- January 16 2012
Patagonia Das Parka
I wanted a jacket that was warm but lightweight, and that is exactly what I got in the Das Parka. The quality of construction is typical Patagonia excellence. I like to think of this jacket as a piece of art that you can wear, and I may live in it until spring. Additionally, it is supposed to shed light rain (haven't tried it in a downpour yet), and I got it on sale. I chose the Deep Mango color for the visibility factor. My main concern is that a ramble through blackberry brambles might tear it to shreds. Also, the retail cost is not inconsequential.
- January 14 2012
Impressed so far
I've only had my DAS parka for a few days but have been out in the cold with it and I'd like to say a few things about it: 1) I'm 5'9" and about 175 lbs. I ordered the medium and wow is it huge on me. Very unexpected even though I knew they are oversized. I considered returning it for the small but decided to keep it as the drawcord at the bottom pulls tight enough to keep it from hanging loosely and letting warm air out. It is sized just right to throw on over a big fleece, a goretex AND it still doesn't look too silly all by itself over a Tshirt. 2) The quality of construction seems immpecible, something I expect from Patagonia being a pretty loyal user for almost 20 years. 3) It is warm but not crazy warm like my North Face Himilayan Parka. I'd say its about as warm as my Patagonia down hoodie (which is very thin and light) but not as warm as a medium to thick down jacket. That said I live in B.C. where winters are cold and wet and I've seen what a combination of sweat and heavy wet snow does to down - renders it useless in minutues....that's why I bought the DAS. I've already found that at 0 celcius (32F) that its a bit cold to wear with just a shirt underneath. Throw a fleece on underneath and it feels so much warmer. 4) The hood is the best part. It is simply amazing. I'll never buy another jacket again without a hood. The hood is so large that your head dissapears into is silky warmth. I've only had my DAS for a week but I love it already and will be wearing it faithfully for the next few years I am sure. This Patagonia piece is a classic and I hope they always sell it so that in 10 years when this one is worn out I can get another.
- July 22 2011
Best synthetic insulation for cold weather
This jacket is great for anything in cold weather, from climbing to belaying to bivouacking. It's roomy enough to accommodate several layers of clothing underneath. Stuff sack helps compress it to a reasonable size for packing. It's also easy to wash and dry. If I had to buy another heavy-duty parka, I wouldn't hesitate to get another DAS.
- February 14 2011
Used the jacket while hiking in the mountains. Great for use on breaks, keeps the warmth in and very light to carry. Didn't want to wear it hiking downhill because of the tree limbs which could snag it. Overall a nice warm jacket you can use on the trail and in your everyday life.
- February 12 2011
DAS parka has been a great jacket! In zero degree weather it has kept me very comfortable with just a tshirt underneath. The hood is a great addition to have and works great. The only complaints I have are the zipper which is a bit clumsy to zip up and the sinch cord which pops out at a number of different places and often finds its way into your face or prevents you from using the zipper. The sizes run a bit big. I am 5'10 160 lbs and a medium is still a bit bulky (yet the small is too small). If you're inbetween, unless you're playing around in -50 degree weather I would go smaller as there isn't much of a need for underlayers. Great jacket. Although expensive, you get what you pay for.