Insulation at its finest.
Black Diamond created the Stance Belay Parka for those mind-numbingly cold days when your teeth are chattering and you're seriously contemplating taking up beach volleyball. Featuring ThermoLite insulation, this parka is like wearing a sleeping bag—if your sleeping bag was compatible with a harness and actually offered full use of your arms.
Oversized drop pockets on the inside hold gloves, water, and anything else you might need while belaying, and the drawcord hem can be cinched tight to lock in precious heat. For such a burly jacket, the Stance Belay is incredibly lightweight and compressible, making it easy to stuff inside a pack.
- A heavy-duty parka to keep you toasty high in the alpine
- ThermoLite fill provides warmth and is highly compressible
- DWR treatment is water-resistant and windproof
- Two-way front zipper is harness-compatible
- Large internal and external pockets hold all your necessities
- With a mission to bring high-quality climbing and ski gear to the public, Black Diamond has been driving the industry since 1957
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- Q & A
Nice parka for simple activities
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 165lbs
I have never worn this jacket when belaying as it's too bulky to bring with me to the crag. I only wear this at the campsite or just walking around town when the temps are down...but I almost ALWAYS wear this parka in those conditions. It's pretty damn warm and I don't even bother wearing any layers underneath. The two way zipper is convenient when sitting down so you don't have to unzip entire jacket because it gets all bunched up at the waist.
Hood haphazardly loose/1 waist drawstrng
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XL
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 198lbs
I am deeply disappointed by the lack of cinchable hood draw-string. Also. The only waist-cinch drawstring on the waist is on the right. It makes it hard to cinch it unless you tighten very long the cord and then it can snap your fingers, too.
Then. The insulation has changed to (I don't know what) 180 g weight is, because the jacket weighed the same. But the interior and exterior materials may have changed as well. The outside appearance of the jacket is nicer than the one they were making with the Primaloft and Schoeller; more akin to North Face/less like a diaper or a puffy "does this jacket look any good?!" appearance. It always felt like it was an expensive jacket and everyone seeing it might think it was some sort of reject in design. But I was very happy with that jacket in terms of insulation and lightness and water-dryness. But it could feel dangerously suffocating as an unyielding cylindrical surface of fabric, when laying under a tarp, in the rain, in weather perhaps slightly too warm for it. The walls of this jacket (Thermolite jacket) grip the insulation more and the insulation has an appearance of caving in, toward the body in a flat-panel sort of way. However I love the other jacket in the cold, and my only question about it was: could they have made the damn thing warmer, please? Well. The thing is; one of the things is, that the XL doesn't cinch well to the waist, it cinches to the crotch, and the wind blows in through the crotch, but if you cinch it to the waist, it's too bunchy around the stomach. I want to sit for an hour in 16 degree temperatures in windy conditions at 5 or 6 am outside, and not get cold any. That's the kind of jacket I would like to see somewhere. But. You can put two jackets; one under the other.
The Stance Belay Hoody with Primaloft Silver was the best light cold weather jacket possible. Except. The hood cinch string; I would rethink it. The top of the hood should have a velcro cinch-strap. And. The back of the neck of the hood grips your neck too hard. Other than that, for warmth per weight and 2 waist cinch strings, and two hood cinch strings, it was great! I just lost it; I don't know how I'm going to get another one. The other thing I didn't like was the drawstring caddy for the hood is too distant from the hood itself. For me it gets in my eyes and doesn't stay in place unless you plaster it to your face and mouth. Below 55 degrees, you would need a parka or something warmer to sleep in.
I like the appearance of the Stance Belay Parka better on the outside, but the Primaloft, was maybe fine. But the lack of hood cinch strings, or 2 waist strings is like sloppily casual to me, as though this piece was like a casual afterthought to a much more complete and expensive wardrobe of coats. Like if you had it at the ski lodge; look how casual you can be about no hood cinches and only one waist cinch string (that won't tuck now). It's just haphazardly unthoroughly attached to your waist and head and cuffs are kind of loose too, but maybe that's ok..
I feel like a chump, for purchasing this garment.
Sizing it's baggy with plenty of space under-neath for other jackets. If you don't like that, you might find the large tight or not. I don't know.