Weight: 0.339 kg
The Alpine Light Down Series gets roughly 10% lighter and softer without sacrificing durability! Our most functional mid-layer's flaunt characteristics essential for comfortable back country activity: optimised warmth to weight ratio and exceptional compressibility. The secret to the warmth of these garments not only relies on the high lofting 800 fill power goose down, but the inherent wind shedding ability of the silky 20-denier Ballistic Nylon shell. by blocking a large percentage of wind, a relatively light layer conserves the heat your body is naturally producing. Designing outdoor clothing with warmth to weight ratio in mind is great, but we also like to think the Alpine Light pieces succeed when it comes to warmth to dollar ratio.
Ballistic nylon is one and a half times more abrasion resistant than other similar weight fabrics and boasts three times the tear strength of nylons that are almost 20% heavier. Because of this, Ballistic nylons have allowed us to reduce the weight of many of our products by more than 50% without sacrificing the durability. We create Ballistic nylons by heating and stretching nylon fibers. Much like Tensiled steel, this process aligns the nylon molecules in each fiber, dramatically improving the strength and stamina of the fabric.
Fill power is a measure of down’s lofting ability, describing the amount of volume that one ounce of down displaces in a cylinder when weighted (measured in in 3/oz). What does this mean in plain English? The higher the fill power, the higher the quality the down. Generally, 600-700 fill power down is considered good quality, with 700+ in the realm of high quality. Montbell’s Down achieves fill power of 800 - 1000, giving it amazing loft, which in turn traps a high volume of dead air. This layer of dead air insulates the air inside the jacket warmed by your body, from the cold air outside the jacket.
At Montbell, we source down from both the European and Chinese markets to satisfy a variety of characteristics (supply/availability, low cost, consistent quality, humane practices, etc.) and maintain our lofty standards. Every season we seek to balance the superior quality for which we are known and the lowest possible raw materials cost. We change down sourcing companies frequently to insure that our customers have access to superior products at the lowest price possible. In the course of these efforts, Montbell never purchases down from operations that practice “live-plucking” methods. We only utilize down plumes and feathers collected as a by-product of water fowl raised to meet the demands of the food industry.
We will continue to look for sources of down that maximize value to our customers and allow Montbell products to perform at the highest level.
- Micro-fleece lined collar
- Sewn through construction
- Fixed 2-way adjustable hood
- Draw cords for hem adjustment hidden in pockets
- Elastic cuffs to seal out drafts
- 2 zippered(fleece lined) hand warmer pockets
- 2 interior drop-in pockets
- DWR treated flat coiled zipper
|Insulation||800 Fill Power EX Down|
|Fabric||20-denier Ballistic nylon taffeta|
|DWR||Standard DWR treatment|
|Center back length||65cm|
|Other||Front zipper: Left hand insert (Right side slider)|
This product is sized in US sizes. Pic the size you normally would in Australia. If you would like any help with sizing or anything at all please don't hesitate to call us on (02) 9264 9376.