Forgot that I didn't send this email, here is the LTR on the Montbell
TEC down jacket. HTML can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/ygev83u
Now I'm out the door OOP until the 12th.
Long Term Report:
April 1st, 2010
So far, I have managed to take the TEC jacket out on 2 overnight
trips, 3 more day hikes (for a total of 6 day hikes) and I continue to
wear the jacket daily to work.
The first trip out was a day hike along the Front Range of the Salt
Lake Valley. This was a 3 mi (4.8 km) with some limited elevation gain
up to the ridge. The weather started off quite cool but warmed up over
the trip. I started wearing the TEC jacket but ended up removing it
and tying it around my waist.
The next trip out was an overnight on the Front Range of the Salt Lake
Valley. I was up in one of the canyons for a short snowshoeing trip.
The day was a cool 40 F (4 C) with no wind. The hike in was about 3 mi
(4.8 km) for a 6 mi (9.6 km) trip total. I used the jacket at the
beginning of the hike until I warmed up then I mostly used it for
insulation for setting up camp and relaxing.
The next trip out was a day hike at a small park. The total distance
was about 2 mi (3.2 km) and the day was warm and sunny. The
temperatures were around 55 F (13 C). I started out wearing the jacket
but I quickly ended up removing it.
The last trip out was for a walk around the block. This amounted to
about 3 mi (4.8 km). The temperatures were around 45 F (7 C). It
started to rain near the end. I wore the jacket the whole time. It got
a little wet in spots but otherwise was fine in spite of getting
Final Impressions and Comments:
I have really enjoyed wearing this jacket both as an insulation layer
and as a performance layer. I do find it does get hot to hike in once
the temperatures started rising, but for the most part I have been
able to do some non-strenuous hiking with the jacket at temperatures
below 40 F (4 C) without too much heat build up. Above that and I
notice that the heat starts to build up quickly. As an insulation
layer, I really liked the placement of the pockets, as well as the
fleece lining. I do wish the lining was on both sides of the pocket as
I did find I could feel cold air creeping in from the underside and
non-lining side of the pocket.
So far the jacket has been holding up very well. I do find the
occasional feather but for the most part it seems to still have good
loft. The outer material is not water-resistant and I have gotten the
jacket wet in spots. Either I had my drinking hose leak on my pack
then had to wear a wet pack, or I got caught in some light rain on my
walking commute. The TEC jacket doesn't show any water spots or seem
any worse for the wetting.
The jacket has been mostly comfortable. I find that since it is a
little snug across my hips, the jacket tends to work itself up a
little around my waist. I do notice that without a scarf or neck
gaiter on, I will feel a cool draft down the neck. This is entirely
preventable with a neck covering of sorts but some way to tighten the
neck would have been nice. Other then the snugness of the hip fit, the
only other complaint is that the jacket doesn't have a two way zipper
to help alleviate some of the tight fit. Otherwise, in spite of it
fitting a bit snug across the hips, the jacket is a great fit on top
and the sleeves are long enough to cover my wrists.
- comfortable to wear.
- blocks some wind.
- a little tight across hips.
- no two way zipper.
This concludes my long term report on the Montbell UL TEC Down Jacket.
Thank you to BackpackGearTest.org and Montbell for allowing me to test
this UL TEC jacket. I hope you have enjoyed reading this report