Belaying your climbing partner in the cold can be miserable unless you have the Black Diamond Men's Stance Belay Insulated Hooded Jacket on. With 80g PrimaLoft One insulation in the body and 60g under your arms and at the sides, you stay warm even if this jacket gets wet. Its Pertex shell is incredibly durable for such a lightweight jacket, and Black Diamond added a DWR coating for water resistance that you'll appreciate when unexpected drizzle happens on your multipitch endeavors. You can compress this jacket down and pack it when the wall warms up.
The Stance features an adjustable hood that either cinches tightly over your helmet or across your head if you go helmet-less on those rocky ledges. Stretch gusset cuffs softly seal out any cold fronts, and a drawcord at the hem retains all that wonderful warmth. An oversized chest pocket leaves plenty of space for your headlamp, lip balm, and gloves. And a media pocket inside the jacket lets you listen to music while you relax with your partner on a portaledge.
|Black Diamond Stance Belay Jacket||$99.50 - $199.00|
|Black Diamond Access Hybrid Insulated Hooded Jacket||$249.00|
I originally started out with the hoodless version of this jacket and then ultimately opted for the hooded Belayer jacket for better warmth. Overall, this jacket is fantastic. It fits true to size and has pull chords throughout the jacket to better customize the fit. Most important of all, this thing is toasty! The material in the sleeves are consistent with the rest of the jacket, making it easy to put on with out hinderance to your sleeves if decide to layer up on an especially chilly day. This jacket is super light, making it hard to believe that it is as warm as it is. The hood is well insulated and has a brim built into it to help with rain. Most notable about the hood is that it allows full vision and can be thrown on and off without much effort. The pockets are large and roomy and the cuffs stretch which is really great too! The only thing I wish this jacket had was a reversible zip, but overall this jacket is a must a have!