Warmth that won't weigh you down.
- 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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Do you guys have the full colour range now?
What size do I need? I'm about 5'7, 150 lbs.....Small? Medium?
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?
They're back in stock now :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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!