THE PERFECT BELAY PUFFY
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 turn 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. Standing in cold weather is a reality of the sport. From long belays, to waiting out poor weather, having the security of a warm jacket in your pack cannot be understated. This is truly a jacket designed for both 7,000-meter peaks and comfort on cold Colorado winter days. I?d like to climb and ski in the Himalaya one day and I would ensure that the Himali Altitude Parka makes the trip along with me. In the meantime, it will live with me on cold winter days climbing in Colorado?s high peaks.
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