Review – Montane Featherlite Down Jacket

On my trips to the Arctic and the Scottish mountains my heavy duty down jacket has been vital during periods of inactivity or when serious cold sets in.

Recently I was asked by Blackleaf.com to review for one of their lighter weight  jackets – the Montane Featherlite Down Jacket:
http://www.blackleaf.com/Montane-Featherlite-Down-Down-Jacket/bl3319519.htm?colour=Black+Kiwi

I have been testing it out here on the West Coast of Scotland for the last few weeks and I have to say I am impressed so far.

Firstly, being down it naturally compresses to a very small size. The coat and sac weigh an impressive 460 g  which can compress to a ball of only 14 cm in diameter. Actually the stuff sac is not totally necessary as you can use the pocket of the coat as a sac and then zip it up on itself.

For those interested in travelling light and optimising warmth per unit size and weight, this jacket works really well. I have used it recently while climbing on the Skye ridge and it is great for instant warmth when you are waiting around or belaying. Also the windproof pertex outer is great when the wind picks up.

Clearly the coat is well made and designed – it uses high quality 750+ fill and a variety of the baffles help to minimise heat loss. I am over 6 ft tall and I like the way it has ample space around cuffs and lower back.

The liner is fast breathing and quick drying so it copes well with sweat and showers.

All in all a very useful, minimum bulk item – great as backup insulation on a canoe trip in the event of a capsize, on a cold winter’s night or up in the mountains.

I am looking forward to testing this out in the Arctic next winter and will report any extra observations to this page.

 

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