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Belay in complete comfort.

A jacket that keeps you comfortably warm while you belay your buddy at the cold-weather crag or secret ice fall has to be a work of art, and the Black Diamond Men's Stance Belay Insulated Parka is the Mona Lisa of all cold-weather crag jackets. Two layers of 80g PrimaLoft Hi-Loft synthetic insulation bring the warmth without the weight, and the light-but-tough Pertex fabrics are treated with a DWR coating to repel moisture so you stay warm and dry in damp conditions. The Stance Parks is Black Diamond's warmest belay jacket, but still weighs well under two pounds so it won't feel like you're carrying an extra trad rack when you're toting it up to the crag.

Like any good parka, the Stance has a fully adjustable helmet-compatible hood to provide some extra warmth on those bone-chilling mornings, and a drawcord hem and stretch gusset cuffs to seal out cold air while you're watching your partner pull the crux. A plethora of pockets keep your phone, snacks, sunscreen, and beta sheets dry and handy, too, so you'll be as comfortable as can be when you're halfway through a four-hour belay job.

  • Pertex 40D nylon face fabric with a DWR coating
  • Pertex Quantum 20D nylon lining with a DWR coating
  • PrimaLoft Silver Hi-Loft synthetic insulation
  • Adjustable helmet-compatible hood
  • Zippered chest and hand pockets
  • Internal drop-in and media pockets
  • Stretch gusset cuffs
  • Drawcord hem

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  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 175 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

Bought a size large to use over all layers and the fit is good. A medium would not go over my intended 5 piece layering system as the fit is true to size. Pockets are big enough to fit gloves, etc. Very warm and the construction is solid. Quality BD piece.

Unanswered Question

The BD website has a Fall 2014 version of this parka in the same colors that are on sale here. Is the only difference between the two versions the colors? Specs seem the same.


Hooded, durable,versatile and very warm.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 6'3"
    Weight: 188 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

This winter has been very cold in Ohio. So this is a perfect coat to walk to work and stay warm; shovel snow with a tshirt on underneath and if you need to pick one coat for winter, I would take this over just about anything. So light and packable it's amazing. Hood and waist adjustments are great. Both front chest pockets work perfect. Example: cell phone"net" in left pocket. Lower waistline internal pockets on each side hold large or small items/gloves. Warmest coat I've ever owned. I'm 6'3" wide shoulders and 188lbs, large is perfect size.


Warmest Synthetic Parka on the Market

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I'm 6'3" 180lbs with a 40in chest and wear a medium comfortably in this jacket. I ordered this jacket specifically to compare it to the Patagonia DAS parka. Both are mid to heavyweight synthetic-fill "parkas." They are probably the two heaviest and warmest on the market. However, in my opinion, this one beats the Patagonia DAS Parka. The biggest advantage that this jacket has is the hood/collar combo. This was the one feature on the DAS that I found to be a total fail. The collar on the BD Stance is taller, better, covers the lower face and neck, and can be cinched tight if desired to really protect the carotid/jugular heat loss. The DAS Collar cannot be cinched as tightly and does not cover the lower face, especially on a person with a taller/longer neck like me. This jacket is just as warm if not warmer than the DAS and will literally protect you in the most severe conditions (driving winds, subzero temps and windchill). I've worn it around New York City on the coldest days of the year and felt completely protected. The hood and collar are amazing and very protective when needed. The arm length and cuffs are also better on the BD Stance Belay. Overall I like the body and look of the DAS slightly more because it is (Slightly) less bulky but it in reality the BD Stance Belay is also a good looking jacket. As much as I liked the DAS, I decided to stick with the BD Stance Belay because the features seemed better overall.

How would you say it compares with the Arc'teryx Dually Belay? Aside from the obvious price difference, the Dually seems to lock off the Pat. DAS, but i'd be interested in how the Arc' and BD would compare strictly in terms of warmth?


Almost too warm!

    Have worn this jacket now twice in below 0º F temps while Ice climbing where was comfortable belaying for extended periods of time while wearing only this over my shell and two mid weight layers underneath.

    I got an XL to insure that I would have enough room to have a few more layers underneath (I am thinking this was foolish now) but I am 6' and 190lbs. My one complaint is that it does fit tight underneath the arms at first, but it does compress fairly quickly so that it is not uncomfortable.

    Unanswered Question

    How would this jacket compare to the DAS parka in terms of warmth?

    What would 80g PrimaLoft Silver Hi-Loft be compared to when it comes to down? I'm looking for something to wear when I'm sitting around belaying while ice climbing, I get cold quickly so I need something quite warm.

    I'd also look at Rab Neutrino Plus, the warmest down parka i could find. It's so warm that i wish i had bought the non-box baffled version, because i can only wear it in below-zero temps without overheating. But by God is it warm....

    What is the center back length of a medium?