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Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Summer insulating layer for the mountains on 03/20/2010 08:21:07 MDT Print View

Hey all,
I'm looking for an insulating layer to be worn around camp while in Glacier NP this summer. Temps could get down to the 30's at night.

I've got a Marmot Zeus jacket, but at 15 ounces, it might be overkill--plus I don't want the weight or bulk if I can help it.

So what would be a good, ultralight insulating layer that I could wear under my Marmot Essence (for wind and draft protection).

Right now, Montbell has the U.L.Down Inner Half Sleeve Jacket on sale for $87, and the Vest for $62. How do these compare to the Western Mountaineering Flash Vest? Will these be warm enough, or will I need more insulation?

I'm really interested in that Montbell Half Sleeve, but am a little skeptical of its practicality. Other suggestions?

David Neumann
(idahomtman) - M

Locale: Northern Idaho
re: Summer insulating layer for mountains on 03/20/2010 09:49:03 MDT Print View

Glacier can get cold and wet even in the summer. If you can get your hands on a BPL Cocoon UL60 Pullover you would have a good package and wouldn't have to deal with the possibility wet down. BPL no longer carries these but I love mine. Before I got the Cocoon I had a Montbell U.L. Thermawrap which was a good jacket that served me well, but the Cocoon is a little warmer.

Edited by idahomtman on 03/20/2010 09:49:35 MDT.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: re: Summer insulating layer for mountains on 03/20/2010 09:53:01 MDT Print View

How much does the BPL UL60 weigh?

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Summer insulating layer for the mountains on 03/20/2010 10:40:23 MDT Print View

Travis:

We probably all have our biases... In my mind, the temperature "window" where it is so cold you want to put on your insulation layer -- but then not really cold enough to need insulation sleeves -- is relatively narrow. When it gets cold sitting around the camp at night, for me, I want a jacket (mine is the MB UL down inner) -- and sometimes my hooded shell jacket as well. When the entire jacket barely weighs more than a tee -- the weight savings of leaving out two sleeves or one half of each sleeve is more psychic than practical in my view. YMMV.

Edited by ben2world on 03/20/2010 10:44:07 MDT.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Summer insulating layer for the mountains on 03/20/2010 10:49:57 MDT Print View

Ben,
At what temps do you find yourself wanting to put on your MB jacket while sitting around camp?

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Summer insulating layer for the mountains on 03/20/2010 10:57:40 MDT Print View

Generally, I think:

50F - shell layer
45F - insulation layer
40F - both layers (mostly for the hood)
35F - nighty night everyone and crawl into my beloved MB bag.

Edited by ben2world on 03/20/2010 10:58:33 MDT.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Pull the trigger? on 03/20/2010 11:07:39 MDT Print View

For the price, I may just pull the trigger on the MB vest. I'll at least find out how I like vests, and can learn more about my layering system options.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Pull the trigger? on 03/20/2010 11:17:13 MDT Print View

Pull the trigger? Of course!


Ben.
The Gear Enabler.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Pull the trigger? on 03/20/2010 11:18:54 MDT Print View

"Pull the trigger? Of course!


Ben.
The Gear Enabler."

Wow. That was a surprise. :)

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Other thoughts? on 03/20/2010 11:38:40 MDT Print View

Anyone else? Thoughts?

Raymond Estrella
(rayestrella) - MLife

Locale: Northern Minnesota
Summer insulating layer for the mountains on 03/20/2010 12:01:53 MDT Print View

Travis I just about always carry at least a down sweater with me in the mountains. It makes a great pillow if nothing else...

I often need it though as it can get cold in a hurry in any month. I especially like wearing it in the morning as I break down. I take it off to shove in the pack right as we hit the trail.

It even gets cold in the desert like this shot in Death Valley (Sept 04) attests. Now I take a MontBell TEK jacket most times.DV packing up

John Frederick Anderson
(fredfoto) - F

Locale: Spain
Summer insulating layer for the mountains on 03/20/2010 12:05:38 MDT Print View

I've got two.
Patagonia Micro Puff sweater & a Hagloffs LIM Primaloft sweater. One of these comes with me every hike.
Vests seem pointless to me, for a few extra grams you get more warmth with a full sweater. YMMV.
cheers,
fred

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Summer insulating layer for the mountains on 03/20/2010 12:12:52 MDT Print View

Thanks guys. The more I think about it, a full jacket would just be more practical, for an extra ounce or two.

Now I've got to decide if spending the $100 bucks on a Montbell jacket is worth the 7 ounce savings over my Marmot.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Summer insulating layer for the mountains on 03/20/2010 12:18:06 MDT Print View

"Vests seem pointless to me."

+1


I don't know of anyone who owns just a vest and not a jacket of some kind. But then, if you own a jacket -- just how often is it when the weather is so cold you need to put on an insulation layer -- but then just too darn hot to include the sleeves??

I would sell the heavier jacket and replace it with a nice MB down (or similar) jacket and keep things simple.


[EDIT] Oops, just noticed that Travis has already decided against the vest. +1 on Travis.

Edited by ben2world on 03/20/2010 12:19:15 MDT.

nanook ofthenorth
(nanookofthenorth) - MLife
... on 03/20/2010 12:41:41 MDT Print View

I usually bring a R1hoody, R2vest, windshirt and warm puffy. I have a BMW Pro Parka that well I dont use but is perfect for the mountains, what I like about the Parka is the waterproof shell which allows me to just pull it on overtop my shell in bad conditions, that and I can still layer it under the Gore.
That said I recently moved back to the east and could be convinced to sell my parka.

Michael Ray
(topshot) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re: Re: Summer insulating layer for the mountains on 03/20/2010 17:52:09 MDT Print View

Would the New Balance Fugu be way too much? I'll be south of Glacier in late June. I'm not going to buy another jacket so my only other option is adding Cap 3 and Cap 4 pullovers over my base layer and using Dri Ducks as a shell if needed.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: Re: Summer insulating layer for the mountains on 03/21/2010 22:56:29 MDT Print View

For temps down to about 30F or high 20F I bring my MB XUL jacket and a shell.

Like Ben, when it gets close to 30F, I get in my sleeping bag.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Summer insulating layer for the mountains on 03/21/2010 23:08:30 MDT Print View

I suggest you buy my Montbell Thermawrap jacket for $80. Size medium.

That's the best suggestion I can come up with at the moment..... ;-)

Robert Cowman
(rcowman) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
Jackets on 03/21/2010 23:27:04 MDT Print View

I roam in the northern Canadian Rockies with just a long sleeve wool, wind shirt and shell with a BPL 90 quilt, and a Torsolite. I recently bought a UL parka for the hood, but it might end up being a pillow for $220. I ordered from Montbell.com and I paid $30 for shipping and $50 for duties..DONT do it if you live in Canada. Order from campsaver.com or Backcountry.com

Edited by rcowman on 03/21/2010 23:29:22 MDT.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Summer insulating layer for the mountains on 03/21/2010 23:30:04 MDT Print View

>I suggest you buy my Montbell Thermawrap jacket for $80. Size medium.

Thanks for the offer! After some thought, I've decided to focus my finances toward a better 3-season sleeping bag.

I've gotta reign in the spending for a bit (hmmm, that sounds like a Republican sound bite).

However, I appreciate all the discussion, and will be keeping this all in mind when I'm ready for a new insulating layer. So, keep on discussin'!