Sub-Zero SL Parka


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Sub-Zero SL Parka
Manufacturer Mountain Hardwear
Page By fmajor
Page Type Jan 15, 2004 / Jan 15, 2004
Object ID 976
Hits 4626
650-Fill Down Parka

Shell Material - Conduit SL - Waterproof and Breathable

Taslan Reinforced shoulders, arms, and butt

Fleece lined hand warmer pockets

Double "Napoleon-Style" zip chest pockets

One Interior zip pocket and one interior water bottle pocket

Baffle construction (not sewn through)

Zip-off, detachable down hood

One handed hood, waist and hem drawcords

Covered, wind-proof two-way front zipper

Adjustable, Velcro® cuffs

Stuff sack included


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fmajor - Jan 15, 2004 6:39 pm - Voted 5/5

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I recently (Feb 2004) took the parka on a week-long trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along a section of the AT. I was on a somewhat "exposed" section of the AT, on Thunderhead Mountain, with consistent winds of 35-40 mph, gusts to maybe 50mph and temps in the mid 20'sF and did not even notice the cold. I did not feel the wind through the Conduit laminate shell, except as it came from under the waist because i did not use the draw cords - my bad, not the parka's.

As noted above, the parka is a bit heavy. However, the weight is well-spent. It is reinforced with Taslan on the butt and on the sleeves from the shoulder to the wrist and the hood is......., well, the hood is sublime. It is large enough for a helmet, yet adjusted easily to accomodate just my noggin and is SUPER warm. It doesn't impede my vision at all or make me feel claustrophobic. I also really like the fleece-lined hand warmer pockets - a very nice touch. The photos don't do it justice - this parka is very puffy.

I also like the chest-pockets - they are positioned very well.

It's a great item and earned its place in my pack - and an excellent bargain at less than $300USD.

Johnhl94563 - Nov 8, 2004 2:32 am - Voted 5/5

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This is a very warm down parka. It fits easily over a medium insulation layer. On a cold day ice climbing at Lee Vining, everybody wanted to borrow my jacket while I was climbing. It made keeping warm while belaying easy while temps were in the teens (or below).

Dissadvantages are it's weight. The hood fits easily over a climbing helmet. I found the MH SL Sub-Zero Jacket to be a great way to knock off a pound if you don't feel like you will need a hood.

The lined hard warmer pockets are excellent. The SL fabric does a good job of keeping light moisture (melting snow flakes, etc) off of the down.

43moon - Nov 12, 2005 1:22 pm - Voted 5/5

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Nothing more to say that hasn't already been said. I love this jacket.

orandall - Dec 29, 2005 12:17 pm - Voted 5/5

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One thing that people haven't mentioned below is how breathable this parka is for down. I've been breaking it in on some winter ascents of late and I never got too hot.

The conduit layer isn't "water-proof" as MHW says it is on its site, but it's quite water-resistant for light drizzle and snow. All in all, the parka does what it's supposed to do, and is a great bargain for winter mountaineering.

packet - Feb 22, 2007 2:21 am - Voted 3/5

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I got one of these for my girlfriend. Not entirely sure how much I like it, it seems somewhat underfilled compared to my Marmot Mountain Down. Quality is decent otherwise and it packs down nicely.

redcell6613 - Apr 22, 2010 7:42 pm - Hasn't voted

Nice jacket, bulky, but packs nice. My older North Face Summit Series is still warmer at half the volume, but that was North Face actually made good products.
The Mountain Hardwear jacket is nice at the price though.

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