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    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
    • Item #BLD00O7

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [face fabric] 40D nylon, DWR treatment, [lining] 40D nylon, DWR treatment
    Insulation
    ThermoLite
    Fit
    regular
    Length
    hip
    Hood
    adjustable, helmet-compatible
    Pockets
    [external] 2 zippered hand, 2 zippered chest, [internal] 2 drop, 1 chest
    Claimed Weight
    1lb 10oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry riding, backcountry skiing, ice climbing, ski mountaineering, sport climbing, mountaineering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

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    Great Delivery!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    Just received the BD Stance Belay Parka from Backcountry. Size Medium( 5'8 170lbs.) fits great, with plenty of room for mid- and base layers. Feels like you're hugging a sleeping bag. Plan to take it to Mt Washington next month. Previously ordered another jacket from a different reputable outdoor company. It was laid open, barely zipped as if just thrown into the mail bag. Pleasantly surprised to get the order from BC with a new coat still in it's original packaging nicely placed in a parcel. HATS OFF TO BACKCOUNTRY! Presentation matters! Thanks!

    Jacket has been completely revised!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    Purchased this jacket with the impression that I was going to receive the previous version as the jacket was abruptly switched over to the new version, which is clearly built to a much cheaper standard. Ive now worn this jacket on three different occasions and have already noticed the stitching coming apart. This is officially the poorest made insulator I've seen from such repeatable company. Buyer beware!!

    Jacket has been completely revised!

    Checks most of the boxes

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    I haven't actually worn this for climbing, only for snowshoeing in temperatures around 10F (-12C). It ticks most of the boxes for a belay parka, though:

    * Hand warmer pockets for your hands and interior stuff pockets to warm your gloves, water bottle, etc.
    * The fit is generous, to go over your active layers when you stop for belays, breaks, or camp. I wore it over a baselayer, light fleece, light synthetic jacket, and uninsulated softshell. I could still get gloves into the inner stuff pockets without compressing the insulation much.
    * The hood is large enough to fit over a climbing helmet. If you aren't wearing a helmet, there is one drawcord in the back to reduce the volume of the hood. I found that it worked pretty well and I was comfortable wearing the hood without a helmet.
    * It is long enough to cover most of my butt while I'm standing, which helps with warmth.
    * The double zipper allows you to wear it over a climbing harness.
    * I believe that the Thermolite insulation is a continuous fiber fill. It's probably not as warm or compressible as short staple insulations like Primaloft Gold, but those don't withstand repeated compression for very long before losing loft. For a parka that may get stuffed into a pack or stuff sack regularly, I'd rather have continuous fiber insulation.

    I've been able to comfortably stuff it into a 20L daypack with my water, food, flashlight, etc. It won't compress as well as a down jacket of similar warmth, but that's to be expected.

    There are a few things I don't like as much about it:

    * I'm not sure how durable the inner stuff pockets will prove to be. They seem to be made of the same material as the inner face of the jacket, rather than a stretchy mesh like some other belay parkas. They don't grip stuff that well.
    * The double zipper makes it a little sticky when starting to zip up the jacket.
    * The elastic cuffs leave the undersides of your wrists less insulated than some other designs. There's just a stretchy layer of fabric covering them.

    For the price (I got it on sale for $160), I can't really justify taking a star off for these complaints. It's a great deal compared to the (more expensive) competition. I will update my review if my opinion changes!

    Can You Dig It

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    I agree with the reviewer William Kong who says the piece is to bulky for the pack. It's not that you couldn't compress it down for the pack, but if you need significant packable warmth then down is your best bet anyway. I love this piece for around town, or the campsite, in temps from 15F to 40F. it is my go to piece for that temp range. I have read some reviews that imply a level of warmth beyond that, but unless you are involved aerobically, which changes the equation seriously, I would say 15F to 40F for the average user. Also, at the bottom of that range it will need help. At 15F a t-shirt and the parka will not be enough unless your adding aerobic activity .. And below 15F I say it's time for down. It is nice with these synthetic pieces to not always be puff the magic dragon. It has a butt load of usable pockets, the hood is in fact drawchord adjustable with the adjustment just behind your head on the exterior of the hood. It does only have one waist draw chord so you may find yourself with a long piece hanging off if you are cinching it up a lot. I got this piece on sale for $169. If you don't have a pro deal this is a decent price to buy at. 50% would be better but BD at 50% off is hard to find. I was going to give four stars, but I thought the one two star review, about the hood etc. ?, was unfair and unclear so I gave it five.

    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.

    Portable Igloo from Black Diamond

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    Awesome, warm, synthetic parka to wear over your shell on cold belay duty. This has two layers of 80 grams primaloft silver in the body and one layer everywhere else. Truly a gift to have in cold weather. If you need a parka for wet/damp weather look no further.

