North Face Nuptse Down Women's Jacket
Owner Review by Jennifer
January 12, 2009
Height: 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight: 140 lb (64 kg)
Email address: jennksnowy at yahoo dot com
City, State, and Country: Orange
County, California, United States
into the outdoors scene camping while 4-wheeling and day-hiking,
I switched to backpacking in the early 2000's. I have backpacked
extensively in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho along with California,
Pennsylvania and Nevada. I have slowly been cutting my base
weight to be able to go longer in duration and distance. I
have done so mainly by using better gear and dumping heavy
luxuries. (I also married a Sherpa to help.) I backpack year
round in all weather, and usually take a free standing tent
and a gas stove on all my trips. I love trying out new gear.
Web Site: www.thenorthface.com
Product: Nuptse Women's Down Jacket
Year Manufactured: Fall 2005 (currently manufactured
in different colors)
MSRP: $249.00 USD other editions are listed
on the website for $199.00 USD
Color Reviewed: Special Edition Port Blue
Available Women's Colors: Jewel Blue/Plume
Blue, Igneous Purple, Black, Snow White, Brownie, Gypsy Pink,
Aires Blue, and Dalberg Yellow
Size: Medium (Women's)
Sizes Available: Women's XS(2), S(4-6) M(8-10),
L(12-14), and XL(16-18) (also available in a men's model)
fill goose down; Z-ripstop nylon fabric with a down proof
nylon taffeta lining; double-layer taffeta on shoulders to
resist abrasion from a pack or general wear
None indicated on website
Actual Weight : 22.50 oz (636 g)
Lifetime warranty against defects in materials and
The Nuptse is a classic puffy down
jacket with high loft that is manufactured by The North Face. It
is designed to be worn in cold weather. This jacket is highly compressible
and is designed with superior warmth-to-weight ratio for cold conditions.
This special edition Nuptse has floral
embellishments on the right front shoulder and the left sleeve.
The colors of the floral pattern are dark/light blue, beige, and
tan. The floral pattern is stitched to the nylon outer material
with blue, beige, and tan threads. The North Face logo is embroidered
in dark blue threads on the left front shoulder and the rear right
shoulder of the jacket. The right sleeve has "700" embroidered
in dark blue thread near the cuff of the jacket. This is to signify
the down content of the jacket.
While the Nuptse is a still-available
product my version is a special edition model that added a textured-look
fabric and floral embellishments on shoulder and sleeve for a unique
look. Otherwise it is the same.
The Nuptse is insulated by 700 fill
goose down. The exterior shell is constructed of a Z-ripstop nylon
fabric with a small dotted vertical stripe pattern in the colors
related to the floral pattern (dark/light blue, beige, and tan).
The shoulder area of the Nuptse has a double-layer of taffeta to
resist abrasion from pack straps or from normal wear and tear. The
length from the center back is approximately 26 in (66 cm). The
jacket has a sewn-through type of construction (the stitches are
through the inside of the jacket) to keep the down in the chambers.
The interior of the Nuptse has a soft
micro-fiber lined collar. A hang tab is located at the base of the
collar seam. An interior zippered 7 in (18 cm) stow pocket with
a single zipper pull tab (with the word "STOW" stitched
on the pull tab), can be used to store the jacket or to carry items
inside the pocket. The stow pocket has a black patch with The North
Face logo in white that can be seen when the pocket is turned to
stuff the jacket inside. The interior lining is gray in color and
is a down proof nylon taffeta lining. There is an interior hem cinch
cord and the base of the jacket to provide a more snug fit and to
prevent drafts from entering the jacket.
The Nuptse has a zip front with a
zipper pull with The North Face logo printed on it. This jacket
is zip-in compatible with another jacket such as a shell. There
are two 7 in (18 cm) hand side pockets with zipper pulls with The
North Face logo at the lower portion of each zipper pull. These
side pockets are lined with micro-fiber fabric that is soft to the
touch and the zipper openings are on the side seams of the jacket.
