Dec 6, 2013 at 10:37 pm #1310665
Lachlan FyshBPL Member
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…?Dec 7, 2013 at 3:13 am #2051744
@m-lLocale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
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.
Dec 7, 2013 at 7:23 am #2051760
Jennifer MitolBPL Member
@jenmitolLocale: In my dreams....
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.Dec 7, 2013 at 8:01 am #2051767
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?Dec 7, 2013 at 6:24 pm #2051915
@rodney_mrukLocale: Northeast Oregon
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.
RodneyDec 7, 2013 at 9:03 pm #2051957
Nick GatelBPL Member
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
I've had one for several years and it was held up well. My backpacking gear sees more rugged use than my city clothes.Dec 7, 2013 at 11:45 pm #2051982
Lachlan FyshBPL Member
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.
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