the feathers which keeps you toasty warm
  • Ballistic Airlight nylon shell is lightweight and packable
  • 40D nylon on high abrasion areas like the tops of arms, sides, and the hood adds durability
  • Polkatex DWR coating encourages water and melting snow to bead up on the fabric's surface without affecting the garment’s overall breathability
  • Single-quilt construction reduces weight and stuffs easily into your pack or pocket

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Can anyone post a picture of the hood in...

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Can anyone post a picture of the hood in detail? Is it actually a warm hood? The pictures make it look thin and drafty.

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It's the same insulation as the rest of the jacket. Should be plenty warm.

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The elastic cinch cords on either side of the face of the hood, in addition to a Velco patch located on the rear part of the hood to adjust for forward or backwards tuning, depending on where it sits well for you and remains out of the way. I would say you will be plenty warm, but having a beanie on hand as well would ensure your head stayed toasty,

5 5

great jacket

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

this down jacket is really warm. it is tough too, i have done some crack climbing in it and so far no rips. its really light weight and fits great

5 5


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

Earlier this month, with temps in the single digits and bitter winds howling through town, the Frost Smoke kept me completely toasty. Crazily light for its warmth, the reinforced shoulders and elbows make it significantly more durable than some of the other Montbell jackets. The fit is less athletic, though, and unlike my Thermawrap, which hugs close, the torso fit on this one is definitely more boxy. I'm 6'2", 175, and there's plenty of room in the body in my size Large. But I love it anyway.

Size question too.
6', 170 lb, Asian...

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Size question too.
6', 170 lb, Asian Frame, Chest 40, waist 33"-34", sleeve 33-34". Like jacket to fit not loose nor tight. Looks like I am right btw M & L. Without seeing actual, pls help with M vs L.

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Since you are right not that edge I am going to suggest sizing up. They way most people measure their chest, they typically hold their breath when they do it. Your chest expands a good inch or two when you breath in and most people do not take that into consideration.

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MontBell attire generally runs a pinch on the smaller side, with a few exceptions here and there, from my personal experience. I own a MontBell Alpine Light Down Parka in a size Medium and it fits me splendidly. On the other hand, I also own a MontBell Thermawrap Guide Jacket, but that one is in a size Small and is still slightly larger in terms of a fit than is my down.
Wayne posits that you should size up, and I notice that with your posted specs you mention you have an "Asian frame." Taking that into account, in addition to your other sizes I would normally say stay with a Medium, but in this case, insofar as MontBell's down clothing runs a bit on the smaller side of things, I would go on and try a Large out.
You can always exchange it for a Medium if the Large is too voluminous for your comfort.

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Order both, try on, then return one.

What size would you recomend for me....

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What size would you recomend for me. chest is 37in and sleve length (measured as per the size chart) is 29in waste is 32in.
the chart seems to say a small but im concerned that will be to tight to layer under the jacket.

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It sounds like you are similar measurements to me and I would probably side on the Medium.

So for a guys that's 6'1" and about 185lbs,...

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So for a guys that's 6'1" and about 185lbs, what size would be good (ape index is about +1 to +2 inches)?

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Well doing some rough math that would put your sleeve length at about 35 inches so my guess is that a large would be about what you are looking for. If you could get an exact measurement of your sleeve length and your chest diameter and compare it to our size chart provided then we can narrow down for sure which size you are going to need.

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This looks like a great jacket but I am...

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This looks like a great jacket but I am curious about wind permability/water and the sizing. I regularly travel to Amsterdam in the winter for work and it is very windy and wet. I don't usually get stuck in a downpour but a light sustained drizzle. Can anyone share thoughts on wind and rain for this jacket?

Also, what about sizing. I am 5'8" and about 160lbs. What size would be right?


3 5

Seemed nice but poor fit for me

Not made for the athletic person. Very large around the waste/belly. I am tall with long arms (6'3" at 180LB). I ordered a large for the fit in the chest and arm length and it was WAY to large around the chest and belly. Certainly wouldn't go with a medium as the sleeves would have been to short, but the large was made for someone much thicker in the belly than myself (guess the standard american). I liked the style and the quality seemed nice enough. I ended up ordering a jacket from Feathered Friends and the fit was much better on their jacket.
I am giving the jacket only 3 stars as I would think a jacket designed for the climber/hiker would fit someone more athletic or at least certainly not that thick.

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Do you guys have the full colour range...

