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The waterproof breathable Mountain Hardwear Men's Downtown Coat defeats cold weather with 650-fill down insulation. The insulated hood holds warmth around your head, from where most of your body's heat would otherwise escape. Draw the Downtown Coat's hem cords and bomb that hill on your toboggan, or stuff this down jacket into your winter pack and bring it on your subzero ski tour. The sleek design prevents you from looking like a stuffed holiday goose, and the extended length lends you urban style.

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warm, fit ok

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs small

i first bought a large--too small in the chest/shoulders. Now I have XL--good fit there but arms way too long. Because I like the design and warmth, it's to the tailor I go. Maybe he can also put in a mesh inside pocket--good for a winter hat. Otherwise pockets are too scarce and small.

Very Warm Very Black Coat!

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

I was looking for a black coat that would keep me warm while tailgating...but I didn't want bulky - this is it! High quality, warm and looks nice.

So glad I bought this coat.

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

The price point made me think hard about this vs just wearing more layers and a nicer hat. Based on other reviews, I took the plunge. Probably the most I've tested this was two days ago. I was waiting at a bus stop, the temp was around 20deg F, with snow and a pretty stiff wind. Due to the snowstorm, the bus was late and I ended up waiting for about 30 minutes longer than I'd anticipated. I stayed totally warm with the hood up and my hands in the pockets. Also have tested it in falling snow, and the coat is waterproof. The snow/water just beaded up and shook off as I came into the building.

Great Coat Mountain Hardware

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I like the quality of this coat. Outer shell is tough. Pockets are very warm. Not the best for above 20 degrees unless you're stationary. A little tight at the waist when you sit down. Some have said the sleeves are cold but I have not noticed since I don't normally wear short sleeves in cold weather. Looks great for casual wear without looking like the Michelin Man. Plenty of pockets for storage. I'm 6'1" and 215lbs and the XL fits perfectly.

Perfect Casual Winter Coat

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

When I splurged on this coat as my big indulgence of the winter, I was looking for something that a) looked great with either jeans or business casual, b) fit well on my 6'1" 195lb frame (I got the large), and c) was warm enough that I could wear it with just a tshirt underneath in 20 degree weather. This coat surpassed all my expectations on all of my criteria. I was somewhat concerned by earlier reviews that said the arms were missing down, but so far I've worn my coat in 25 degree weather with moderate winds and my arms have yet to feel cold. Thanks mountain hardware!

Nice coat

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

---Edit (2012.12.26)---

I ended up returning this coat because it was a bit too small. Also, once the jacket settled down, I started to feel the coldness on the top part of both arms. The hood didn't provide enough face protection too.

---Original review---

I'm 5' 7" and about 150lbs. Bought a small. Fit is on the snug side,but I don't intend to layer much with it, since I have a warmer coat for subzero days. It still fits fine with a light fleece jacket or sweater as a mid layer.


Water proof.

Warm (with only a tshirt at 25F), just enough down in arms.

Classic and simple looks.

Besides the 2 handwarmers, there is an outside and inside pocket.

Handwarmers are insulated.

Sleeves are longer than the chillwave parka (which are very short).

Shell seems to be a tough material, will prob last a long time.


Sleeves are a bit tight,circumference wise.

Cuffs can't be tightened.

Bottom part of coat is a tight, need to unzip a few inches from the bottom or it could tear when sitting down.

Hood could be better, doesn't have total face coverage.

Warm without the puffy

    Very warm without the puffy marshmallow look of other down filled coats.kept me really warm in temperature of 25F .that would be both comfortable and stylish .

    Ordered a Medium to fit my 5'10" 155lbs frame and it leaves me with plenty of room underneath to wear additional layers if it ever gets cold enough to need them, I'd like the 'Rib knit collar and cuffs' but they are very soft and comfortable and my neck and wrists.My only complaint is that there aren't quite enough pockets to satisfy me - just 2 hand pockets and 1 left chest pocket, with no extra pockets on the inside of the coat. But the coat also looks GREAT -Highly recommned.

