Black Diamond Vision Down Parka

 

 

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Our Conclusion
The Vision Down Parka is protective and warm and built with durable materials.

The LCP fabric is at a level of rugged durability, for which the brand makers had to create an effective method to cut/shape the material while making this model for the market. Snagging, impact by sharp branches or other objects do next to no damage. The weight is low, while the durability is high. Includes a wide range of features to ensure good performance, comfort, and protection.

Suitable for use in wet, cold, and freezing temperatures, highly protective waterproofing and packed with down for assured warmth.
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Pros & Cons
Pros
Protective
Warm
Comfortable
Good range of features
Very durable
Cons
Some users suggest FIT is a little large
Key Features
Key Features
Snapshot
  • Liquid Crystal Polymer rip-stop
  • DWR finish
  • 90% Down
  • 10% Feather Goose-Down
  • Lining: 20D nylon plain-woven
  • Weight: 580 g (1 lb 4 oz)

    Good For:
    Wet Weather
    Strong Chilly Wind
    Snow
    Freezing temperature conditions

    Fit and Features

    This jacket has a nice range of built-in features.

    You get two large hand-warming pockets both with zip fasteners. A chest pocket with a secure zip system. A helmet-compatible hood that can be adjusted via a pull cord and is well insulated for warmth. Two protective internal mesh pockets for carrying items safely in wet and cold weather. The main zipper has a double pull, a wind flap, and is DWR treated.

    The overall fit is generous but not to the point of feeling loose or baggy and good for wearing over layers of clothing. The torso length is long with a drop-hem for the rear and adjustability via a single cord. The cuffs have lightweight stretchability to hold sleeves in place and keep out the cold draughty wind. Users point out that the sleeves allow plenty of flex and movement for the arms and that flexibility is also good around the shoulders and beneath the armpits.

    A version for ladies or men is available.

    Waterproofing and Warmth

    Stuffed with high-quality goose down to give protective warmth even during freezing weather conditions. This type of quality down does resist moisture penetration.

    The hood is insulated and adjustable and can be worn with a helmet.

    The shell fabric is light nylon ripstop and durability is assured via the inclusion of Liquid Crystal Polymer. The material is also DWR treated to give another level of waterproofing. This combination results in impressive protection from water and an exceptional level of durability.

    Value

    With a high price tag which reflects the use of high-quality materials and very good protection and performance. This jacket is comfortable and is a long-term investment. You do get value for money.
  • Verdict
    The Black Diamond Vision Down Parka stands out among the many Parka designs for its exceptional high durability material which is waterproof and resists puncturing.

    The features and design make this a very good performing jacket which allows for comfortable arm and body movement. Good, for use in the rain, snow, and freezing weather. The price tag is high due to its high durability, protection, performance, and comfort.
    Comparison to Previous Models

    Parka-styled coats are designed for use in cold wet weather, there are a variety of comparable options on the market. A theme common among this style of outdoor clothing for cold weather conditions is that you tend to pay for higher performance, quality, and comfort.

    A good comparable option is the North Face Arctic Parka II for ladies. A slightly lower price than the Vision Down Parka, not having specific extra durability but good for warmth, protection, and features.

    Comparable Snapshot
    Hood is Adjustable and Removable
    Tall Stand Collar
    Down Insulation
    Polyester shell
    Front Button Closure
    Slim Fit Design
    Waterproof Outer Layer

    Good For:
    Wet Weather
    Snow
    Heavy Wind

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    Richard Haberkost
    By Richard Haberkost
    Brian Price
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    Brian Price
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    Best offer on: Dec. 03. 2021