The story behind Himali’s unique identity is of its co-founder, Tendi Sherpa. As an IFMGA mountain guide, with years of experience living, climbing, and guiding in the earth’s highest and most inhospitable peaks, he has a unique perspective that defines Himali’s company culture. Their company is guided by dedication towards developing the highest quality gear and an ethos towards a holistic culture of respect for the mountains and its people.
After testing a variety of Himali products, I can safely say that the Altitude Parka is the defining product of Himali’s expedition lineup. This parka has the spirit of the Himilayas woven into the fabric that only the experience of an 8,000-meter veteran could provide. It becomes abundantly clear that every detail of this jacket has been meticulously developed through hours of thought while sitting out ensuing Himalayan storms.
I had the opportunity to test this jacket in my home state, Colorado. While Colorado is much tamer than the Himalayan climate this jacket was designed for, we have our fair share of harsh weather to put the jacket through the wringer. This jacket shined during a cold snap that followed a series of deep snowstorms that rolled in at the end of 2019. There are powder days, and then there are life-changing powder days. Powder days where you are skiing snow that is above your head and you disappear in the snow between turns. These are the powder days where your water bottle freezes, your camera batteries die unexpectedly, and your breath instantly turns into a layer of ice. The motivation to leave the comforts of your home decreases when the thermometer reads a chilling -10?, but cold and deep snow guarantees the best skiing that Colorado can offer. Even on days like these, the Himali Altitude Parka was at times too warm.