The North Star Insulated Jacket by Montane is not only super pretty, it is packed full with beneficial features to keep you comfortable and warm on any of your outdoor adventures. I feel as though I have really put this down jacket to the test, wearing it in a multitude of environments, temperatures, and precipitations.
Not only has Montane used a high quality down insulation, they have encased this down in a water resistant, windproof shell. So now you can stay warm and dry at the same time.
The fit of this jacket is certainly something to write home about, as it is functional and flattering at the same time. The down baffles are designed and formed around the body shape and movement patterns, so the jacket moves with you and forms to you. Even though it’s an extremely warm down insulated jacket, it doesn’t have a boxy fit and feel.
Perfect for chilly climbing conditions, the pockets are raised up slightly so you can access them with your climbing harness on. The drawstrings, for ultimate adjustability, can be operated by one hand as well. So when you’re on a scary pitch and you start to freeze, simply tighten up your drawstrings with your one free hand.
The design and color way of this jacket is simply perfect, with attention to detail in ways I never would have guessed. The reversed zippers are brilliant and beautiful and make for an extremely clean looking finish.
The North Star Jacket is an exceptionally lightweight jacket for how much insulation you are getting which is why this jacket has easily become my year-round down jacket that goes with me on any adventure. Montane even provides with the jacket a waterproof storage stuff sack and when stuffed with the jacket it is no larger than a spaghetti squash. Whether you’re backpacking, camping, hiking, climbing, or embarking on any other adventure outside, this is the perfect warmth layer to have with you at all times. Weighing in at right around 17 ounces, it will be worth it for that one cold night (and also works really well as a pillow).
Between the functionality and design of Montane’s jackets, I would highly recommend taking a look at their website and checking out what perfect layer they can provide for you. This is the second Montane piece I’ve owned and I have yet to be disappointed about something! The quality is second to none, design is beautiful, and function above par.
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