    Excellent jacket, except the hood!

      I recently bought the Mountain Hardwear Downtown Down Jacket because it was lightweight and had a classic look. I have been using it in the past few days in outside temperatures around -25C (-13F). Overall, it is doing a great job keeping my body warm (even the arms). The only complaint I have about this jacket is the hood, which is too short and provides little protection against the cold (especially when there is a breeze). You definitely need another form of protection for your face in cold weather! Other than than, it is a great and stylish jacket.


        I purchased this coat because I live in the Pacific Northwest and my daughters play soccer. I have lots of ski clothes that I wear to their games but I am always still cold because at a game you are just standing there. I have worn this coat to several games now and I am only slightly cold with just a t-shirt on under it; everone else was in the car because they were too cold. The jacket is very warm and waterproof. The only drawback is, like everyone else has said, it is tight across the front of your shoulders. If you are planning on doing anytype of activity outside I would recommend a better fitting coat. Standing around and watching activities this coat is great!

        Looks Good, But Fails to Keep Me Warm

          I had high hopes when I unboxed my new Mountain Hardwear Downtown Parka this evening. Nice fabric, looks good. Fits well. So I pulled i on and went for a short walk (it's 25 deg F out). What? My arms were cold! How could this be? It's a winter parka with down fill, for crying out loud! So back to the house. I pulled the sleeved inside out and discovered that the baffles are hugs and they are mostly devoid of down. So back to Backcounry.

          I'm sure that Mountain Hardwear is saving a lot on labor by outsourcing manufacturing to China. The problem is that the product is junk. It's likely that the goose down is actually duck feathers. Never again. I will never order another Mountain Hardwear product!

          I started out just like you, disappointed when I went for a walk in the 30's F and I was cold. I am much happier with the Apocalypse Design Alpine Parka. I got mine made w/out the large black elbow patches. It is insanely warm (with just a t shirt under), and looks good. Also, I found the Eddie Bauer Peak IV jacket to be great too, but puffy. Wiggy's Antarctic parka is just as warm, but ugly. If you try the Wiggy, go one size up, it runs small. These 3 jackets are REAL winter jackets that will keep you warm down to about 0 F with minimal/no layers. I know you did not ask but I wish someone had pointed me in the right direction for real warmth when I was looking. Good luck.

          Awesome jacket....survived 1st winter back in MI

            highly recommend the jacket - if you're looking for a good overall down jacket this one is it.

            I bought this for my 1st winter back in MI after 10+ yrs and it worked wonders. Warm, water proof, wind proof etc. Hoodie can be taken off if you like. Big pockets so you can reach in with gloves.

            Someone asked about warm sleeves - this one is it; it's got good warmth in the sleeves. Now of course you have to wear a base layer or something under the jacket for full protection.

            Good winter coat

              I was looking for a warm winter coat with clean lines to handle Chicago winters and this fit the bill. Not too outdoorsy looking so I can wear it to a restaurant or a show. Overall very warm. Agree that the sizing runs true to slightly small. I'm 5'9 and 145 lbs. and the medium is perfect. The small was way too tight under the arms and didn't allow my legs to move when it was zipped up.

              Feels&Feedback from a typical S wearing M

                Firstly I think I should thank Jon Webb for his kindly help with my final decision,which was seemingly to be more difficult than finding out this jacket. After scrolled through the pages of reviews I gotta be more confused. Mine fits well with S in the MHw sizing chart but from the feedbacks it turned out to be small. Can't wait but give a shot before the winter goes.

                I bought an M finally, which I believe till now still between "perfect" and a little "large".It has longer sleeves that exceed more than half of my hands, (looks a little bulky at ends when wearing), and the bottom of coat cover up well over my hip. The neck and chest were OK. Should say for me the slim design defeated the length cons and made it looks a great down jacket.

