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Lightweight Winter Down Parka Reviews and State of the Market Report

Reviewed on December 5, 2018

This article features lightweight down parkas (usually, full-zip jackets with hoods, a longer hem, and box-baffled construction) appropriate for winter backpacking, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, mountaineering, and other cold-temperature activities.

What is the best down parka? The answer: it depends, of course.

I researched over 50 models and selected 12 to use over two years of outdoor activities that including lightweight backpacking, alpine climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, and multi-sport expeditions.The objective of this article is to give you some education about down parka design and performance that will help guide your decision-making process when selecting a winter-worthy parka.

The Montbell Frost Line is my recommendation if you're on a budget. It's not the warmest parka at this weight, but it's by far the best value here. This parka earns our Recommended rating for its value.


Editor's Choice : BARGAIN PUFFY MontBell Frost Line Parka

Reviewed on 2014 Nov. issue

WE CONFIRMED THE price three times before we actually believed it. A full-featured, 800-fill goose down puffy for $220? Unheard of. If it’s maximum warmth per dollar you’re after, this is your coat. “I can’t imagine ever needing more insulation than this jacket offers,” says one tester who wore it on winter camping trips in New England with temps hovering around 0°F. The traditional box baffle construction means no sewn-through seams, hence no cold spots, and the dropped hem kept our midlines covered even when we were bending and twisting while pitching tents. And despite the killer price tag, MontBell is not stingy with the features. The overstuffed hood cinches down over a beanie or expands to accommodate a helmet, and fleece-lined pockets up the cozy factor. The chunky zipper never snags, even though there’s a wind-blocking draft tube behind it. “I’ve tested hundreds of puffy jackets over the years,” our gear editor says. “This one does everything right, and costs $50 to $100 less than its competitors.”