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Montbell Revamps Ultralight Thermowrap High-Loft Garment Line First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)

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by Alan Dixon | 2005-01-30 03:00:00-07

Montbell is obviously enthused with the success of their Thermowrap line. They’ve added pants, a hooded parka, and revised their existing garments.

The biggest story is the new 10 oz Ultralight Thermowrap Parka. This adds a hood and uses warmer 80 gm/m2 Excleloft insulation. (The other items in the Ultralight Thermowrap line use 50 gm/m2). This may be the warmest 10 oz top on the market!

PARKA SPECS
  • Weight: 10 oz, men’s medium
  • 15-denier Ballistic Airlight nylon shell and lining
  • 80 gm/m2 Excleloft insulation
  • Insulated hood
  • 2 zippered handwarmer pockets

Montbell adds Ultralight Thermowrap Pants to complement the jacket and parka.

 

PANT SPECS
  • Weight: 10 oz, men’s medium
  • 15-denier Ballistic Airlight nylon shell and lining
  • 50 gm/m2 Excleloft insulation
  • Concealed 3/4 length side zips

Ultralight Thermowrap Jacket Active

Here’s a new, active version of the Ultralight Thermowrap Jacket that adds stretch fleece on the side panels and cuffs on the jacket. The fleece side panels improve breathability. This is because the calendared Ballistic Airlight, while a very windproof shell, is not all that breathable. “Calendaring” is a textile manufacturing process to heat press a fabric and semi-melt its fibers, decreasing breathability but increasing the wind and water resistance.

The stretchy side panels also allow for a trimmer fit. The fleece cuffs improve durability in a high-wear area and come up over the wrist where thumb loops double as hand warmers.

JACKET ACTIVE SPECS
  • Weight: 10 oz, men’s medium
  • 15-denier Ballistic Airlight nylon shell and lining
  • 50 gm/m2 Excleloft insulation
  • 2 zippered handwarmer pockets

Ultralight Thermowrap Jacket (revised!)

The shell is the same fabric but calendared for better windproofing. The front zipper is now concealed. The biggest change is the addition of handwarmer pockets. The jacket remains within a few grams of its original 8 oz weight.

JACKET SPECS
  • Weight: 8.3 oz, men’s medium
  • 15-denier Ballistic Airlight nylon shell and lining (now calendared for better windproofing)
  • Full-length front zipper (now concealed)
  • 50 gm/m2 Excleloft insulation
  • 2 zippered handwarmer pockets (added)

Citation

"Montbell Revamps Ultralight Thermowrap High-Loft Garment Line First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)," by Alan Dixon. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/montbell_high_loft_garments_outdoor_retailer_winter_market_2005.html, 2005-01-30 03:00:00-07.

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