REI Mont Range Jacket - Men'sis rated3.2out of5by5.
Rated2out of5byRTNfromGood concept, disappointing executionBought this on sale so I really can't complain, but I will: the idea was to have a packable lightweight multi-use jacket. The two material design makes sense.
The main problem is that the quilt stitching creates little pills and exposed fibers from the insulation. There is really very little loft to the main body area, but the insulation that's there keeps poking out through the stitch holes along with threads from the outer material. Result is that the jacket immediately looks worn and low quality. Can't really wear it out to dinner or anyplace that you want to look nice since it gives the impression of being a low budget and well worn item. Definitely not the quality I've come to expect from REI.
Date published: 2013-02-20
Rated4out of5byErik in StumptownfromBest of both worlds?I found this jacket on clearance and it was such a great deal I could not pass it up. I already own too many fleece jackets and a Nano Puff pullover but still thought I might find regular opportunity to wear this coat. What drew me to this jacket was the blend of features.
So far I have been pleased with the fleece attributes but the insulation was inadequate during a recent cold snap (that's 30's here in Portland,Oregon). I believe it would be OK for hiking but not for lower activity use in such temps. I expect it will be a great weight for evenings in camp but only time will tell.
The only weird complaint I have is the zipper frequently flexes inward while sitting, pushing uncomfortably into my chest. A touch annoying but not enough to keep me from wearing it often.
Date published: 2013-02-06
Rated3out of5byZach1234fromHood is too smallI'd give the jacket a 5 except that the hood is too small. Barely comes past the forehead.
Otherwise jacket is great. Fits much more athletic than most REI branded stuff which is nice.
If you can live with the small hood, jacket is great.
Date published: 2012-12-11
Rated4out of5bySciTimefromVersatile addition to my outerwearI picked up this jacket about a month ago (great clearance steal), and have been pleased with it. I was looking for a versatile soft shell that could be fit over my REI windbreak fleece (that is a great fleece!) when the weather gets quite a bit cooler and offered water resistance. I am not a fan of heavy down coats, and like to layer. I have a broad chest/back for my size so a L was needed. It is a bit big around my midsection, but I have run into this problem with every soft shell I have owned. It fits comfortably over my fleece. I walked a solid 45 minutes last week in the rain @ 38F with the hood up, and felt warm and dry throughout the journey. The arms/hood beads water well, and although the body part of the jacket was wet, it never penetrated to my core. I also love the chest mp3 pocket. Overall, I am happy with the jacket, and look forward to its performance in the snow this winter.
Date published: 2012-11-21
Rated3out of5bySkibkr1fromI REALLY want to love this jacket, but..I really wanted to love this jacket, because I thought it would be a nice jacket to wear around the campsite in cool, light rain conditions because of its wind- and waterproof arms, hood, and shoulder material. I like the look, feel and insulation value of the jacket's upper material. Plus, it's a dual purpose jacket with the insulated lower portion. It has nice features like an articulating and corded adjustable hood, zippered exterior chest pocket with headphone port, a loop for hanging on a coat rack (NO! That's NOT what the hood is for!), comfortable zippered hand-warmer pockets,and dual hem drawcords. Even though I listed Poor Quality as a con, that's not entirely true. There are quality details that are appreciated (but only noticeable when absent from a jacket) such as easy to grip corded zipper pulls. But, shortly after I purchased it I noticed that the insulation material - the reliable Primaloft is the symptom not the cause - is leaking from the quilted lower portion of the jacket resulting in noticeable piling, for lack of a better term, along the sewing. It's still a little early to say this issue is a dealbreaker, but should be considered before purchasing this jacket. In short, the pros outweigh the con.
Date published: 2012-11-15
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