South faces in Patagonia, north faces in the Alps and frozen waterfalls in Canada -- ice and alpine climbing tends toward the cold and rowdy, but the DAS Parka helps keep things civil. It traps the heat, blocks the wind and now comes in a women's version, femininely shaped and with a baffled collar (a unanimous request from our women climbing ambassadors and testers).
We started with the existing DAS and overhauled it, with a more sculpted fit that maximizes warmth (though still sized as a belay parka), loftier 120-g PrimaLoft® Synergy insulation throughout and an additional layer of 60-g PrimaLoft® ONE throughout the torso. The lightweight, PU-coated nylon ripstop shell (with Deluge® DWR finish) is durable, water-resistant and windproof.
A single-pull, adjustable, helmet-compatible hood and a tall collar traps extra heat. A few of the finer points: zippered and insulated handwarmer pockets, a zippered chest pocket, large interior mesh pockets for drying gloves, elasticized cuffs, a drawcord drop-tail hem and a 2-way zip (with internal, insulated wind flap) that lets you see your belay device. Stuffsack included.