                Just for more information.One inside pocket had been added for wallet in 2010 version, and the two handwarmer pockets were so good to stop coldness and heat up my frozen fingers in minuts. So was the soft hood for ears,really much down enough for the enjoyable feeling..and how I wish the forearms contain the same much! The best chance to test the cold leakage in arms should be when the body catch a cold or extremely starving, bad enough that both happened to be carried out in mine. Like many put it, the results were negative---it began to chill from nowhere but one of my forearms,then the other.

                Unlike what is seen on the pics of this jacket, the conduit softshell is not glossy at all but kind of matte and tough,breathable with fine mesh textile,should be durable for a few winters.Till now the hissing static has not occured while slightly, some fine soft white down leakout was seen on my sweater and elsewhere the jacket was put, well not a big issue though.

                Briefly, a good design, comfortable, warm enough for commuter and "downtown" travel,with a few cons for those who really care.

                Based on these, before a "yes" or "no" for recommendation, I would recommend friends to scroll the pros and cons in this page and decide themselves.

                Great coat

                  Great coat. Very warm despite Chicago winters. I'm 5'9 and was stuck between a small and a medium but went with the medium. The small was too tight under the armpits but the medium was too long in the sleeves. Ultimately, the longer sleeves were the lesser of two problems. Otherwise, would give this 5 stars.

                  Look no further, this is the coat to buy

                    After countless hours of scouring the internet and talking to sales reps, I finally settled on this coat - and thank god I did. If you're looking for a down coat that's water/wind proof, long enough to cover your backside (and front) and doesn't make you look like a marshmallow, this is the one for you. Those are all features that no matter how hard I searched I couldn't find in one coat. Don't be fooled, if you go synthetic or you go thin, you're not going to get the warmth that you need. I bought and returned many many coats before learning this lesson. There are some cons that I'll mention, but this is just me nitpicking to ensure a full review. But as you can see I rated it 5stars because none of these cons are ones that should diminish the greatness of this coat.

                    First of all, in terms of sizing, it's a bit odd. I'm 6'0" 190lbs and found myself to be kind of stuck between the medium and the large. I went with the large and this it's the right pick. Fits perfectly under the arms and across the chest with room for layering (not that you need it. My only issue is that the sleeves are a tab too long so they tend to bunch. Also, the ends of the sleeves are a little odd as they have an elastic sweater-like band that sits under the shell of the jacket. If I designed myself I would've made it one piece and an adjustable strap.

                    The hood is fantastic. It lays really well behind you, is detachable and fits snug on the head to keep you warm with it's down filling. I do warn that if might not be the ideal size if you plan to wear a helmet.

                    The hand warmers are so warm I don't even bother to wear gloves anymore. I've heard people complain about the positioning - they're lower than typical coats - but I very much prefer it so my arms aren't currently in a full bent position.

                    Lots of pockets on this guy. Don't worry about not having room to store just about anything, large or small.

                    I really like the velcro on the front. This allows for a quick closure when you don't need to fully zip up. Since the coat is long, it's very good that it has a double zipper - you'll need it when you sit down. The only con is that the zipper can get a little temperamental to get latched on.

                    As for warmth, I find this to be the perfect balance. I live in DC which isn't the coldest of places, but being from Florida, I don't handle the cold very well. First day I got this coat I stood on the metro platform in about 30 degrees with the wind ripping at about 20mph. I didn't feel a thing! Only downside was it made me realize that much more how cold each part of my body NOT in the coat was. I've heard people complain about a lack of down in the arms, but I haven't experienced that. Mine seems to have a very even amount of down - not too much, not too little.

                    Lastly, price. It's a little on the high end but I managed to get mine at the end of the year on clearance for $250. Backcountry was great with shipping and communication and I got it in no. This was a long review, but I know how much I appreciated reading them while searching so wanted to be thorough for others.

                    Simple Advice: Buy this coat

                    Versatile, warm jacket

                      This jacket has lasted me 3 winters now, and the excellent quality hasn't changed. It is very warm, windproof, and water resistant. It's also not as bulky as other down jackets. I would not recommend this coat above freezing temperatures. For me, between 32 and 10 Fahrenheit it is perfect for minimal to no activity, like watching a football game. When I'm hiking up and down hills, it needs to be well below freezing for me to not overheat in this jacket, even with only one layer under it. It worked well for easy downhill skiing. I'm 6'1" 190lbs. and I have XXL size. The price was right for XXL but I could probably wear an XL. My only complaint are the wrist cuffs. They are made of a stretchy, wool-like material which tend to hold snow. I would highly recommend this jacket, especially if you find one that is cheaper than $325.

