An ultralight down mid-layer for weight-conscious backcountry purists.
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First, this is a layering item. This should not be the outerlayer. Wear a softshell or rain jacket over it. That being said, this is an extrememly warm jacket for something that weights practically nothing, and fits into an included stuff sack. I highly recommend buying one if you can find it.
My only complaint, there is no latch, or special pocket for the stuff sack. And because the material is so slick, it can easily slide out of the pockets.
sleek and stylish
This is a great jacket. Smooth, soft fabric is ideal for casual and sports events alike. Can't wait for cold weather so I can enjoy it!
What is there not to like about this inner jacket,super light,super packable,super comfortable.WOW!!!
While I was heckled about it's space-suit kind of look, I was super comfy wearing this almost T-Shirt weight down jack-shirt-sweater around the lodge and up on the slopes. This is by no means summit gear, and the shell material thickness is not tough enough to wear as outer shell off-piste. I did find a couple feathers working their way out of a seam but other than that even on bare skin it was super soft and lightweight. Wear this around the camp/lodge or even at home on those cold nights, as a mid level layer, but not as an outer shell if you're gonna be out thrashing.
My favorite go to jacket
This jacket is both light and warm. I've used it on backpacking trips, around town and it's great to stuff in the backpack and use when belaying at the crag or ice climbs. Can't get any better.
Yes, my headlamp is on. Yes, it's daytime. No, I don't know why.
Is the only difference between the UL Down...
Is the only difference between the UL Down Inner Parka and the UL down Inner Jacket the hood on the Parka? Also, your website shows both to weigh 7.3 oz. Is this correct?
The weight on the Parka in size medium is 9.0 oz., the Jacket is 7.3 oz. (the BC sidebar on the Parka page is incorrect). The Parka has 2.5 oz. of down fill, the Jacket has 2.0 oz. The Parka also adds an adjustable drawcord hem, and of course the hood, which is insulated and adjustable. Compressed size (in the mont-bell stuff sack provided) goes from 4.3" x 7.3" in the Jacket to 4.3" x 7.7" with the Parka. If an insulated adjustable hood and an adjustable hem are something you want, and worth $25 and 1.7 oz. (.5 oz. of which is down fill) to you, go for the Parka. My good friend (and backpacking buddy) has the Jacket, and I have the Parka. You can't go wrong with either one of these pieces.
Mont-bell UL Down Inner Review
I had been looking to replace my heavier synthetic liner that I had been using for part of my layering system in colder weather with something lighter and smaller. Oh, and down... so the Mont-bell UL Down Inner jacket is what I decided to go with, and this is why...
very light,very warm
The MontBell Ultralight Down Inner Jacket is very light,warm and small. I like it ^^.
Just read everyone elses...
Light, Warm, Packs small. So, no negatives whatsoever. Buy it.
5'10, 190lbs. Size L fits right.
Light , warm, and comfy!
I live in Western Colorado where it can be cold, but dry. This is a perfect jacket for anything above zero for me. I have a short commute to work on my bike and it is perfect. It is so light, that it doesn't even feel like I have a coat on.
Can't wait to use it for a layer under a sturdy outer layer. Can't imagine how warm it will be.
Back of the mont-bell Ultralight Down Inner Jacket
Overview shot of the back of the mont-bell Ultralight Down Inner Jacket in Olive Green/Charcoal Black.
Mont-bell Ultralight Down Inner Jacket
Overview shot of the mont-bell Ultralight Down Inner Jacket in Olive Green/Charcoal Black. The jacket in Men's Large weighed 7.3 ounces on a digital postal scale, including tags and stuff sack. Very impressive piece.
The MontBell Ultralight Down Inner Jacket - Men's is the same weight as a T shirt! When stuffed, it's 2/3rd of a quart. You don't know you are wearing anything but you're warm. It's brilliant.
Sizing on a tall skinny guy
I am 6' 4" with long arms and torso, 180 lbs. The Large, as opposed to XL, fits more athletically but is just long enough on the arms. By just long enough I mean that relaxed it covers my wrists, but when I stretch up, my forearms become moderately exposed. It also a little short on the waist especially with no hem drawcord. XL on the other hand, for skinny guys, is about an inch longer (farther down) on the waist and an inch longer on the arms, but significantly more baggy in the chest area, again with a drawcord this may be fixed (montbell inner parka has one) but is a little annoying for anything other than sitting around because its loose. Both however are warm especially including layering, and neither looks funny, it is more a matter of what the primary use will be.
I love this jacket. Weighs less than 8oz, packs small, blocks the wind, and keeps you warm in a variety of climates. I've used this during 20 degree mornings and stayed warm while packing up camp and cooking breakfast. Fits tight and is made for layering as the nylon can tear with heavy abuse. I layer it under a marmot mica jacket when backpacking long distances or wear it as an outer jacket around camp. It is incredible how well this jacket can block the wind. I prefer the down over the synthetic version.
Write your question here...I'm long waisted,...
Write your question here...I'm long waisted, 6'2', and 35 in. sleeve, 180lbs. Is large the best size? Draw cord at waist? Length of item?Tx.
i just posted something about sizing on tall people (im 6'4) on the reviews section if you're interested! But the gist of it is that L is a more athletic fit and just barely fits my arms and is short on the waist. The XL is better on both of those dimensions but a little too baggy on my chest because im skinny. hope this helps.
Jerry, I would say yes on the size Large. No drawcord waist on this one. The center back length is 26.6 inches on the medium, so maybe add an inch to that for the large. This is cut to be trim, just as the Ex Light is, so it's not going to come down as far as say, the Alpine Light will. it is designed more as a mid-layer insulation piece. Hope that helps.
Montbell UL down is about half the weight...
Montbell UL down is about half the weight of its competitor's similar products (North Face Diez or Patagonia Down Sweater). Is it less insulated compared to those products? How about its warmth compared to them?
It is slightly less insulated as than the Patagonia, which has 3 oz. of 800 fill down on the inside, whereas this jacket has 2 oz. I believe the TNF Diez also has 2 oz. of 800 fill down on the inside, but it is slightly heavier because of the 20D shell material used - the Montbell uses 15D. If you're seriously into cutting weight, the Montbell Extremely Light Down Jacket has 1.9 oz of 900 fill down, the equivalent of about 2.1 oz of 800 fill and weighs about half that of an average cotton t-shirt. 2-3 oz of down is standard and how warm you are depends on if you're moving or not.
how does this jacket compare with the nano...
how does this jacket compare with the nano puff from patagonia in terms of warmth retention?
In about 40* weather, I actually think the Nano is slightly warmer. This might be due to the fact that the UL is through stitched while the nano is not, or at least not all the way through the liner. There was also a slight breeze blowing during my highly scientific test, which could also mean the wind proofing is superior on the nano. Side by side the jackets are very similar, they look to be equally puffy though when you feel the material the UL is loftier, which is expected since it is down. In the end I ended up going with the nano simply because I live in the Pacific NW and getting it wet is a distinct possibility.
Patagonia will tell you that their Down Sweater is significantly warmer than the Nano Puff, and in a recent test over at BPL, the Down Sweater only tested one degree warmer than both the UL Inner Down Jacket and the Ex Light, so it is a reasonable inference that both the mont-bell pieces are warmer than the Nano Puff.
Beats a fleece jacket
Love this UL jacket. Pro: It is warmer than a fleece jacket and my gosh it's light. Con: shiny, looks like a Mylar balloon.. don't know if that will tone down over time, or if it's the water-resistant treatment.