johndiggitywrote a review of Black Diamond Stance Belay Insulated Parka - Men's on March 2, 2017
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
This is my first Black Diamond jacket and I am pretty impressed by their efforts. I've been using this for almost three seasons now. As others have said, this is a super warm jacket. I've worn it on piste skiing and have been drenched in sweat at the end of a run, even on sub-zero days. It's great as a general purpose insulating layer in low to moderate activities. If you are doing anything that gets your heart pumping, this is not the jacket to use.
The overall construction is top notch. I absolutely love the cuffs. They are long and fit well without pinching or bunching. The Pertex does a good job of keeping light moisture at bay. My biggest gripe is the hood/collar area. I wore a size large which fit me a little loose in the body. However when the collar was fully zipped it was very tight in the neck area, even more so if you are wearing this over a midlayer with a higher collar. The way the tag and hang loop were handled are also a head scratcher. There appears to be a small hang loop, the garment label, then a larger hang loop, all layered on top of one another. I'm not sure what purpose the smaller loop serves, except to allow the tag and large hang loop to stick straight out. Basically every time the jacket is worn without the collar fully zipped, the garment tag is sticking straight up. It's also bothersome on the back of my neck when zipped.
The hood pull cord construction is also troublesome. It's difficult to adjust when the hood is up and because of the pull cords' proximity to the main zipper, the loose pull cords get caught when trying to zip up.
It has two big internal pockets by the hem, but I've love a smaller pocket higher up on the chest inside the coat as well. The external chest pocket is nicely segmented though and works well with sunglasses, energy bar, or a phone.