LTR - MontBell Thermawrap UL - Colleen
- here is the LTR section of my MontBell report. the complete report
can be viewed in the Test folder:
Long Term Report
Oh yes, it's love. After 4 months of using the Thermawrap at least
once every week, carrying it on every hike, wearing it in blasting
wind, in the snow, in cold fog, on a wind-whipped peak... I love this
jacket. The only thing that could make it more perfect would be a
hood, and MontBell offers a Thermawrap Parka with just that feature.
How do I love the Thermawrap? Let me count the ways.
Pockets. The openings are high enough to get into even with a belted
backpack, and deep enough that nothing has ever fallen out - despite
the fact that there are no closures and no flaps. The interior
pockets are deep and roomy, and the jacket can actually stuff into one
if you want that.
Fabric. The fabric's DWR is quite solid. When I hand-washed the
Thermawrap in order to get smoke odors out, it was quite difficult to
get any water to permeate through the fabric. However, when the
jacket was set down in the snow and some snow was allowed to melt on
it and then it was grabbed at the wet spot, it did begin to wet out.
The fabric is a touch slippery under pack straps, but nothing that has
ever caused a problem. I did snag the Thermawrap roughly three times,
but the snags were small and never expanded. The fabric does not seem
to "catch" easily.
Fit. I love the fit of the Thermawrap. It is comfortable and never
feels stretched tight across my back. The sleeves stay in place quite
well - they don't seem to ride up at all. The elastic keeps the cuffs
nicely sealed. The rear of the collar has a tendency to roll away
from my neck and down a bit. This is a bit of a mystery, but not an
Wind Resistance. I did find that the Thermawrap is inadequate to
completely fend off winds of 60-70 mph/97 - 113 kph, but other than
that particularly fierce windstorm (dodging tumbleweeds at that speed
is fun!), the Thermawrap was delightfully warm even in brisk, stiff
winds. Alas, that storm was the only time when I had access to wind
speed data. I did wear it once on a mountain peak at 49 F/9 C with
winds that occasionally gusted strongly enough to affect my balance.
The Thermawrap, layered over a t-shirt weight merino wool shirt, was
not quite enough to keep the chill away, but adding a second layer of
merino wool did the trick.
Weight. It's 8.4 oz/238 g!!
Warmth. I've slept in the Thermawrap, in a sleeping bag, on nights
that dropped into the mid-20's F/roughly -4 C. I've worn it in the
snow on a day that hovered around 35 F/2 C. Except for times when by
my own foolishness I've let myself get too cold (sitting around on
cold ground in the shade too long, drinking something very cold on a
cold day), I have always been comfy and toasty in the Thermawrap.
Since the neck opening is rather spacious and I have a slender neck I
have had to occasionally augment it with a scarf or neck gaiter, which
is why a hooded model (the Thermawrap Parka) would possibly be, for
me, the perfect synthetic insulated jacket. It is too warm to wear
while walking or otherwise being active in temperatures above 60 F/16
C, but from 50 F/10 C, I've been pretty content to leave it on the
whole day (bear in mind I tend to be cold-blooded).
Conclusions. The Thermawrap is a winner. Unless I replace it with a
Thermawrap Parka (only for the hood), it has earned a permanent spot
in my gear kit. This is a stellar jacket.
Thank you very much to both MontBell and BackpackGearTest.org for the
opportunity to try out the Women's U.L. Thermawrap.
> EDIT: LTR - MontBell Thermawrap UL - ColleenColleen, thanks for your LTR. Very few Edits below, as per the usual
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Emma Eyeball"
> How do I love the Thermawrap? Let me count the ways.Comment: I like that. Would you want to put a colon at the end of
that? Your call entirely. Nice picture, too.
> Pockets. The openings are high enough to get into even with abelted
> backpack, and deep enough that nothing has ever fallen out - despiteone
> the fact that there are no closures and no flaps. The interior
> pockets are deep and roomy, and the jacket can actually stuff into
> if you want that.Comment: "if *you* want that" is what made me read this sentence
again (you have to be aware that I'm a snoop for the projection
police). I've tried to delete "you" from my vocabulary as far as
reports are concerned, to help eliminate projection. How about ".. I
can stuff the jacket into a pocket if/when I want that" ?
A Comment, not an Edit.
> Fabric. The fabric's DWR is quite solid. When I hand-washed theto
> Thermawrap in order to get smoke odors out, it was quite difficult
> get any water to permeate through the fabric.Edit: the verb "permeate" renders "through" redundant.
> Wind Resistance. I did find that the Thermawrap is inadequate tospeed
> completely fend off winds of 60-70 mph/97 - 113 kph, but other than
> that particularly fierce windstorm (dodging tumbleweeds at that
> is fun!)Comment: I'm visualizing it - 100-klick tumbleweeds. What fun. I
really don't get out enough...
> Since the neck opening is rather spacious and I have a slender neckI
> have had to occasionally augment it with a scarf or neck gaiter,which
> is why a hooded model (the Thermawrap Parka) would possibly be, forF/16
> me, the perfect synthetic insulated jacket. It is too warm to wear
> while walking or otherwise being active in temperatures above 60
> C, but from 50 F/10 C, I've been pretty content to leave it on theComment: I understand the gist of what you mean by being cold-blooded
> whole day (bear in mind I tend to be cold-blooded).
in this instance, though only due to context (I have similar issues
with people stating that they are "warm" or "cold" sleepers - I never
know what they mean by that, though that may just be me).
Comment: You're aware that the Thermawarp Parka doesn't just add a
hood, but also adds 30g/m^2 (1 oz/1.2 yd^2) of insulation? MontBell
describes it as "far" warmer and I doubt them not. Maybe the right
kind of neck gaiter/buff/beanie/whatever combination will do more to
put you in the "just right" thermal window - likely at less weight
and expense, too.
> Conclusions. The Thermawrap is a winner. Unless I replace it witha
> Thermawrap Parka (only for the hood), it has earned a permanent spotthe
> in my gear kit. This is a stellar jacket.
> Thank you very much to both MontBell and BackpackGearTest.org for
> opportunity to try out the Women's U.L. Thermawrap.Thank *you* for making this an easy and enjoyable test to monitor,
having your reports in on time, with working links, etc. I currently
(sometimes) carry a pile vest for warmth which weighs the same, but
due to its open structure, loses much of its insulative ability when
worn on top, rather than beneath a shell (and of course fails to warm
my arms at all). Should I be in a position to go for longer, cold-
weather outings, you (and your co-testers) have put this jacket high
on my wish-list!
Once you've considered the above, please upload at your earliest
convenience and please remember to delete the test folder item. And
then there's another one for the history books!
And your first test in the new statistics, with a perfect score. Good
MontBell Thermawrap Monitor
- Andre, what kind comments in your edit. thank you, truly. and it's
hard to be the monitor on a test where all teh reports come back
glowing. it really inspires gear lust.
i have gone back through and removed the references to the Thermawrap
parka, because I didn't realize how much heavier-duty a jacket it is.
thank you for pointing that out to me. all other comments & edits
have been addressed as well. i *love* input and am actually kind of
disappointed when i get no edits. yeah, i'm weird like that. ;)