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Absolutely freakin' cold out there!

Who knew it was this cold in Antarctica or in the high Himalayas? Mountain Hardwear did when they made their Absolute Zero Suit. Designed for times when you're switching to a Kelvin thermometer, the Absolute Zero suit covers you from head to toe in 800-fill down and weatherproof Conduit SL laminate. Internal suspenders keep the suit up comfortably, and two internal water bottle pockets keep your water close your body and consequently in liquid form. A 6-slider rainbow rear zip means you don't have to take the suit off when nature calls. Adjustable Velcro cuffs form a seal against thin, cold air and ankle zips let you get a good seal over your boots. Welded baffle construction is light and keeps down uniformly distributed over your body. For the most extreme environments on earth, the Absolute Zero Suit is an absolute no-brainer.

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What is the cleaning or preveting method...

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What is the cleaning or preveting method for DOWN SUIT... as am having few suits with me and dont know the exact method for Preventing it .... need help ASAP

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abhijit. I don't understand your full question. However, if you are wondering the proper way to CLEAN your down suit below is info taken from our website that should help:


Down Jacket/Parka:

To machine wash, first zip up all zippers, attach all Velcro, and turn your garment inside out. Only use a front-loading machine, with cold water on a gentle setting. Use a minimum amount of a mild powder soap or special down soap (available at outdoor stores). Use at least two rinse cycles to get all of the soap out of the garment.

When moving your garment from washer to dryer, do so by carrying it from the bottom. Tumble dry in a large, commercial dryer with low heat. The dryer must be large enough for the garment to flop around freely. Drying could take several hours, and your garment should be checked often to be sure it isn't overheated. As it dries, look for clumps of wet down and gently shake to redistribute the down.

When laundering your down jacket or parka, don't:

-use a top-loading washing machine
-use a liquid soap or detergent
-use your home dryer (they have been known to melt holes in fabric)
-lift your garment from one end when wet (lift the entire thing from underneath)
-dry out in the sun (UV can damage nylon)

I hope this info helps!
Cheers!

I am looking for a "down suit" in 4xl tall...

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I am looking for a "down suit" in 4xl tall or 5xl mens
It must have a zipper that includes the hood - not a flapper style

Also looking for a down parka ( coat with integral hood) extremely warm and chest high trousers

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Jim, the Mountain Hardwear down suit is only available in XL or maybe XXL as their largest size to the best of my knowledge. You could use the "Chat Now" function and a customer service rep might know of another manufacture that has your size available.

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Best of the Best

Take a look at Everest photos, or maybe some behind the scenes shots of the Planet Earth crew during their arctic filming. Notice a big puffy guy with a boom sporting that nut logo? How about an athlete at base camp getting ready to attempt one of the great peaks. This suit has long been known in the industry for its incredibly warmth, waterproof / breathable / windproof design. I got lucky and had the chance to demo it on Mt. Hood in Oregon. I lasted all of 20 minutes before I was too warm in sub freezing conditions. Excellent technical climbing suit.

What is the waterproof rating, because...

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What is the waterproof rating, because "yes" is not one.

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It's 20,000mm waterproof. Waterproof rating of "yes" works fine since it will be pretty damn cold anywhere you'd want to wear this baby -- I don't imagine you'll be getting rained on!

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A perfect buy

Bought this suit a year ago and have tried it out in really cold and icy weather in Finland.No high peak test but in minus 20 Celsius, an ice cold northerly wind with snow it proved to be excellent.A roomy hoodie firmly attatched with the front strap is perfect when the wind is owling and snow falling.The insulation is more than adequate, so no need for more than one layer underneath.The pockets are easily to access and I bought an XXL, which has proved an assett reg. the length of the arms-I don;t really need gloves or mittens.I am 1,76 tall so in this respect it fits me nicely.The zippers are practical when in need of relieving oneself or just for letting in some "fresh" air.All in all a very practical suit for any FREEZING activity.The pic is taken last winter in the city of Turku on the south-western coast of Finland in minus 20 Celsius.

A perfect buy

The same question seems to pop up all the...

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The same question seems to pop up all the time... sizing? The size guide doesn't appear to be attached to this item so I'll ask the question again!!!
I'm 6', 200 lbs. Have the MH Beryllium jacket in XL (a slight bit too big) and the MH Absolute Zero Parka in L (sleeves a bit short). I wear 34"x36" jeans and generally get MH clothing in L. I'm edging towards L in this item unless someone out there can convince me otherwise. I will be attempting 8000m+ so will be wearing it with the usual layers underneath.
Many thanks in advance.

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The Paulie. Thanks for your question. Based on the info you've provided I would say a large would be the right size for you. XL would be annoyingly to big especially at 8000m dealing with a harness, fixed lines, or whatever else you encounter. Large would be it. I hope this info helps! Have a blast climbing, be safe, and make good decisions! Cheers!

i am quite a cold person, and I am debating...

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i am quite a cold person, and I am debating whether this would be overkill on Denali in May-June. Any thoughts?

