North Star JacketULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT, WATER RESISTANT, HOODED DOWN JACKET
The North Star is an Alpine down jacket designed and constructed for supreme versatility. Containing the highest quality goose down encased in a water resistant and windproof shell, it is light and warm enough to be used in a multitude of situations. Neat tailored stitch through baffles follow your anatomical profile and allow efficient trapping of body heat. The North Star also features a climbing helmet hood and generous body length for comfort. Wear it year round in the mountains and on cold, winter adventures. Fabric: FREEFLOW® Ultralite
Filling: 200g (M) of minimum 90/10 goose down at 800+ fill (USA) CERTIFIED NON LIVE PLUCKED & NON FORCE FED DOWN
Lining: Ultra soft PEAQ Down
Zips: YKK reverse coil
Alpine red / Alpine red lining / Alpine red zips - NEW
Black / Alpine red lining / Steel zips
Electric blue / Burnt orange lining / Electric blue zips
Steel / Vivid green lining / Steel zips
Weight (approx.): 548g / 19.3oz (M)
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Fit: Active Mountain
Activities: Lightweight Alpine Climbing / Mountain Walking / Winter Camping
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- FREEFLOW® Ultralite 38g/m², outer shell waterproof to a minimum of 600mm hydrostatic head
- PEAQ Down liner that is comfortable next to the skin, highly breathable and fast drying
- Exceptionally high quality goose down with 800+ fill power
- Stitch through down panel construction
- Articulated arms for reach high movement and tailored specifically to reduce hem lift
- Fully adjustable helmet compatible mountain hood with three point adjustment and wired peak
- Internal tab to lock down and roll away the hood in windy conditions
- Soft fleece beardguard next to chin for extra comfort
- Two deep hand-warmer pockets positioned well clear of backpack or climbing harness belt
- Chest pocket for handy essentials in the mountains
- Full length, reversed and baffled two way YKK front zip for ease of use with a backpack or climbing harness
- Adjustable cuffs with grab tabs for ease of use with gloves or mitts
- Adjustable waist and hem to prevent spindrift entry and heat loss
- Discreet reflective details for mountain safety
- Own waterproof storage MONTANE® dry bag
37g/m² ultra soft nylon plain weave
Exceptional comfort next to skin
Highly breathable and fast drying
38g/m² lightweight coated nylon rip-stop
Waterproof to a minimum of 600mm hydrostatic head and with a minimum MVTR of 4,000g/m²/24hrs
DWR with spray rating 80 / 20 (JIS L 1092)
- The North Star Jacket uses FREEFLOW® fabric which contains a Durable Water Repellency (DWR) as the first barrier in keeping you dry. Clean your garment in order to maintain this.
- MONTANE® recommends a professional cleaning service for down products.
- If you choose to wash your down clothing yourself, it ideally needs to be handwashed and care must be taken to dry the product correctly.
- Wash using a mild detergent in warm water (around 30°C/86°F). MONTANE® recommends Nikwax Down Wash.
- Do not use fabric softeners, bleach or liquid detergent.
- Rinse the product thoroughly after washing to remove any soap traces.
- You should dry the product carefully in a tumble drier on a cool setting. You may need to stop the tumble drier at regular intervals to loft the down by hand (TIP: place a bag of three clean tennis balls in the tumble drier. This agitates the down to help stop it clumping together when it dries).
- It will take some time to dry a down product thoroughly, even if the outer fabric is dry the down may not be.
- Please see www.nikwax.com for more information on their products.
I went to a shop to collect a different down jacket from another well known company but decided to try this one on while I was there and ended up leaving the shop with this one instead. The fit is fantastic, and while I had been reading plenty of reviews prior to purchasing a down jacket, nothing came close to how this jacket feels when you put it on. It's like it was tailored to fit me! The draw cord which pulls the back in is a great idea making the jacket fit snug all over, the bottom draw cord pulls the jacket in too so it follows the shape of your body. The hand warmer pockets are great, they put your hands against your body with the full thickness of the jacket keeping them warm, access to the inner check pocket through the concealed opening on the outside means you can access it without having to take the hood down and undo the jacket. The two way zip is a bonus, especially with such a long jacket, some people have said it's fiddly but I have had no problems with it, maybe because I am used to two way zips on my other jackets. If there was one thing I would change it would be to make the rear hood adjuster the same as the prism jacket rather than a velcro tab so the hood is pulled snug like a cap rather than the volume being reduced in only one direction. Not enough of an issue to remove a star though. The addition of a waterproof stuff sack is a good idea, you can use it in 5L waterproof mode or 10L storage mode to avoid compressing the jacket when you store it, putting it on a hanger would be my first choice for storage at home though to allow it to air properly after use. The lofting really is fantastic, as soon as you put on the jacket you can feel the benefit right away, I came off the hillside this afternoon freezing cold and damp despite wearing waterproofs, within 5 minutes of putting this jacket on I was warm again. Ideal for warming up in British weather, as usual, it's the little things that Montane though about that give this the edge over the other jackets in the same class.
