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Western Mountaineering Flash Down Vest - Men's


Flash Down Vest

Light, warm, and easily layered under a shell, the Western Mountaineering Men's Flash Down Vest gives your core the extra shot of warmth it needs on especially cold days in the mountains. A lightweight nylon fabric saves on weight while the 850-weight goose down fill piles on the warmth. Great on its own during cold nights around the campfire or layered under a shell on a snowy adventure, the Flash Down will be your go-to layer all winter long.

  • 12D nylon
  • 850-fill goose down insulation
  • Regular fit
  • Reflective trim
  • Made in North America
  • Item #WES0049

12D nylon
850-fill goose down
Claimed Weight
Recommended Use
hiking & camping, casual
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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

nice lightweight vest

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
True to size
Size Bought
6` 0"
150 lbs

I like the v-neck to reduce excess bulk around the neck. The color has a bluish hue to it. It's a dark silver. The hand warmer pockets don't have zippers and the waist doesn't have pull cord maybe to save weight. The fit seems to make the waist pull cord unnecessary.

>Rating: 5

This vest is incredible!

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
5` 10"
115 lbs

When I initially bought this vest, I was skeptical about it's functionality. It seemed very thin and I assumed it may not have as much down as advertized. But I was wrong. This vest can make just about any jacket much warmer. I have worn other down vests from reputable companies under my coats when the temperatures have dipped into the single digits to stay warm. But every time, moisture has built up under my vest. I have not experienced that with this vest. And I have found that it is the perfect fit when I wear it under my wool jacket or my wool top coat. When I wear this vest under real wool, the vest and my coat are breathable yet I am able wear them in single digit temperatures and am still completely warm. And I had tried that with a synthetic down vest and a down vest from a very reputable company. I was able to stay warm with those combinations, but moisture would build up in the vest until the point that I would have to dry them out before venturing out into the cold again. But with this vest, I did not experience any of that. And it kept me very warm. Even when I stepped inside of places in which the heat was high, I did not start to sweat when I was using this vest and a wool outer garment. I initially did not think it was worth the price. But if anything happens to this vest, I would quickly buy another one again. And if the price drops this summer, I am going to buy a second one. When the temperature dropped in my home on the cold days this winter and I avoided turning up the heat, I felt toasty when I tossed on this vest. It was a good investment and I will buy more winter gear from Western Mountaineering in the future in hopes their other products will work as well as this one. And this past weekend, I wore it as an outer garment when I went hiking. It was chilly but I felt fine because this vest was keeping my inner core very warm. I am glad I bought this vest and will eventually buy another one.