December 28, 2020
Runner-Up Best Lightweight: Montbell Superior Down Parka — Men’s & Women’s
For a little less sticker shock than the Ghost Whisperer, you can have a (near) equally high-performance puffy. Plenty of warmth without the bulk, the Montbell Superior Down Parka works almost as well stuffed in a pack as it does when you wear it.
Unlike the Ghost Whisperer, however, the Superior Down Parka adds a fully adjustable hood and some interior stash pockets. Its 10-denier ripstop shell won’t stand up to gnarly snags, but it will repel some light abrasion. Overall, it’s a very capable down layer that’s great for reliable warmth and easy to stuff in your pack just in case. Plus, with an MSRP of just over $200, it’s a coat most folks can afford to stuff in their pack.