Men's Perch Belay Parka™

Style# 244808OR

Ice climbers know a thing or two about staying warm in all those long, stationary stretches when their partner is leading a pitch. We made the Perch Belay Parka for them (and for anyone who wants water-resistant warmth while, say, grilling burgers in a ski resort parking lot in February). A Pertex® Endurance shell pumped full of down-like PrimaLoft® Gold, designed to fit over all your other layers. It also stuffs into the big interior pocket in the back so it can clip to your harness while you lead the next pitch—or be used as a pillow.
Standard Fit






  • Fabric Performance: Water-Resistant, Breathable, Windproof
  • Design Features: Staggered Insulation to Prevent Cold Spots, Helmet Compatible Wire-Brimmed Hood, Draft Tube Around Face, Two Internal Shove- It™ Pockets, Zip Chest Pockets, Zip Hand Pockets, Internal Pocket Doubles as Stuff Sack, Two Carabiner Loops Inside Stuff Sack, Internal Front Stormflap, Integrated Hood Cordlocks, Brushed Tricot-Lined Collar, Brushed Tricot Back of Hand Inside Pockets, Key Clip
  • Functional Details: Dynamic Reach™ Underarm Panels, Double-Separating Center Front Zipper, Pocket Placement Above Harness or Pack Belt, Hook/ Loop Cuff Closures, Elastic Cuffs, Elastic Drawcord Hem with Hooks to Attach Cord Inside Jacket


Fit: Standard Fit

Fabric: Pertex® Endurance 2L, 100% nylon 20D melange body, Pertex® Microlight, 100% nylon 22D ripstop lining, PrimaLoft® Gold 100% polyester insulation 200 g/m2 body, 160 g/m2 lower body and lower sleeves

Center Back Length: 31˝ / 79 cm

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 30.4oz / 860g (L)

Customer Reviews

Great puffy (Review by BillD)

This is a nice puffy that should keep you well insulated in some pretty extreme conditions. I'm 5'11" and 180 lbs and this jacket in a L fits nicely over my L baselayer, Radiant hoody, Cathode hoody, and Valhalla soft shell. Not excessively bulky but on the other side, there's no compression of your inner layers as you zip it up. They got the sizing just right. I won't be using the back stuff pocket on icy belay ledges while ice climbing, to stuff the jacket in the enclosed back pocket takes too much dexterity, I just stuff it in my pack. I can see using the stuff pocket on expeditions though, just to help keep your pack organized. Like Jeff below, I also got the jacket in Bengal for visibility/survivability in case I'm having a really bad day out there. Cheers, Bill Dudley OR Grassroots Athlete

(Posted on 12/23/16)

As good as it gets (Review by gohoos)

You can't ask for much more in a synthetic parka. I bought this for putting on top of a wet shell, like in ice climbing or backcountry skiing when down might wet out. What I like best with this jacket is that OR went top of the line with the fill - PrimaGold is the best but it's so hard to find a parka made with the stuff. Clearly a climber thought of this jacket because it fits its purpose so well!

(Posted on 12/17/16)

Finally (Review by CG)

I don't rate jackets based on how well a product packs, especially not a Belay Parka. I bought this with the expectations that it would be very warm and large enough to throw over other layers.

It has succeeded in both of my expectations and is one of the few synthetic Belay's on the market that actually has enough synthetic insulation (of top quality) to actually be very warm and reliable when it's needed. Many people look at a Belay as a literal life saver under certain conditions, especially when soaking wet.

This jacket has managed to keep me warm with just a wicking T-shirt underneath in 20 degree weather with 15-25 mph winds. Light rain repels off the Pertex Endurance shell and the jacket does a great job at blocking the wind as well. Anything under 20 degrees requires additional layers, but this expected.. especially if you completely motionless.

(Posted on 12/7/16)

Zero packability (Review by Beau)

"It also stuffs into the big interior pocket in the back so it can clip to your harness while you lead the next pitch—or be used as a pillow."

The item description quoted above needs to be changed. You would have to be an idiot to clip this to your harness while on lead. It packs down about as good my boots do. Should have taken the synthetic into account. Although they did a great job on the Diode in regards to packability.

(Posted on 12/1/16)

My GoTo Jacket (Review by Jeff)

FIVE Stars! Just in and I have only worn a few times completely sold on the fit, pockets, weight, features.

That said I am in Alaska and a professional wilderness guide/videographer/gear junkie. This will be my GoTo Jacket. Size Large: fit is very good . I am 6'2" 185 pounds long arms fit is good but I will be buying another in XL to layer under in Bengal for a highly visible airplane survival layer.

Kudos to OR another winner!

(Posted on 10/11/16)

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