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MontBell U.L. Down Inner Parka - Know of any deals?
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Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
MontBell U.L. Down Inner Parka - Know of any deals? on 09/02/2009 12:07:36 MDT Print View

Anyone know of any current deals on this parka (Mont-Bell U.L. Down Inner Parka). I need to buy one soon and there have been a number of sales on these over the summer but I haven't been able to find any that are going on right now. I need a size medium and a women's small.

I thought I had a great deal lined up on a men's medium at backcountrygear.com for $111.95 but after I placed my order they emailed to say it was actually out of stock so I'm hooped.

Jim MacDiarmid
(jrmacd) - MLife
Re: MontBell U.L. Down Inner Parka - Know of any deals? on 09/02/2009 12:30:22 MDT Print View

this shows up on Bing.com with their cashback program.

Edited by jrmacd on 09/02/2009 12:31:22 MDT.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Bing on 09/02/2009 12:40:47 MDT Print View

The cashback program sounds great, but unfortunately I don't think that Canadians (like me) are allowed to use it.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
New Parkas on 09/02/2009 21:08:54 MDT Print View

So apparently MontBell updated their website today with redesigned parkas....it's sweet I discovered this redesign before I ordered, but it also sucks because I need it soon so I'll have to order directly from Montbell and pay full price.

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Montbell Customer Service on 09/03/2009 03:44:33 MDT Print View

And Montbell's customer service is severely lacking...

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Customer Service on 09/03/2009 22:13:36 MDT Print View

Why do you say they have poor customer service? Their customer service rating is 4.86 out of 5 on this site, based on 5 or 6 people's experiences.

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Anti-Montbell rant on 09/03/2009 23:42:22 MDT Print View

My personal experience, of course.

My wife ordered something I wanted for my birthday. She included several ways of contacting her. Three and a half months later it hadn't arrived, so she investigated. After an hour on the phone she learned that the order had been canceled, because Montbell couldn't be bothered to ship to an APO address.

Two points:

#1 It would have been nice if they had notified us that they had canceled the order.

#2 There is no reason they couldn't send the item USPS instead of FedEx or whatever they normally use. Companies who can't be bothered to send the occasional item USPS (which is the only way to send it to an APO) automatically lose my business. A lot of servicemembers live overseas

Other people on this site have mentioned other problems with Montbell's customer service. Granted, every company has the occasional hiccup, but not even emailing about a canceled order? Come on.

I'll never deal with Montbell directly again. I will readily admit that they make great stuff. To my shame, I was tempted into ordering one of their UL Down jackets because it was on sale for a RIDICULOUSLY low price, but this was through a different distributor. Who would send it to an APO. So he got my business.

EDIT--
I have now done my part to bring that 4.86 rating down.

Edited by acrosome on 09/03/2009 23:50:58 MDT.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
MB on 09/04/2009 00:02:56 MDT Print View

Hmm.....that is unfortunate. I ordered a Montbell parka from BackcountryGear.com about a week ago and thankfully they had the sense to email me and say that my order had been cancelled because they no longer had it in stock. I was somewhat disappointed because it was a fabulous deal ($112 instead of $160) but at least I knew the order was cancelled so I could place another order instead of waiting weeks or months expecting something.

I'm a USPS fan too. It's the only reasonable way to get packages from the USA if you live in Canada. The guys at the border charge Canadians duty/tax and USPS adds a $5 fee on top of the tax. I don't really like pay fees for the service of being charged tax, but it's a whole lot more reasonable than what the couriers like UPS and FedEx do. These couriers charge 'brokerage fees' which start at about $40 (plus the tax/duty of course) and go up with the value of the item. For a $50 item you can easily wind up with a $50 bill. For a $500 item you can wind up with a $200 charge or so.

Arapiles .
(Arapiles) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Re: Anti-Montbell rant on 09/04/2009 06:34:23 MDT Print View

"I'll never deal with Montbell directly again."

To be fair, when you say "MontBell" you mean the US distributor. I wouldn't imagine that you would have those problems with MontBell in Japan.

