Eugene B. wrote a review of Helly Hansen Montreal Down Jacket - Men's on December 9, 2008
This is a very warm jacket, but the warm comes with a tradeoff, I think. Well first of all, don't be fooled by the shinyness of the jacket as you see in the pictures. It had me thinking that the shell would be thick and plastic-y, but that's not the case. The outside of it is Nylon, and if you don't know what that is, it's the same material used in your standard umbrella. That being said, I am scared to death of taking this jacket somewhere into the woods, because I'm getting the impression that one scrape from a branch, and down will fly everywhere. I'm a city dweller and I'd be very cautious to run it against the brick of a building or something semi-sharp. I was looking definitely looking for something sturdier as a shell. Now, warmth. This jacket is warm, bottom line. No doubt about that. I went outside in this jacket when it was about 25 degrees here in NYC with a good wind, with nothing but a cotton T-shirt underneathe, and I didn't feel a thing. You start sweating almost immediately if you try it on in a heated building. I can only imagine the warmth it provides if you layer well. You'd be sweating at 20 degrees if you put a fleece underneath this thing. Bottom line, be cautious about your surroundings with this jacket... I think it's the ideal jacket for those who live somewhere with little to no tree's (Great Plains, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, etc).