Montbell plasma 1000 jackets

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Montbell plasma 1000 jackets

Postby enlightened0ne » Fri 10 May, 2019 7:51 am

I just took a trip to Sydney yesterday and hit up the Montbell store while I was there. They’re selling their remaining stock of the 1000 fill power super light down jackets for $269, which is significantly cheaper than buying them from US/Japan. The salesman said that the Australian market isn’t interested in a down jacket that’s more expensive but less warm, but for ultralighters it’s so light and compact that I picked one up. (Warmer and lighter than a whisperlight) They only had size S and L in black when I was there.
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Re: Montbell plasma 1000 jackets

Postby crollsurf » Fri 10 May, 2019 8:12 am

Love my Plasma 1000. I paid around $400 so $269 is a good price. The outer material is not durable, so I wouldn't want to be brushing against shrub with it. Otherwise insane light and nice and warm. Perfect for around camp, or as a mid layer/walking fire trail/open track when cool to cold.
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Re: Montbell plasma 1000 jackets

Postby wildwanderer » Fri 10 May, 2019 8:32 am

damm... i purchased a macpac light down jacket only a month ago..

would have loved this.
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Re: Montbell plasma 1000 jackets

Postby Petew » Fri 10 May, 2019 8:44 am

They are selling the current plasma 1000 for $600 (hooded). Nice jacket, I was sorely tempted but just too expensive.

I was looking for a hooded lightweight down jacket and these things are amazing but $600!

Unfortunately they don't bring in the superior down parka, just the jacket. Ended up getting a Macpac Arrowsmith on special, heavier but warmer and a third of the price. It's a pullover.
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Re: Montbell plasma 1000 jackets

Postby Petew » Fri 10 May, 2019 8:46 am

Crollsurf, $400 is a good price for a plasma 1000. Where did you get it?
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Re: Montbell plasma 1000 jackets

Postby crollsurf » Fri 10 May, 2019 10:18 am

Petew wrote:Crollsurf, $400 is a good price for a plasma 1000. Where did you get it?

got it from Montbell in Sydney a year or so ago, that was the RRP at the time for the none hooded version. Even at $400 it was hard to bite the bullet. At $600! is it really worth the 200g saving.

EDIT: the $600 plasma is different. It's the jacket not the puffer which is on sale.

EE and others have similar offerings but being XXL, many companies don't offer that sizing, plus I really need to try clothing on before I buy, particularly at those sort of prices.

Montbell Versalite rain jacket is awesome UL as well but they don't sell in my size :(
https://montbelloutdoor.com.au/products/us-versalite-jacket-mens
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Re: Montbell plasma 1000 jackets

Postby Petew » Fri 10 May, 2019 2:23 pm

I looked at those but ended up going for a storm cruiser instead. Pretty nice jacket. Going to Tassie for a walk mid winter and thought the versalite might not cut it. I was tempted though..... They make nice stuff.
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