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Mountain Equipment Lightline Down Jacket - Men's

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    Light-as-air technical down for serious alpine conditions.

    Designed to meet the needs of mountaineers who routinely spend time in harsh alpine environments, the Mountain Equipment Lightline Down Jacket is designed to shield you from the cold when staying warm isn't just preferable, but essential. The windproof and water-resistant DryLite outer shell is packed full of 700-fill down, stitched in horizontal baffles to ensure that the insulation stays where you need it most. The down itself is an incredibly warm 90% down/10% feather mixture, which is the warmest down/feather ratio generally commercially available. Mountain Equipment gave the Lightline a fully-adjustable zip-off hood so you can trim weight if you need to, and used stitched-through construction to ensure that it isn't carrying any extra bulk that can be a hassle on serious alpine expeditions. An insulated baffle sits behind the zipper to prevent drafts and heat loss, and the zippered hand pockets are covered by insulated flaps for the same reason.

    • 700-fill down (90% down/10% feathers)
    • DriLite windproof and water-resistant outer fabric
    • Stitched-through horizontal baffles
    • Fully-adjustable 3-panel zip-off hood
    • Insulated baffle behind front zipper
    • Insulated flaps cover the handwarmer pockets
    • Adjustable cuffs and hem drawcord
    • Item #MEQ0003

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [face fabric] DriLite Loft, DWR coating
    Insulation
    700-fill down
    Baffle Construction
    horizontal
    Fit
    regular
    Length
    hip
    Hood
    removable
    Pockets
    [external] 2 handwarmer, [internal] 1 mesh chest storage
    Claimed Weight
    1lb 11oz
    Recommended Use
    climbing, alpine & expedition
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    get this jacket!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: large
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 195lbs

    I was trying to decide on a good all around jacket for winter camping and hiking, and just something for my days up in mountain towns. Shopping around between the usual big brands, there's always a choice between a hoody and a jacket. Why not get a jacket with a removable hood at the same price? The quality of this jacket is great. There's a lot of loft, the hood doesn't pull back on you when you're not wearing it, and the pockets are nicely insulated. I have more technical jackets, but I'm sure I'll be pulling this out time and time again.

    Outstanding jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    Having done much research on down jackets came across the Lightline based on reviews worldwide. By far the most value for money in terms of quality 700 down for the price ( >10 oz is a ridiculous amount for the price and found in jackets way north of $500); it seems to be from a quality UK based co. without the marketing mark-up of other US brands. Comfortable down to 0-10F with T-shirt underneath for dog walks during recent Northeast cold blitz. Chose Large partly based on availability, but size does allow for layering underneath and is also perfect with my soft shell on top. Couldn't be happier with my purchase.

    Warm, attractive, but with 2 flaws

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 181lbs

    This is a good-looking and comfortable jacket. It's warm and the outer shell just feels good to the touch. Deep pockets are nice and insulated. Love the removable hood. Puffy, but not TOO much... and super light! I am 6'0 181 lbs and found the large to be a bit on the small side. If you want to wear anything other than just a shirt underneath, I found it a bit too snug for me. Now, the drawbacks. The primary zipper is ridiculous for a man's jacket. It's a tiny little thing... something like you'd find on a woman's zip sweater. And the reverse-side placement of it was just a pain. It often took a couple of tries to get it to "seat" so it would zip up. Even the pull itself is just a tiny little cord. Just seems like the zipper was designed for a woman's coat. The low-price coat I was replacing that I bought at Kohl's 2 years ago has a zipper and grippy pull that puts it to shame. The pocket zippers were equally as tiny and difficult because they often caught the fabric on the sides when zipping them up. Frustrating. If these things don't really bother you, then by all means give it a shot. BackCountry made it easy for me to return for these reasons and I ordered another coat instead. It's a shame because it looks good... is warm... and has other nice features. Why the heck a coat with a 40-year history has these simple-to-fix zipper issues is beyond me. In any event, I recommend BackCountry and their great customer service!

    Great jacket, runs small

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: large
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    Very warm and comfy. It does run small - I can barely zip it shut over my belly. I do like that the arms and shoulders are long enough for me. I wish it had more pockets, it only has 1 inside zip and the 2 zippered handwarmer pockets on the front. Doesn't really have ski/snowboard features but that's OK with me.
    ( I bought an XL for Hubby. He's 6'3, 200 # and it was too small)

    Legendary down jacket.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    I work for ME and the Lightline is a legend within the business, the first version was made back in the early 70's, the current one is the best yet and our most popular jacket. They're being used somewhere in the world every day of the year, from Himalayan peaks to ski days and digging out the truck! The Drilite Loft fabric is impressively weatherproof [1500mm hydrostatic head] and the down is audited for animal welfare and quality through our industry first Down Codex system. A great down jacket that many people buy for a big trip and end up wearing every day of the winter!

    Great Puffy Puffy

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Jacket is very warm and comfy and love that the hood is fully insulated. Only complaint is that the zipper is on the left side which makes it annoying to zip up.

    Like wearing a warm, fitted blanket

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    Was looking for something to replace my heavy weight down jacket. Have not had any experience with Mountain Equipment in the past. This is an upgrade. Very lofty. It has to be rather cold to use it (sub 20-30F), which is a shame as the liner fabric makes this the most comfortable insulator jacket I've come across. It doesn't give me that cold nylon against skin feeling when you put it on, but is soft and warm to the touch. It feels like you're wrapped in a blank. Also appreciate the fully insulated hood compared to other jackets skimping there. Great fit too. A little bit trim and longer cut. It'd be nice to be able to pack this into a pocket instead of the included stuff sack but perhaps there are too many feathers here to be practical. I may have to check out their lighter weight offering as the comfort of this material is hard to beat.

