The Flash shrugs off even the nastiest belay-threatening squalls.
- Quilted construction cuts back on weight without exposing you to cold spots
- Weighs in at a slim 11.25 ounces and packs down super-small
- Elastic piping seals wrists and hem for thermal efficiency without excess bulk or gadgets
- Minimalist design for weight management on gear-heavy expeditions
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quality craftsmanship, odd fit
This jacket is the most high quality of ultra light down I've tried, the construction and materials make this a very durable piece. However at 6'1, 180+lbs, 33.5'' sleeve, 32'' waist, and 40'' chest the medium was to short and tight at my waist. The Large is too baggy (pictured). Made in canada and designed in cali. The down backed zipper is not something you see in many other ultralites but makes the jacket like a true fortress in the cold. The fabric is tuff on the outside, quite weather proof. Inside has thinner fabric and lets you feel the loft of the down. The hood can give you a righteous cone head, the hood adjuster is pretty basic and doesnt help your look if your going for one but it's warm and wraps around your head. The nicest feature are the down backed pockets, down on both sides of your hand when you slide those in freezing is such a nice feeling. I wanted to love this jacket forever but the fit wasnt right and so im going with the cerium lt by arc teryx.
Is this jacket noisy. I hunt so I was...
Is this jacket noisy. I hunt so I was just wondering. If it isn't noisy can you make it in camo?
Sorry, but this jacket is mostly geared for hiking/mountaineering which means that noise and camo is not really going to be taken into consideration upon construction. Not to mention this jacket is not going to have the durability that you'll need while stalking or bushwhacking through brush. It's made from a lightweight nylon and will most likely get hung up on thorns and branches. You'd be much better off going with a layering system from Cabelas made from wool or fleece. I also believe that Underarmour makes a line of garments for hunting. Hope this helps.
Hey MG - we get the colors directly from the manufacterer Western Mountaineering, so unfortunately we don't have much control over color choices. This would be a great layering piece for warmth if you wanted to put something with Camo print over the top of it! This is an incredibly warm jacket, so if you hunt in really frigid temps, I do think it would be appropriate if you wore it underneath something. Alexander is right though, it probably isn't quite durable enough to be worn as an outer layer while bushwacking.
Made in Canada!
I bought this jacket because is best fitted than the MH Jackets and has European 850 down. I am a 5'5 132 pounds and got a SMALL size.
This jacket is great for layering and that is exactly what I was looking for. Also, the XR gives the jacket an extra water-resistant capacity, which I was able to test 2 weeks ago with a light rain. The hood is awesome as well, it's adjustable, very warm and I often use it with a Petzl Meteor III helmet for rock climbing.
Hopes this helped, thanks!
I try to figure out which size I should...
I try to figure out which size I should get, M or LG. I am 5'11, 165, 40in chest and 33/34 in waist. Could anyone give me a hint from their experience with Western Mountaineering clothing? Cheers
Hi Walera. I purchased a SMALL and I am 5'5 132 pounds. If you are going to layer it you don't want it to be too loose.
Excellent quality, warmth, and durability
In addition the what the description says about this product, I have found that western mountaineering is one of the very few companies out there that is true to their ratings, specs, and quality assurances. Being one of the best fitted down jacket by WM, the flash xr is by far the best down jacket on the market. Pricy it is, but unbeatable by performance and quality. Highly recommended.
Where is this jacket made?
Where is this jacket made?
San Jose, CA
What is the difference between the xr and...
What is the difference between the xr and the normal hooded flash? I tried the flash on today and then the montbell ul and the flash was longer and more fitted than the montbell. I am 6'6" 215 and the XL wast great. Maybe a half inch longer in the arms but no biggie
The XR has a highly water resistant outer fabric that makes it a better outerwear piece. The regular hooded has an ultralight outer fabric that allows it to be the most compressible, lightest down layer you'll ever need. The fit is near identical.
Hey why does the western mountaineering...
Hey why does the western mountaineering website list this jacket at 300 buckaroos and you guys are selling it for around 315.
Questions like this usually sit idle on the item page forever. I would recommend clicking on the gray "Chat Now" box on the upper right of the page to initiate a chat with a gear expert. They have immediate and real-time access to inventory, pricing, and order information. Hope that helps.
Hey Bobby, great catch. I am one of the reps for Western Mountaineering and the WM website is not accurate. The correct retail on this piece is $315. I will contact Western Mtng today and get that changed. $300 was Fall 2010 retail pricing, and I tell you, prices have gone UP! Backcountry.com is a totally above board retailer, and they have never done any price gouging... I have been working with them for 17 years! Thank you for bringing this to my attention.
Bobby, the Western Mountaineering website is now accurate. So sorry for the confusion!