    Good but not without flaws

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 210lbs

    This is my first Black Diamond jacket and I am pretty impressed by their efforts. I've been using this for almost three seasons now. As others have said, this is a super warm jacket. I've worn it on piste skiing and have been drenched in sweat at the end of a run, even on sub-zero days. It's great as a general purpose insulating layer in low to moderate activities. If you are doing anything that gets your heart pumping, this is not the jacket to use.

    The overall construction is top notch. I absolutely love the cuffs. They are long and fit well without pinching or bunching. The Pertex does a good job of keeping light moisture at bay. My biggest gripe is the hood/collar area. I wore a size large which fit me a little loose in the body. However when the collar was fully zipped it was very tight in the neck area, even more so if you are wearing this over a midlayer with a higher collar. The way the tag and hang loop were handled are also a head scratcher. There appears to be a small hang loop, the garment label, then a larger hang loop, all layered on top of one another. I'm not sure what purpose the smaller loop serves, except to allow the tag and large hang loop to stick straight out. Basically every time the jacket is worn without the collar fully zipped, the garment tag is sticking straight up. It's also bothersome on the back of my neck when zipped.

    The hood pull cord construction is also troublesome. It's difficult to adjust when the hood is up and because of the pull cords' proximity to the main zipper, the loose pull cords get caught when trying to zip up.

    It has two big internal pockets by the hem, but I've love a smaller pocket higher up on the chest inside the coat as well. The external chest pocket is nicely segmented though and works well with sunglasses, energy bar, or a phone.

    SOOO WARM!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Size Bought: small
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    This parka is the bomb! I've taken it on a bunch of climbing trips and it's done a great job keeping me toasty while belaying.

    I'd say, if you want a slim fit this probably isn't what you're looking for (maybe size down, if that's the case). It's like being in a puffy sleeping bag all day - so, it wins for it's comfy functionality, in my opinion. Excellent crag coat in the winter!

    Awesome Parka

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 169lbs

    I'm a city person, and after realizing what they do to those birds to "gather" down, I decided on a synthetic piece, and I'm very glad I did with the help of a rep. This BD 80g primaloft silver all around is miraculous. I'm about 5'9" 169lbs and the medium is perfect to allow a sweater, scarf, etc- simple layering. My first BD parka, and I'll be coming back! Cheers.

    Warm

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    Kept me toasty on a very windy and cold Rainier summit. Bought a size large to use over all layers and the fit is good. A medium would not go over my intended layering system as the fit is true to size. Pockets are big enough to fit gloves, etc. Very warm and the construction is solid. Quality BD piece.

    Warm

    Hooded, durable,versatile and very warm.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'3"
    • Weight: 188lbs

    This winter has been very cold in Ohio. So this is a perfect coat to walk to work and stay warm; shovel snow with a tshirt on underneath and if you need to pick one coat for winter, I would take this over just about anything. So light and packable it's amazing. Hood and waist adjustments are great. Both front chest pockets work perfect. Example: cell phone"net" in left pocket. Lower waistline internal pockets on each side hold large or small items/gloves. Warmest coat I've ever owned. I'm 6'3" wide shoulders and 188lbs, large is perfect size.

    Warmest Synthetic Parka on the Market

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

    I'm 6'3" 180lbs with a 40in chest and wear a medium comfortably in this jacket. I ordered this jacket specifically to compare it to the Patagonia DAS parka. Both are mid to heavyweight synthetic-fill "parkas." They are probably the two heaviest and warmest on the market. However, in my opinion, this one beats the Patagonia DAS Parka. The biggest advantage that this jacket has is the hood/collar combo. This was the one feature on the DAS that I found to be a total fail. The collar on the BD Stance is taller, better, covers the lower face and neck, and can be cinched tight if desired to really protect the carotid/jugular heat loss. The DAS Collar cannot be cinched as tightly and does not cover the lower face, especially on a person with a taller/longer neck like me. This jacket is just as warm if not warmer than the DAS and will literally protect you in the most severe conditions (driving winds, subzero temps and windchill). I've worn it around New York City on the coldest days of the year and felt completely protected. The hood and collar are amazing and very protective when needed. The arm length and cuffs are also better on the BD Stance Belay. Overall I like the body and look of the DAS slightly more because it is (Slightly) less bulky but it in reality the BD Stance Belay is also a good looking jacket. As much as I liked the DAS, I decided to stick with the BD Stance Belay because the features seemed better overall.

    Almost too warm!

      Have worn this jacket now twice in below 0º F temps while Ice climbing where was comfortable belaying for extended periods of time while wearing only this over my shell and two mid weight layers underneath.



      I got an XL to insure that I would have enough room to have a few more layers underneath (I am thinking this was foolish now) but I am 6' and 190lbs. My one complaint is that it does fit tight underneath the arms at first, but it does compress fairly quickly so that it is not uncomfortable.