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The Mountain Hardwear Chillwave Down Jacket is designed to keep you comfortable during cold weather aerobic activity. 700-fill goose down locks in the heat while the windproof, extremely breathable ripstop nylon face fabric lets sweat vapor escape while blocking out frigid gusts of heat-robbing wind.
The Chillwave jacket's face fabric is Airshield Core SL Ripstop II, an extremely breathable nylon ripstop fabric. This windproof fabric is soft and smooth to make layering easy. Mountain Hardwear then insulated the jacket with goose down, the most efficient natural insulator available. The Chillwave's slightly shorter cut offers lighter weight and a more compact size when packed down. Mountain Hardwear also included a stuff sack that you can use to keep the Chillwave as small as possible in your pack. An insulated, adjustable hood locks in heat where it's most likely to escape, and one-hand hem drawcords and comfortable, elasticized cuffs seal out drafts to keep you warm in high winds.
- Windproof nylon ripstop face fabric
- 700-fill down
- Regular fit, waist-length
- Insulated, detachable hood
- Packs into its own included stuff sack
- 2 hand pockets, 1 chest pocket
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Loft on hood is noticeably thicker than the product default photo. I am 5'9" 160lbs, wearing a large with a thin columbia fleece underneath.
WARMEST+ HIGHEST QUALITY DOWN PARKA!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR CHILLWAVE PARKA!
I bought four (4) Mt. Hardwear Chillwave Parkas this year-- because it is the best and warmest down parka on the market!
BRIEF REASONS THIS IS A GREAT PARKA:
1) 700 Fill Power Down = High Loft, Traps Heat, Keeps You Warm!
2) Lots of Down By Weight: Jacket has 13 ounces of Down.
3) Baffled Construction: No sewn through seams - Prevents cold air from penetrating jacket, which occurs with lesser parkas.
4) Wind Resistant/Wind Proof: Air Shield Technology does this
5) Great Down Filled Hood- Protects Your Head and Face Also
BOTTOM LINE: THIS IS THE GO TO PARKA FOR EVERYONE.
BUY IT. LOVE IT. KEEP WARM
Warm, but rough around the edges
Warm jacket but not as refined as others such as marmot and so forth.
Better than last year's model
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
Longer sleeves and 700 fill!
Do the 2013 models have longer sleeves?...
Do the 2013 models have longer sleeves? Or are they the same as last year's model? I found them too short last year.
Description says 1 chest pocket, but it looks like it has 2. And it looks like the parka version, not the jacket, based on pics, price, and description.
I'll answer my own questions since I ordered one.
- The description for this jacket is wrong. It's a parka, not a jacket.
- There are 2 hand pockets, 2 chest pockets, 1 internal zip pocket, and 1 internal mesh pocket.
- The stuff bag is smaller than last years model.
- The pics are accurate, I like that the neck part is grey.
- The sleeves are longer than last years, seems like they're 1 inch or more longer.
- The hood zips off with 1 zipper.
- Nice, big 2 way YKK zippers on the front.
Thanks, Ray. Was kicking myself for not scoring an older version for $230, but not since they lengthened the sleeves.
Is this coat warm enough for...
Is this coat warm enough for Canadian Winter (Goes down to -25) ?
Driss - I have used this jacket in -30F with about a 35+ mph wind in the BWCAW and Quetico Provincial Park and it was plenty warm. That being said, I was actively moving for that period. I believe this jacket would be great in a Canadian winter as long as you don't expect it to keep you warm if you stop moving for say a couple hours or longer.
Driss; This coat is cold enough for ALASKAN winters. How do I know? I live in Interior Alaska where the real cold is. I have never worn anything but an UnderArmour long sleeved t-shirt underneath. I have always been more than toasty. Anything above O*F and you will have to unzip a little. It will most certainly be more than adequate for Canadian temps.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I am 5' 10", 155lbs, and an athletic build. The medium fits well when wearing a baselayer and fleece under. Mountain Red/Red Velvet looks true to color on website/my monitor.
I primarily use this jacket after trekking for a day and reaching camp. The coldest I've had it down to is about -28F and it was great! I did have a baselayer and fleece on as well though.
It doesn't take long to loft up after coming out of a stuff sack (Slightly bigger than a 32oz Nalgene) and lofts up quiet well. The jacket has a much more durable feel to it when compared to ultralight down jackets. The hood is removable via a single zipper (used to be two zippers). I much prefer the one zipper method. The hood fits great but I have never worn a helmet under it so cannot comment on that. It has multiple pockets with my favorite being a 32oz Nalgene sleeve on the inside chest area. The main zipper is smooth and I've never snagged it. Velco flaps cover the zipper to keep snow and grit out.
My single complaint about the jacket is the slightly short sleeve length. At rest the sleeves are perfect length but when my arms are extended out if front, the sleeves are about an inch shorter than I'd like. Hence, four stars.
Overall, this was my first expensive down jacket that I bought and have been very pleased with its abilities.
My weight measurements were 32.00oz for the jacket and 4.00oz for the hood. It does come with a stuff sack that I neglected to weigh.
GREAT PARKA - CERTAIN WARMTH!
MT. HARDWEAR CHILLWAVE FOR 2013 - ANOTHER WINNER
1) Mt. Hardwear has improved its great 2012 Chillwave Parka.
2) For 2013- The New Chillwave Parka has 700 Fill Power Down - which makes it even warmer than the 2012 Chillwave which has 650 Fill Power Down.
3) Lot of Down Fill - 12.5 ounces of Down will keep you very warm.
4) Baffled Construction - prevents cold spots. Cold air won't penetrate this parka.
5) Great Hood - Down Filled - Is Face and Head Protective.
6) Water and Snow Resistant with A DWR Finish (i.e. Durable Water Repellant Finish).
BOTTOM LINE: THIS IS THE BEST DOWN PARKA AROUND. BUY ONE!
WE ALL DESERVE TO BE KEPT WARM, AND THIS PARKA WILL KEEP YOU TOASTY IN WINTER'S COLDEST DAYS!