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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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Great puffy jacket/parka awesome value

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

Has a lot of great features/pockets. It was a bit too puffy for me. Other jackets proved more stylish/appealing. This jacket was the best bang for the buck given the features/warmth/price(on sale). In the end, I prefer the Rab Neutrino Plus for a super warm jacket or the Arcteryx Macai for being warm/windproof/waterproof.

Super warm

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

So warm, probably too warm if it's anywhere north of freezing. My wife thinks I look goofy in this poofy jacket. But I don't like being cold. Also, super rugged.

Very Warm Jacket

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Bought this jacket to be warm in single digits and it does the trick. I'm around 5'11", 190 lbs and ordered a large. Fit is pretty good, but would have liked a waist drawstring in addition to the bottom of Jacket draw string to adjust the fit slightly. Everything else about the fit is good. Hood is very warm with good coverage and includes pockets to stowaway the face shield. Hood does detach, but will probably not use that feature.


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

This jacket is heavy duty, bombproof. Good durable, windproof shell matierial. Not quite waterproof, but plenty water resistant. If you're wearing this piece, there should be no liquid water in sight. You'll definitely be sweating if the surrounding H2O is not in a frozen state. This is the piece you want when you need to Bivy high up in a storm. I took it to the summit of Rainier. Throwing this on during rest stops makes you toasty immediately. Only downside is the weight, over 2 lbs. This is due to durable materials and 650 fill down (rather than 800+). Fairly packable given purpose. If you want ultimate protection when weather turns nasty, get this. If you're willing to accept more risk for lightweight/packable go with a 22 oz 800+ fill piece. Waterproof is not helpful in this range of jackets, only hurts breathability. Oh. agree with those who say the arms are too short. I have kind of short arms (32") and they are almost too short for me, so definitely beware if your arms are long. The neck is a little tight zipped up too. I am usually medium for MHW, and that's what I went with. Tried the small, but too tight for throwing over layers. 32" waist, 38" chest, 160 lbs.

puffy parka is warm

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

I got this in time for the second half of Chicago's record tying average low temp. for February (1875) and this jacket stood up to the task. I would walk a mile to give it a test run. At times it was like being in a warm little room surrounded by 4 degree air. As other reviewers said, it is too warm to shovel snow in and I had to get out of Walgreens after about 5 minutes. This is an incredibly warm jacket that I trust against anything a Chicago winter can muster and I look forward to years of cold weather use.

Awesome puffy!

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

This down parka is my go to jacket in the winter for when I dont want it to feel like the winter anymore. It's warm, packs down well, and it a real life saver. I bring this jacket everywhere if it's going to be chilly at all. Makes a great belay jacket, camp jacket, mobile sleeping bag, and a Michelin man costume. I've had this is -10F and where I was cold the second I stopped. Once I put this jacket on, I was instantly warm and happy and almost forgot how cold it was until it came off. It's a great jacket and fits the bill if you need a winter parka that doesn't take up half of your pack.

Awesome puffy!

Should have shipped this in a box

    This jacket was shipped to me in a plastic envelope instead of a box (in the past, even $20 fleece jackets came in a box). I had no idea the jacket was pressed so close against the edges of the envelope. I accidentally cut the jacket while opening the envelope and had to send it to Mountain Hardwear for repair.


    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.


    Minotaar, the front flaps are quite thin, and are not lined with anything. In my experience I have been wearing a neoprene facemask long before I decide to put the hood up. The velcro on the face closure is also quite weak, which I fixed by sewing on some heavy duty velcro. This is only necessary if youll be experiencing high wind conditions. Although do not let this deter you from buying it, its a great puffy at a great price (often found ~200 bucks).

    the velcro flaps are not very thick and have no other material on them but the neck baffle goes completely around your neck and up the front of your face covering everything behind and up to the top of the velcro flaps when zipped up completely and has a soft non-abrasive felt/suede type material on it.


    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer


    I bought four (4) Mt. Hardwear Chillwave Parkas this year-- because it is the best and warmest down parka on the market!


    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




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

    The Mountain Hardwear Chillwave Down Parka is The Best of The Best in Down Parkas! I own three (3) of the 2013 Chillwaves! Great Investment!


    1) It works! It keeps your warm in winter's worst conditions - meaning below freezing temperatures and biting winds.

    2) The 2013 Chillwave has 700 Fill Power and is more comfortable than the 2012 Version.

    3) It has 13 ounces of Down + Baffled Construction-No Sewn through Seams. You will not feel the biting winds.

    4) Perfect Length - roughly 32-33 inches- Keeps your core warm.

    5) Special Wind Resistant Technology - Keeps you warm in icy winds

    6) Great Hood -Down Filled +Face Protective.


    1) FORGET ALL THE OTHERS! Forget North Face, Forget Eddie Bauer, Forget Land's End. None of these companies have a parka that compares to the Mt. Hardwear Chillwave.

    2) Today, I returned three Eddie Bauer Peak XV Parkas - which cost $400 each because they are uncomfortable and too short in length!

    3) The Mt. Hardwear Chillwave simply rocks! It does what you need in winter to keep you warm and toasty despite the elements

    4) It Performs! The Others Fail!

    Excellent Jacket

    • 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.

    FYI, The two zipper hood removal was designed to prevent high wind unzipping the zipper, since a two zipper system would result in one zipper hitting the opposite zipper in high winds, I view it as much more feasible.



      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).



      What does it mean "liner-compatible: no"? Does that mean a liner won't fit in it or it won't work as a liner for my shell?

      Usually this is referencing the 3 in 1 jackets that have a matching zip-in fleece (or other) liner with a shell that forms one piece together . A jacket like this Chillwave usually isn't built like that, but for sure you can wear any thing that fits under it as a base/medium layer, or I guess if your shell is big enough you could use this as a liner, although that's not really the intended application.

      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.

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      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.

      Hello, Is this coat warm enough for...


      Is this coat warm enough for Canadian Winter (Goes down to -25) ?

      Best Answer

      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.