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Brave even the coldest at-altitude adventures in the Mountain Hardwear Chillwave Down Parka. Built with rough-and-ready ripstop nylon and filled with insulating 650-fill down, this parka laughs off even sub-zero gusts. A removable hood lets you keep it casual back at base camp, while ample pockets store your essentials and survival gear.

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Survived the true test

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

Bought this to wear in Siberia. Needless to say, it got a workout in below zero temps. It passed every test with flying colors.....most of all, I stayed warm!

Heavy short sleeves

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I hate being cold. This jacket is massive. The material build seems to be made to last. Just as an initial heads up, the sleeves due run short. I am 6'3" 195' with a 6'4 wingspan. In a normal seated position the sleeves work. But if you are moving around a lot I imagine the sleeves would leave you a little exposed. The rest of the fit is great, hood is huge, and I really appreciate the built up shoulder/sleeve/back material to better withstand abrasion.

First impressions are good.

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs small

First impressions are good. I just bought this jacket for this winter. I have not had a chance to use the jacket yet and can?t wait to try it out this winter. It is replacing my old Sub Zero.

Size UP.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

The jacket is great. I am writing this review to tell anyone who is thinking of buying this jacket to seriously consider sizing up. I am 5'8" 158lbs, athletic build. I fit comfortably in a large, and have just enough room for other layers underneath.



650 fill, box baffle construction (extremely important), and a hood with gobs of down in it.



Only downfalls I can think of is bulk and weight, but you won't get a parka like this without at least one of those two cons, and even then it won't cost you $150 like the chillwave parka.



Double zipper feature on hood prevents the removable hood from removing itself in high wind conditions.



Picture shows stuff size relative to an 8.5"x11" piece of paper. This is with the included stuff sack, I suspect you could cut this dimension in half with a good compression sack.



Velcro appears weak, have not tested it, will update.



EDIT: Velcro on face closure is pure crap. Easily fixed by sewing on some industrial strength weather resistant velcro bought at your local hardware store.



13oz of 650 fill down in this parka, for reference an avg 40F sleeping bag with 650 fill down will have 16oz, yet this packs 13oz into a coat.



Wore this over a mid weight baselayer and wore a wool beanie, was toasty sitting at the shelter cooking and chilling at -5F. Great parka. Just make sure you put it on before you lose all the heat you generated from the hike.

Size UP.

Light, Warm and compact storage

    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.

    Toasty!

    • 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.

    Warm Winter Coat

    • 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.

    I agree!! I bought the yellow Chillwave and it's almost as warm as my MHW ZeroDown parka, which I seldom wear nowadays , largely because the Chillwave is so warm. If I was climbing Everest or going to one of the poles, I would take the Zero Down, but I'm not doing any of those options so the big red coat more often stays in the closet. The Chillwave is highly, and strongly recommended,if you are looking for a parka that is reasonably priced and Warm?

    Phil Jacobs

    Pana, Illinois

    Truly warm

    • 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.

    Great jacket, but had to return it

    • 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.

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    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.

    I had similar problems when i tried on my younger brothers shirt one night before going out.

    When i lifted my arms above my head, to simulate dancing, the cuffs were a few inches up my arm.I also couldnt get the top button closed and the curfs rubbed hard on my wrists.

    I wore this shirt several times and began to hate it.But then i realised it wasnt the shirt...the shirt was perfect.

    I was just wearing a shirt that was TOO SMALL for me.

    Very comfortable, warm, wind proof

    • 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.

    Very comfortable, warm, wind proof

    I have checked several reviews and comparison reports. I could not find any description about hand pockets on MT. Hardware Chillwave. Looked at the picture of the product I could not see any clue of hand pockets. I doubt this picture is not for Chillwave.

    MT. HARDWEAR CHILLWAVE - CERTAIN WARMTH!

    • 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.

    MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR CHILLWAVE STILL RULES!

      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!

      Warm as expected, but short sleeves

        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).

        Sooo warm and comfortable!

          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!

          More Coat than I need!

            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!

            Missed With Sleeve Fit

              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,

              MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR CHILLWAVE PARKA - WARM IN SUBZERO WIND CHILL CONDITIONS!

                I OWN TWO MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR CHILLWAVE PARKAS. THEY HAVE KEPT ME WARM IN SUBZERO TEMPERATURES AND ICY WIND CHILLS DOWN TO MINUS 20 DEGREES "REAL FEEL" WIND CHILLS!

