Stephen A.wrote a review of Black Diamond Belay Parka - Men's on February 12, 2015
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
I'm 6'3" 180lbs with a 40in chest and wear a medium comfortably in this jacket. I ordered this jacket specifically to compare it to the Patagonia DAS parka. Both are mid to heavyweight synthetic-fill "parkas." They are probably the two heaviest and warmest on the market. However, in my opinion, this one beats the Patagonia DAS Parka. The biggest advantage that this jacket has is the hood/collar combo. This was the one feature on the DAS that I found to be a total fail. The collar on the BD Stance is taller, better, covers the lower face and neck, and can be cinched tight if desired to really protect the carotid/jugular heat loss. The DAS Collar cannot be cinched as tightly and does not cover the lower face, especially on a person with a taller/longer neck like me. This jacket is just as warm if not warmer than the DAS and will literally protect you in the most severe conditions (driving winds, subzero temps and windchill). I've worn it around New York City on the coldest days of the year and felt completely protected. The hood and collar are amazing and very protective when needed. The arm length and cuffs are also better on the BD Stance Belay. Overall I like the body and look of the DAS slightly more because it is (Slightly) less bulky but it in reality the BD Stance Belay is also a good looking jacket. As much as I liked the DAS, I decided to stick with the BD Stance Belay because the features seemed better overall.