Yes, Moncler Jackets are warm but unfortunately, they are not the warmest.
You might have noticed some common materials while scrolling through Moncler jackets. Such as down, feathers, fur, cotton, and nylon.
But one thing that is not fair with Moncler is that they just provide names in product descriptions without much details about them and how efficient together are they to keep us warm.
And even are they good enough or not for the price we pay, all hidden from the consumers like us.
Let’s discuss some of the main things that Moncler uses to provide a reasonable amount of warmth but more importantly let’s see if they are better than the known affordable brands.
Alpiners don’t go for Moncler instead look for more technical brands like Arc’teryx or some other tech-specific brand if your main priority is functionality and security in harshest conditions.
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What Moncler Is Doing To Keep The Jackets Warm?
Moncler claims to use at least 90% white goose down clusters and 10% other small birds feathers.
If you do not know, it is the fill power and the down quality that will determine the quality of warmth in a down jacket.
However, there are two most popular and commercially successful down which are duck down and geese down, among these two geese down is of superior insulation and provides more volume per cubic inch because they are longer and stronger than that ducks’.
Instead of down there are moncler jackets that are insulated with PrimaLoft but those are more common in ski jackets then regular one. If you want the highest synthetic insulation then PrimaLoft Gold is great choice & the Moncler jackets that feature it are Periasc, Surier, & Sizan.
Don’t be fooled by down and feathers because down is the fluffy plumage beneath the feathers of goose or duck. So 90% is that fluffy material and the remaining are just feathers.
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Ok, that’s fine but to be honest I think Moncler can come way cheaper if we just see the warmth and ethic area of its, why?
Because no matter how expensive the Moncler jacket is, you’ll only get the down of 750 fill power.
Fill power, in simplest terms, means the amount of space down will occupy. And in Moncler, it is 710, which means the 30 gram of down will fill 710 cubic inches.
If you, just google the highest fill power, you’ll find the number can currently go up to 900 fill power starting from around 550.
And as said the higher the fill power, you’ll get more warmth to weight ratio, is more compressible, firm, lighter, and overall have much better quality than that of the lower number.
Now just compare, 750 vs 900 (both are commercially available), which one do you think will be warmer, it depends, on the fill weight, if it has 90gm of 750 down vs 40gm of 900 down then the 750 will be warmer but if you make it 90/90 on both side then 900 one will be warmer and efficient only because of higher fill power. You can read this article to know more about down jackets warmth.
Though this does not mean that the Moncler is not warm, they will take the sweat out of you because of complying with their 11 quality standards, hundreds of testing, and above all 750 is good to fill power, is just not the highest.
But, in real-life situations as the temperature drops to real bad then a Patagonia Down Sweater gives 800 fill power and is way lighter at just $229.
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And the Feathered Friend Eos which has a down of fill-power 900 will be more efficient and do not lose the insulation for a much longer time than that of Moncler.
I know it is not fair to abuse such a luxurious brand, which I am not in terms of their luxury, the question here is of functionality and real-life uses in real situations and not some ramp walk.
The other thing that makes me question is their DIST which stands for Down Integrity System & Traceability which you should be aware of that it is their system of tracing to know where the down is coming from and how the animals are treated.
To be frank, they aren’t cheap to establish a third-party to trace the down, so that at least in consumers’ eyes it looks more ethical because DIST is their own making so the laws may influence the Moncler.
Clearly, in a line, I doubt whether the Moncler is ethical in down even though they say that live-plucking and force-feeding is not allowed
Also, from time to time they allow external agencies to audit their geese farm and the animal feeding environment.
Overall, I do not know where is the problem of letting any third party be involved completely, even the cheaper brands (compared to Moncler) are doing this by letting RDS (Responsible Down Standard) (Though, I doubt RDS too) and Advanced Global TDS (Global TDS is still good because of strong rules) ensure complete animal welfare whether the down is getting naturally due to feather fall or plucked.
