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Plasma 1000 Down Jacket Men's

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Updated 11/20/17 (EST)

Best Ultralight Jacket: Montbell Plasma 1000 from GEAR PATROL

Review Date: November, 2017

"If you aren’t familiar with Montbell, you should be. They are one of my favorite ultralight brands (I own two of the brand’s sleeping bags). After testing the Plasma 1000, I was not disappointed. At first, the aesthetics of the Plasma 1000 didn’t sell me. The MVDS (Mojave Desert) colorway felt a bit too spaceman for my tastes, but it quickly grew on me. As soon as I picked up the jacket I was shocked — I’ve felt lightweight rain jackets that are heavier. When you toss it up in the air and let it float down, hyperbole aside, it literally mimics a feather. Despite its lean stature, the Plasma is toasty warm and packs down into a tiny stuff sack that fits in its pocket. I took the jacket on a shoulder season camping trip, and I’m glad I did. It took up virtually zero space in my pack and was warm enough to extend a sunset hike into the dark. In the ultimate test, I got a bit too close to the campfire on more than one occasion. Shockingly, none of the flying embers managed to put a hole in the Ballistic Airlight rip-stop nylon shell. — AJ Powell"

from GEAR PATROL

Montbell Plasma Puffy

A lightweight jacket designed to keep you warm - in the loftiest way possible.

Ultralight Down



Killer warmth in a baseball-size package? We didn’t think it was possible until we tried the Plasma, the first 1,000-fill power* down puffy we’ve seen. “It’s downright miraculous how much warmth this jacket provides,” says our tester, who wore it for more than 40 days of snowshoeing, winter camping, bike- and kayak-commuting, and dayhiking last winter and spring. “All in a package that’s about the size and weight of an apple.” The secret is the exceptionally lofty, light, and warm 1,000-fill goose down. These finest, fluffiest of feathers have more plumules than lesser quality ones, which translates to more tiny, heat-trapping air pockets and unprecedented warmth in such a light package.
To keep the jacket as light as possible, MontBell used a translucently thin, 7-denier Ballistics Airlight Nylon shell (fibers are heated and stretched, which boosts tensile strength and overall durability), stitched-through construction, and kept the jacket virtually featureless. There are no pockets, no hood, and no Velcro closures or drawcords. “But I stayed warm with just a baselayer underneath in gusty weather down to 20°F,” our tester said after practically living in the jacket for a six-day backcountry ski trip in Montana. “And because of the streamlined fit, I could easily layer it under a shell to take it into colder temps.” Despite the wispy fabric, the jacket shows no signs of wear or loss of loft after a hard season of use. “My only gripe is that I had to keep a very close eye on it when I took it off,” he says. “It sailed away in the slightest breeze!” $269; 4.9 oz. (M); m’s S-XXL; montbell.us

from Backpacker Magazine

MontBell Plasma 1000 Down Jacket Review

Review Date: Nov. 5th 2013

Although certainly a very dependable jacket, the Plasma seems to be more of a technology statement rather than a high-value jacket.



Overall Rating: Recommended



The Plasma attains benchmarks: 1000 fill-power down, stitching that maximizes loft while keeping the down in place, and the lightest down jacket currently available – for which we give it our Recommended rating. However, in spite of all this, when you do the research, there are comparable jackets available at lower cost, including Montbell’s own Ex Light Jacket. Is the Plasma 1000 mostly a technology statement?
Overview

As the name suggests, the Plasma Jacket features 1000 fill-power down, which raises the bar for a premium down insulated jacket. But that’s not all; this Spartan jacket also features MontBell’s 7 denier (25 g/m2) shell fabric, for a garment weight of 4.8 oz (136 g). For comparison, a midweight wool baselayer weighs about 8 oz (227 g).



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from Backpacking Light

OutdoorsNW Gear Review: Winter Gear

Reviewed Winter of 2013



Northwest backcountry skiers will love the Powder Cache hard shell with its Exceloft® synthetic insulation and waterproof, breathable features. Available in both men’s and women’s sizing, it’s knee-deep in zippers (hand pockets, interior, chest and pit-zips), has articulated arms, an adjustable hood, hem drawcords and adjustable alpine cuffs. Pair with the water-repellent Plasma 1000 Down Jacket for incredible warmth. The Plasma’s trim cut makes it more effective when topped with outer layers. Weighing in at just 4.8 ounces, MontBell is touting the Plasma 1000 as the world’s lightest jacket this year compared to similar down garments of similar warmth. Used alone, the Plasma is suitable for light backpacking, trekking or hiking. Unisex sizing; three colors.

from OutdoorsNW

Bikepacking.com reviews the Plasma 1000 Down Jacket

Review Date: Oct 20, 2015

Bikepacking.com reviews and explains the importance of ultralight down jackets in this comparison of 5 jackets under 12oz. The Plasma 1000 Down Jacket was the lightest jacket out of the 5 and is a "fantastic choice for those looking for a super ultralight option for bikepacking in more moderate climates."

"Recommending clothing for bikepacking is a complex endeavor, mined as it is with caveats. Advice rests on conditional elements such as local climate, personal needs, aesthetic preferences, and financial constraints. However, it’s hard to argue the value of investing in an ultralight, compressible, and insulating jacket. This minimal piece of gear can make the difference between staying home, and extending your adventures well into the colder months – keeping you toasty warm in the process."

from Bikepacking.com