Corbinwrote a review of Black Diamond Cold Forge Hooded Down Jacket - Men's on May 1, 2018
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Combo review of the Cold Forged hooded Jacket and the Cold Forged Hooded Parka ( I believe as of 2018 is now the Stance Belay Parka) What haven’t I done in these jackets? I have been through a few down jackets over the last few years, but last year I picked up both the Cold Forged Hooded Parka and Cold Forged Hooded jacket. I run cold if I’m not pushing up something so dual mid weight downs are awesome sometimes on the rough days. I did a ton of research over a few weeks before I purchased these layers and it was well worth it. Both of these jackets have been through heck and back. I primarily use the Jacket around town or hiking or fishing, and the parka on the peaks and ice and both when it just sucks out. Main differences between the jacket and Parka are the Parka has 2 zippers to help when belaying for ice so you can unzip from the bottom and the Parka is longer and a slightly high fill. I geek out at how well these top layers are engineered. They do an excellent job through pull tabs of keeping every possible spot for warmth to be lost sealed up. The hood fits over climbing helmet or hat then can be pulled tight around the back of the head and around the neck. Even on the brutal cold winter assents on peaks here in Colorado these jackets perform beautifully to keep my head, face and upper body warm. Spent 6 weeks total this winter out of a tent backpacking or climbing and practically lived in these jackets 24/7 this season. I would wrap one jacket around my legs in the sleeping bag and wear the parka up top and get through some super cold nights that way. Wake up slide the jacket off my legs and put it over the parka and begin the dreaded crawl out of the warm bag into the freezing winter wonderland outside. I got the Parka in a medium and the jacket in a small and they fit together perfectly. I have full range of motion for climbing and rope work and never feel resistance or bind from the jackets while moving on the mountain or with a pack on. I have had a few days of drizzle and light rain and was stoked to see how well these performed in wet conditions and how fast they dry. I have also pushed these jackets through a lot more bush than I should and am stoked there is no holes or tears in the material, I wouldn’t wear this in the trees skiing without a shell over it but for hiking past bushes and trees they have done great. Overall the Jacket and the Parka are solid layers to add to the gear closet, and have gotten me through some horribly cold days on the peaks and have outperformed the last 3 puffies by miles. These puffies are designed to do work and they do it very well.