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    An ultralight insulator made famous on belay ledges worldwide.

    When your partner has been on lead for the last hour and you’re huddled on a tiny, frigid belay ledge in the middle of a snow storm, give thanks to Patagonia for the Men’s DAS Parka. This lightweight puffy features a weather-resistant shell and high-lofting PrimaLoft insulation that keeps you warm even if it gets wet. The oversized hood fits over all types of helmets, and the two-way zipper lets you get at your belay device while keeping the jacket zipped. Large handwarmer pockets and interior mesh pockets store your chilly hands or water bottles, and Patagonia included a stuff sack for when it’s time to climb.

    • Item #PAT1586

    Tech Specs

    100% nylon ripstop (20D), PU coating, Deluge DWR treatment
    [body] 120g PrimaLoft Silver, [added chest layer] 60g PrimaLoft Gold
    yes, oversized
    [external] 2 hand, 1 chest, [internal] 2 drop-in mesh
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 10 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expedition
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    A security blanket in parka form

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    I've used this parka ice climbing and leading winter backpacking trips in the Adirondacks, on expeditions in Washington State, California, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado and its kept me warm and comfortable in the most oppressive of conditions. Whether it was -20, or 37 degrees and freezing rain, this parka kept me warm even when wet as a result of the synthetic insulation. The only cons I can think of are that it's slightly more bulky than a down jacket and the exterior shell can tear easily. That being said, if you need a reasonably priced multi purpose parka that's guaranteed to keep you warm this is the one for you.

    Had it in Purple, new one in Black

    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    This jacket is warm, takes up a lot of space, but it's worth it's weight. Great for those early mornings getting out of the car at the TH before you're warmed up.

    Does its job

      I got this puffy for ice climbing and sitting around taking photos. With the right layering you'll never be cold in Utah winters. I recommend keeping track of the stuff sack as well. It comes in handy for those multi pitch climbs you don't take your packs on.

      Does its job

      Husband loves it!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs large

      I got this jacket for my husband, and he loves it so much. Just what he needed for cold morning walks! He's 6'3, 165 lbs - I got the Medium and it's a little roomy. Runs a little big, but overall a fantastic jacket!

      Warmest of the warm!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 6'3"
      • Weight: 190lbs

      If you're looking for pure warmth, look no further. This is my single go-to jacket for when temperatures dip below zero, or when I'll be standing for extended periods in slightly milder temps.

      It comes with its own stuff sack that packs nicely into any backpack. It's very lightweight considering its warmth, and very compressible. The hood fits perfectly over a helmet and cinches from the back for the perfect fit. Without a helmet, it still cinches down to the perfect fit for your head that you don't need a beanie cap or balaclava.

      Plus, it's absolutely wind proof and breathes like a brand new lung!!! So even if you wear it in mild conditions, sweat management is not a problem (as long as you don't wear a thick mid-layer and/or base layer).

      Warmest of the warm!

      Very Warm

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: large
      • Height: 6'
      • Weight: 175lbs

      One week after receiving this coat, I wore it on long walks with the dog in temps 0 to 5 F. Very warm and very comfortable. I also found it to be very light weight. I only have a few complaints. The hood design is a 1 point adjustable system. A 3 point system would allow the hood to be pulled tighter around the neck/face. While comfortable, the parka does run large. I'm 6" 175 and the large has probably a bit more room than I need. However, I have 35" arms and the sleeves are plenty long - this is typically a problem for me with other brands, so I'll gladly trade the extra room for longer sleeves. If your arms are 32-33", and similar height/weight, the medium will likely be a better fit. I'll also add that the main zipper seems to jam fairly often - it could be better quality.

      Overall, a very nice parka. The arbor green is a great color, too.

