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zoli bassoff
(windsong) - F
light insulating jackets on 09/29/2008 10:30:11 MDT Print View

I am looking for a light weight wind/water resistance jacket. I have bought a tarp/ponch and want a warm layer that I can wear around camp. Another feature that I am looking for is a full lenght zipper. does anyone have any ideas of a jacket.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Montbell Thermawrap Jacket on 09/29/2008 10:38:47 MDT Print View

Check out the Montbell Thermawrap jacket.

At 8.5 or so ounces, it is featherly light, has a full length zipper, pockets for your hands, packs down really small, and is since it has syntetic fill it will keep you warm in damp conditions.

Two years ago, I replaced my bulky fleece with the Thermawrap and could not be happier.

I have taken it snow shoeing and winter camping as part of a layering system and I even use it in my sleeping bag laid over me like a blanket to provide additional warmth.

The workmanship is great.

Hope that helps.

-Tony

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
light insulating jackets on 09/29/2008 10:39:24 MDT Print View

How water resistant are you wanting it? I have a MontBell Thermawrap that I use all of the time, but you either may want something warmer (the thermawrap is about like a 200 wt fleece and 8.2oz) or more water resistant.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
light insulating jackets on 09/29/2008 10:40:02 MDT Print View

I was too late

Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Montbell Thermawrap on 09/29/2008 11:12:20 MDT Print View

I recommend going with the hooded version of the Thermawrap, the parka (see ava). The hood adds a large amount of warmth for a little weight trade-off. It blocks wind around around your head (except head-on) and the brim is excellent.

Jesse Glover
(hellbillylarry) - F

Locale: southern appalachians
Re: Montbell Thermawrap on 09/29/2008 18:27:38 MDT Print View

I have the thermawrap parka and it is amazingly warm for its weight. I would definitely recommend it.

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
other option on 09/29/2008 18:31:18 MDT Print View

If you are bigger than the average person you might want to check out the Patagonia Micro Puff as the Montbell stuff tends to run small.

Robert McGaughey
(havoc) - F

Locale: North Texas
REI Spruce Run on 09/29/2008 18:37:21 MDT Print View

You might look at the Spruce Run from REI. 15oz, wind and water resistant, and the sleeves zip off in you just want a vest. Good luck!

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Thermawrap parka hood? on 02/21/2009 18:20:21 MST Print View

Could any owners please comment on the size of the parka hood? Is it over-helmet sized, or just over hat?

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: Thermawrap parka hood? on 02/22/2009 12:18:18 MST Print View

For me (Moderate-size head, I guess!), it would lose some loft over a helmet. Perfect though, w/just a cap.