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Mountain Hardwear Glacier Guide Down Parka - Men's

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    Beat the blizzard.

    Whether you're trekking through arctic-like barren tundras or simply guiding friends through a negative degree blizzard to your favorite breakfast spot, let Mountain Hardwear's Glacier Guide Down Parka lead the way. Crafted for extreme conditions, this tenacious, windproof jacket presents itself as a formidable foe against Mother Nature's most crippling elements. The length hits you at mid-hip and offers full coverage from the cold.

    Built with the windproof AirShield technology and reinforced with a strategic, nylon ripstop fabric, this jacket has a locomotive 30D nylon textile in the body and a highly durable 140D nylon ripstop in the shoulders, arms, and waist, making it perfect for slinging a hefty pack. The 650-fill Q Shield Down insulation repels moisture while the baffle construction and adjustable, zip-off hood, provides maximum warmth and loft.

    • 650-fill Q Shield Down
    • Windproof Airshield fabric
    • Hook-and-loop cuffs
    • Baffle construction
    • Hand warmer pockets are pack compatible
    • Item #MHW00IR

    Tech Specs

    100% nylon ripstop
    650-fill Q.Shield down
    Center Back Length
    31.5 in
    yes, removable
    2 handwarmer, 2 vertical-entry chest, 1 large interior mesh drop, 1 interior zippered security
    Claimed Weight
    2 lb 8 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expedition
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Not as pictured.

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    True to size, technically fine, but the zippers look orange online. They are actually a dark gray or black, we wanted them to pop orange as in the picture online. Oh well.

    Achilles Elbow

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    Warm all around and a great option with plenty of smart pocket placements. However, once a bend in the elbow is formed the down migrates away from the pressure point. A normal occurrence in my experience but the outer material is thin enough for the cold to instantly seep in.

    It works. Not as good as past versions.

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

    I own the previous version of this parka: the MH Sub Zero SL. My climbing partner owns this newer Glacier Guide version. I decided to compare the two. Initial thoughts:

    -The GG is far less lofty. The Sub Zero seems to have much more down filling and is therefore warmer. The hood on the Sub Zero has significantly more poof to it.
    -The GG Parka does have superior front pocketses, the two chest pockets and Nalgene holder on the inside are primo.
    -The GG is cut much longer. My Sub Zero does not extend down as far around the waist cuff.
    -The inner zipper baffle on the GG has a strip of protectant grosgrain ribbon sewn onto it. the Velcro on the outer zipper cover flap tends to stick to this and get caught. An annoyance when you're in the alpine.

    The previous versions, the Sub Zero SL and the similar Chillwave are much warmer with more loft and better hoods. The Glacier Guide Parka may have slightly better features but does not compare in terms of loft warmth. What this jacket does have going for it is durability. It will last forever. However if weight and packability for better warmth is your thing, I suggest getting the MH Hooded Phantom Parka. With 850FP down, a fixed hood, and box baffle (Not sewn through) construction, weighting about 17 oz, It blows the Glacier Guide out of the water. It has a comparable price point as well when it goes on sale.

    How good do I look?

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    I did my first ice climb in 2005 and someone offered this to me as a belay jacket. I didn't know what that totally ment but I was sold on it after a full weekend of Ouray ice. It quickly became my everyday winter jacket too. I love the longer torso and the neck/hood protection. Also, all the pockets are super helpful. That is as far as I enjoyed it though. It's a bit too heavy for the backcountry, perfect for front country and as a lifestyle jacket. I'd suggest the Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Down Parka if you'd like something warmer and lighter.

    Very warm, not perfect

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    I have a lot of Mountain Hardwear stuff and I like this parka and its features pretty well, but the sizing is off.

