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Hardcore warmth from a down jacket that weighs less than three quarters of a pound.

The Montbell Women's Frost Smoke Down Parka is not just smoke and mirrors. This down-filled jacket is the real deal when it comes to warm winter outerwear without a lot of weight. Navigating crowded slush-lined streets or steep backcountry ascents in skins isn't easy, and this jacket keeps a low-profile so not as to get in the way or slow you down. Reinforced shoulders and forearms handle a pack and tools without looking any worse for the wear, and DWR-treated zippers won't let falling bits of ice and snow creep in.

Vertical intentions range from climbing the corporate ladder to scaling massive ice teeth in Rjukan, Swizterland. The 800-fill down offers a warmth-to-weight ratio not found in fleece or jackets with synthetic insulation. Set your sights high and don't worry about being held back by an obnoxiously heavy jacket. The Frost Smoke weighs less than three quarters of a pound and yet it brings the warmth like a heavyweight champ. The sewn-through construction prevents the life-sustaining insulation from shifting and settling so you stay warm whether you're racing to catch the first train into the city or standing in the lift line.

The insulated hood adjusts to fit your head without squeezing your brain, and hook-and-loop adjustable cuffs give you wrist-warming or wrist-breathing options. The hem drawcords are hidden in the pockets so you can seal out the cold without exposing your fingers to frigid air. In the event your hands start feeling like blocks of ice, stick them in the fleece-lined hand-warmer pockets and enjoy the thrill of fingertips again.

  • 15D Ballistic Airtight ripstop nylon
  • 40D nylon taffeta reinforcements at shoulder and forearms
  • PolkaTek DWR treatment
  • DWR-treated zippers
  • 800-fill goose down
  • Sewn-through construction
  • 2 fleece-lined hand-warmer pockets

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4 5

Loved this jacket but...

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

This jacket fits awesome and the colors are beautiful but it is so lightweight that it feels like a "sweater" type down jacket. I was looking for a heavier puffy. It also sounds like a sleeping bag when you move in it. I still really liked it and wanted to keep it but forced myself to return it in favor of a heavier jacket for now.

5 5

Lightweight and cozy
Light and Cozy!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

This is my first true down jacket, and so far I am very pleased. I expected it to be a little thicker, but with 800 fill it should be plenty warm for layering up on backcountry excursions and snowy walks back from the pub. It is incredibly light!

The size medium fits my 5'8" frame well in length, and it is cut just enough to not look like a box and allow for one or two layers underneath. I'm pretty narrow in the torso but long, so the fit is kind of perfect.