/ Das Parka v PHD zeta belay jacket
Any other ideas welcome would prefer synthetic.
I've used both mate and they are very similar. The Zeta has a few nice features over the DAS like the reinforced areas, adjustable cuffs, wee hanging tab on the back and reflective bits that look cool in photos.
Both as warm as each other I'd say.
I love my DAS and chose it over a Zeta because of reports of the hood being difficult to close over the face so well.
Out of interest, why do you want synthetic in particular? I would have thought high himalayan peaks would be a a place where an equally warm but lighter and more packable down jacket would work?
I'd probably agree with that too actually but more because of the Zeta hold being made of cord and not elastic. Easily replaced I suppose.
> I'd probably agree with that too actually but more because of the Zeta hold being made of cord and not elastic. Easily replaced I suppose.
No so much that, more that the DAS zip closes the hood up to your nose so you are well covered from miserable weather, while the zeta hood is separate and the zip only comes up to the neck, meaning that the drawcords have to be pulled closed, which I don't think covers you up so much and is more of a faff. See here: http://www.phdesigns.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=82
Yep, in that case totally see your point!
Looks like its down to ME an patgucci oh dear I have a soft spot for the latter must resist and go for function.
Is the ZETA hood detachable? If so I wouldn't get it for that reason. I just think that detachable hoods don't work on belay jackets when what you are wearing under them is likely to be hooded. See this review for example: http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=1564
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