      Feels like sitting next to a heat vent

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 5'8"
      • Weight: 170lbs

      Man, if you have never sat in a furnace, you are missing out on life. Well, actually that doesn't sound that enjoyable, especially if the furnace was on. What if you could have extreme warmth in the most extreme chill conditions? Well, that is where the DAS parka comes in. It is Patagonias heavy duty synthetic insulation belay parka. The benefits of synthetic insulation is that it is water resistant and continues to insulate even when wet. Another advantage is that when synthetic insulation does get wet, the moisture is trapped between the fibers rather than in the fibers allowing it to dry out much faster than down insulation. The outer material is wind proof, and water resistant, creating an almost weather tight shell. The downside is that synthetic insulation is slightly heavier and doesn't pack as small as down allows. Whether you are on a summit somewhere, at an outdoor concert, belaying your buddy at the crag or on the ice wall, this thing is designed to keep you warm. The two way zip keeps the jacket out of your belay device and the high pockets are usable while wearing a harness. The fit is a little oversized since it is designed to wear over layers or a shell as an outer layer. The only down side, which isn't a negative to this jacket at all, is that Patagonia needs to bring back the DAS pants!!! They are an excellent compliment to this jacket in the extremes.

      I'm 5'8", 170lb and a medium fits perfect. Whether over just a base layer or over an insulating piece and a hard shell, or even a wetsuit in the picture below, it was designed with all of that in mind.

      Feels like sitting next to a heat vent

      Awesome jacket

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Size Bought: medium
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 175lbs

      While I haven't worn this on any alpine adventures (yet), I bought this jacket primarily for daily winter use. Super warm (I don't wear it unless it's 20 or lower. It isn't a perfect fit, but isn't super baggy. I bought a medium and am 5'10" 175lbs.

      Wearing a Sleeping Bag

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: small
      • Height: 5'9"
      • Weight: 147lbs

      You cannot say enough about the great features of this jacket. It is lofted and warm. It is synthetic and keeps warm in wetter conditions. It is big and easily goes over other layers. Double direction zippers great for harnesses. Solid jacket for digging snow pits and standing around all day in the mountains. The only con is the size when put into its stuff sack but this can easily be solved with a small compression bag.

      Synthetic Goodness

      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: medium
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 180lbs

      Great for when the weather might be a little wet and you don't trust your down. Purchased this for a trip to BC and it kept me warm even when it started drizzling at 5000 feet before we flew into the alpine. Fits my 5' 10" 180 lb frame perfectly with som room to layer underneath.

      Exactly what I needed

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      I was in the market for a mega warm puffy this winter after my last down jacket was forced into retirement. Initially I was set on down but decided to at least take a look at synthetic. To my surprise, after some research and good reviews I decided to go with the DAS parka. After getting it and trying it on, it is EXACTLY what I needed. Mega warm, looks good, beyond comfortable, and well designed features. I love wearing this to the trailhead in the morning before skinning when the temps are beyond frigid. While not fully waterproof, I wore this in the rain during a bike ride and the water just beaded off. Also, Patagonia redid the design to make it better suited for active use and clearly it works because my range of motion is not impaired whatsoever. The only downside to the jacket, and with almost all synthetic puffies in general, is the fact that it doesn't pack down small. But personally I have other jackets for hut trips and bringing on long tours. For reference, I am 6'3'' and about 180 and the large fits well. Plenty of room to layer underneath but doesn't feel huge when I'm just wearing it over regular clothes.


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      I am 6'0" 210. Slightly longer torso. Bought a large. Length is good. Past my waist. There is plenty of room for a long sleeve fleece to be worn underneath. Slightly snug around armpits with the fleece. Very warm. Wear a fleece vest underneath in winter. Walking around in 25F and I am warm. I might have tried a Medium if I had this to do over, but I am very happy with this.

      So far so good

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size

      Will take it out on ebc trek in a couple of weeks, but so far around town, 20F, im usually hot and have to take it off. Seems like an awesome piece for really cold conditions. True to size, the mexium fits perfect for me at 5'10 185 lbs. I have room for a pata r2 under it with no problems.

      Customer feed back to a Gear Head

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
      • Fit: True to size

      Hood adjusts very well with and without a helmet, but the collar is only about 2 inches high where the jacket leaves the torso and I sits right at the bottom of the chin and doesn't feel quite high enough. Fit is boxy.

      Hi Ryan I noticed the exact same thing about this jacket. Great overall but the main problem is the collar which sits right underneath the chin. It should extend all the way up to cover the chin and mouth. I don't know why they changed the collar to make it shorter. Everything else about the jacket is great in my opinion.

