Among the many new and revised insulated garments from Montbell for Fall 2008 is their Ex Light Down Jacket. This one is a standout folks - the shell is 7 denier Ballistic Airlight nylon, the fill is 900-fill power down, and the total weight is (are you ready for this) 5.4 ounces in size men’s medium. We weighed a size men’s large at 5.7 ounces. The jacket has single quilt construction and a full front zip, but no pockets and no hood.
BPL outdoor icon Mike Martin models the new Montbell Ex Light Down Jacket. Montbell’s new 7-denier Ballistic Airlight nylon shell is the lightest to be found anywhere, and the insulation is 900-fill power down. The women’s model is on the left. Bring it on Montbell; we want more!
We don’t have a full description for Montbell’s new 7 denier shell fabric, but when we get it, we can add it in the attached forum. In comparison to other cutting edge shell fabrics, silnylon is 30 denier, Pertex Quantum is 20 denier, and Montbell's lightest current fabric is 15 denier Ballistic Airlight. So, the new 7-denier shell fabric is half the fiber diameter of the previous standard. I also want to mention that their Ballistic Airlight is usually calendared on one side to give it extra strength, has a very soft hand, and has an excellent DWR finish.
For me, it’s truly a pleasure to see and write up a break through product like this. Its exactly what we want to see more of, and Montbell has emerged as a distinct trend setter in lightweight insulated clothing. Now we would like to see their 7 denier shell fabric and 900 fill down migrate into some of their sleeping bags!
Features and Specifications
- Model: Ex Light Down Jacket (both men’s and women’s models)
- Fill: 900 fill power down
- Fill Weight: 1.8 ounces (size men’s M)
- Weight: 5.4 oz (men’s M), measured weight men’s L is 5.7 ounces
- Sizes: S,M,L,XL
- Colors: navy, green, red
- MSRP: $160