                REASONS THIS PARKA PERFORMS:
                1) Substantial Down Fill - 13 ounces of 650 Fill Power Down.
                2) Baffled Construction-No Sewn Through Seams - Prevents Icy Winds From Penetrating This Parka!
                3) New Air Wave Technology - Prevents icy winds from penetrating the parka and you stay warm.
                4) Great Down Hood - Head Protective and Face Protective.

                BOTTOM LINE: THIS PARKA IS A GREAT INVESTMENT THAT WILL KEEP YOU TOASTY AND HAPPY!!

                Werid sizing

                  I really like that parka but there is something werid about sizing... I had before Men's Medium size SubZero SL parka from Mountain Hardware and it was almost too big form me (I'm woman 5'8'' around 160lbs) The sleeves were perfect kind of tiny bit too long which I love a lot and I could still put fleece under if needed. Well... the new one... sleeves about and inch shorter and when I extend arm in fromt of me they are too short, and it's tight fit, just regular sweater and nothing more. I just gave it away to the lady that is 5'6'' and it fits her way better... I really can't imagine how it is men's size medium... Very small for men's Medium or they have some kind of manufacturing problem or labeling. Other than that it's very well made and very good quality. i would recommend it but take at least one size bigger than usually if not two.

                  Can you help me with the sizes? I'm tall,...

                  Can you help me with the sizes? I'm tall, 6"4", 176lbs, L (40-41) in chest and M(32) in waist , 36 in sleeve length. My son has Marmot Shadow Jacket in L and that jacket is a bit short for me in sleeves. Should I choose XL or L?

                  Best Answer

                  Hey Serge,



                  Sound like you are one of those tall and narrow guys that probably have a hard time with larger sizes. Honestly, this being a relaxed fit jacket the XL might be a little baggy on you, but I have the same concern with the Large being to short. Personally, I would suggest trying this one on just to see how comfortable you are in that larger size.

                  I'm about 140lbs and 5'8'', many of the...

                  I'm about 140lbs and 5'8'', many of the other jackets I try fit me best when I try on the small but was thinking after reading reviews it seems this jacket might be better for a medium. What would you recommend?

                  Hey Rob,



                  I am 5' 9" 145 and would probably get a Medium in this jacket, I personally wouldn't even consider getting a size Small. I can't say for sure though. You might want to get your chest and sleeve measurements and compare them against what we have on the size chart. Height and weight factor in your legs, and your legs have nothing to do with how a jacket will fit.

                  Hola Roberto,



                  From what I can tell based off what others have said about this jacket, it runs a bit on the large side. I personally have a 39.5in chest, but my waist is right around 29in, give or take half an inch depending on the brand of pant. Anyhow, I have a MH Stretch Typhoon Rain Jacket in a size Small and it fits me almost perfectly. I don't know how much space you like to have on clothing versus "outdoor gear," but with me, regarding something like this, I would go Small over Medium. However, you may want to consider the Medium purely for layering sizing, or if you like to have things be a little bit loose and long on your body. Personally, I can't stand s**t like that, so I attempt to form fit my clothing as well as I can. Like Wayne said, though, I would take note of your personal physical measurements to get the best idea of which size to go with. Ultimately, you can always send it back if you decide on one and it doesn't suit your taste.

                  Hi, my hubby is about 6.0 and 150 lbs....

                  Hi, my hubby is about 6.0 and 150 lbs. What size it fits M or L?

                  Hi! I'm about 5'4", 135pounds, will a...

                  Hi!



                  I'm about 5'4", 135pounds, will a small suffice or will I suffer from layering issues others describe? (I went into a local store and tried on another down jacket from the same brand and a small seemed cozy, I didn't have heaps on underneath though)

                  Best Answer

                  Hey Graeme,



                  You should be fine in a small. I'm 5'6" and 165 lbs and I have room to layer with a medium. I think you'd be swimming in it. Depending on where you are going and how cold the temps are, I can't see layering much more than a baselayer and a fleece, which you should be fine. If you're still not sure,go to the store with your intended layering system and see if it fits. You might have to sacrifice some ego, but a good fit without the hassle of returns will be worth the effort. Hope this helps.

                  Yo bud; I'm 5'4" and just over 220 lbs with muscular torso. I bought a large and it fit spot on except I do look like Michelin man. But I would rather be warm as I live in Interior Alaska. The Chillwave has done me right. At -15 to -20 I wear only a long sleeved UnderArmor t shirt underneath. When it does get really cold, I wear a medium weight wool shirt along with UA shirt. I add a DomePerignon hat and I am good to go at -40 or lower. The fit again is superb for my body.

