Patagonia Das Parka 2006-present


Patagonia Das Parka 2006-present
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Patagonia Das Parka 2006-present
Manufacturer Patagonia
Page By delmarco
Page Type Feb 23, 2008 / Feb 26, 2008
Object ID 4821
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Product Description






Patagonia Men's DAS Parka (Fall 2007) The DAS Parka by Patagonia is our quintessential belay and bivy piece. The bombproof DAS, with its high-loft synthetic insulation, stays warm even when wet, sheds snow, and blocks wind. We've improved the fit and upgraded the shell fabric to a polyester quad ripstop that's extremely tough, durable, and light in weight. Fabric reinforcements on shoulders, elbows and hip panels increase durability. An Optipull hood fits over helmets, and the high collar insulates your face. Finer points: insulated handwarmer pockets, a zippered chest pocket, inside mesh pockets for drying gloves and a two-way front zip that lets you see your belay device. Treated with Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) to shed moisture. Stuff sack included.Features: Weight: 822 g. (29 oz.) Fabric: Shell: 1.7-oz. 30 x40 denier polyester quad ripstop; Deluge DWR finish. Reinforcement: 2-oz. dobby weave polyester; DelugeDWR finish. Lining: 1-oz. 20 x 20 mini-ripstop nylon with DelugeDWR finish. Insulation: 4-oz. Polarguard D in the sleeves for flexibility, heavier 6-oz. in the body for torso warmth Ideal Uses: Expedition Climbing, Backcountry Riding, Lift-accessed Riding, Ice, Mixed, & Alpine Climbing Regular fit Shell fabric is extremely tough and durable, but still lightweight, with Deluge DWR to shed moisture; Fabric reinforcements on shoulders, elbow, and hip panels for increased durability Fabric reinforcements on shoulders, elbows and hip panels for increased durability Polarguard 3D insulation is extremely warm for its weight, retains loft and thermal value when wet Liner fabric is supple and lightweight for comfort against the skin Oversized hood design will fit over alpine and ski helmets; it has drawcords to adjust overall volume and face periphery Modified Y-Joint sleeves; Full, two-way front zipper with internal wind flap and fold-over zipper cover for comfort; External pockets have reverse-coil, Deluge DWR zippers Large, exterior zippered chest pocket; Zippered, insulated handwarmer pockets won't interfere with a harness; Two large interior mesh drop-in cargo pockets; Drawcorded hem; Durable covered elastic wrist closures; Includes Deluge DWR stuff sack.



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delmarco - Feb 23, 2008 8:06 pm - Voted 5/5

The ideal model of the Belay Jacket.
I shopped around for a while for a synthetic belay parka and it was a quick while because everyone directed me to two jackets that set the standard of belay parkas: The North Face REDPOINT OPTIMUS ($199) for its minimal weight and great packability and the Patagonia DAS PARKA ($265) for its superior warmth, and function.

After playing around with the very flimsy OPTIMUS in The North Face store I decided to spend more and get the obviously warmer DAS PARKA. After a cold weekend in the woods, I found the DAS sleeves in my size (Small) fitted too short and narrow so my wrist would be exposed between the gloves and the cuffs while belaying. After I exchanged it to the next size up, I found the cut was big enough for me.

Another gripe about the hem cinchcord pull tabs is that they are placed right under the main zipper in the center so when belaying with the lower zip naturally zipped open/up, it's difficult to cinch or adjust the hem without first zipping it back down over your harness. Then because the cinch bunches up in front next to the zipper it creates alot of extra bunching and puffing out where your harness's belay point is even if the lower zip is open. This was very distracting for me plus if you are wearing gloves forget about it. I felt having the hem cinch tabs at the sides would have been better for adjusting and the hem tension would bulk the jacket's hem at the sides away from the zipper, and your belay point (The MAMMUT STRATUS jacket I used to own had it at the sides and it does make a lot of difference).

Overall, still a great jacket that has become the staple of all Belay Jackets that will come in the future. Hopefully Patagonia will keep impoving on this jacket.

Blair - Nov 11, 2008 12:12 pm - Voted 5/5

I have nothing bad to say about my DAS, I love it! Warm and comfortable. Also drys well if it does get a little wet. Highly recommended belay jacket and/or parka.

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