Time to bring out the big guns.
You can't have cold smoke without the cold. When you're snorkeling through blower pow, chances are it's pretty damn nippy outside. Drastic temperatures call for drastic measures and Black Diamond's Mission Down Parka will help you combat winter's most extreme weather.
PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Down Blend combines the warmth of down with the moisture wicking properties of synthetic insulation. Combine that with a Gore Thermium shell and the Mission packs a mean punch. The removable powder skirt and helmet-compatible hood keep you warm and dry when the snow's chest deep, and the two internal drop pockets are large enough to carry climbing skins, so you can rip hot laps without even taking off your pack.
- A heavy-duty parka for cold, deep days
- Gore Thermium shell with DWR treatment keeps insulation dry
- Fully taped seams keep moisture out
- PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Down Blend is warm and water-resistant
- Helmet-compatible hood to seal out weather
- Removable powder skirt for blower conditions
- Fabric is bluesign approved
- Item #BLD00O3
- Q & A
Denim color is NOT as shown.
This is the color that will arrive, for the denim color.
Black Diamond Parka is down as F
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
the jacket is light, warm, wind-proof and warm. Did I say warm? It's not too warm though, feels like the perfect soft blanket. I was out in 30+ mph gusting winds at 17F a few days back and it was cold everywhere else, except for my chest, head and arms.
Functionality-is full service, w wrist adjustment straps, easy open/ access zips/ pockets. i like how the hood sits on my head with and w/o a helmet, the little flip over flap and thermal layer In the hood itself.
Aesthetics- the jacket lines are clean, the logos are unobtrusive/ understated. You can't really see them at first glance, . There's no melon sized text embroidery logos. I usually don't like big labels on my stuff, unless I'm being sponsored ;D and paid to run the gear. These guys get it.
Fitment is standard for most Large coats but without all the extra fabric usually left in there to fit the widest Large folk, so it fits clean and un-tentlike. That said, at 5'10 175, I would have gone for the M if I wasn't looking to layer under, if only for the narrower waist.
The BAd: nothing, it's all good.
12+ days in at Keystone, A-Basin and Loveland, so far this year, with temps ranging from mid 30's to low Zeros.
I forgot to highlight the hood tensioner bungee that cups the hood to the helmet or head, blocking wind in either config. ++ feature.
I pulled the zipper pull off on the 10th day, trying to zip it over a useless balaclava., currently using a ski pass tag, in its place.
Pockets- I'd like a few more specialized pockets. The pockets are great and accessible but basically like a kitchen junk drawer, without proper mgmt.
The jacket has met and exceeded expectations for warmth and usability. I would recommend a hooded (over the helmet) mid-layer jacket, on days below 9F-ish with any wind. I'm looking at the BD Forge and other non-puff options.
I still <3 it after several long cold days.