The cuffs of the Nuptse have hook
and loop closures that allow the cuffs to be adjusted for the desired
fit. The cuffs also have some elastic in the inside to provide a
snug fit. Near the cuffs there are plastic snaps on a strip of webbing
attached on each sleeve to enable the jacket to be attached inside
The Nuptse has washing instructions
on a tag inside the jacket. The tag states not to dry clean and
to secure all "Velcro" closures. The jacket is to be hand
washed or machine washed separately on a delicate cycle in warm
water and it is indicated to rinse well. Mild detergent should be
used. The directions state not to bleach and to tumble dry at low
I received the Nuptse in late October
in 2007 as a gift, and I have worn it around town in Salt Lake City,
at the local ski resorts for Après-ski, belaying, backpacking,
snowshoeing, and hiking in cold weather. I primarily wore it at
base camp or for stationary activities.
Locations I have worn the
Nuptse (I may have forgotten a few)
Salt Lake City, Utah:
I wore the Nuptse at elevations ranging from 4,500 ft (1,372 m)
to 7,760 ft (2,365 m). The jacket was worn in this location during
Après-ski at the local ski resorts, short evening snowshoe
hikes, and around town. The temperatures ranged from the single
digits to around 30 F (-1 C).
Red Rocks, Nevada:
I wore the jacket while belaying my climbing partner and while hanging
out at the crag. I also wore it in the evenings and in the morning
at camp. At the locations where we were climbing that there was
no sun and it was about 41 F (5 C) with a light wind. My harness
for belaying purposes did not get in the way of the jacket. I did
not even attempt to wear the jacket while climbing (I generally
wear something more fitted, tolerable to abrasion, and not as bulky).
The low at night was around 30 F (-1 C).
Canyonlands National Park,
Utah: This was a three day trip with the elevation averaging
around 3,900 ft (1,189 m) at both camp locations. The daytime temperatures
were between 55 F (13 C) to 60 F (16 C). The nighttime lows reached
27 F (-3 C). The weather was sunny and clear skies. I wore the jacket
with a mid-weight base layer in the evening and morning hours at
Jacinto State Park, California: This was a two day solo
trip. Camp was set up at approximately 9,000 ft (2,743 m). The high
temperature for both days was around 58 F (14 C) and the low was
recorded at 39 F (4 C). This was a 6.5 mi (10 km) trip. It was short
because of the difficulty finding the trail. I wore the jacket with
light layers during the evening and morning hours.
Bernardino National Forest, California: This was a two
day backpacking trip. Camp was located at Limber
Pine Bench at 9,300 ft (2,835 m). The temperatures ranged from 67
F (19 C) to 40 F (4 C) with enough wind to keep the mosquitoes away.
The trip had an elevation gain of 3,680 ft (1,122 m) in 6 mi (7
km) for a total of 12 mi (19 km) for the trip. I wore the jacket
with a light layer underneath during the early evening hours for
warmth at base camp.
Denver, Colorado: The
temperatures ranged from 23 to 36 F (-5 to 2 C) and I wore the jacket
during two days for walks around town. The elevation was just under
5,280 ft (1,609 m).
Mount San Jacinto State Park,
California: This was a 6 mi (10 km) two day snowshoe/backpacking
trip. We camped at an elevation of 9,100 ft (2,775 m) on 5 ft (1.5
m) of snow pack. The temps ran from 40 to 22 F (4 to -6 C). The
jacket was worn in the evening and during the morning hours. At
some points during this trip I layered the Nuptse under a rain shell.
The Nuptse has seen quite a bit of
use since I received it as a gift. I get so many compliments on
the stylish design of the jacket. I think these comments are mostly
because the jacket is so unique with the floral embellishments and
the striped pattern. I have worn it with light to mid-weight layers
underneath and layered under a shell. None of my shells support
the plastic snaps on the sleeves of the Nuptse. I found it odd that
the snaps are plastic (seems like cheap construction or maybe to
save weight). The jacket is not waterproof, but the nylon exterior
fabric does resist some light precipitation. It will wet out if
exposed to steady, moderate, or heavy precipitation. That is the
reason why I bring along a waterproof shell.
