Mountain Hardwear Glacier Guide Down Parka - Men's

Beat the blizzard.

Whether you're trekking through arctic-like barren tundras or simply guiding friends through a negative degree blizzard to your favorite breakfast spot, let Mountain Hardwear's Glacier Guide Down Parka lead the way. Crafted for extreme conditions, this tenacious, windproof jacket presents itself as a formidable foe against Mother Nature's most crippling elements. The length hits you at mid-hip and covers all of your important organs, crown jewels, and good tidings.

Built with the windproof AirShield technology and reinforced with a strategic, nylon ripstop fabric, this jacket has a locomotive 30D nylon textile in the body and a highly durable 140D nylon ripstop in the shoulders, arms, and waist, making it perfect for slinging a hefty pack or trolling around with a notoriously crotchety pallas cat. The 650-fill Q Shield Down insulation repels moisture while the baffle construction and adjustable, zip-off hood, provides maximum warmth and loft.

  • 650-fill Q Shield Down
  • Windproof Airshield fabric
  • Hook-and-loop cuffs
  • Baffle construction
  • Hand warmer pockets are pack compatible
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Damn good

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Small

Taken it on a couple expeditions and a dozen or so more casual outings. I run on the large side of my size, but just putting it on it's pretty obvious it's built for some heavy layering. It definitely leans towards being an alpine coat, or for the kind of situations where layering is hardly optional.
That said, it's also one of the warmest alpine parkas I've owned, which probably says a lot about my trip history. It's a thick coat but it's not too bulky for its warmth, so it doesn't get in the way much. Also, helmet, etc., everything fits.

In all, 10/10 would recommend

Warm as a ...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: X-large

I got this jacket last year because NorthFace really didn't have a parka length warm jacket with a removable hood. This jacket has exceeded all my expectations. It's build great looks good, and it's WARM as **** In fact it's so warm I had to sometimes take it off in the car because it was too warm ! If you want a feature rich jacket built great that you could probably stand outside on the North Pole in and not get cold wearing this baby is for you!

Had to order 3 to get the right size...

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Large

I ordered an XL at first because all of my other MH gear is XL, this this runs HUGE... and I like things baggier for the most part. The XL looked like a 2 or 3 XL. It was so large that when I re ordered I got a medium and large to try. I dont own any clothing that is Medium. I am 5'11" 195lbs. If you normally lean toward XL go L you'll be fine.

Quality is pretty good, I saw another user had issues with the main zipper, it does seem to have a little learning curve to it which is annoying but not a big deal. For me the hood is a little ridiculous as I do not plan on using a helmet underneath, but there is a draw string which makes it usable.

Pockets are great especially the big main hand warmer pockets.

All in all I am happy with the purchase, however I would not pay full price for it but if you can grab it $300 or less its a good piece, for $400 you could probably do better. I plan to use it on sub 20* F days. I didn't want a coat I had to wear a bunch of other layers with.


  • Size Bought: Small

Quality is excellent. I am a male, 5' 4" (on a good day) and 138 lbs. The medium was way too big for me and the small was tight in the chest and armpits. The length of the sleeves on the small size extended to the end of my fingertips. Very nice coat. Would that my size and the coat's size were better matched. Then I would have kept the coat.

Hey John,

Just curious when you mentioned fit of the small around your chest and armpits, were you wearing other layers. I'm 5' 5" (140lbs) and I planned on wearing this under 4 other thin layers. I usually fall right on the line between small and medium so finding a good fit can be challenging.

If you're looking for warmth....

  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Large

Number one, sizes larger. I usually get a XL with NF, Patagonia, Marmot, etc but with MH a large is fine. Second, I've been looking for a bada$$ power warm but skiable hooded parka if you get caught in snow and don't want the down problems and found this one of those pieces where they didn't skimp on the small stuff - inside of front pockets are fleece lined for a nice warmth, dual front chest pockets, two inside pockets, hood 'flaps' tuck in to avoid flopping around if it's down (hard to explain, but i couldn't figure out how to secure the hood and then realized the flaps tuck inside and there's velcro in there to hold the flaps in (genius!). It's hip length but not too long, puffy but not obnoxious, and the hood is removable which is a huge plus because it's absolutely helmet compatible for even an NFL player or nuclear scientist....Seriously, I have 50 jackets minimum for every condition and climate and have not been able to solve the turbo warmth problem with such a complete piece. You could stand outside waiting for a bus in zero degree temps and not have a better jacket, or bust it down a run in nasty wind and not feel a thing. Buy it before they sell out....I'm telling everyone I know to grab one.

Does this have a dual (double) zipper?