                      I found this review misleading. I am exactly 6'1" 190-195lbs and I ordered the XL which was waaaaay too big. I had to return the jacket which cost me significant shipping charges. I dont know if sizing has changed over the years but I cant imagine anyone but Andre the Giant wearing an XXL.

                      Best Winter Coat I've Ever Had

                        After a 3 year old down 'top of the line' coat from a certain Maine retailer fell apart due to shoddy materials and workmanship I decided to look elsewhere. Took a chance on this Downtown coat and am very happy. Ounce for ounce it's the warmest coat I've ever owned. Perfectly comfortable at 17 degrees and 50 mph wind driven snow of the NY XMas weekend Blizzard. Well made, totally seals up, wind and waterproof.

                        Hood is removeable but so light I leave it on. As others have mentioned, the fit is to the small side. I'm 5'6" 145 with short limbs and a 38" chest. The medium turned out to be the best fit for a winter coat I've ever had.

                        All in all, stylish, warm, well made. Hoping it lasts a long time.

                        Best Winter Coat I've Ever Had

                          After a 3 year old down 'top of the line' coat from a certain Maine retailer fell apart due to shoddy materials and workmanship I decided to look elsewhere. Took a chance on this Downtown coat and am very happy. Ounce for ounce it's the warmest coat I've ever owned. Perfectly comfortable at 17 degrees and 50 mph wind driven snow of the NY XMas weekend Blizzard. Well made, totally seals up, wind and waterproof.

                          Hood is removeable but so light I leave it on. As others have mentioned, the fit is to the small side. I'm 5'6" 145 with short limbs and a 38" chest. The medium turned out to be the best fit for a winter coat I've ever had.

                          All in all, stylish, warm, well made. Hoping it lasts a long time.

                          Blizzard Tested!

                            This is the third coat I've bought in the last few weeks and the only one I'm keeping. I started out with the Mermont Ama Dablam, but decided to send it back after just a couple of days because it wasn't warm enough for NYC. I next tried the Mermont Aviate jacket, and returned it as well. I ordered the Mountain Hardware Downtown coat a few days ago but kept the tags on because I wasn't sure it was going to make the cut it either. Well, I happily snipped off the tags today because the Downtown coat has proven itself in the fifth biggest snowstorm to ever hit the Big Apple.
                            I've been outside all day shoveling snow, trekking to pick up rock salt and hunting snow plows - all in howling winds and face-freezing temps - and I've been toasty the whole time. I'm now confident that the Downtown jacket will keep me warm waiting at the bus stop or subway platform in 20-degree weather. If that's the kind of day-to-day activity you're involved in - I'd say get this jacket and head Downtown.

                            Hey guys, just had a few questions for...

                            Hey guys, just had a few questions for anyone familiar with this jacket:

                            1. Is the shell the same as the "Dry.Q" shell on the newer MH Downtown II?

                            2. Is it fully taped?

                            I'm 6 foot, 190, 40 inch chest, would a large be ok? I typically wear a Medium in Patagonia, but I haven't had any MH stuff. I tried on a MH vest in medium and it was too tight, way tighter than medium Patagonia stuff. Any help greatly appreciated!

                            I am 5'10, 42"chest and 34" sleeve, which...

                            I am 5'10, 42"chest and 34" sleeve, which looks like it puts me between a M and an L. Any input would be appreciated.

                            I had tried this coat in the past, circa...

                            I had tried this coat in the past, circa 2007-08. I found that there was not enough down in the sleeves. Has anything changed since?