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Brian. Although I haven't been there myself, my good friend is sitting across the table from me and he is an IFMGA Guide and has been there many times. The answer to the question do you need this? No. Most likely you would wear it 1 out of 21 days. According to the expert 1 in maybe 50 folks takes a down suit on Denali and you could maybe use it on a wickedly cold summit day. Other than that, an Absolute Zero Jacket coupled with a pair of Mountain Hardwear Compressor Pants would do the trick. This is the combo that most guides wear up there and would provide a lot more versatility than the down suit. Other than that, 7000m+ for this bad boy... unless of course you enjoy ice fishing in northern Minnesota in February!

Im 175 CM and weight about 67 KG, what...

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Im 175 CM and weight about 67 KG, what size is the best for me? Hope anyone can answer? =D

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Odin. I would consider getting a small. You may be right on the cusp of a small/medium... but, I think you will find the small to be just right as it is a little over sized to begin with. Hope this info helps!

I'm relatively overweight (or big to be...

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I'm relatively overweight (or big to be kind to me)for a mountaineer, fun to watch the faces of people who think I can't make it out of base camps. Anyway, I'm 5'10" weight 220 pounds and have a 48 inch chest. My inseem is ideal at 30". Yup, I'm one of those hard to fit people. Any thoughts on the size I should order? Thanks much in advance!

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Arthur. I would try a large. I feel like if you go for any bigger it will be to long for you in the arms and legs. I hear ya regarding fit...sometimes it is hard in the industry where everything seems to be built for someone who is 5'9" and 150. Good luck!

so this is a 100% water proof is this...

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so this is a 100% water proof is this jacket seam taped

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Yep. Taped up and 100% waterproof.

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This is not waterproof but up on somthing like K2 it does not need to be because it is not raining.

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Highly recommended

This suit is as close to excellent as one can get. The only snag is that the "trouserpart" feels a little too tight compared to the "jacketpart", but maybe it;s my lower measurements that;s a bit out of the ordinary. It;s very ease to get on and off and the suspenders are just right if you want to get the upper part off to let some fresh air in. And it;s definitely warm, no use for extra thick layers underneath. Although it seems rather puffy, it does;nt feel that in any sense. It;s very light in weight. I haven;t tried it on in freezing cold but the temperatures were well below 0 degrees centigrades and it was snowing rather heavy. The collar is just high enough to hide nearly all your face behind it and the hood also fits nicely when tighly strapped. All in all a gear that suits me admirably. I just hope it is;nt as easy to get a tear in the fabric as is the case with a Patagonia Down Jacket I just bought. Time will show. "Shop til you drop". Trygve.

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Reality Check

Getting back as promised after a field test. I have worn this suit several times in the northeast as a ski race official. Standing in place for six to seven hours at a time. Outside temp. -5 to 5 F, much lower wind chill factors, and driving snow. I have been toasty all day long. Plenty of room to wear my ski pants and shell underneath, including all the base layers. Pant cuff is too slim to cover ski or climbing boots fully zipped. The water bottle pockets are a little too small but adequate. The hood is large enough to wear a helmet underneath, but the velcro closure at the face is sloppy at best and hard to operate. Already I have had several zipper snags in all areas and the pulls are small and will require adding rope pulls to allow operation with gloves or mitts. One snag caused a tear in the fabric I am not happy with at the front. This would not be my choice for expedition climbing due to it's awkwardness of use. Overall a warm haven with a few design flaws.

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Dude are you kidding me? You wore this suit once at a ski resort standing around doing nothing and that entitles you to make a poor call on one of the most substantial suits on the market and also the prefered suit of the 8000 meter peak guys such as everest and K2. wow dude, seriously should reconsider your review when you have actually tested this suit in a place it was ment for like everest!

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Mike, 3 out of 5 stars isn't really a poor call to get upset about. Dave C may not have summitted k2, but he definately put it thru some good testing, so hes definatley got some cred in writing that review. he provided plenty of pros and cons about it, so dont get mad just cuz he didn't say it was the greatest thing ever

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Its good for -40??????

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Its good for -40??????

I'm about 5'8" about 170 pounds what size...

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I'm about 5'8" about 170 pounds what size should I purchase? Thanks!

I'm 6' 3" 180 pounds, athletic build, what...

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I'm 6' 3" 180 pounds, athletic build, what size should I get?

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Tough. Large? A couple of the reviews seem to agree...

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it probably depends on how you want it to fit. if you like it baggy or form fitting...

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Absolute Zero Suit

Just received my new suit. Sizing is comparable to other MH clothing. Although the inseam is listed by manufacturer as 31" for size large, I found the inseam fit to be perfect for me at 6'4", thin build, 200lbs, with a 34" inseam. The internal suspenders are velcro adjustable and appear to be a good addition to the design. I am pleased with the fit considering what this garment is intended for. It is a lot like my MH winter sleeping bag with arms and legs. Roomy hood with four adjustment pulls. Comes with a stuff sack (same as for a sleeping bag) but should have a mesh storage bag as well.

I'm not climbing Denali, but was looking for something to battle sub-zero temps with high winds as an alpine ski official, when standard gear just doesn't cut it standing around for hours at a time. I'm sure I'll take some ribbing before enjoying the last laugh. The performance test is yet to come, will report back after field use. NOV 2008