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.
from BACKPACKING LIGHT