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Belay in complete comfort.

A jacket that keeps you comfortably warm while you belay in either alpine or ice climbing adventures has to be a work of art, and the Black Diamond Men's Stance Belay Insulated Parka is the Mona Lisa of all belay jackets. Two layers of 80g PrimaLoft Synergy bring the warmth without the weight even if it gets wet, so you stay nice and toasty while you belay your buddy. A Pertex shell adds durability, wind-resistance, breathability, and better moisture-wicking qualities than waterproof membranes. To make up for that lack of wet-weather protection, Black Diamond coated the jacket with DWR to help keep you dry while your climber scrapes ice down on your belay ledge.

The Stance features an adjustable hood that either slides over your helmet or cinches across your head. A two-way zipper at the center front aptly accommodates your harness, belay device, and rope. Stretch gussets at the cuffs softly seal out any blustery blizzard heading your way, and the drawcord at the hem retains all that wonderful warmth. The internal drop pockets have enough room for your gloves, and the chest pockets have even more space. With an internal pocket for your phone, you have plenty of space to warm up your digits in the hand pockets before you start your send. 

  • Pertex shell with DWR coating
  • Two layers of 80g PrimaLoft Synergy insulation
  • Adjustable, helmet-compatible hood
  • Two-way center front zipper
  • Stretch gusset cuffs
  • Drawcord at the hem
  • Internal stretch media and two internal drop pockets
  • Two zippered hand and oversized zippered chest pockets

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5 5

Warm & Cozy w/ Plenty of Storage

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Ordered this for an ice climbing trip in the 'Daks. First day was brutal. Zero degrees, no sun, a little precip and a steady 20mph wind. Wore it all day for both belaying and climbing over a three layer setup (base, insulating, active gore hardshell) and didn't skip a beat. Completely comfortable, perfect fit, and most important... WARM!

FIT: I'm 5'10" 160lbs 31" waist. I have the Medium and it's perfect. I can wear it alone without swimming in it or can layer up and put this over without feeling suffocated. It's big, but it's a puffy. I'd say it's true to size.

Hood: Has pull cords at neck to adjust exposure and rear to adjust fit. Works great with or without a helmet.

Storage: Gloves getting damp and cold? Shove them in the twin internal pockets perfect for warming up and drying off. Dual chest pockets are roomy, warm and perfect for a camera, energy bars, snacks, etc. And I can't forget the hand pockets! Lots of room, warm and toasty.

Zipper: Large enough to use with gloves, easy to operate, and the double zipper makes it perfect for belaying (or climbing!) on those bitter days.

Cuffs: They taper off and include a stretch fabric to fit snugly to the wrist. Easily slip your gloves over (even with gloves on) to cinch them down and keep the elements out.

Warmth: Being outside for 10 hours on a zero degree day with a relentless minus 20 degree windchill factor - I can confidently say I was 100% comfortable with this jacket over a proper layering system.

Bonus: At first I was set back by the PrimaLoft "Synergy", as I read online it was the less expensive/warm of the PrimaLoft types. Also, the Tech Specs mention 80g, but there are actually two layers of this stuff making it 160g total. I gotta say though - if the Synergy is the cheap stuff, I can't imagine what the other stuff is like. Incredibly warm; You can pack it down into a small stuff sack; and it performed excellent after getting a little damp (and dried quickly too!)


Warm & Cozy w/ Plenty of Storage
5 5

The Furnace

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

Lets start with the SIZE: The jacket does run large, but it's meant to. It's designed to go over all your other layers when you are belaying. But lets be realistic here, we're not all belaying Ice in the winter but more likely shredding untracked lines in the back country or just styling inbounds. I am 5'8" 135 pounds and the small does the job perfectly!

The cuffs are great! NO VELCRO closures but some slick stretchy fabric which slides nicely into your gloves. Just tight enough to keep the wind and snow out when needed.

POCKETS: yup there are plenty. Some might say too many but I can never have enough!

ZIPPER: Big Burly non sticking super slider. Zips from the bottom when done up so you can access your harness.

HOOD: Great design. Fits nicely over a helmet. The cinching system works well and makes the hood very manageable without a helmet. And best of all, no issue with blocked peripheral vision.

SYNTHETIC: Ok so we're all die hard down fans... those feathers are light, compressible and warm. But this synthetic stacks up with the puffy down parkas. It doesn't compress as much but it's loft is light and WOIW WARM! Mmmmm I like warm.

WARM: Oh wait I already mentioned that. But can you say FURNACE? This is a toasty cozy piece. Are you feeling too hot? Drop the hood and undo the zip... me I HATE being COLD. Call me a GIRL because thats what I am, but with this jacket I can hang with the Guys and not shiver like a fifth grader at recess in a Colorado snow storm.

COLOR: I have the blue and it's a head turner. Stylish even in Aspen!

Not much more I can say... except it'll be great when BD comes out with the woman's line. I'm just really happy I am big enough for the men's small!

Happy Shredding, climbing and town stylin' !!!

5 5

Marshmallow Warmth!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I got this jacket for my wife so she wouldn't complain about belaying me on ice climbs and it worked! this thing is so warm she loves it! she gets cold easily and this thing has never failed to keep her warm and most the time its too warm. we have yet to test it in really cold weather but there is still a lot of ice climbing left to do this year.

for how thick and warm it is its surprisingly light and compressible. and all the pockets are great. we have also yet to have it in any serious weather, but I am confident it will preform well.

the stretch cuffs are money, so nice going over your other layers and the two way zip makes it easy to belay when you have it zipped up.

it does run big but it is supposed to, its fit is meant to be put on over all your layers. so with that in mind its true to size. if you wear a large then a large will fit you well over all your other layers. if you are buying this to use as a regular jacket with just a t-shirt or a base layer under it you should size down a size.

all in all this is a great jacket and like Micah said I think this is going to give the DAS a good run for its money.

4 5

Very warm w/ lots of options

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large

The Stance Parka is a warm synthetic parka designed to fit over all layers. It's long and baggy, so no need to size up. The hand pockets are sewn in between the two layers of PrimaLoft so your hands stay warm, barehanded in the bitter cold, a great feature. The pockets are a bit excessiv: two hand, two napolean, and two internal (there is even a secondary pocket inside the napolean for your iPod). Something that doesn't bother me but many have issues with is that the zipper is Euro style so it zippers from the left, which just takes some getting used to. The hood is fully insulated so it provides serious warmth, though I'd like for it to zipper further up to provide face protection from blowing snow at the belay. Overall, this is a great synthetic layer to give the famous Patagonia DAS Parka a run for its money.