                  Hi,there seem to be some different views...

                  Hi,there seem to be some different views on sizing. I'm 6'2" 200 pounds, 38 inch chest and 32 inch sleeve. Just wondering if I should go for L or XL, thanks in advance for any advice

                  Best Answer

                  I always say it really depends on the purposes you are going to use this for. If you are going to use it as a parka and layer a lot with it go XL but if you plan on not really doing any crazy layering than go L, it will look better and feel better to wear around. If its tight and you try to layer it will cut your range of motion. Hope you can find any advice and find it helpful!

                  I'm comparing this and the Millet Expert....

                  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

                  Best Answer

                  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!

                  Thanks Carter!



                  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

                  Hi, my hubby is about 5'8 or 5'9 and 220...

                  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!

                  I am just wondering about sizing on this...

                  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 buying a down jacket for my sone who...

                  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

                  Best Answer

                  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!

                  What is the difference between the Airshield...

                  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 -...

                  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

                  david,
                  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!

                  Hello David,

                  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

                  Short version: are the parkas sized knowing...

                  Short version: are the parkas sized knowing you'll be wearing multiple layers beneath, or do you need to size up?

                  Details: I picked up a large MH Sub Zero SL hooded jacket on a closeout and it barely covers my base/insul/shell layers (girthwise, not lengthwise), but I'm wondering if I should have gone with a medium parka. I am a medium chest-wise (39-40), but am 6'1" which normally means long/large.

                  I'm thinking of returning the sub zero and getting the Chillwave parka in medium to have the 3 additional inches in back (parka vs. jacket), but I'm wondering if the medium will still be sufficient to fit my shell and insulating layers beneath: is this taken into consideration when they size the parka?

                  I'm about the same size as you are and I wear 35/36" sleeves in dress shirts. I ordered a large and the sleeves on the Chillwave were not long enough for me and I returned it for a MontBell Frost Line. Can't speak to your layering question since I never got outside with the parka due to the sleeve issue. Hope this helps!

                  How is this parka going to hold up in...

                  How is this parka going to hold up in freezing rain for up to several hours with high winds and temps hovering around freezing?

                  Best Answer

                  Hope this helps! The Mountain Hardwear Chillwave Parka is NOT designed for constant exposure to the rain, meaning standing in icy rain for hours. It is water resistant with a DWR (Durable Water Repellant) coating. This helps.
                  However, I suggest a Gore-Tex outer shell on any parka in which you will be dealing with consistent icy rain!

                  San. If you are looking for a down parka that is waterproof... look no further than the Down Town Coat from Mountain Hardwear. Although it does not say it on the product page, this urban beast is actually a waterproof, taped, insulated down jacket utilizing Dry Q Core. It will stand up to freezing rain!

                  Here is the link to it on the Backcountry.com site (cut and paste):
                  http://www.backcountry.com/mountain-hardwear-downtown-down-coat-mens

                  And just to clarify, in addition to an industry leading 80 wash DWR, the Chillwave Jacket utilizes AirSheild Core, which is a laminate, for windproof-ness and weather protection, and will keep the majority of the weather off in cold conditions. It is not, waterproof because it is not taped... but, it is extremely weather resistant. I hope this helps!

                  What would be the lowest temperature with...

                  What would be the lowest temperature with the moderate wind to use this parka in urban conditions? Assuming the air is rather dry and additional sweater or polar vest under the parka.

                  Between Montane North Star Jacket and MH...

                  Between Montane North Star Jacket and MH Chillwave Down Parka, which would be more appropriate for.. lets say, Mongolian winter?

                  Ito. Based on the info I can find on their website the North Star utilizes 200grams of 800-fill Ukrainian goose down. The Chillwave Jacket utilizes right around 350grams of 650-fill Gray European Goose Down for a men's large. Although the Down fill number is lower (650 vs 800) we use 150grams more down fill in our jacket than the North Star. More down = warmer. On top of that, the shell fabric called 'Air Sheild' is actually a laminated fabric that keeps the wind and the majority of the weather at bay even on the knarliest days. If I was going to Ulaan Baatar in the winter... I would take a Chillwave Jacket over the North Star any day. Cheers!

                  I recently purchased the north star, and I'm returning it for the chillwave. The north star did not impress me when I spent a weekend in the colorado mountains where it was 15F at the worst. I'm heading to eastern russia soon and I really don't think there is anyway it would hold up against the cold that I will be facing, -35F..... Hopefully my new chillwave will prove to be the better choice.