Saddle Up With Our Summer Adventure Guide—Shop Now
Home Page

Detail Images

Current Color

Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Down Parka - Men's

up to 25% Off
sale $599.96 Original price:$799.95

Absolute Zero Down Parka

Mountain Hardwear designed the Absolute Zero Parka to keep you warm in the coldest environments on Earth. Packed with 800-fill goose down, the Absolute Zero does its job with some of the very best insulation found anywhere in nature, and its fully welded construction is tough, lightweight, and waterproof.

  • Welded, waterproof baffles keep down from getting wet
  • Low profile insulated hood with one-hand drawcord adjustment
  • One-handed hem adjustments are easy to use even wearing gloves
  • Soft, stretchy internal cuff makes a draft-proof seal
  • Item #MHW2265

nylon ripstop (2-layer, 30D)
800-fill down
Center Back Length
31 in
yes, fixed, insulated, adjustable
2 chest
Claimed Weight
2 lb 13.2 oz
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 3

Some good things some bad

I've used it several times
True to size
Size Bought
6` 1"
210 lbs

I live where in February it can easily get to -35 C at night before windchill. Unfortunately, I'm a good judge of cold and how to be outside in it. My second Mountain Hardware (MH) Jacket, first was a Nielist I believe and it lasted over 10 years, a great jacket. Pros It's warm I'm fine at -35 C Light, amazing such a big jacket is so light Thumbholes in the wrist cuff if you want to use them or not, nice touch Cons I'm not sure why Mountain Hardware can't insulate the arms of their jackets properly? As soon as I'm outside I can feel the cold biting into the crook of my arm at the elbow. It's a new jacket and it's already screwed up with the insulation. Last MH jacket was bad in the arms too. I wouldn't have bought if I'd know I'd be a billboard for MH.....A big logo on left front chest, left arm, and to finalize the giant branding buffet a big on the centre of the back. Some people appreciate a tasteful jacket that isn't branded like a 16-year-old girls Canada Goose jacket. I really wish they hadn't made me a billboard, I know they don't pay me to be a walking billboard. Heads up MH, tasteful quality stuff isn't branded like that.......bugs me a lot.

>Rating: 5

Great parka

I've used it several times
Runs large
Size Bought
6` 3"
180 lbs

I wore this with a light base layer today for maybe the second time, 36 degrees and drizzle. The coat is monstrous in size so perhaps go down a size from your usual size unless you are mountaineering with it. It’s very warm, almost hot, with extra large pockets in the outside chest and sides. The hood is one of the best out there, it’s super warm, sized perfectly without any adjusting and even without a hat. As I said the coat is BIG so to remove some bagginess, I stuffed my knit cap and a heavy duty bandanna in the chest pockets. At $400+ it’s a steal. Go for it if you don’t mind bulk and a very technical look (including 3 Mountain Hardwear logos on the jacket). Recommend. There’s better expedition coats out there but this is a great jacket for the price.


Q Shield Down - Performance over time


Ninja Rolls

This is very funny yet informative at the same time.


Overview of HM Absolute Zero Down Parka


Cold day on Mt Elbrus


What size do I need for an Alaskan winter Maybe Denali base camp I am 6 foot 2 inches and a 47 inch chest and at 66 YO I am starting to feel the cold To wear over base layers + ThermalPro fleece and a Patagonia DAS in XL as my mid-layers DAS is a few seasons old now and about as warm as a new Nanopuff

Your probably looking for an XXL which gives you a chest of 48-52in and would give you ample room for the base layers. it does say the jacket fits slightly large, but the XL runs from 44-46in and may be a good fit without baselayers, but tight with baselayers


I want to know the appropriate size ? Gender: Male Height: 5'8 " Weight: 160 lbs Thank you


What's the compressed size of this? I'm comparing it to the Feathered Friends rock and ice parka, which compresses to 7.5" x 15", or 17L for medium

Truthfully., I don't have any physical dimensions for you, but I can say that when I have it in the stuff sack, it completely fills out the sleeping back compartment of my Osprey Atmos 65 backpack. And at 539 gram of 800 fill power down, you'll be plenty warm for sure!


What would be a woman's equivalent? I am going on a photo expedition in Iceland in February… Lots of standing around and I need to keep warm. Thanks!

I was stationed in Iceland for a year. You don't need this much warmth. Iceland's climate is moderated by the gulf stream which flows around it. Do the research on the temperatures year round. If you were going to Greenland, then you would need a coat like this.

I was stationed in Iceland for two years and no it doesn't get super cold there like northern Alaska, but the wind chill get's crazy. I would have loved a jacket like this when I was there. Not sure what size you will need though. You might contact the seller.

This actually a nice jacket for Iceland when you do photo tours. I own and operate a expedition company in Iceland and we specialize in photo tours. In the interior of Iceland we often se -10 og -20 Celsius an add on the wind chill when you are out hunting the auroras for hours this is the jacket to go for... I have one and use it often! Br Arild


Is this jacket helmet compatible?

Yes. I have an older one from 2011/2012 and am able to wear both my Petzl Meteor and CAMP Space 2.0 helmets with it comfortably.


Does this parka come with a stuff/compression sack? If not, what size sack would you suggest?

I just recieved my Absolute Zero parka and yes it does come when a sack. It's a bit bigger than it needs to be though, so you'll probably want to find something smaller to save room in your pack. (It's about the size of my 15 degree sleeping bag with the included sack, and it can definitely be compressed more.)


I have the nitrous 800 fill down jacket and the exposure shell. Together they weigh around 47 oz. Would they worn together be as warm as this absolute zero jacket which has 800 fill down and weighs 49 oz? The absolute zero has an insulated hood whereas the nitrous and exposure combination hood is not insulated. Is this the only difference?

This jacket is way warmer than the Nitrous. The shell weight has no insulating properties. A jacket like this would go over your nitrous and exposure shell. I used a down sweater, micro puff, then a shell, and had this jacket for the extreme cold.



Does this AbsoluteZero have hand pockets...

Does this AbsoluteZero have hand pockets in addition to chest pockets? It is described in other website that there are handpockets. Is this product produced this year? Or is it from years before? Why do you have more discount than others?

yes it does, you can even see the pocket in the pic of the orange one.. you can see the top of a pocket! if you are going to order one, be mindful of the short arm length MHW are doing this year.. its stupid!

and yes that's this years color's. Backcountry just do good sales on certain items at all different times. "they have to stay ahead of the rest!"