    Great fit & finish

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Extra Large
    • Height: 6'3"
    • Weight: 225lbs

    6'3", 225lbs, 46 in chest. Fantastic fit...not too puffy and you can really feel all of the down they've packed inside of the baffles. Will follow up with a more detailed review once the temperature drops and I need to wear this jacket, but I'm incredibly pleased with the fit - somewhat athletic as others have noted - and the perceived quality. Honestly this seems more like a more expensive down jacket than it's listed price. I can see no need to break this jacket out at anything above 32°F...even then, you probably wouldn't need it until the mid 20s, unless of course you're belaying or stuck stationary. Definitely looks good enough for day-to-day in the cold waiting for the train to work; then, you can turn around and use it for your weekend winter hike up Mt. Washington or wherever. Special thank you to Nicholas for helping me out and I fully intend to enjoy the outdoors with this jacket!

    EDIT: curious why Backcountry.com lists the fill power for this jacket at 675 when the manufacturer and other sites list the fill power at 700. I attached a picture from the tag from my jacket. There's only one standard for testing fill power now so I'm unsure why there's a discrepancy.

    Great fit & finish

    Toasty With The Perfect Fit

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    I been looking for a good quality winter jacket for the New England weather and casual hiking. I wanted something warm, but not overly puffy. The last coat I owned was far too large and inflated that it was actually difficult to hike and shovel snow in. I came across this jacket after a long time searching. A very long time. Although I had never heard of the brand, all reviews I read about the Lightline highly praised it. After receiving it I have to say everything I've read lives up to what I had hoped. It is incredibly warm, but it is also very stylish and fit somewhat slim. While it was a bit costly, I always believe that you pay for what you get. Don't try to save money when it comes to important quality pieces of your winter equipment especially a jacket. This is well worth the investment, and I cannot wait for winter now.

    Best Down Jacket I Own

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    I have a solid selection of down jackets from all the big players, Arcteryx, Patagonia, Marmot...And this is by far my favorite down jacket when it comes to warmth and comfort. Very lofty and great fitting, this thing is my first choice when the temp drops down into the single digits! All the features you would expect at almost half the cost of a competitor, I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a new down jacket!

    Perfectly not puffy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    This is an amazing jacket! Super warm, athletic cut, not overly puffy and a durable feeling fabric. I've had it out in 12 degrees F with a T shirt and was perfect... If you need a warm coat and hate lookin puffy like I do, this IS the coat.. The hood is amazing as well... Can't recommend enough

    Extra Puffy

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size

    My boyfriend wanted a down puffy that would be significantly thicker than his Patagonia Nano Puff or a similar down midlayer, and after going through just about every option on the website, I settled on getting him this one.

    Neither of us had any experience with Mountain Equipment before, but so far I'm really impressed. The face fabric feels tough and durable, like it can stand up to plenty of wear, and he's thrilled with the puffiness of the jacket. We both thought it looked huge in the bag, but when he put it on, the sizing was true. Mountain Equipment packs enough down into this jacket that it doesn't sag or compress after having it on for a few minutes, and my boyfriend's excited about how soft the inner liner is, since I'm sure he'll be throwing this on with a t-shirt for quick dog walks in the morning and evening. Overall, really impressed with this jacket so far. If you want a step up from down midlayers but don't need to go all the way to an expedition jacket, I'd highly recommend the Lightline. And if you do take it outside, it has a technical hood that looks like it'll be toasty warm in a snowstorm.

    Nice Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: L
    • Height: 6'3"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    A little light on down on the inside of the elbows and back of the hood but other than that it is a well made jacket. I bought one black one gray.

    He loves it!

      He says it's super warm and the outer material is far more durable than his Patagonia down sweater. A few feathers have poked through but that seems common with down jackets. The blue looks really good and overall a great jacket!

      Very warm

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large
      • Height: 6'0"
      • Weight: 203lbs

      Very warm, very light, and very comfortable. I used this jacket in 10'F to 19'F weather with just a t-shirt, and it was able to keep me warm. Great jacket.

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      Unanswered Question

      Hi there. Are you able to tell me the measurement of length of the back of this jacket please? My husband has a longer torso than average so I need to know if this jacket will cover his lower back..the length needs to be at least 30-32inches. Cheers :)

      why do some of the colors in the sample photos have 7 rows of insulation and other colors have 8? It looks like some of them are a few inches longer than others. Are these images showing two different models of jacket, or two different sizes? I'm asking because I'm trying to determine length of the jacket in a size M (does it cover my butt?).

      Hey,



      Great question! When looking at the images, it looks like a Small was used for the product photography on the ones that show just 7 baffles. For the images with 8 baffles, those look like a larger size was used for the photo.



      Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!



      Jared D.

      Expert Gearhead

      801.736.4336

      jdowns@backcountry.com

      According to the size chart this jacket...

      According to the size chart this jacket under normal chest size, waist less than usual. For example, size L usually corresponds to the waist size 34-36. It is usual. At this jacket waist contains - 34. I ask this question because I have not athlete figure. Tell please, this jacket narrowed waist ? Thank you.....

      Igor,

      The sizing charts you will often see attached to a product page are very rarely product specific and more often are general sizing advice for an entire brand.



      In this case, the waist sizes are not specific to the Mountain Equipment Lightline Down Jacket. This jacket has a regular fit, and my experience from trying it on makes me think that the large would fit just fine for someone with a 36" waist.