Let's talk about protection.
Talking about protection in other contexts can get a little awkward, like the time your dad sat you down for an uncomfortable talk when you were in seventh grade. But when it comes to the DC Men's Stage 14 jacket, it's highly relevant to talk about protection. This waterproof jacket with 350 grams of super-insulating down and a longer length preferred by DC's pro riders, is made for mid-winter's nastiest weather. The hood and high collar, along with a hidden face mask that can be pulled out from a pouch at the back of the neck, fully cover the head, chin, and the front of your face; while channels from the inside to the outside of the collar (DC's Respirator Breathing System) allow you to continue to breathe easily with your mouth fully shielded from the frigid air. A powder skirt, and Lycra cuff gaiters round out the protection in keeping snow sealed out at the waist and cuffs. If the jacket's protection starts getting a little too stifling as you or the air temperature warm up, you can unzip the mesh-lined underarm vents for some relief without letting snow in. With this jacket, you can rest assured that you will stay comfortable and protected, unless of course, for some reason you decide to ditch your pants, leading to another one of life's awkward moments.
- Breathable, waterproof polyester and 350g down insulation
- Relaxed fit with longer length developed with input from team riders
- Powder skirt and Lycra cuff gaiters
- Mesh-lined underarm vents
- Hidden face mask with back neck stow pouch
- Respirator Breathing System
- Zippered hand pockets, chest pocket, and sleeve pass pocket
- Internal mesh stash pocket and media pocket
Share your thoughts
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I picked up this bad Larry in replacement of my 686 Limited Edition Times New Era Down jacket. The 686 was an amazing jacket, but the hood was really small and the cuffs around your wrists were a little tight, making it hard to squeeze your gloves under there.
The DC Stage 14 Down jacket makes up for everything!!! I'm 5'5" and went with the size medium. The fit is a little long and slightly bigger than my 686, but not in a bad way. This jacket is super warm, comfy, mad steezy, and has some real good features. Wrist gators are on point, cuffs are plenty big enough for any glove to go under, waist gator with belt snaps, mesh lined pit vents to dump the heat, and interior pockets/media storage is great. I haven't had a chance to put use into the Respirator Breathing System but it looks pretty awesome and seems like a good/high quality system, super soft and plush, and very breathable.
Really, the only thing I didn't like very much was the hidden neck pouch for the face mask. The mask kinda just sits at the bottom of the pouch all bunched up, so it feels like there is a lump on the back of your neck. If anything, just take the face mask out and you're all set. There are plenty of other pockets to put it in. Also no pass pocket or sleeve.