First Ascent Peak XV® Down Jacket Men’s

Guide Pick™: Peter Whittaker




What you reach for at 12,000 feet on Rainier during a rest stop when it’s 5° below zero. This is the parka that will take you from the top of Rainier to Denali and Aconcagua. This is First Ascent's super warm puffy is the one jacket you need to stay comfortable at the frozen extremes.

Specs Sizing Reviews


  • Waterproof/breathable 20K/20K 2.2 oz 30-denier ripstop shell fabric


  • Ultra-light, ultra-warm, ultra-compressible; World’s Best Down®


  • Waterproof/breathable 20K/20K 4.4 oz Cordura overlay fabric


  • Eliminates cold spots and maintains even down distribution


  • Fits over your helmet


  • No fumbling on or off


  • Shelter your face from cold and wind


  • Lining does icy fingers good


  • Machine Wash Cold Delicate Separately. Do Not Dry Clean.


  • 100% Cordura® nylon shell; 850 fill Premium European Goose Down insulation
  • Center Back Length 29.5"
  • Garment Weight: 2lb 6oz
  • Imported
  • Machine Wash
Size Small Medium Large XL
Chest 35-37 38-40 42-44 46-48
Waist 29-31 32-34 36-38 40-42
Neck 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5
Sleeve 32.5-33 33.5-34 34.5-35 35.5-36

Regular Fit: Garment fits with average ease; designed to fit over a broad range of midlayers, from light to heavy

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Reviews for the First Ascent Peak XV® Down Jacket Men’s

5 out of 5 stars based on 48 reviews.

On 2012-06-06, Brad wrote


This jacket is bomber. Super warm. Got caught in a six day storm on Marcus Baker. Was a lot wetter than expected and even though this jacket is down, it kept me warm the entire time, even wet. Aces. Six days of shoveling out every four hours, in 40-60 gusts at 75. Not even an issue for warmth.

On 2012-02-07, Daniel wrote


I have spent several winters in the Midwest and am tired of putting on and taking off layers every day for months straight. I was searching for a "grab off the hook and go" jacket, and I found it here. I love this jacket - no complaints at all. The fabric lining by the chin and in the pockets feels really soft. The down stays distributed. I find it's warmer for me just to put my hands in the pockets than to wear gloves. I usually wear a t-shirt or button-up shirt under it, so it's plenty warm between 10-35 degrees.

On 2012-02-02, Kenneth Brumbaugh wrote


The Peak XV Jacket is great! Low price and high quality. It not only keeps you cozy warm, but you look good staying that way. A home run to me First Ascent! I have used it here in Colorado to summit winter 14ers and the jacket held up its end. Super!

On 2012-01-29, Sharpy wrote


Decent build plenty warm! yet to wear it up in the mountains but worn for a day on the ice whilst fishing (with no hut) @ -15'C with plenty of wind and was heaps warm enough. Seems great value when compared to other brands (I got the 2010 model I believe its about 2" shorter that the 2011) but at $300 no complaints here and fit is fantastic! grin

On 2011-09-30, Tapu wrote


I took this jacket to my Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking. The jacket is amazingly warm and waterproof. It folds in to very compact size and is very light weight. The only problem i noticed was that sweat was having hard drying away, so always felt cold after taking off the jacket at the camps.

On 2011-08-18, Paul wrote


WOW this jacket is warm! Probably the warmest jacket on the planet. I ordered this and a Subzero SL and though the Subzero had a few features this didn't (like water bottle pocket and reinforced fabric areas), the Peak XV was just sooo much nicer overall. Way more cozy, puffier, warmer. Chock full of down (making it about a pound heavier, unfortunately). I preferred the Peak XV's integrated hood, as it was far warmer and comfier. The zipper is also much nicer, without the annoying flap, velco, and buttons. Lastly, the fit was superior (both in Med, and I'm 5'10", 155lb). Tho the Subzero is a great jacket, and a worthy competitor to this one, the Peak definitely takes the cake.

On 2011-03-19, Becki Neel wrote


I ordered this jacket because my research indicated it would be the warmest jacket around, and as a woman that hates being cold, I wanted a warm jacket. I intend to use this jacket while climbing mountains, but I recently used this jacket in the middle of Alaska at -30*F temps. I was warm indeed - with just a base layer underneath. I was not even exerting myself physically - which would add to one's warmth. I was extremely pleased with all the pockets inside (2 large water bottle pockets and another pocket for money/phone/whatever) - sometimes I forgot something was even in an inside pocket! I am 5'7", 137 lbs, and ordered the men's small. It fit perfectly - with plenty of room for another insulation layer. I received many compliments on the jacket too. Absolutely fabulous.

On 2011-02-09, Mike wrote


I think all the other reviews have pretty much covered it... this is a super warm jacket for seriously cold conditions. I have not had a chance to take it anywhere near its limits, but have sat around in about 15 F with a wool base layer underneath and was warm. The jacket is definitely not "light and fast", but considering how much heat it traps, it still has a great weight to warmth ratio and good packability. Time will tell how durable it is, but the materials seem strong and quality is good. I got the 2010 version and Im very happy that it has large inner pockets. Im 5'10" 160 lbs. and the medium fits perfectly. I really dont think one can do better for the price.

On 2011-01-27, Gord The Hammer wrote


Wow, this is the nicest and warmest down jacket I've ever owned. I've worked outside in heavy Parkas in the past but found the bulky jackets uncomfortable and heavy. This jacket is very warm, and so light you don't even know you are wearing it. I found it actually so warm that when skiing at minus 25 Celsius I had to open the zipper to cool off a bit. Climbing with this jacket and a pack may be too warm for a summer climb but it scrunches down into a small sack so is good for backup or cool overnight camps. I like to be warm so this jacket is my favorite so far.

On 2011-01-14, Louie wrote


This was a clearly excellent jacket, with tons of high quality down. I loved the super filled hood, felt like wearing a space suit. But, it was waaay too short in the torso. The damn thing sat above my belt buckle. I may be 6'3, but 6'3" isn't that tall for an XL in mountaineering gear. I mean, how fat do you have to be before mountaineering isn't your main activity anyway? Does every body really need a jacket that fits above a harness? just put a double zip on it and give us a jacket with a couple more inches in the torso.

  • Peak XV® Down Jacket Men’s


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