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Anyone seen the Mont-bell "Sax" color, and other questions.
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Stephen Parks
(sdparks) - F

Locale: Southwest
Anyone seen the Mont-bell "Sax" color, and other questions. on 09/06/2013 20:47:56 MDT Print View

I'm considering picking up an ex light jacket on sale, and Sax looks like the best color available. Has anyone seen it in person? It looks like it might be nice, but might also be sissy. Hard to tell on the web.

I'm hoping that the ex light will have a trim fit as advertised. I'd be ok with the UL down jacket, but it is listed as a regular fit. Any other alternatives for a light puffy for a skinny guy? I recently bought a Patagonia ultralight down shirt, but it was really baggy.

Also, any rumors that Montbell will be changing to water resistant down soon?


Jason G
(JasonG) - F

Locale: iceberg lake
Re: Anyone seen the Mont-bell "Sax" color, and other questions. on 09/06/2013 20:50:59 MDT Print View

" but might also be sissy"

function over fashion.. ;)

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Prioritize! on 09/06/2013 23:38:16 MDT Print View

No such thing as sissy colors. The only sissies are the ones who worry about colors. My Patagonia hip pack is purple because purple was $12 cheaper.

I wore these for a month because they were on sale (I eventually sold 'em.)


Getting ridiculous colors saves you a lot of money. The Yellow/Green arcteryx jacket goes on sale far lower than the black one. I'll be the last to die in the wilderness, because Cessna's will be circling my campsite mistaking me for a landing zone the entire trip.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - M

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Prioritize! on 09/07/2013 01:24:51 MDT Print View

and Max is always safe during hunting season.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Anyone seen the Mont-bell "Sax" color, and other questions. on 09/07/2013 07:36:19 MDT Print View

Yes, the ex light is a nice trim fit. It's a tad short, too...fine for me but if you've got a super long torso it might be an issue. I really like the slim fit of the ex light (compared to my alpine light...I cannot compare to the UL).

Mine is blue. I have no idea what color "sax" is. But I agree...I have many, many green and chartreuse things because they tend to be soooo much cheaper. Embrace the color wheel!

sax on 09/07/2013 11:53:29 MDT Print View

I think I have a sax colored one. Its kind of a medium grayish blue. I like it, but doesnt matter since it only gets worn on trail. Definitely not an around-town item. Paid about $120 with free shipping for mine 2 yrs ago.

Fairly trim fit. A L fits me nicely. I have a 31" waistand 42" chest so its a bit roomy at the waist. But fits nicely over a 100wt fleece too.

I would like a drawcord at the bottom, and pockets, but given the 5.9oz wt , I can live without them. Just slash openings that let you stick your hands inside the jacket would be a great thing, covered with a flap and add virtually no weight.

I prefer the fit over my nanopuffs huge boxy fit.

Edited by livingontheroad on 09/07/2013 11:58:19 MDT.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: sax on 09/07/2013 17:35:29 MDT Print View

I thought the sax color shade of blue was only 2013.

sax on 09/07/2013 17:56:55 MDT Print View

"I thought the sax color shade of blue was only 2013."

I couldnt say.
I didnt buy mine this year I know that. Might have been sometime in 2012 , but I thought it was on clearance at the time, hence the low price. Or maybe mines not Sax, but sure looks like it to me.

Stephen Parks
(sdparks) - F

Locale: Southwest
Sax and fit on 09/07/2013 22:52:51 MDT Print View

I had thought of using the EX Light for Intl. business and other trips as well as backpacking, which is why I care about the color. The tasteless American look isn't for me.

M B, why do you say it isn't for use around town? Is it too delicate? I'd just get the UL down jacket with pockets and a thicker fabric, but I'm worried that the fit would be baggy on me.

Jennifer, short is something I have to consider. I don't have a long torso for my height, but I'm skinny so have to wear a small, which results in a shorter torso.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
exl on 09/08/2013 00:44:27 MDT Print View

the EXL is pretty delicate ... in the city itll catch on metal protrusions like door jams, bike racks, handles, etc ...

i always wear mine under another jacket even outside


Ito Jakuchu
(jakuchu) - MLife

Locale: Japan
Re: Sax and fit on 09/08/2013 04:26:13 MDT Print View

Agree, better to wear under something else, which is I think a great way to use it in a casual or business setting.

The sax colour is a desaturated greyish blue. I have a Montbell Tachyon windshirt in the sax colour, this image comes quite close.

If you need a longer torso, the Montbell UL Down Guide Parka has a relative long torso. It is not as light though.

delicate on 09/08/2013 10:25:11 MDT Print View

Yeah, the exlite is fairly delicate. Also minimal features, no hand pockets, and waist has no drawcord.

If you wear it under something else as a layer, thats no problem.

I wear a nanopuff around town a lot and Im careful even with that, and even so I now have one small hole from a puppy claw, + several pulled thread loops.