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I was surprised to receive a small stuff sack for this big jacket but sure enough it squeezed right in. The real surprise is that this jacket, which is extremely light in weight, does a great job keeping you warm. I work in the film business and used it while filming on a cold 34 degree night over a sweater and it kept me comfortable.
I'm comparing this and the Millet Expert. I need something that can handle Rainier this July. I'm also considering either Mt Washington NH or the Mountaineer's Route on Mt Whitney Next Feb.
How does the Chillwave and Expert compare in those conditions? Also, is either parka even adequate for the two winter objectives?
My last option is the MH Nilas, but I'd prefer a less expensive option, as I'd be getting a heavier expedition parka when it's finally time for the really big mountains
I think that for Rainier in July, this jacket could be awfully warm, but that is more my opinion, and it sounds like you got your eye on some winter ascents anyways. Both jackets are pretty comparable in most categories although I think the Millet may take the cake. The expert is 700 fill down (compared to 650), Pertex with a DWR coating and it is almost a pound lighter than the Chillwave (not sure how concerned about weight you are though). PLUS its on sale right now if you are going for the XL. The Nilas is a great jacket much more suited to light alpine ascents than the Chillwave, but the price reflects that. I think that the Millet Expert is a good choice considering what you are looking for but I would suggest trying it on somewhere and making sure the fit is dialed in. Good luck!
I noticed there was only one Expert left in stock and grabbed it before it was gone.
My jackets and shells from various makers are all Large and they give me a comfortably snug fit when layered-up, so the XL parka won't be too loose over it all. (I'm 6'0, 210lbs, wide in shoulders.)
Thanks again! I would have missed out if you didn't inspire me to take a second look before it sold out
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've been using this pretty heavily this winter, and will be using this parka on Rainier this summer, and I'm extremely happy with it. This jacket is super warm, and fits well over other layers. The hood is really roomy, and fits well over a helmet, and cinches down very nicely, to trap heat. Water bottle pocket allows you to thaw your nalgene, and theres a lot of pockets, which is great for keeping necessities, or for drying liner gloves. The fit for me is excellent, I'm 6'6" and wear an XL in this. The sleeves do run a bit short, but other than that, it is a great fit. The sleeves are no issue to me. Jacket comes with a stuff sack, but it is a squeeze to get it in.
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I live in Chicago. I am a 5'9" 155 lb female. I ordered a size medium and it fits perfectly even with my long 32 inch arms. If your arms are more than 32" then the medium may run small on you. I have only had my coat for a month. The blue and black color combination I chose looks great and the coat is very warm but is just right for Chicago weather so far. I am very happy with my coat and would buy another one. It keeps me much warmer than my Columbia.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
If you spend serious time outside in winter and simply never want to be cold again, this is the parka for you. Tested at temperatures down to -50 and I have never been cold. At least, when I have been cold it was because of problems with my pants, gloves, boots, etc... not the parka. It is silly to buy anything without a hood or with a "jacket" cut in this category. I strongly recommend this product.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I decided to give them a second chance and got a Medium instead. It is a much better fit. The arm length is longer, and the cuffs don't hurt on this one. I'm not sure if I got a newer version or older version, but this one didn't have the Mt Hardwear logo on the back like my first purchase.
I purchased a small size jacket. I am about 5'7 and 150lbs, and the fit was perfect, but I returned it due to the cons below.
As other reviewers have mentioned, I too found the sleeve to be a bit too short. When my arms were down, it was perfect length, but as soon as I brought my arms up (eg, when driving), the cuffs would ride a few inches up my arm.
Also, I had a difficult time zipping all the way up. I think my neck size is something like 15 3/4.
Finally, a negative I have not seen mentioned. There is a hard corner in each cuff, so when I velcroed them tighter, the corners were rubbing into my wrists, which hurt after some time.
It's a great jacket, but I couldn't live with these cons.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Excellet parka, I prefured a large over a medium as i needed the longer arms, more shoulder room and looser collar. (am 5.10 175 lbs) It has a great collar! micro fleece lined and tall. This jacket is a little heavier than some , with reinforced shoulders and outside of the arms, and is full featured, with lots of pockets and is not a minamalist wispy down sweater, its a full on parka for windy cold weather. I use this in 20 degree weather and below mostly for casual walking and sitting around outside. Just great for this as i can throw on over a heavier sweater and brave almost anything. This jst is very comfortable wind proof and warm , feels like i am wearing my sleeping bag. ck trailspace for a full review.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I OWN TWO (2) MT. HARDWEAR CHILLWAVE PARKAS! I CAN VERIFY THAT IT PERFORMS IN ZERO DEGREE TEMPERATURES AND 20-30 MPH WIND CHILLS.
