Reviewed in September, 2020
Among hardcore alpinists, you won’t find a brand with more street cred than Montbell. This Japan-based company makes gear for people who truly use it and doesn’t spend much effort on paid athletes or splashy marketing campaigns. But the proof is in the pudding: Montbell makes some of the best ultralight insulation on the market, and because it’s mostly direct-to-consumer, the costs are reasonable for what you get. Our favorite ultralight down jacket in their lineup is the Plasma 1000 Alpine Down Parka. With 1,000-fill-power down (no, that’s not a misprint) along with an ultra-thin 7-denier shell, it offers by far the best warmth-to-weight ratio on this list. It’s not the absolute lightest option out there, but it’s a well-balanced UL piece that weighs next to nothing.
from SWITCH BACK TRAVEL