Heavy insulation with lightweight features
This is my absolute favourite Montane jacket and I have a few now. I bought this insulation jacket mainly because it is super warm and light. Being a landscape photographer I trek carrying a lot of gear so need as little extra weight as possible. This jacket is durable, very light yet incredibly warm, using down which is a top performing insulation. The cut from Montane clothing fits me perfectly, I'm average build and 6'2" tall. It's well shaped, fits snug all over and doesn't let any unwanted cold air creep in when I am out in the winter landscape. This jacket was with me in Glencoe Scotland and performed brilliantly throughout severe wind and snow conditions where I was warm even when standing around for a long time knee deep in snow. There are no rips or snags at all after a hard seasons use. It has some excellent features like a zipped full size map pocket inside the jacket, I generally carry a map as well as GPS. The peaked hood has been pulled down tight on many occasions and allows good visibility even when the toggles are in as far as possible to keep the wind and snow out. There are some lovely touches to ensure proper insulation like poppers at the top and bottom of the zip, storm flaps and there are even reflective logos on the cuffs; a nice touch. I am well pleased with this purchase and look forward to taking it to the arctic circle for aurora photography where I have no reservations about using it in -30 degrees. And no, I don't work for Montane, but their clothing does work for me! Thoroughly recommended.
Author: Nick Dautlich
North Star review
I've owned this jacket for a couple of years now and I reluctantly loan it out to my clients when we're on wild camping trips. I say reluctantly as it's such a great piece of kit I'm usually wishing I am wearing it. It's a great balance of being light enough to carry, packing down small and being incredibly warm. The hood is superb, offering a great fit and weather protection. My only slight gripe with the hood is that the peak could be a bit bigger and stiffer for when the conditions are particularly tough. The peak on the old Propane jacket is particulalrly good. The fit is athletic being quite long on both arms and legs and slim round the waist and chest. This minimises on the use and hence weight in carrying excess fabric and keeps the warmth in. The two hand warmer pockets are in a good position for non climbing use although they are quite shallow and so do not allow you to really sink your hands in to get out of the cold. My only other minor gripe is that the zip pulls are incredibly small to get hold of with gloved hands making them a bit of a faff to use. However, these gripes are pretty minor on what is an all round stunning jacket which doesn't compromise on quality and performance.
Author: Paul Allen
Versatile winter jacket
I've had this jacket for a few months now and I love it. One thing I really like about Montane is the design. Many manufacturers seem to forget that not only the technical side is what matters, but also the look is important as well, and I should say this jacket is the best looking technical winter down jacket I have ever seen, and even though it looks like a tight fitting jacket it allows you to layer some pretty thick layers underneath. Concerning technical side, it has a good DWR and it is warm enough for most winter conditions. I have used it in -5C stationary with a baselayer and light fleece and it was enough. I would say -10C when moving may be a limit for this jacket, but not necessarily. Other thing I love about this jacket is hood! Very cozy. One thing I would like more is windproofness. But it is wind resistant and it is made to be lightweight so maybe it's not the most important thing. All in all, would buy again in a hearbeat.
I got my jacket just before Christmas and I've barely taken it off. I've never been cold on it yet. A little roomy around the chest for me but this lets me wear lots under it. The zip can be a little fiddly till you get used to it and id have liked the bag it comes with to be a little larger without the mesh bit. but apart from those tiny niggles its performed well. nice and lightweight, id definitely recommend it
Author: Henry Brown
I bought this jacket in a summer sale, for a cracking price. I had to get the XL for the length of the arms and body of the jacket, and because of that, I had to sacrifice a little bit in the fit around the chest area, the XL being more roomy than I would like. That said, it fits over a full days clothes when used as a belay jacket very well, the cuffs have a nice velcro fastening that is easily used in gloves/mittens. The hood fits over a helmet, and is again easily adjusted when wearing gloves. The surface sheds light snow quite well, and it is a very toasty jacket. Overall verdict.. buy one!
all round star
have had this jacket over 2 years still looks brand new .can not fault this jacket for fitting warmth and quality where ever i go it follows due to how light and compact it folds into the bag provided .
Author: brannock john shepherd
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