REASONS WHY IT WORKS SO WELL:
1) 650 DOWN FILL - KEEPS YOU WARM
2) BAFFLED CONSTRUCTION - NO SEWN THROUGH SEEMS SO COLD AIR DOESN'T PENETRATE THIS PARKA
3) GREAT DOWN FILLED HOOD
4) AIR SHIELD TECHNOLOGY - ALSO FIGHTS THE COLD BITING WINDS.
5) IS WATER RESISTANT.
6) IS LIGHT AND COMFORTABLE
I RECOMMEND THE CHILLWAVE AS THE BEST DOWN PARKA AVAILABLE FOR 2012.
IF YOU MUST CLIMB A MOUNTAIN, CONSIDER THE MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR ABSOLUTE ZERO PARKA!
BUT FOR ANYTHING ELSE - THE MT. HARDWEAR CHILLWAVE IS THE BEST PARKA ON THE MARKET.
Hi, my hubby is about 5'8 or 5'9 and 220 lbs. I want to buy him a coat but not sure if large or xtra would work best. I could use the size chart but not sure if that accommodates a sweater underneath. Advice please.
I own the Mt. Hardwear Chillwave and am 151 pounds and 5 ft. 10 inches. I am comfortable in Size Large. That said, I am quite certain that size Extra Large would be the correct size for your husband.
While his height would indicate a size Large, I think that at 220 pounds he would find the size Large a bit too tight. So I recommend the size XL. I hope this helps!
I'm 6'3 and 220 pounds and I have an XL and it fits perfectly. I think that the XL might be a bit longer in the arms than required but it has velcro cuffs to deal with that. The L would be too small most likely!
MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR CHILLWAVE STILL RULES!
For Winter cold weather with biting wind chills, I find the Mt. Hardwear Chillwave Parka is the best parka available. No, I don't work for Mountain Hardwear. I simply hate cold weather and icy wind chills.
1) I bought two Mt. Hardwear Chillwave Down Parkas in 2011 and 2012!
2) With 12 ounces of 650 down fill, this parka keeps me very warm in freezing weather - wind chills below zero.
3) The "Chillwave" is light, comfortable and durable and is highly water resistant.
4) If you value your warmth, in freezing temperatures, this is the down parka to buy!
Pretty warm, definitely good amount of down filling. However, I concur with other comments, I'm 150lbs and 5'7", athletic physique so I don't have massive shoulders or chest to fill the jacket out, but the arms still felt about 1 to 2 inches too short (NB: all I had underneath was a long sleeve merino baselayer, a very thin cashmere sweater, and I was very comfortable in about -10'C weather with a wicked wind).
Got this on sale. Now its been awhile since I had a good winter jacket so keep that in mind! Man, as soon as I put it on I figured I had just tried on the most comfortable winter jacket I have ever worn. Went snowshoeing in -13 degC weather and I felt zero cold or wind at all. Having said that, this was too much coat for snowshoeing and likely other activities that cause a guy to sweat. Having said that, a person with layers could stuff it in the stuff sack that comes with the jacket and tuck it away in your backpack for later. The hood is great, the pockets are even super comfortable as they're lined with some type of fabric, so if you had no gloves for whatever reason they would stay toasty warm in the pockets. When zipped up the fabric by the chin is nice and warm. I found I no longer needed a neck warmer. I did sweat in this thing and simply turned it inside out at night and it was dry within a few hours. No big deal. Its got a pocket on the inside designed for a water bottle but I did not use it as it makes the jacket feel very lobsided. All in all a great, warm winter jacket!
I am just wondering about sizing on this parka. I'm 6'4" and about 200 lbs and I'm just wondering if I should get the Large or XL. With the XL I'm just worried about having way too much extra room under the parka.
Thanks in advance.
I am 6' 2" and about 185lbs. I wear a large in this, so i think you should probably grab the XL. The length will help with your extra height and the extra weight will fill it out enough, i suppose. Hope this helps!
Also, the sleeves do tend a run a little short, so also factor that in!
This is a coat made for really cold, nasty weather...weather that's worse than where I live. I couldn't feel right about keeping a coat that I might wear one time a year; the coat is too valuable for that. So, I returned it. Not because of anything lacking in the coat; instead, I could never put it to the kind of use that one of you who are reading this can. Sort of makes me wish I lived in Alaska, just so I'd have a real reason for owning this. Whoever needs a really well-made, warm beyond belief winter coat, go for this one. Enjoy it!
