Bight Gear Men's Caldera Down Parka
The coldest part of any climb is often the last rest break before sunrise – the one where you nearly chip a tooth on a frozen Snickers bar. That’s when you need the Caldera. The I-beam construction helps minimize cold spots, and stretchy cuffs slide over large gloves easily. The large interior stash pockets fit water bottles, gloves, and most importantly, snacks for days. Single digits in the ski area? This is your jacket.
The 2021 version of this piece includes a two-way zipper to better accommodate harnesses for roped glacier travel and chilly belays.
- Function: Maximum insulation for when temps drop to can’t-feel-your-face degrees. Think half a sleeping bag.
- Layering: Designed to be worn over several layers as an outermost layer to protect against the elements. Batten down the hatches!
- Insulation Type: Down (850 fill 90/10 HyperDry down)
- Fit: Relaxed
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- Weather resistant ripstop fabric
- DWR treated, ethically sourced down insulation
- I-beam construction on main body to eliminate cold spots and increase warmth
- Engineered down baffles on side panels and underarms for optimal range of motion
- Helmet compatible, one hand adjustable hood
- Brushed tricot lined extra-high front collar
- Brushed tricot lined hand pockets
- Zippered chest pocket
- Polartec® Power Stretch® Pro™ stretch cuffs
- Jacket packs into interior zippered pocket
- Two interior stash pockets
- Drawcord hem
- Articulated Elbows
- Relaxed fit
FABRICS: 20D nylon ripstop with DWR finish
INSULATION: 850 fill, 90/10 HyperDry European goose down
WEIGHT: 646g (size Large)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: China
Men's Caldera Down Parka
As usual, no complaints.
I actually haven’t worn my Caldera yet, the weather’s been too warm. It’s a nice parka, stylish, fits great (6’3”, 185, L) and is light in weight. It’s definitely not an expedition parka (eg like Patagonia Grade VII, Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero, Mountain Equipment K-7), as the down weight is not that high. Still a good parka for lower level, not too frigid temps.
I upgraded my puffy this year to the Caldera and have been pumped ever since. My only gripe...East Coast weather has kept it in my closet the past few weeks. Insanely warm, high loft, and well fitting. Love the tech specs...stretchy wrist panels, huge interior stuff pockets, helmet compatible hood. Bravo Bight.
This jacket tempt me toasty in northern Alberta in -5F windy ski conditions.
This is overall a pretty good jacket. It is lighter and more packable than other own parkas, and the pockets are awesome. That being said there are a couple of issues that I do have with it. The lack of a two-way zipper does make it pretty hard to access your harness, especially with all that extra length. The jacket also contains significantly less down than even down parkas that are rated for 4-5000 m climbs (181 grams vs 230 grams for the neutrino pro, 215 for the nilas, etc), and therefore is likely significantly less warm as well. As someone who runs cold, the limited down/loft on this jacket caused me to endure some pretty rough times this season, and I will not be using it for my future climbs. But if you are someone who runs hot, this is definitely an extremely well-made piece that will probably meet your demands.