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Nicholas Truax
(nicktruax) - F

Locale: Montanada
Montbell Mirage Parka on 09/12/2012 22:58:00 MDT Print View

If this has already been addressed, please forgive me:

Montbell Mirage Parka

Looking like it is tres expensive, but also very warm for its weight. ~41.41% down to weight ratio! Ala a custom GooseFeet parka from Ben, but from a mainstream manufacturer. Intriguing at the very least with box wall construction and fairly full features like alpine cuffs, hand warmer pockets and interior drop in pockets.

Edit: Specs from MB:
[Weight] 12.8 oz. (Size M)
[Fill Weight] 5.3 oz.

Edited by nicktruax on 09/13/2012 07:37:09 MDT.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Mirage on 09/13/2012 11:22:48 MDT Print View

Very nice. It looks like they took the Alpine Light Parka design and switched it to 7D fabrics, 900fp down (from 30D and 800fp respectively) plus added a little more down.

Tjaard Breeuwer
(Tjaard) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota, USA
That could be just the ticket for 'shivererers' like me on 09/13/2012 11:38:26 MDT Print View

I have an older Montbell jacket that seems similar, baffled, very warm. This one adds a much appreciated hood, and drops weight with a lighter fabric and down, sounds perfect!

I can't think of many other jackets like this at this price.

Dan: It also is baffled and has a longer torso, so I think it will actually be a much warmer jacket.

Edited by Tjaard on 09/13/2012 11:49:11 MDT.

Brad Walker
(brawa)

Locale: SoCal
Montbell Mirage Parka on 09/13/2012 12:03:32 MDT Print View

Well, compared to the recently reviewed GoLite Bitterroot:
-same overall weight
-same fill weight
-box baffles
-7D fabric instead of 10D
-better hood/collar (IMO)
-better pockets (IMO)

The question in comparing to the GoLite...what's the price difference? Listed "on sale" on their site at $200, but sold out. Hmm.

Edit: The Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket is also a close contender. $200-$225+ for 12oz, 5oz sewn-thru down (size L), simpler hood and pocket situation.

Edited by brawa on 09/13/2012 12:07:34 MDT.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: Lartnec Nagihcim
Re: Montbell Mirage Parka on 09/13/2012 12:56:23 MDT Print View

Good to see this from Montbell.

I have a Gooses Feet Parka and it's amazing (8.75oz 900fp down, M90 outer, box all, weighs 16oz)
and 50$ cheaper than the Montebell piece.

Tjaard Breeuwer
(Tjaard) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota, USA
But 900 FP vs 850 on 09/13/2012 14:36:08 MDT Print View

Same amount of down as the Bitterroot but 900 vs 850. So should be equivalent to 5.6 oz of 850 down. Of course, that's al theoretical, since the weights on these jackets vary by close to an ounce from their list weights, it seems unlikely that the amount of down is accurate to within 0.1, as well as the accuaracy of the Fillpower rating.

Edited by Tjaard on 09/13/2012 14:39:31 MDT.

Serge G.
(sgiachetti) - M

Locale: Boulder, CO
warm on 09/13/2012 16:56:34 MDT Print View

with box walled baffles, this peice looks seriously warm for the weight. Steven, mind posting a pic of your gooses feet parka? Also roughly what size is it? Thanks!

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: Lartnec Nagihcim
Re: warm on 09/13/2012 18:28:44 MDT Print View

@Serge,

I can't post a pic as on my iPad but if you look half down thie attached trip report you will see the blue Parka.
I normally take size large in most jackets.

It is a serious bit of kit, It might be for sale soon as I am thinking of getting Ben to make me one with inside mesh pockets and 300g down.


http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=62629

Serge G.
(sgiachetti) - M

Locale: Boulder, CO
parka on 09/13/2012 23:22:53 MDT Print View

@steven: thanks for the link. Nice trip report, and yeah that is some serious insulation. I think I may have ben make me a similar parka as a winter belay piece, except with downtek whenever that becomes available. Cheers.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: Lartnec Nagihcim
Re: parka on 09/14/2012 07:07:54 MDT Print View

Serge,

I was speaking to Ben about it a while back and he said he will email when me when he has some in for testing.