The MontBell Smoke Parka wins our Best Buy yet again. It is versatile, durable, warm--everything we desire in a down jacket--and the 2014-15 redesigned version is more stylish with a better fit and nicer fabrics.
The Frost Smoke is very similar to the Arc'teryx Thorium AR hoody - Women's, but significantly more affordable. There is no stand-out feature, they are both very solid performing jackets.
From top to bottom, this down jacket is a great buy. The hood is roomy and adjustable; the front zipper is a durable plastic; the bottom hem is easy to cinch tight; the square baffles increase warmth for a sewn-through design; the baffle alignment allows for ease of movement. Our only complaint is that the arms are a little short.
This jacket introduced some interesting upgrades from previous models, which we discuss below, as well as some finer design features that work well. This year, it distinguishes itself as a much better jacket than the Montbell Alpine Light Parka - Women's, which is the same price. While the Alpine Light may still very well fit your needs, the Frost Smoke is more likely to please a broader range of people.