Black Diamond Convergent Down Hoody Review

Text by: Leigh McClurg

Black Diamond. Black Diamond Convergent Down Hoody Review

Bottom Line:

A versatile, warm, down + synthetic insulation jacket that will look just as good at the Ski Resort as it will in the Backcountry. The wrap around brushed microsuede against the neck and cheeks is a really nice touch and feels luxurious.

Our review of this product
8.6 / 10

The pros are:

Fit is loose but allows for more range of motion

Completely windproof

Reasonably light

The cons are:

Consider sizing down for a more technical fit

First Impressions and Observations:

When I first put this jacket on I immediately noticed the fit. For my size I thought it was a little loose through the torso. This extra space in the torso is awesome though if you plan on using this jacket over a heavier base-layer and puffy mid-layer under some pretty gnarly Winter conditions. It’s also a long jacket, which is nice. If you’re bending over tightening your boots and bindings you won’t end up with your lower back exposed to sub-zero temperatures, something a lot of other jackets don’t account for.

The cuffs are stretchy and are awesome at keeping the wind out. Externally it has two chest pockets which would still be accessible while wearing a harness and two normal torso pockets. Internally it has two large drop pockets which are great for keeping your skins from freezing on the downhill, storing your goggles or just keeping your bagel from freezing until lunch time.

The taped seams and Windstopper fabric make this jacket feel bomb proof when being beaten down by strong Winter gusts and spindrift.

Unlike other Down jackets I’ve used I found I could move in this one and not overheat. The looser fit allows heat to be expelled easily, but the hem can be cinched up to stop any heat loss when needed.

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For insulation this jacket uses a Down, Primaloft blend (70:30 respectively) that is DWR treated so that it is water resistant. I love this, if only for the peace of mind it gives me. Bringing pure Down is always a gamble if the freezing level is fluctuating and the forecast for snow has the possibility of turning into freezing rain. The type of insulation in this jacket won’t fall flat like untreated Down and lose all of it’s heat retaining properties when wet.

The hood can be cinched up snug when not wearing a helmet but has the space to accommodate one if needed. Overall a really thoughtful jacket with some nice features throughout.

Pros:

1. Fit is loose but allows for more range of motion and better heat management

2. Very warm and completely windproof

3. Feels bomb proof and burly while still being reasonably light

4. The microsuede collar is really, really nice. Best I’ve seen and felt on any jacket.

 

Cons:

1. Loose fit might not be to everyone’s tastes. Consider sizing down for a more technical fit.

Buy it if:

You’re tired of short jackets that only protect you while you’re standing fully upright. You want the warmth and compressibility of Down with the peace of mind of water resistant synthetics.

 

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