Ama Dablam or Alpine Light?

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Ama Dablam or Alpine Light?

Postby Slow Moving Fun Seeker » Sun Dec 02, 2007 6:59 pm

Anyone have experience with either of these hooded down jackets used as a mid-layer (or top layer)?

Ama Dablam by Marmot

Alpine Light by MontBell

I know the MontBell is 800-fill down and the Marmot is only 650. I know both companies have good reputations for quality products. I think the MontBell has elastic-type sleeve and hood edges, while the Marmot is adjustable (on both).

Any other comments or recommendations?
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Postby mtnview » Sun Dec 02, 2007 8:17 pm

I own both these down jackets. Yes, I know a bit of a gear collector. I like them both for being less puffy and bulky than the basic 600fill down jacket like the North Face Nupse for example.

My uses would be spring or late fall scrambling and back country skiing.

I have used the Ama Dablam last winter and just bought the Montbell Alpine Light this fall.

The Ama Dablam is around 21oz while the Alpine Light is 15oz sizes large.

The Ama Dablam has a hood that will allow a climbing helmet while the hood on the Alpine Light fits snugly to your head.

Both down jackets will fit under a shell with the Alpine Light layering a bit better due to being a bit trimmer. Either jacket could be used as an outer layer without the shell although the shell material is quite lightweight so abrasion tear could be a problem.

The Ama Dablam is slightly longer than the Alpine Light in terms of back length.

I'll have more to say after our Cdn winter re the Alpine Light.

If I was to pick one garment to be on top of a summit with in late fall I would go with the lighter Alpine Light at 15oz. Easier to put in the pack. On the other hand if I went back country skiing and wanted a jacket for the lunch stop I might lean towards the Ama Dablam. Of course I will have to take the Apline Light out this winter and see how that goes. If it can handle all 3 seasons I might part with my Ama Dablam.

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Postby Slow Moving Fun Seeker » Sun Dec 02, 2007 8:49 pm

Great info. Thanks! More to ponder...

Does one or the other block wind better or breathe better or shed rain better?
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alpine light reviews

Postby sburke16 » Mon Dec 03, 2007 10:28 pm

Check out this link for some pretty good reviews of the Alpine light. ... %20Jacket/

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