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Anonymouswrote a review of on October 4, 2011

5 5

Being a serious gear head, I can honestly say that I have tried most lightweight pads out there -- either in store or in the wilderness. The Neo far surpasses any pad I have ever used in terms of compact weight, comfort and stability. This baby is tiny and featherweight in a backpack. It will slide into some of those tiny voids while packing. This pad is simply the most comfortable pad I have ever laid my trail weary spine upon. Some pads cause added rolling when turning from back to side sleeping and back again. I for one tend to move around during the night and the Neo is neither noisy (as some people claim) or unstable. I think its the horizontal baffles that offer improved stability and warmth. I have the 20 and 25" models. The 20 is a bit too narrow, but works fine while the 25 feels like a queen size mountain matress. It literally fills the entire floor space of my MSR Hubba HP. I simply add a 1/8" or 1/4" closed cell foam pad between the Neo and my bag during colder conditions - perfect!

I cannot put a higher rating or I would. The only thing that could improve this pad is a material that is more durable for using in a camp chair, however this would then be detrimental to the insan lightness of this pad. For that I will be more careful!

Get it today!!

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Anonymouswrote a review of on May 19, 2008

5 5

OK, let me just start by saying that if I did not shower, I would likely live in this baby. I told a friend once that this jacket 'regulates' me and it does. It seriously keeps me moderated in the perfect comfort zone whether I'm indoors or outside on chilly days. I've searched out this type of layer over the years, trying to shed ounces from my minimalist backpack load and have tried many brands. Bottom line: little number does is all. Incredible warmth to weight ratio, crumples down to the size of an orange, puffs back up like a proud goose, with an outer shell durable enough to fight off run-ins with occasional brush or branches around camp. The outer DWR coating will see you through a light sprinkle without worrying about soaking your down. I have 3 Montbell jackets (synthetic UL, down alpine light, and now the down UL hoody) all with impeccable construction, materials and attention to detail. A must have for any serious mountain goat.

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Anonymouswrote a review of on February 6, 2007

5 5

The Montbell UL is a great jacket. As usual I am impressed with Montbell's quality and attention to detail. After sizing issues for a couple seasons this update nailed the fit and added a new front zip and handwarmer pockets. At 6ft and 180lbs I fit the large perfectly. Slightly higher cut is ideal for climbing harnesses, but does not ride up even on my long torso.

This jacket is a mere 9 oz., perfect for the ultralight junkie and the super warm Exceloft seems thin but is warm for the weight. My UL could take the place of a heavier fleece and when used in conjunction with a light fleece felt as warm a heavier down jacket. The 15oz. shell may seem delicate but it is tougher than I thought and has held up well while hiking in thickets and brush. No snags.

Stylish enough for kicking it around town and ideal for Spring to Fall excursions or an extra winter layer. I could live in my UL 24/7....it's that comfortable.

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