I am buying a down jacket for my sone who is going to college in massachussets in the fall. He has a MH monkey man jacket, a waterproof shelll/fleece combo jacket for the fall and rain etc. So i would like ot buy him a nice warm down jacket with some degree of water resistency that is not stiff and bulky like alot of the parkas. This is what I am down to: MH chillwave, MH hunker down, RAb Neutrino endurance, marmot ama dablan, marmot trient. Any advise? He is 5'8' 150 lbs, big shoulders (is a springboard diver) thanks
Marmot Trient is what you want. All the jackets above except for that are quite bulky, and far warmer than what he'll need for Massachusetts in the winter. It's also waterproof.
You could also try a Mountain Hardwear Kelvinator Jacket, which utilizes 215 grams of 650-fill down, is a little less bulky than the Chillwave, which utilizes 350 grams of 650-fill down, but does not have the same weather protection (Airsheild.) The Kelvinator does have a great 80-wash DWR that would keep a bit of the weather at bay. I agree, the Trient is a nice jacket but it is insulated with 100 grams of synthetic insulation (not down) and will not be a warm. It is very similar to a Gravitor Jacket from Mountain Hardwear, which I own, and when it gets cold outside I go for my Kelvinator every time. I hope this info helps!
I really wanted this parka and liked the construction and features when it came, but the sleeves were too short for me. The product description says the sleeves are 35" and I wear a 35/36" sleeve in dress shirts, but the sleeves on the parka just made it to my wrists with my arms by my side. Moving or lifting my arms made the sleeves ride up my arms, so it just wasn't going to work. I returned it for a MontBell Frost Line which has much longer sleeves. I would say this is a great parka but it wasn't a good fit on me unfortunately,
What is the difference between the Airshield laminate technology in the Chillwave Parka and the Conduit SL in the older Subzero SL Parka? Are there any performance advantages?
From what I've seen, there is no real difference. Consider Airshield to be comparable to Gore Windstopper, and Conduit as regular goretex. Basically the same thing. MHW isn't very helpful on their website with the differences between Airshield Core and DryQ Core, so I would assume they're basically the same thing, perhaps with slightly different fabrics being the main difference. Expect the same performance or better with the new one. MHW puts a lot of effort into having great products, so you can trust they didn't cut corners.
Does anybody out there know of an 800 - 850 fill down
coat with a removable hood? I'm one of those cold
people!! I currently own a Lands End 650 fill parka as my
winter coat. I still freeze my @#$ sitting on the chair lift.
I want something warmer, but that I can still move in and
take off the hood most of the time. i don't trust the warmth
of a 650 fill parka. Thanks
Look at the Feathered Friends IceFall Parka. It features 850+ fill down, and has a removable hood. It is possible you have had bad experiences with 650 fill jackets because there was simply not enough down inside the garment. There are a bunch of 650 fill jackets that are top quality, and offer top warmth. In my opinion, the Chillwave is one such jacket. I've worn the SubZero SL (model before the Chillwave) in some of the nastiest, coldest conditions in the lower 48: Neg 20 F with wind chill around neg 40 - neg 50. Good luck with your next parka!
I CAN SPEAK FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.
I UPGRADED FROM MY LAND'S END 650 FILL DOWN PARKA. HERE ARE THE TWO BEST CHOICES:
1) THE BEST OF THE BEST:
IT IS THE EDDIE BAUER FIRST ASCENT
PEAK XV DOWN JACKET!! THIS IS AN 850 FILL POWER DOWN JACKET THAT IS AMAZINGLY WARM. I FIND IT IS THE BEST OF THE BEST.
2) THE NEXT BEST:
THE MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR CHILLWAVE PARKA!
I OWN IT ALSO. IT HAS A LOT MORE DOWN FILL THAN ANY LAND'S END PARKA.
I SUGGESTS YOU GO TO EDDIEBAUER.COM
AND CHECK OUT THE PEAK XV DOWN JACKET.
THIS 850 FILL POWER PEAK XV DOWN JACKET IN A CLASS BY ITSELF.
THE FEATHERED FRIENDS ICEFALL PARKA IS TOO VOLUMINOUS AND YOU WON'T LIKE IT.
I BOUGHT THAT ONE ALSO. BUT I NEVER WORE IT.
GOOD LUCK. JEFFREY JAY LEVIN