Montane alpine 850 down: A full Review
In our today’s article, we will review Montane alpine 850 down, we will see the pros and cons, and we will just give you a full review from a customer who has bought and received the jacked, let’s get started.
The new Montane Alpine 850 Down Jacket arrived in the mail today. There are several variations and some parallels between this year’s Deep Heat Jacket and previous years.
The Deep Heat Jacket is an excellent belay jacket for extremely cold conditions, and the new Alpine 850 looks to be even better because of its less weight and higher insulation ratings.
In terms of similarities, the helmet-compatible hood of the new Alpine 850 isn’t the deepest I’ve ever worn. It barely fits my Mammut Wallrider, a knit beanie, my Nano-Air Light Hoody’s scuba-style hood, and the hood of my Alpha FL jacket.
The Rab knit beanie, Nano-Air Light hood, and Alpha FL hood don’t produce a lot of material, thus you’d think the Montane designers would have considered modest layering when designing this and the Deep Heat Jacket.
Both parkas include left-hand twin zippers and hem snaps in the British way. One of the first things I noticed about both coats was how high they seemed and felt. Both look to be made of high-quality goose down and expert craftsmanship.
Both jackets contain two internal dump pockets that are well-crafted and composed of durable material. They aren’t the largest dump pockets I’ve ever seen, but they are large enough to accommodate most winter climbing gloves and medium-sized mittens.
There are a few distinctions to be made. To begin, the new Diamond Lite shell is substantially “softer” than the Quantum Pro fabric on the Deep Heat. The Diamond Lite is more supple and packable but has less abrasion resistance.
The Alpine 850’s inside fabric looks to be more “lighter” than that of the Deep Heat. For comparison, the Quantum Pro fabric seems like it will withstand years of misuse.
In terms of differences, the fit and feel of the two jackets are undeniably different. The Deep Heat was a touch more fitting than I would have liked for a belay jacket.
In terms of weight, the Alpine 850 seems surprisingly light for its expected warmth. The Alpine 850, men’s big, weighs 725 grams on my scale, with the attached hangtags and stuff sack.
That’s 10 grams less than what Montane lists on their website. The Deep Heat, men’s big, without the stuff sack/tags, weighs 725 grams. I weighed a known weight to ensure that my scale was properly zeroed.
I’m aware that the Deep Heat has been discontinued and is currently difficult to locate. Last winter, the Deep Heat served me well, and I was grateful to have it.
When I noticed that Montane had produced the Alpine 850 this year with a greater fill power and 50+ grams more down fill for the same weight, my interest was piqued. The Alpine 850 in medium, featuring 350 grams of hydrophobic, 850-fill down, is listed on Montane’s website. I’m not sure how much down is included in the men big.
I’ve been longing to get my hands on a Grade VII to see whether all the buzz is true, but the $900 price tag is too much for me.
I realize they go on sale after the season, but aside from the original release colors in 2016 (Viking Blue and Paintbrush Red), the colors from the previous seasons haven’t piqued my curiosity at all.
Should I buy the Jacket?
If you liked the shape, yes. It’s a decent jacket with lots of advantages.