      Ageless Parka

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs large

      I've had my Das Parka since 2007 and, except for a small tear on the forearm (my bad), this has kept me warm and dry ever since. It does run big, in my opinion, but that does allow for more layers if you need it (probably won't). Roomy zippered pockets keep your extras handy and safely stowed.


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs large

      I'm 6'4" 250 with an athletic build and this fits me fine. Overall, this is a great coat, stylish enough for the city, but a go-to piece for the outdoors, the area it was designed for. It's warm, and blocks the wind very well, is well built, with constant layering throughout the coat. One minor quibble is that the hood could be a little bigger/longer, though I am wearing an XL and it is probably due to my frame. The insulation in the hood is solid and should help you stay warm. With a fleece, I could see some one wearing this down to the teens or a little lower if they're daring, and easily low 30's and above with just a shirt on underneath(with a took on since the insulation in the hood is the thinnest part of the coat-though still solid). Folks looking for their hiking, rock climbing main piece should definitely check this coat out, and will make anyone happy who is looking for a warm Winter coat that ins't bulky.

      Like a mobile bed

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

      I like this jacket . I don't know how it'll perform in the cold since it's obviously summer but I can at least attest to its comfort. It feels like I'm wearing a pillow and I just can't get over how comfortable it is. I've read enough reviews to know that I won't regret it or be let down when I put it on for its intended use in the winter. I'm glad I got it $100 off, that just makes it sweeter. I'm 5'10 167lbs, 39 chest and the medium fits perfect. I'm giving it 4 stars since again it's not winter so it would be dishonest to say it's perfect without putting it through a real test.

      So I'm 6'2" and 200lbs, I'm a large in most things but I've found patagonia can be a little short in the arms sometimes for me. My arm length is 35, I have a 33 inch waist and my chest measurement is about 44 inch. Should I go with a large or an Xl?
      I'd be layering it over my Arcteryx Atom lt and Alpha SV for ice climbing and general winter mountaineering.

      Another fit question: I'm 5'10" and 200lbs, fairly stocky. I need a warm belay jacket for alpine ice routes on Dragontail Peak and Rainier, so I will be layering under this jacket, likely with my Arcteryx Atom LT. I typically wear a large in Patagonia, should I stick with large for this piece? I don't want it to be enormous and I know this product runs big. The BD Stance Belay Parka is a perfect fit in a large size for me.

      5'10", 180 lbs, 42 chest, 34" arms. I do not intend to layer much. Do you suggest medium or large?

      Hey bugsinmyteeth,

      I would recommend you go with a Medium if you want a more streamlined fit and do not plan to layer much underneath. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

      Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

      Im 6'2" 155lb and am wondering what size would work best for me? Would use it around town and wouldnt need to layer

      Hey Connor,

      I would recommend going with the DAS Insulated Parka in a Medium if you do not want to layer. I am 6'1" 185 lbs and typically go Medium in Patagonia for a tighter fit. Feel free to shoot me any additional questions on this or other Patagonia Jackets.

      I'm gearing up for Rainier, and considering the DAS for my belay jacket. I understand the fit on this jacket has changed a bit within the past 2-3 years. I normally wear a small in Patagonia, but still find their regular fit outerwear a bit roomy in the chest. I'm 5'8" (barely), 140lbs, 36" chest, 29" waist. Should I go with a small or a medium?

      Best Answer

      Hey Chris,

      What are you looking to do in regards to layering with this jacket?

      You're right at the top end of the Small so knowing how you plan on layering will be a big factor in my recommendations.

      Since you're gearing up for Rainier, I'd love to help you out.

      Shoot me an email if you'd li ke to work 1-on-1 or have more quesitons.

      Jared D.