This jacket has kept me warm in temperatures
down to the single digits. I have worn the jacket for both stationary
activities and while hiking/snowshoeing in cold temperatures. During
more moderate activities I begin to get very warm after about 20
minutes and I have to remove the jacket in order to be comfortable.
This jacket is so comfortable and I just love to be bundled up in
it. The jacket is kind of on the short side and when I sit down
it rides up a bit.
I have started to take the Nuptse
on most of my backpacking trips that I know I will encounter temperatures
around the freezing mark. Even if I do not wear it I have a level
of security knowing that it is inside my pack. Plus it makes for
a nice soft pillow when stuffed inside a silk pillow case or a stuff
sack. I have also used it as an insulating layer for my feet when
using a shorter sleeping pad.
The Nuptse compresses into the interior
stow pocket with some work. During my first attempt to stuff it
in the pocket I thought it was quite the workout, I had one heck
of a time. It has become easier to stuff inside the pocket with
time. I think I have some sort of method to stuffing it more quickly
and with a little bit less effort. Don't get me wrong it does still
take some effort to get it all stuffed into the pocket. The stow
pocket only has a zipper pull on one side of the zipper. And that
zipper pull ends up on the inside of the pocket when it is stuffed.
It would be nice to have a zipper pull on the zippered side that
is used to close the stow pocket when the jacket is stuffed inside.
It packs down to about 11 x 8 in (28 x 21 cm) in the stow pocket.
When the jacket is removed from the stow pocket it regains its loft
quickly and it looks pretty much the same as before I stuffed it.
Sometimes the stow pocket zipper gets stuck on the hang loop that
is inside the pocket. I sometimes store items inside the stow pocket
that I want to keep close to my body to keep warm.
The Nuptse is a very comfortable,
puffy jacket. The jacket has chambers that are sewn-through the
jacket. This helps keep the down in place and does not allow it
to end up at the bottom of the jacket. In a nutshell the down is
very well and evenly distributed from what I can tell. The jacket
has a bottom draw cord that is accessed inside the jacket. The jacket
can be cinched tighter at the bottom to help prevent drafts from
entering in the jacket. There is no cord stop on the draw cord and
that would be helpful to keep it cinched to the desired amount.
The micro-fiber lined collar feels
very comfortable around my neck. When the Nuptse is fully zipped
up the collar rests at my chin.
I like the micro-fiber lined side
pockets. The lining is soft to the touch and adds some extra warmth
to bare hands. The side pockets have a nice sized opening and are
located at a comfortable level when not wearing a pack. They are
in the way sometimes with a larger hip belt. But, I do not really
wear the jacket much with a pack.
The main zipper of the jacket sometimes
gets stuck from the interior lining getting in the way of the zipper
track. There is a 1.5 in (4 cm) interior flap to help keep cold
air from penetrating through the zipper. I have not encountered
issues with the side pocket zippers getting stuck, just the main
zipper and the stow pocket. The stow pocket gets stuck more frequently
than the main zipper.
The cuffs of the jacket easily adjust
with a hook and loop type of closure to fit over or under gloves/mittens.
They are easily and quickly adjustable with the pull of the tab.
The sleeves do not ride up when the sleeve closures are tightened.
Actually it is difficult to have the sleeve ride up at all because
there is elastic at the sleeve opening.
The Nuptse still looks like new. All
the threads are intact and there is no wear to the jacket that I
can see. I have laundered it in down soap and dried it in a home
dryer and it is still very puffy.
- Very stylish
- Warm and comfortable
- Compresses well and loft returns
- Very puffy
Things That Are So-So
- Exterior shell is not waterproof
- The jacket is a short style it could be slightly
- Sometimes the zippers get stuck
- Needs an additional zipper pull on the stow
I love my Nuptse jacket and I will continue to
wear it in cold temperatures while hiking and backpacking. I will
also wear it around town when I visit cold cities. This jacket
is very comfortable, soft, and puffy. I have no complaints about
it keeping me warm. I would like to see the main zipper improved
so it does not get stuck on the inner lining and I would like
to see an additional zipper pull on the stow pocket. The jacket
compresses well and has an excellent loft return. This is one
of my favorite presents (Thank you!).