    The good:
    1) Lots of pockets--2 chest pockets outside, 2 HUGE hand warmer pockets, an inside chest pocket and dump pocket.
    2) Very the body at least
    3) Well insulated collar
    4) Durable fabric
    5) Nice styling

    Not so good:
    1) The sizing is off. Not as huge as other people claim, but the body is more like a relaxed fit while the sleeves are slightly snug. I am between S and M, so bought a small first. It was tight in the shoulders and the armholes were so small, they were binding in the pits, and I couldn't raise my arms without the parka riding up and staying there. Medium is a little large through the body, but nothing a mid-weight layer couldn't fill--I prefer that. I just don't think the sizing is hugely off like everyone else claims.
    2) Not enough insulation in the sleeves. It's very noticeable when it's below 10 degrees F out, especially on the top of the elbows. Lots of down in the shoulders, very little from the elbows through the forearm, so it hardly matters if it has overlapping baffles or not, the cold leaks through.

    Damn good

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 147lbs

    Taken it on a couple expeditions and a dozen or so more casual outings. I run on the large side of my size, but just putting it on it's pretty obvious it's built for some heavy layering. It definitely leans towards being an alpine coat, or for the kind of situations where layering is hardly optional.
    That said, it's also one of the warmest alpine parkas I've owned, which probably says a lot about my trip history. It's a thick coat but it's not too bulky for its warmth, so it doesn't get in the way much. Also, helmet, etc., everything fits.

    In all, 10/10 would recommend

    Warm as a ...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: X-large
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    I got this jacket last year because NorthFace really didn't have a parka length warm jacket with a removable hood. This jacket has exceeded all my expectations. It's build great looks good, and it's WARM as **** In fact it's so warm I had to sometimes take it off in the car because it was too warm ! If you want a feature rich jacket built great that you could probably stand outside on the North Pole in and not get cold wearing this baby is for you!

    Had to order 3 to get the right size...

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 195lbs

    I ordered an XL at first because all of my other MH gear is XL, this this runs HUGE... and I like things baggier for the most part. The XL looked like a 2 or 3 XL. It was so large that when I re ordered I got a medium and large to try. I dont own any clothing that is Medium. I am 5'11" 195lbs. If you normally lean toward XL go L you'll be fine.

    Quality is pretty good, I saw another user had issues with the main zipper, it does seem to have a little learning curve to it which is annoying but not a big deal. For me the hood is a little ridiculous as I do not plan on using a helmet underneath, but there is a draw string which makes it usable.

    Pockets are great especially the big main hand warmer pockets.

    All in all I am happy with the purchase, however I would not pay full price for it but if you can grab it $300 or less its a good piece, for $400 you could probably do better. I plan to use it on sub 20* F days. I didn't want a coat I had to wear a bunch of other layers with.


    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 138lbs

    Quality is excellent. I am a male, 5' 4" (on a good day) and 138 lbs. The medium was way too big for me and the small was tight in the chest and armpits. The length of the sleeves on the small size extended to the end of my fingertips. Very nice coat. Would that my size and the coat's size were better matched. Then I would have kept the coat.

    Hey John,

    Just curious when you mentioned fit of the small around your chest and armpits, were you wearing other layers. I'm 5' 5" (140lbs) and I planned on wearing this under 4 other thin layers. I usually fall right on the line between small and medium so finding a good fit can be challenging.

    If you're looking for warmth....

    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    Number one, sizes larger. I usually get a XL with NF, Patagonia, Marmot, etc but with MH a large is fine. Second, I've been looking for a bada$$ power warm but skiable hooded parka if you get caught in snow and don't want the down problems and found this one of those pieces where they didn't skimp on the small stuff - inside of front pockets are fleece lined for a nice warmth, dual front chest pockets, two inside pockets, hood 'flaps' tuck in to avoid flopping around if it's down (hard to explain, but i couldn't figure out how to secure the hood and then realized the flaps tuck inside and there's velcro in there to hold the flaps in (genius!). It's hip length but not too long, puffy but not obnoxious, and the hood is removable which is a huge plus because it's absolutely helmet compatible for even an NFL player or nuclear scientist....Seriously, I have 50 jackets minimum for every condition and climate and have not been able to solve the turbo warmth problem with such a complete piece. You could stand outside waiting for a bus in zero degree temps and not have a better jacket, or bust it down a run in nasty wind and not feel a thing. Buy it before they sell out....I'm telling everyone I know to grab one.