      Expert Gearhead

      800.409.4502 ext 4055



      RMI's equipment list recommend a total of 5 (interchangeable) layers, including a parka. This is what I've got so far:

      Base: Patagonia Cap 3

      Mid 1: Patagonia R1 P/O

      Mid 2: Arc'teryx Cerium LT Jacket

      Outer: Arc'teryx Beta AR

      I'm not 100% settled on the Cerium, it may be overkill. I might substitute it for a medium weight fleece: the Arc'teryx Covert Cardigan. The Cerium is the layer that would represent the greatest bulk underneath any parka. I don't like cold air pockets in my jackets, and generally prefer a closer fit. Even so, I'm beginning to think that a medium in the DAS may be the best option. What do you think? Thanks,


      I trying to decide between this jacket and the Outdoor Research Chaos. I'm looking for a stylist warm jacket to wear around town and to work. I'm 5'7 and 155lbs, what size should I get?

      The DAS here is tough to beat. Super warm, and super durable. For sizing I think you could go with a small if you're wearing it around town. If you were using it as a belay parka to layer over 2 or 3 other layers I would say medium.

      Hi, I'm 5'10" 160lbs , Chest:96CM , Waist:81CM, Size S OR M?Thanks


      Medium would give you a little extra room to layer underneath, and in my opinion give you a little more comfortable fit overall. Small though if you want more of a trim/snug fit and don't like your jackets loose at all. Personally I would go medium for sure.

      I am trying to decide between the DAS parka and the Blank Diamond Cold Forge Hoody. Will be using for winter climbing, ski touring, and all around living in Vermont (cold, wet, and windy).

      DAS for sure! Patagonia has over 40 years experience making clothing, and the DAS is a long running style that has been refined and updated over the years. Also the DAS will be more weatherproof with it's PU coating rather than a DWR w the cold forge.

      I'm 6'4" 250 lbs with a 50" chest. Will...

      I'm 6'4" 250 lbs with a 50" chest. Will an XL fit me? I usually buy XXL so a coat is somewhat roomy instead of snug. Also, is this the latest edition of the jacket? Thanks!

      Best Answer

      Hey Eme4398144,

      The XXL would be a better choice size for you in this jacket. An XL tops out at 47 inches in the chest area so I believe it will be too snug for you. You can always try it and if it does not work use one of our return labels for $6.99.

      I'm 6'3", 165lbs, chest = 39", sleeve =...

      I'm 6'3", 165lbs, chest = 39", sleeve = 35", what's the best size for me? Generally a large is too baggy in the torso but better fits in arm length. Also I would probably just be wearing a tshirt underneath. Thanks.

      for your height personally I would go with a large here Paul, but you might be able to work a medium since you don't want it to be baggy in the body. The DAS runs about 1/2 size big since it's a belay parka, designed to be thrown on over layers. And since you're just rolling a t-shirt it just might work.

      I like the DAS parka with in blue with red...

      I like the DAS parka with in blue with red trim - but not the one in blue with green trim - you have both pictured - which one are you selling? thanks


      I'm reading from the reviews that the parka...

      I'm reading from the reviews that the parka runs a bit large to enable layering, but if i plan to not layer so heavily like the mountaineers.... what size would you recommend?

      i am about 5'9-5'10 and weigh in about 180 lbs

      chest measurement is 40.5in

      sleeve measurement is 31in

      actual waist measurement is 34in but wear a size 32 pretty loosely for pants (idk if that's the same or not)

      Best Answer

      Hey Paul,

      So at 5'10 165lb I wear the small and it fits perfectly over a merino tee, R1 Hoody, and Beta FL shell. I also wear it around town every now and again and with just my regular clothes under it, it can be a bit billowy but still warm. I think you could get away with either the S or the M but in all honesty I would go with the M for comfort and mobility. You weigh a little more than me and my waist is a 32 and chest a 38. Most of the difference in the S and M were in the chest, the sleeve, and the length (about +1" in length and sleeve and +2" in the chest) so at a +2 chest wise from me I think the M will do you fine.

      This version is spec'd at 26 oz but I see...

      This version is spec'd at 26 oz but I see it on the Patagonia site at 28 oz (not the 2013) but what must be the 2012. What version is the 26 oz here? Weight (v. warmth) matters!

      The real question is what size they're giving you the specs for. Frequently they'll state "Specs are for size Medium" but depending on who it is they might state specs for a small or X-large.

