Mont-Bell UL Down Inner Parka

As much as I hated to see my Mont-Bell UL Down Inner Jacket go, I felt that it was only right to do so. Now that I am really focusing on my AT thru hike in 2013, when I make a gear purchase, I am really asking myself, “Is this something I will want to use for my thru hike?” And while I think that the UL Down Inner jacket would have been ok for the hike, I figure the Parka will be just a little better, and for only 2 oz more. So, I swallowed my pride, and returned the jacket for the Parka…

8 Responses to Mont-Bell UL Down Inner Parka

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  3. Mark says:

    Oh and btw, I really like the blog. The videos are great – very informative and it’s nice to see some of the stuff I’ve been looking at in action. It’s often hard to tell all the details just by seeing a photo on a website.

    Thanks for sharing it all. 🙂


    • Stick says:


      I actually had the MB ULDI jacket before the Parka and it was a nice jacket (plus, it was black!) but I decided to trade it in on the parka. I myself like the hood, especially for using with quilts. But, I couldn’t justify keeping the jacket and the parka, so I chose the parka in the end. I would like to try a vest though… I think that layering a vest with my current layering system would give me that little extra bump to get to around 0 F comfortably… If you are interested in vest’s though, just a thought, you may want to get in touch with Ben at GooseFeet Gear since he can also do vests. As well, Luke from Luke’s UltraLite also sells a vest on his site, and if you contact him he may do a little extra down or something in it.

      Anyway, thanks for stopping by and commenting, I appreciate the support!



  4. Mark says:

    Hey Stick, I agree about not hiking in down. I am actually trying to decide between those exact 2 jackets. I think I will go with the UL down jacket – I’m just not a big fan of hoods, they just feel bulky somehow (to me at least). I sleep in a hammock and have a great 20 degree UQ and TQ set up and paired with the UL down jacket, it should keep me quite warm when hiking/camping.

    I was mainly wondering the temp thing as I was thinking about everyday type wear in the winter. I have a great vest that I have worn last few winters but after dropping some weight, I feel like the Michelin man in it. After your comment about the warmth of the Alpine, I think I will try the Alpine vest instead for everyday wear.

    Very helpful, thank you.


  5. Mark says:

    Awesome! Thanks for the review. Temp wise, how low would you take the jacket/parka? Of course I realize that this is very subjective based on personal temp tolerance, just curious.


    • Stick says:


      With the rest of my clothing, this parka is easily good for me down to 10 F, at camp of course. There is no way that I could hike in down! Also, I do have the MB Alpine Light Down Parka too, and let me just say, I will not be carrying it on a BP trip, that thing is way warm and way more than I need for here where I am at!

      Also, I plan to make a layering video sometime soon…maybe this weekend…



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