Arapiles

Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
MontBell Customer Service on 09/04/2009 12:32:45 MDT Print View

My experience with the flagship MontBell store has been great. When I wanted a pair of their SS #7 sleeping bags that would mate the website showed that there was only one bag with a left zip. I called the store and they verified that they had one of each and shipped them to me right away.

Sorry you had such a problem - I've hadthree orders with MontBell and have had nothing but great service.

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
EDIT-- Anti-MontbellUSA rant on 09/06/2009 04:13:43 MDT Print View

That is true- it was MontbellUSA.

. .
(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: MontBell U.L. Down Inner Parka - Know of any deals? on 09/08/2009 00:34:18 MDT Print View

Well Dan,

Any eureka yet? I'm trying to find one also.

I noticed that they changed their sizing and weight specs recently also, presumably in order to be more accurate to US sizing.

Does anyone know if they changed anything else with the new "US" versions?

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Parka on 09/08/2009 13:27:14 MDT Print View

Aaron, I'm not sure if you read it but I ordered one of the new ones directly from Montbell USA because I wanted one of the updated ones.

The updated parka's (released about a week ago) have about 20% more down (2.5oz vs. 2.1oz I think) and they have adjuster cords for the hood and waist which supposedly a lot of current owners wish they had. There are other differences too....the baffles are angled now for a more stylish look and the fabric is softer and less shiny. You can read all about the changes here:

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=23790

Mine hasn't arrived yet....hopefully it will later this week or next week.

Edited by dandydan on 09/08/2009 13:28:06 MDT.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Review on 09/11/2009 17:08:04 MDT Print View

I posted a review of the new Montbell U.L. Down Inner Parka here:
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=23790

It's at the bottom of the first page.

Jason G
(JasonG) - F

Locale: iceberg lake
MontBell U.L. Down Inner Parka - Know of any deals? on 03/29/2010 21:28:48 MDT Print View

found this old thread and thought I would give it a bump.. soo anyone know where i can find this cheap? THanks all

Peter Longobardi
(paintplongo) - F

Locale: Hopefully on the Trail
I have one! on 03/29/2010 21:33:45 MDT Print View

I have a green in size L I'd be willing to sell.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Montbell on 03/29/2010 21:49:35 MDT Print View

Montbell has some good deals at their clearance website. They don't have the 'parka' but they do have the regular jacket ($101), the vest and the 1/2 sleeve jacket. You need to call to order though because their online shopping cart isn't functioning right now.

http://www.montbell.us/products/list.php?p=1&cat_id=21&sort=1

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
MontBell U.L. Down Inner Parka - Know of any deals? on 03/29/2010 22:11:23 MDT Print View

If you want the older model parka, try some of the outlets. You might luck out on a closeout. Googling the item often brings up comparative pricing. In the past I've gotten some good deals on Montbell stuff that way, although I have to put up with a purple windshirt as a result.

The one time I ordered directly from Montbell, I got excellent service. However, having had a son in the Armed Forces for 30 years, I very much agree with Dean about those blankety-blank firms who refuse to send items USPS to accommodate APO addresses! There are a lot of others besides Montbell!

I prefer USPS to UPS/FedEx myself because I am often away from home. When I'm gone, the local post office will hold my mail, so I don't have to worry about something sitting on my doorstep for a week (my neighbors are nice but don't always remember). With UPS I have to time my purchases carefully so they'll arrive while I'm here!

Edited by hikinggranny on 03/29/2010 22:14:38 MDT.

Frank Steele
(knarfster) - F

Locale: Arizona
Campsaver on 03/30/2010 13:48:13 MDT Print View

The lowest I see is Campsaver.com If you use the 20% off code the final price is $131. You should get free shipping too.

Kimberly Wersal
(kwersal) - MLife

Locale: Western Colorado
Re: Campsaver on 03/30/2010 22:00:52 MDT Print View

But don't wait on this-- tomorrow is the last day of the 20% off.