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Western Mountaineering Flash XR Down Jacket - Men's


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Flash XR Down Jacket

Your altitude-induced chills will be gone in a flash, so to speak, when you wear the Western Mountaineering Flash XR Down Jacket. The finest 850-fill down stands between you and the numbing cold, while a feather-lite 20-denier ripstop shell resists abrasion and abuse.
  • Quilted construction cuts back on weight without exposing you to cold spots
  • Weighs in at a slim 11.25 ounces and packs down super-small
  • Elastic piping seals wrists and hem for thermal efficiency without excess bulk or gadgets
  • Minimalist design for weight management on gear-heavy expeditions
  • Item #WES0054

[membrane/laminate] Proloft XR, [shell] ripstop nylon
850-fill down
yes, fixed
2 hand
Claimed Weight
11.25 oz
Recommended Use
alpine & expedition, climbing
Manufacturer Warranty

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 1

Vaste of money

Bad fit, no adjustemts. Much better to go for North Face, Mountain Hardware or similar..

Hey Niels, I am sorry this didn't work for you. The difference is about weight, and although you may be able to get something that can adjust better, every option adds weight an bulk. The women's fits me great, and it is incredibly, efficiently warm. So light and so warm. Leta Western Mountaineering Rep

>Rating: 2

Could be great.

The build and materials are top notch. However, the waste on the size large is for someone with a 38 inch waste + and there is no adjustment built in - sending back. I would buy this piece again if WM comes up with a better design.

>Rating: 1

Don't waste your time

Runs large
Size Bought
5` 9"
135 lbs

I've had a WM Ultralite bag for 10-years this year (I got it along with a clone Mt. Washington pad). I absolutely love the bag, and I've taken it from Finland to Africa without fail. The Flash XR jacket however, leaves a lot to be desired. First, the fit is terrible. I'm 5'9" and about 135 pounds. The jacket fits like a marshmallow (a square). It's far too wide and too short, barely covering my waist, and yielding a much cooler than normal experience. There's also no drawstring to cinch the waist. Take each side in by ~1.5" and add that to the length. Second, there's no stuff sack. Neither an internal one (via a pocket), nor an external one is provided. I've rolled mine up in the hood and stuffed it in a gallon Ziploc bag. The answer from WM support is they don't sell one, but any 5" x 7" stuff sack should do. Maybe I'm being a diva, but at this price point, a stuff sack would be nice. Third, the WM warranty. The reason I'm even motivated to write this review is how horrible the WM warranty and warranty process are. On my second time out with the jacket, the fabric tore at a perfect 90-degree angle, about 1" long by 0.75" wide. My best guess is this was a result of a branch, or some other active use of the gear. Contacting support I learn this is *NOT* covered under warranty, but a repair can be made at a cost to me of up to $45 to patch it. Also, they contract customer support (Active16), so you're not even speaking with someone at WM. As a result of all of the above, I'll be returning this jacket and trying the hooded Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer. The fit is superior, the waist has a drawstring, it weighs less (granted, 800 vs. 850 down, and probably a lighter fill), it has an internal stuff sack, and it costs less. Despite this, I swore to WM based on my Ultralite experience, and gave them a few points for 'Made in USA'. In hindsight that was misguided, and I do not think I will be purchasing another WM product again. Michael

>Rating: 5

Game -Changer Down Coat

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
6` 2"
200 lbs

I've had many down coats, this one is a game changer. Incredibly light, equally warm. I can rock a tee-shirt under this coat in teens weather and be comfortable. The 20-denier ripstop shell is burlier than any of my other puffy's without adding weight. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

Gian, Thank you for the great review! The Flash XR is one of my favorites! Thank you so much for writing, and enjoy your Flash XR - Leta Western Mountaineering Rep

>Rating: 5

Function before fashion

I've used it several times
True to size

If you're more concerned about your look than performance, get a north face or patagonia. If you're looking for one of the best midweight down puffys out there, this is it. The XR is waterproof and keeps the rain and snow from seeping into the down. I've also got a mountain hardwear ghost whisperer. The Ghost Whisperer is super light, but not super warm. This thing is warmer than two ghost whisperers. My ghost whisperer is a medium, and I bought the medium flash XR. The WM fits bigger than the ghost whisperer, which is good. The MH was too restrictive. I'm an ultralight backpacker, and every oz counts. I was tempted to go with the regular flash down jacket, but I thought it was worth the small weight penalty to have a waterproof barrier on it. I think it was well worth it. It doesn't have logos plastered all over it, and there are definitely more stylish hoodys out there, but it doesn't look bad. The hood fits great but makes you look like an astronaut.

Great review Mike! Western does excel at the best and lightest weight down products.

>Rating: 5

Awesome Jacket

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
True to size

Wow! This thing weighs nothing and has kept me warm through this polar vortex. Haven't had it out on trail yet but planning to wear it on next hike.