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Do you guys have the full colour range now?

What size do I need? I'm about 5'7, 150...

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What size do I need? I'm about 5'7, 150 lbs.....Small? Medium?

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What's your chest size? Do you plan on wearing any heavy layers underneath? You will most likely need a Medium but chest size will be the best way to tell for sure.

Any plans on getting more of these jackets?...

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Any plans on getting more of these jackets?

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They're back in stock now :)

5 5

Frost Smoke vs Alpine Light

Bought this Frost Smoke along with the Alpine Light Parka. While they are similar, Montbell shows a couple different philosophies with these parkas. First the Alpine Light: 30 denier inside and out is lightweight while not fragile. Has the perfect amount of down in my opinion for 75% of my outdoor pursuits. Elastic cuffs, cut slightly short in length and functional hood. Nice details like a little microfleece around the neck and in the pockets. Also has deep 'drop in' pockets inside. Pretty much a perfect jacket to stash in your pack and live in on cool mornings and evenings. Lightweight but not without the little luxuries.

The Frost Line takes a little bit of a different aproach. A little less down, but cut slightly more roomy, a couple inches longer. Dual fabrics and uses mostly ultralight 15 denier which I REALLY like that fabric. Maybe slightly less durable in the body than the Alpine Light. Also has velcro instead of elastic cuffs, no internal pockets. It's a little lighter in weight than the Alpine Light but has less down.

Both jackets are awesome and I recommend them both. If you don't own a lightweight/midweight down jacket and can have only one, I might recommend the Alpine Light. I feel it's a little more versitle and would cover a little more of a temperature range. If you already own a midweight down jacket, I might say try the Frost Smoke, especially if you are taller and want a little more length and a slightly more roomy cut.

I'm 5'10'', 150 pounds and a Med in both fit me perfect, although like I said there is a little more room in the frost smoke and it's a little less athletic of a cut. You won't be dissapointed in either one. I don't see any other company making down jackets of this quality... and I mean NONE.

5 5

go to insulation

I've used this jacket a lot working in Antarctica and playing in the cascades. It's impressively warm for it's size, and has a better (more athletic) fit than most other down jackets that I've seen or tried. So far the material has held up well, but I do try to baby it compared to most of my other outdoor clothing.

5 5

Most versatile jacket I own.

This has become my go-to jacket for any temps between 50F and 20F. It's so light that you barely know it's there, yet it's surprisingly warm for a legit light down. It's cut perfectly for an athletic body type, and the hood is completely ergonomic. The hood was really the main selling point for me, because so many light down jackets from Patagonia, OR, North Face, etc... are hoodless, and when the wind kicks up, it makes all the difference. Bottom line: super stylish and ultra functional.

5 5

Excellent light jacket for all occasions.

This jacket is the one I was looking for. My criteria for this specific jacket for this jacket was simple: a light down jacket for use as a stand-alone jacket but with the option to layer. I also wanted a hood, which proved to be a little difficult. My first choice was the Outdoor Research Virtuoso, but it was more of a parka than a light down jacket. The size small was also big on me, at 5'8" 150 lbs. I exchanged that jacket for the Montbell Ultralight Down Jacket. The Ultralight was a really great jacket. It was the lightest down I've ever tried on, but in the end, it was a little too light for a stand-alone jacket on super-cold days. Finally, I decided on the Montbell Frost Smoke Down Parka. The name "parka" in the title of this jacket is a bit misleading. Providing tons of warmth, this supremely packable and well designed jacket fits perfectly and looks great. Montbell has pulled out all the stops with tech features and style. This one's a winner.

5 5

Love It!

This is a great jacket. I've been pretty bummed out by women's cut down jackets (a pretty common and unfortunate occurrence in women's outdoor clothing) so I got a men's small of this MontBell and I absolutely love it. It's super warm, the cut is long enough that if I raise my arms it doesn't expose my midriff, the hood fits over a helmet. I guess in a perfect world this jacket/style/fill would also stuff into its own pocket (rather than a stuff sack) and have an internal pocket or two. But even without those little bonuses I'm very happy with this jacket.

I was wondering, in the picture it shows...

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I was wondering, in the picture it shows a hood, but on the side panel of information, it says there is no hood. Does it come with one or is it sold seperately?

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HI Emjei,
Yes the Frost Smoke Parka comes with a hood. I copied the following from their website, " This mountain hoodie is the ultimate in performance and backcountry utility". Hope this helps!