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Lachlan Fysh
(lachlanfysh)
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)

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)
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.