Does Their Quilted Design Play Any Role In Keeping Us Warm?
Yes, quilted or better known as puffer design does play a role in insulating us from the winter. However, puffer design is not invented by Moncler but it is the mind of Eddie Bauer.
Because down is filled in stitches which gives them a puffy look.
If you just gave an eye to Moncler jackets then all their puffer jackets are puffier than many other brands and that is a reason enough to answer why Moncler jackets are warmer.
Because due to the quilted design the capability of any jacket to capture heat in the down cluster is much enhanced and it is not let the heat pass.
That’s why with such down jackets there is ain’t much technology needed because goose down is very good at insulating and trapping the heat like real geese birds who remain completely warm even in the darn cold.
Is Moncler good for snow? (A Technical Point Of View)
Please don’t get mad at me because I am going to tell the real truth.
Moncler jackets are good for snow if you’re not skiing meaning in sub-zero temperature they won’t lack in warmth, keeping in mind the temperature does not continue to drop.
All three offer the best skiing functionality and you can find some more Moncler Jackets in Grenoble series that offers Insulation, Waterproofing, Breathability, Recco reflector, and all-important features like a powder skirt, interior-exterior pockets, etc.
However, most of them don’t feature (or I haven’t noticed) heat or air vents to remove excess heat. The only ones that seem to have functional vents are Moncler Montgirod and Monteleger jacket. And the major drawback is not using Gore-Tex like tech in all ski jackets, ya, a few have, but they cost $$$$.
Though, for a general audience, I would not recommend going for the Moncler because, in my opinion, the jackets that provide some needed skiing functionality are too expensive – almost all are above $2000, and trust me many brands offer the same or better functionality in a fraction of a price. For example, you can buy a Macbook Air M1 and a high-end ski jacket under the price of High-end Moncler ski jackets.
Trust me they all come cheaper and will serve you many times better in snow.
Does Moncler use real fur? (Does Fur Even Needed For Warmth)
From my research, Yes, some Moncler jacket, coats, or parkas uses real fur from coyote which is cruel because they are not generally farmed like a goose.
With Moncler DIST, we can somewhere doubt that OK, maybe they are thinking of animal welfare as the highest value in their whole strategy.
Though, that’s also a question mark because in 2014, Italian state television RAI accused down jackets maker of using inhumane methods to pluck geese
However after all the tests Moncler denied the allegations and said that the geese used for its jackets can cost more than $1000, “must be treated in a way that does not cause them any kind of suffering”[Source]
But in fur, even the Canada goose is not a priest because both the Moncler and Canada goose bought the fur from animal trappers.
As said some Moncler jackets do have fur hoodies and yes, they help our body to stay warm.
Is Moncler Jacket’s Warmth Deserve The Incredibly High Price? (Honest Answer)
See if you’re inclining toward purchasing a Moncler jacket because from some of your friends or from any source you get to know that Moncler makes the warmest jacket then it’s a complete lie because yes, their jackets are really warm but not the warmest.
And honestly speaking, you can get the same amount of warmth and warmth to weight ratio at a way cheaper price.
For example, Patagonia, the north face, feathered friends, Arcteryx are the brands that can provide you premium quality and the same warmth or even higher than Moncler jackets at half the price with way better functionality and technology.
Among all the premium brands I like Patagonia because not only do they make high-quality jackets/hoodies but they are committed to animal welfare, environmental impact, and sustainability.
So in my opinion, no Moncler jacket is good enough to be worth that huge price tag at least in terms of warmth.
On the other hand. Moncler is worth more than a thousand dollars if you like the shiny & puffier look, their brand name, and above all go for Moncler jackets if you want your friends and relatives to compliment you about how rich are you.
See in the end, I can only give you my suggestions because it’s a democratic country, and you have the right to either spend or invest your money.
Here’s a video explaining if Moncler jackets are worth it or not…
In the end, I would just say think wisely rather than buying compulsively just to gain some attention.