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Joel Waddell
(TenderPaw) - F

Locale: Lake Tahoe
down jacket ?'s on 05/21/2010 17:21:12 MDT Print View

I have a chance to get 50% off marmot gear, the only peice I need is a good down jacket. The Zues is there lightest at 17 oz's. It looks like it will run about 90 dollars or so with s/h. The million dollar? is do I double the cost and go with a montbell at 7oz's. Does anyone have any experience with either one? Is there another brand at 7oz's or so for about a hundred dollars? Your thoughts are welcome!


Locale: South West US
Re: down jacket ?'s on 05/21/2010 17:46:53 MDT Print View

I guess it depends on how much warmth you need/want v. pack size and weight. The montbell down inner is good to about 30-35 (over a base and windshirt)and packs very small. I don't know about the zeus but a couple of reviews mention that it's good into the twenties.

Both companies are quality. I have an old guides down sweater that just wont seem to die. I also have a down inner parka that I take with me nowadays. I like 'em both but prefer the montbell for backpacking purposes. The marmot seems better for multi purpose, like you could wear it around town and not look to weird too.

Jeff Jeff
(TwoFortyJeff) - F
Re: down jacket ?'s on 05/21/2010 18:19:53 MDT Print View

Can a 17oz Marmot jacket be compared to a 7ox Montbell jacket?

Hopefully you'll be using this a lot. If so, buy what makes sense, not just what you can get a good deal on.

First Last
(snusmumriken) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
What do you need it for? on 05/21/2010 19:10:22 MDT Print View

Something to replace a fleece layer or a real winter jacket? Your answer determines what you buy.

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
Fugu on 05/21/2010 20:39:02 MDT Print View

John Brochu
(JohnnyBgood4) - F

Locale: New Hampshire
Re: down jacket ?'s on 05/21/2010 20:44:47 MDT Print View

>>>do I double the cost and go with a montbell at 7oz's<<<

Should you choose to go with Montbell you can find the Montbell UL Down Inner for $125 new.

You can probably get one used in good condition for $100 or less.

Joel Waddell
(TenderPaw) - F

Locale: Lake Tahoe
Thanks everyone on 05/22/2010 10:49:50 MDT Print View

I think that I just needed to see my thoughts on paper. After thinking about it last night and now reading your thoughts plus revamping my intire gear setup this year (i.e. sublite from TT, western mountaineering ultralite 20, and a golite pinnacle, thats 7 right there) was 33 pounds now sits around 15 WHEN I purchase the Montbell jacket. I have see the light.....and the little things really do add up!

Thanks again,


James Naphas
(naphas13) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: down jacket ?'s on 05/22/2010 17:39:18 MDT Print View

I own both the Zeus and a montbell down inner parka. The Zeus is considerably warmer; a better comparison would be with the montbell alpine light, which means the weight differential is more like 4 oz.

Edited by naphas13 on 05/22/2010 17:40:06 MDT.

Jack Bauer
(mclovin) - F
size S on 05/22/2010 21:58:21 MDT Print View

OP, if you're a size S. the montbell alpine jacket is onsale for $105.94.