The perfect jacket for serious mountaineering (and shiny hip-hop shows).
- 850-Fill down carries serious loft, quick compression rebound, and the kind of warmth that keeps your keeps your ice axe swinging hour after hour.
- The lightweight, water-resistant microfiber shell handles ice-drips and dishes out durability in rough terrain and in rough neighborhoods
- Two-way zippers with draft protection allow easy access (unless, of course, you’re the wind)
- The elastic drawcord waist closure will shank those hateful updrafts before they chill your middle
- Hood zips into the collar so it won’t flop around behind your head when you don’t need it
- Item #WES0051
- Q & A
Breathable and incredibly warm!!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
This down jacket is not to be used in place of an expedition jacket such as the Snow Jack by WM. This is more of a great layering jacket in case you prefer to wear a Goretex Shell by Arcteryx or something similar. I prefer this type of layering system because it allows the same warmth as just the expedition jackets but will added protect and more versatility. A lot of mountaineers where expedition jackets because they feel like they need the warmth, as this may be true it is not ideal because weather conditions change constantly and you can easily over heat and burn more calories than needed with a expedition heavy weight down jacket. Where a large Meltdown under an XL Shell. It works extremely well for me.
W.M. set the bar pretty high
I recently got this down jacket in and it is even warmer than the Flight Down Jacket. It has a great hood that may be stored away and has plenty of loft, yet not too bulky. The wrist adjustments are adjustable as well.
Just the best
This jacket has been a life saver. Sort of. I've actually never been in a position to have my life saved before. That I know of. The jacket is very warm and the hood is a big plus. Use the hood when you need it and put it back in it's zippered neck compartment when you don't. It's very warm and a good addition for anyone wanting to make sure they will be warm in the winter. I had to break mine out over the new year while winter camping around lake Tahoe. The temps were much colder than expected so I just put the jacket on and slid back into my sleeping bag. Kept me toasty warm. All in a very lightweight package and super compressible. As a note, you can't hide the hood on the fly. You have to take the jacket off to stuff the hood back inside its compartment. There has been a tiny loss of feathers but nothing major. Not yet. This jacket is really built to last and it should for the price.
I'm 6'0 85 athletic build and the large is perfect. Especially when you have some layers underneath.
Expedition parka without the bulk
This is a parka that I wish I could wear more often. My days of expedition climbing are probably over. Having climbed Denali and Western Canadian peaks, I can only say that I wish I'd had this jacket during my most adventuresome climbs. Like all Western jackets, the Meltdown uses minimum 850 fill goose down. Most of our down tests higher, in the 900 to 950 range. The fabric is slightly heavier and water resistant than the stuff used in Western's Flight or Flash Jackets. This adds to the durability and suggests its use without a layer over top. Only the soggiest days would wet out this jacket. This begs the question: Why would you wear this jacket anywhere above 20 degrees F, anyway?
The downfilled hood tucks easily into the collar yet reappears to provide super cold weather protection. The jacket's fit is generous to accommodate layers underneath. My size large weighs 17 oz. on my postal scale yet would be my jacket of choice for another shot at Alaskan peaks or winter camping in my state of origin, Minnesota. Don't be fooled by the overall weight. It's got more than enough down to keep you toasty! It's just the good stuff!
Is this good for Denali or should I up it to the snojack?
I would up it to the Snojack if this is your big belay puffy for when you might not be moving, its really cold, and you cannot avoid exposure. We had the Mountain Hard wear Absolute Down jackets and a few days we absolutely needed them. I have to admit we didnt use them much, we also had unseasonably great weather for an extended period of time. The 3 days it was storming, to shovel snow off the tent and stay warm I wore the following: Capilene 1, R1 Hooded Sweatshirt, Micro Puff, Down Sweater and then the Absolute Down. Used the hood and a gator. This is a picture of Casey on that storm day, he had on a similar system. I think he just had one ultra light puffy and a fleece under the big jacket.
Hello I'm 6-1 205 I have an xxl Heath that...
Hello I'm 6-1 205 I have an xxl Heath that fits great with room to spare ,will this jacket in xl fit me ?
Hi there! For this jacket I believe the XL would be your best bet without being too snug or overly big either.
For the Backcountry staff - Is this jacket...
For the Backcountry staff - Is this jacket still in production and if so, will you be receiving any more this up-coming fall/winter season? I'm looking for a men's size medium in grey. Thanks!
Best bet to get in touch with BC staff quickly will be to use the Chat Now link at the top of the page. Best of luck.
Does this parka bleed feathers on the...
Does this parka bleed feathers on the inside?
All down jackets will shed a few feathers here and there. It won't cover you with down when you wear it, but don't expect not to see a feather on your under-layers after use.
After having various brands of down jackets, my Western jacket sheds down the slowest. It is the nature of small compressible things like down to wiggle through the microscopic holes in fabric as Dave said, but Western likes to source the highest thread counts they can find that will meet their durability/lightweight requirements to keep shedding to an absolute minimum.
Does anyone know what the fill weight is...
Does anyone know what the fill weight is for this piece?
is this a slim athletic fit or what
is this a slim athletic fit or what
This jacket is not what I would describe as an athletic fit. It is intended to be worn over other layers and produce ultimate protection from cold. It fits under my slightly oversized Gore-Tex jacket for "full on" weather protection since it is water resistant but not water proof.
Full cut is how I would best describe the fit. I'm male, 5'9" and 200 lbs. My large fits with room to layer underneath.