      I'm going to guess that the weight savings this year has to do with the change in fit. I had plenty of room in last year's SMALL to wears layers underneath, but this year's MEDIUM measures almost exactly the same as last year's small. The older DAS compresses smaller, but the newer DAS is likely to last longer. The Primaloft Synergy insulation is a CONTINUOUS FILAMENT insulation which is far less resistant to migration and loft loss after repeated compressions. It also is 'loftier' than Primaloft One and takes up more volume for the same warmth. That's why this year's DAS feels puffier. The big downside to this year's DAS is that it takes up more volume in your stuffsack. It won't compress as small. The upside is that the continuous filament Synergy won't lose loft with repeated compressions. Here, Primaloft is trying to go after Climashield. It shouldn't be long before you see Primaloft competing in the sleeping bag market where Climashield dominates. Even though it doesn't compress as small, continuous fiber is what is needed to avoid loss of loft and warmth over hundreds and hundreds of stuffing compressions.

      Hello...I was wondering the difference...

      Hello...I was wondering the difference between this patagonia DAS parka and the arcteryx kappa jacket are? Which is warmer, more compressable, durable? Which do you prefer? Going to use as an over jacket for winter camping or stand alone when really cold...THANKS!


      The DAS is definitely a great jacket, super warm while still being very compressible and packable . A more similar jacket to the kappa, and maybe a better jacket for you would be the new Patagonia Apastron. It's got 200 grams of Primaloft, and a Gore Windstopper shell so it will be the warmest option of all. Super durable as well!

      I tried on the Apastron before the DAS. You have to size up on it. It has a very trim cut in the body but long in the arms. It also lacks a two way zipper. But all the other features are great. One thing to note is that the DAS parka has Primaloft insulation. The Apastron has a different type of Primaloft (Eco). I don't know how it compares in warmth. But I think the windstopper shell will be more durable. I plan on using my DAS with a shell when expecting abuse.

      Patagonia DAS vs Arcteryx Atom SV Which...

      Patagonia DAS vs Arcteryx Atom SV

      Which is warmer?

      Best Answer

      The DAS is approximately 60% warmer. DAS uses Primaloft One which is 5% warmer than Coreloft per gram. At 170g in the torso and 133g in the hood and arms, it has an average of 159g of insulation distribution. The Atom SV has 100g of Coreloft, which equates to approximately 95g of PL1, since Coreloft isn't as warm per g. Final math comes out to approximately 60% warmth difference.

      That said, they're both great pieces used for different applications, and the above calculations don't factor in fit, draftiness, etc.

      Just saw your response Josh. While I have wanted to love the DAS, the fit hasn't worked for me. If you're 6'2" 190, my guess is that a Medium would be a good fit. It may have slightly short sleeves, however. I'm 5'10" 200 and the Medium is still pretty big for me, with accurately lengthed sleeves but a very large torso. I swim in the jacket, a bit too much in my opinion, making it drafty and meaning I carry too much extra insulation.

      FYI, they are updating the DAS for 2013 which should provide a better fit for you. I'd advise waiting until then to see what they produce. However, it will only come in orange and black colors until Summer 2013.

      Try pairing your Atom SV with a Patagonia nano pullover. More versatility and very similar insulation. If you want to be even cooler, pair an Atom LT hoody with an Atom SV. A few ice and alpine climbers rave about this system. R1 hoody base layer, Atom LT hoody for active use, and Atom SV over everything at the belay. Ultralight hardshell in pack of course.

      Can you add country "Taiwan" at Billing...

      Can you add country "Taiwan" at Billing Address?

      Thanks for the helpful info, Ty. Your...

      Thanks for the helpful info, Ty. Your response got me thinking, will a small be long enough in the waist and arms or should I be looking at a medium? Again I'm 6'0" with a 71" wingspan fingertip to fingertip.

      Sorry for the slow response! Honestly I think a medium would be the way to go. I don't think it will look too oversized or baggy, and I think you'll be really happy with the warmth of the medium vs the small. The extra length the medium will give you in the sleeves and waist will help keep cold air out. Hope that helps!