Down Jacket
Black Diamond Vision Down Parka

$450, 1 lb. 4.5 oz. (men’s medium)

Sizes: men’s S-XL, women’s XS-XL

On a morning in the first week of March, with the temperature a blood-thickening 17° F at a campsite on the edge of The Maze District of Canyonlands National Park, this fat down parka felt like my best friend. That followed a night in the teens spent inside a sleeping bag not rated for temps that low, when I spread the parka over my torso and hips inside my bag and felt an immediate infusion of warmth that enabled me to enjoy a comfortable night of sleep.

I also pulled on this parka on a windy summit during a break on a late-winter hike in Idaho’s Boise Mountains, when it instantly warmed me up after the ambient temp and wind had caused me to cool down quickly. Those experiences made me a fan of Black Diamond’s warmest insulated jacket, but there’s a back story that explains its superior performance.

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The Black Diamond Vision Down Parka.
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Stuffed with 800-fill power, RDS-certified, Allied HyperDRY-treated goose down insulation, the Vision Down Parka resists moisture buildup, has a warmth-to-weight ratio that ranks among the best down jackets, and offers a level of warmth that seriously compares with the upper half of many three-season sleeping bags (the parka obviously only insulates your torso). Its water-resistant down carries added importance in sub-freezing temps—the very temps for which this jacket is designed—because moisture released in sweat and when you exhale can accumulate in insulation and compromise the warmth of standard down, which loses loft and its insulating ability the wetter it gets.

The sewn-through construction, which stitches the outer, shell fabric to the inner, liner fabric—common in insulated jackets as a means of
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