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Down vest - Mont Bell UL?
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Lachlan Fysh
(lachlanfysh) - M
Down vest - Mont Bell UL? on 12/06/2013 23:37:58 MST Print View

Hi,

Looking to buy a down vest for summer insulation, and wearing around town. I own a Patagonia down hoody, which I like but is too warm for my general Australian needs (bought for northern hemisphere winter use...).

My first instinct was the patagucci vest, but I can't find it at a decent price right now (less than $150 in M) and it's really not that light.

Mont Bell seems good on price and weight. My biggest concern would be that the fabric might be a bit fragile for regular wear in the city? Also it is a bit technical looking a shiny for that use... but that's a secondary concern.

Can people vouch for the MB being acceptably durable (I'm not hard on my clothes)?

Also, how is the sizing? I'm a medium for the patagonia, but couldn't get away with a much shorter body due to being tall...

Or any other recommendations...?

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
re on 12/07/2013 04:13:16 MST Print View

I imagine the denier would be fine, just watch out for sharp pencils and shipping cart snags etc.

I think down jackets look silly in the city, I wear a Arxteryx atom lt though, in black, I think it's borderline too technical. I just bought a leather jacket on eBay actually, full zip and doesn't look too heavy. It's mainly for using it with my motorcycle.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Down vest - Mont Bell UL? on 12/07/2013 08:23:53 MST Print View

I have the thermawrap UL vest and I really, really like it. It has a matte finish, it's warm but not TOO warm, it's not at all bulky and it fits very nicely.

It's not down, but I think that helps the overly puffy look that is so not attractive.

michael adamski
(mikeadamski) - M
Uniqlo? on 12/07/2013 09:01:01 MST Print View

I don't have first hand knowledge of this one, but would consider it if I was shopping for a down vest. $49 US. We've had good luck with the jackets. Can you get it in Australia?

http://www.uniqlo.com/us/store/lifewear/men-ultra-light-down-vest/079120-68?ref=mens-clothing%2Fcollections%2Fultra-light-down-coats

Rodney Mruk
(rodney_mruk) - M

Locale: Northeast Oregon
Montbell UL Down Vest on 12/07/2013 19:24:39 MST Print View

Lachlan,

I have owned this vest for four years. Like all other products I have purchased from Montbell, it is of high quality. I would not be afraid to wear it in town or wherever. Even though they use 10 denier fabric, it seems quite durable to me. If you poke it with a knife, it will puncture. But so will any other fabric.

Hope this helps.
Rodney

Edited by rodney_mruk on 12/07/2013 19:25:44 MST.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Down vest - Mont Bell UL? on 12/07/2013 22:03:13 MST Print View

I've had one for several years and it was held up well. My backpacking gear sees more rugged use than my city clothes.

Lachlan Fysh
(lachlanfysh) - M
last two comments on 12/08/2013 00:45:46 MST Print View

Well the last two comments were spot on... good thing they didn't go the other way as I freaked out at the fact that I decided I wanted medium and Backcountry had the only 'pure indigo' coloured one left online and I pulled the trigger.

Really excited now... better make it to me ahead of Christmas in time for a trip to New Zealand. Very frustratingly Backcountry won't ship Mont Bell to Australia directly despite the fact there is no local distributor so I need to go by way of a mail forwarder.