>Rating: 5

Western Mountaineering XR down jacket

I've used it several times
True to size

Best puffer in the biz ! Got a medium in black and fits perfect. Packs up super small for bikepacking trips. Great addition to my WesternMountaineering highlite down bag for those chilly nights in the bivy !

>Rating: 4

quality craftsmanship, odd fit

This jacket is the most high quality of ultra light down I've tried, the construction and materials make this a very durable piece. However at 6'1, 180+lbs, 33.5'' sleeve, 32'' waist, and 40'' chest the medium was to short and tight at my waist. The Large is too baggy (pictured). Made in canada and designed in cali. The down backed zipper is not something you see in many other ultralites but makes the jacket like a true fortress in the cold. The fabric is tuff on the outside, quite weather proof. Inside has thinner fabric and lets you feel the loft of the down. The hood can give you a righteous cone head, the hood adjuster is pretty basic and doesnt help your look if your going for one but it's warm and wraps around your head. The nicest feature are the down backed pockets, down on both sides of your hand when you slide those in freezing is such a nice feeling. I wanted to love this jacket forever but the fit wasnt right and so im going with the cerium lt by arc teryx.

>Rating: 5

Made in Canada!

I bought this jacket because is best fitted than the MH Jackets and has European 850 down. I am a 5'5 132 pounds and got a SMALL size. This jacket is great for layering and that is exactly what I was looking for. Also, the XR gives the jacket an extra water-resistant capacity, which I was able to test 2 weeks ago with a light rain. The hood is awesome as well, it's adjustable, very warm and I often use it with a Petzl Meteor III helmet for rock climbing. Hopes this helped, thanks! G

>Rating: 5

Excellent quality, warmth, and durability

In addition the what the description says about this product, I have found that western mountaineering is one of the very few companies out there that is true to their ratings, specs, and quality assurances. Being one of the best fitted down jacket by WM, the flash xr is by far the best down jacket on the market. Pricy it is, but unbeatable by performance and quality. Highly recommended.


Does anyone know the fill weight for this jacket? Thanks!

The down fill power is 850-fill.


Is this jacket noisy. I hunt so I was...

Is this jacket noisy. I hunt so I was just wondering. If it isn't noisy can you make it in camo?

Hey MG, Sorry, but this jacket is mostly geared for hiking/mountaineering which means that noise and camo is not really going to be taken into consideration upon construction. Not to mention this jacket is not going to have the durability that you'll need while stalking or bushwhacking through brush. It's made from a lightweight nylon and will most likely get hung up on thorns and branches. You'd be much better off going with a layering system from Cabelas made from wool or fleece. I also believe that Underarmour makes a line of garments for hunting. Hope this helps.

Hey MG - we get the colors directly from the manufacterer Western Mountaineering, so unfortunately we don't have much control over color choices. This would be a great layering piece for warmth if you wanted to put something with Camo print over the top of it! This is an incredibly warm jacket, so if you hunt in really frigid temps, I do think it would be appropriate if you wore it underneath something. Alexander is right though, it probably isn't quite durable enough to be worn as an outer layer while bushwacking.


I try to figure out which size I should...

I try to figure out which size I should get, M or LG. I am 5'11, 165, 40in chest and 33/34 in waist. Could anyone give me a hint from their experience with Western Mountaineering clothing? Cheers

Hi Walera. I purchased a SMALL and I am 5'5 132 pounds. If you are going to layer it you don't want it to be too loose. G


Where is this jacket made?

Where is this jacket made?

San Jose, CA


What is the difference between the xr and...

What is the difference between the xr and the normal hooded flash? I tried the flash on today and then the montbell ul and the flash was longer and more fitted than the montbell. I am 6'6" 215 and the XL wast great. Maybe a half inch longer in the arms but no biggie

The XR has a highly water resistant outer fabric that makes it a better outerwear piece. The regular hooded has an ultralight outer fabric that allows it to be the most compressible, lightest down layer you'll ever need. The fit is near identical.


Hey why does the western mountaineering...

Hey why does the western mountaineering website list this jacket at 300 buckaroos and you guys are selling it for around 315.

Questions like this usually sit idle on the item page forever. I would recommend clicking on the gray "Chat Now" box on the upper right of the page to initiate a chat with a gear expert. They have immediate and real-time access to inventory, pricing, and order information. Hope that helps.

Hey Bobby, great catch. I am one of the reps for Western Mountaineering and the WM website is not accurate. The correct retail on this piece is $315. I will contact Western Mtng today and get that changed. $300 was Fall 2010 retail pricing, and I tell you, prices have gone UP! is a totally above board retailer, and they have never done any price gouging... I have been working with them for 17 years! Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Leta Sharpe

Bobby, the Western Mountaineering website is now accurate. So sorry for the confusion!