Raul Martinezwrote a review of Black Diamond Cold Forge Hooded Down Jacket - Men's on December 18, 2015
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
I was looking for something to replace my old Mountain Hardwear Phantom (zipper broke) that I loved but wasn't impressed with MH's new model. This one fit the bill with the 2 internal drop pockets, water resistant treated down, and style. The internal fleece lined face area extends all the way around the neck, adjustable helmet hood, durable exterior, and internal pockets sold me as soon as I put it on. The zipper is lined with a windscreen the entire length and the sleeves have soft cuffs.
Style - I picked up the captain (dark blue) color over the black, not something I had planned but it's a pretty sweet midnight blue tux color that still looked good with jeans and separates you from the rest of the herd.
Fit is a true athletic cut, great for me at 6'2", 175 lbs, 42 chest, 35 arms. The length of the arms and chest width was perfect in a medium for someone who likes a tighter fit.
It probably won't be as warm as the Phantom at 850 vs 750 down, it doesn't pack into its own stow pocket, and it doesn't have a 2way zipper for belaying. If the jacket would've had those details on top of their other ones, I would've given it 5 stars.
I do have to say that Mountain Hardwears customer service was great in helping to try to replace their jacket. Hopefully Black Diamond is on par with their service if I ever need it.