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Backpacker Magazine – September 2012

Gear Review: MontBell Highland

A warm, packable down sweater at an affordable price.

by: Kristin Hostetter

MontBell Highland
MontBell Highland

VERDICT
Who doesn’t want a warm, packable down sweater at an affordable price? The 650-fill Highland costs about the same as many other brands’ synthetic-filled offerings, making it one of the best down deals I’ve found. The hoodless jacket worked well as my cold-weather midlayer in the Tetons, and by itself the Highland is cozy as a nighttime camp coat when temps are close to freezing. Despite the price, the jacket has not been stripped of features: You get two zippered hand pockets, two interior pockets, elasticized wrist closures, and a burly-toothed main zip that never snags. Packs to 8 x 3 inches in its included sack

BEST FOR
Budget-minded hikers who want to add a packable, versatile down sweater to their layering system

TESTER DATA
> Kristin Hostetter (other tester: Dennis Lewon)
> Duration April to June
> Locales/conditions MA, VT, WY; 20℉ to 40℉
> “The 40-denier taffeta shell and lining material slides easily over and under other fabrics for cold-weather layering.”

THE SPECS
> Weight 10 oz.
> Price $129
> Sizes (w’s M); m’s S-XXL; w’s S-SL
> Info montbell.us



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Lijiang is located in the upper reaches of the Jinsha River, has a long history, beautiful scenery, majestic natural environment, the descendants of the ancient Qiang, Naxi hometown.
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$129 bargain jacket ... OUCH! That's not what I consider a "bargain" jacket. Campmor has the Columbia Sportswear Omni Heat Reach The Peak Hybrid Down Jacket selling for $90. That would be closer to a bargain. I guess I'll stick with my wool pullovers and lightweight and waterproof rain jackets. Total cost for both was less than $40 and keep me warm to about 10F.

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