The MontBell EX Light is a great lightweight down jacket at an affordable price, but this jacket can be hard to find. If it is unavailable at online retailers, a solid alternative in the $200 range which is the MontBell Alpine Light Down Parka. Or, for about $100 more, consider the MontBell Mirage Parka.
Weighing in at an eye-popping total weight of only 5.6oz, the MontBell EX Light Down Jacket is the lightest down jacket we tested. Lighter than the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded and the Patagonia Ultralight Down Hoody (both of which are super light) this jacket takes saving weight to the extreme. Taking weight savings this far means obvious sacrifices in features — thus the EX Light Down Jacket is pretty much nothing more than a super-light shell fabric and 1.8oz of very high quality 900 fill down. No hood, no pockets, no drawcords. Additional weight savings seem to come from the fact that this jacket's cut is a bit shorter than all the others tested.