                            My coat from winter 2009/10 has the same flaw. The front part of the arm, from shoulder to wrist, basically no down (5 in. wide baffles, empty!). I think it is outrageous, I have noticed this flaw on other down jackets, but not as exaggerated as on this one. Even in the 30's, your arms can get a chill, which gives you the chills. A real travesty for a parka with this much loft in the body. Otherwise, this is an excellent coat.

                            Your welcome. I like Wiggy's Antarctic Parka much better. Even fill throughout, no cold spots. It is about the same as far as weight, bulk, and size as the downtown, and has a simple, classic look. Perhaps it is 1-2 inches longer and .5 lbs heavier. It is the first coat I have ever worn that I was completely comfortable in single digit temps, I only had a t shirt underneath and had not worked up any body heat besides putting the parka on and walking outside. Not the most stylish in the world, but way warmer. As far as size in the Wiggy parka... I wear a 40R blazer and had to exchange an M for a L. My shoulders were constricted in the M. Good luck in your search.

                            Also, the Alpine Parka by Apocalypse Design is excellent and much warmer than the downtown. It has 10oz per square yard continuous filament synthetic fiber throughout, including in the arms. My size large weights 3.5 lbs. It is an attractive parka - very good attention to detail and well designed. Probably better for car camping and cold, cold city use - not sure it would compress like down does for backpacking.

                            Someone can help me,experts!..very much...

                            Someone can help me,experts!..very much curious about this Jacket but just not sure about the size(as some users mentioned smaller than standard Size No.?) I'm 5'8 ,135lb,(most sizes come to S,like waist 31.5, chest 38,hip 37,neck 14,and sleeve 32.5)But Im worrying if it too slim for my slim body, or short at bottom. Hope to get back from you soon, honestly, thanks a lot!!

                            Anyone know the differences between this...

                            Anyone know the differences between this and the MH Lacerta coat? Warmth?

                            does the current model (in stock) have the...

                            does the current model (in stock) have the MH logo on the sleeve or on the upper chest? The coat is pictured with it in different locations.

                            From my research online, the green coat pictured on this site is the old model and the black coat is the new model. If you look at reviews, some people are complaining that they ordered the new style and have received the old...also, if you look on the mountain hardware site, they only picture the new (smaller logo) model which is the one you want. I think im gonna order the coat from the MH site just to avoid the mess :)

                            OK, I'm a triangular woman. Would this...

                            OK, I'm a triangular woman. Would this coat work for me, say, in 2X?

                            Mauna. I am not sure of your measurements but it is worth a try! It is slightly over-sized for layering purposes so keep that in mind when deciding which size to get. Give it a shot and if it doesn't work Backcountry has a great return policy. I hope this info helps!

                            i want to take this coat to Poland this...

                            i want to take this coat to Poland this December.
                            It will probably be snowing.
                            i don't want a puffy, bulky parka.
                            Do you thing this would be good?

                            Rueben. This is a really warm and waterproof down parka. It is pretty bulky due to the amount of down combined with the waterproof shell. It will definitely keep you warm in snowy Poland. If you are looking for something that is more compressible and warm check out the Phantom Jacket from Mountain Hardwear. Hope this info helps!

                            What color is Otter? It looks grey on my...

                            What color is Otter? It looks grey on my monitor.

                            Does anyone else think the down in the arms is too light?

                            Does it have a two-way zipper? I need to...

                            Does it have a two-way zipper? I need to wear it in the car and I'm concerned about the length when sitting.

                            Which size for me? L or XL? I am 5'11'',...

                            Which size for me? L or XL?
                            I am 5'11'', 195lbs. size 34 waist. Bulky, athletic type.
                            I am just worried about the armpit size and sleeve length.
                            And also, how long are the sleeves from shoulders?

                            Does anyone have a size Medium in this...

                            Does anyone have a size Medium in this coat...I'd like to know the length in inches. Thanks.

                            is hood comes off?

                            is hood comes off?

                            Is hood detachable? In previous posts,...

                            Is hood detachable? In previous posts, Angus answered "no"; Griggs answered "yes". Which is it?

                            does this hood remove

                            does this hood remove