Warmth loaded welterweight
- 850-Fill provides ultimate loft and rebound for high level insulation
- Elastic drawcord bottom closure keeps your love handles warm
- Micro-dot ripstop shell offers ultra-light weight tech but gives up a bit of durability and won’t take well to abrasion. Wear it under a water proof shell for a higher toughness factor
- Down-filled pockets keep your paws warm
- Item #WES0050
- Q & A
Ultralight but fragile fabric
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
For years, even as a dedicated sierras backpacker, I resisted the down jacket directive: I didn't like the Michelin Man look. I tried every alternative, including Patagonia's R4 and several synthetic less-puffy jackets. After one too many nights shuddering at altitude while my companions luxuriated in their slightly heavy North Face Nuptse jackets, I splurged on this primo ultralight layer. The Joneses were pretty impressed, even though the color options aren't very exciting. The jacket is so light you'll laugh. I've taken it on every shoulder-season adventure outside of river trips since, so "putting it through the wringer" might be an understatement. I use Nikwax down wash to launder and it comes out perfect. Aside from being unstylish and a bit too unisex to wear in public, my only real complaint about this jacket is that the fabric tears if you look at it the wrong way. I have repaired a few rips and it is still functional, but be warned. Us hikers can't have nice things. Anyways, if you're looking for the puffiest, warmest, lightest jacket you can get, this is it. Just forget about looking cute. I'm a women's size 8-10 and I got the men's Small.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I've wanted this jacket ever since I heard some PCT thru-hikers rave about its combination of puffy warmth + light weight. It's never on sale, so I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy it retail. I'm glad I did. Ultra light, ultra warm. Fairly water resistant in light drizzle but I definitely but a shell on with anything heavier. Western Mountaineering rocks my world.
Light Weight and Toasty
This jacket is awesome if you are in conditions where it is not too cold (below zero) but also still chilly(below 40). It is really light weight and compresses extremely well. Made of excellent materials and superior craftsmanship.
Just got the Flight in a very prompt manner from BC. I Immediately departed on a week long trip in Iceland (think drizzle most days and 20-40 deg temps in March) where the Flight was my go-to every day. It packs down to nearly the size of a Foster's oil can and weighs even less. Re-lofting was rapid and trapped heat quickly with the aid of highly elastic wristbands, as well as adjustable waist-cord. The zipper isn't as burly as the one featured on the Meltdown, but functioned without fail. The fit is pretty roomy but a bit short in the waist (I'm 5'9" -130 lb and a small was nice in the arm length and chest width). Overall this jacket has a very high warmth to weight ratio and lacks frills you realize you don't need. Throw a shell over if its going to precipitate...enjoy
More than a sweater-less than expedition weight.
This was the first jacket I purchased from Western Mountaineering. (Yes, even us reps have to pay the stuff we get from our suppliers!)
If you prefer a functional down sweater without a hood, you've found the best in show. Again, this is not a fashion piece. It is simply the lightest, warmest, most compressible in it's class. The light fabric is not water resistant in the least. Instead it is amazingly breathable and versitile in both cold and moderate weather. Western uses only European goose down that routinely measures over 900 fill power. We guaranty 850 plus. This make the jacket feel as though you're wearing nothing at all yet for me works with a t-shirt to 10 degrees F before I put on a shell on top or a layer of wool underneath. Everything about this jacket is comfortable. The collar is just right. The cuffs are low in bulk yet keep the warmth in as expected. My Flight Jacket is well worn and about 4 years old. With care, it will last many more years in my pack and on my back.
How does the fit compare to the meltdown?...
How does the fit compare to the meltdown? I have the meltdown, but I need something I can layer under a softshell for really cold inbounds days. The meltdown is too bulky for a mid layer, and too long for me to as a midlayer too. The montbell ultralight down inner jacket is fine for most colder days, but dosen't cut it when it gets into stormy, single digit temps
Answered my own question. It is a similar fit to the meltdown, more of a roomy outerlayer than a midlayer. Really really light weight too.