The North Face Nuptse Vest
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Equally at home on the high street or the high Alps, the Nuptse vest uses 700 fill down to provide exceptional warmth for a low weight. The outer face fabric is ripstop to ensure a high level of resistance to abrasion and tears, while the inner lining has been chosen for its downproof quality creating an exceptionally warm jacket. Ladies version
The North Face Nuptse Vest Reviews
Reviewed by Ben Orriss (Southampton) on 2006-03-19:
General comments: Have been using this item for approximately 5 months now through the winter. The 700 fill power down is very good at insulating the chest and back, this is particually noticeable when on the bike as warmths is quickly built up. I opted for the gilet over the jacket for the extra freedom of movement i got. The gilet is very good for any activity where movement is more important that warmth alone. During windy days, drafts sometime wick heat away under the arms and around the back. I have a size small and feel this might become an issue if you do not choose your size wisely. The collar is nice and large, very useful on less nice days to dampen the effect of cold winds. The zip is sturdy and never snags, looks like it will last a long while. Two handwarmer pockets are welcome, both are flecce lined and allow a good volume of essentials to be stored in them. I have been plesently surprised by the showerproofness on the jacket, it beads water continously, even in relitively hard rainfall. not sure if the pocket on the inside is for a stuffsack or not..
Pros: warm, flexiable and can compress down lots, water beads off well, looks like it can take some abuse
Cons: was expensive at first, take time to pick the right size
Reviewed by Andy Martin (Edinburgh) on 2006-03-31:
General comments: Dont understand this principal, You buy it in black it costs you close to £100. You buy it in last years Taupe colour it costs you £60. Same jacket. As Im into functional gear as oppposed to looks you can already tell which one that I opted for. I already own a Quantum Nuptse fill jacket and this was idea to wear on top of jumper for those little bit colder days rather than the freezing days. Its warm enough for a body warmer, its well made and the fabric will keep off the drizzle. Worth the 60 if your prepared to put up with a combo between dark green and brown which they north face call there taupe colour.
Pros: Warm for a body warmer, great hand warmer pockets which are toast. Showeproof but not that you would wear that in the rain anyway. Good fit for a skinny bloke.
Cons: No stuff pocket.
Reviewed by ian (Cornwall UK) on 2006-12-27:
General comments: I have a full down jacket and although it is fantastic I have found it just a little too warm and so purchaced a Nuptse vest.
I wasnt sure about TNF because they have seemed to become more of a high strreet fashion accessory!
I was wrong, it is in its third season and has been a great bit of kit.
I would recommend one, but be prepared to meet a few other people wearing one too!
Pros: I think the most important thing to say about this is its warmth, but without ever getting too hot.
I seem to always feel just at the right temperature, warm and comfortable,
Also it doesnt weigh anything and packs down a treat.
Cons: Unlike my Rab down jacket it does wet up a little in very light showers. Obviously this is not meant to be worn in wet weather, but some sort of DWR coating would help it bead up the water.
Reviewed by Sam Lascelles (London) on 2007-01-28:
General comments: A piece of kit commonly found in various highstreet stores that could lead the sceptical buyer to be dubious of its mountain credentials. However, having had a Nuptse Vest now for over three years I can reckon it as a top piece of warm kit.
I bought mine a little larger than the social user might, as I was looking for some warm kit that could be put on over a windproof or shell to provide a boost of insulation when taking breaks whilst backpacking, hence staying warm but saving time putting kit on and off. The stuff sack in one of pockets allows me to stow it under the lid of my pack and bring it out quickly when I start cooling off. Iíve got mine soaked a few times when being caught out in a downpour but fortunately Iíve being able to get it dried out soon after, so I have not noticed a degradation of the warmth of the down at all.
Pros: Pros: instant warmth, easy to throw on and off. A trendy piece of kit to throw on when legging it to he pub on a cold night, just donít spill your pint on that precious down!
Cons: Cons: pointless hood in the collar just adds weight and means North Face don't have to use as much down in the collar Ė cheeky!
Reviewed by GAM (Northern Ireland UK) on 2010-09-24:
General comments: I have this in grey and black and it is very smart looking. It is ideal for autumn weather without being too warm. It can pack extremely small and light for easy carrying in a rucksack pocket. I have avoided getting it soaked as it is not claimed to be waterproof. It has has a light shower and dries reasonably quickly afterwards.
Pros: Light, warm, packs small, smart lookng
Cons: Not waterproof
Reviewed by steve (devon) on 2010-11-21:
General comments: After getting my first down jacket last winter and being blown away with the warmth, (often too hot in 5 deg +) I bought this vest in the sales this autumn for £79.
It's AWESOME! With a T-shirt it's perfect for a cold day in this country as long as the wind is light. Over a fleece or a windstopper I reckon it would be good well into sub zero if you are moving around.
It is a versatile item - fits under of over other clothing or waterproof layers, packs into the interior pocket, weights nothing at all and look ok too. I'll take it skiing next time I go for sure. If I had to I would gladly pay £100 for another if something happed to this one.
Pros: Super warm! Light. Hand warmer pockets. Stow pocket. Double layer shoulder material.
Cons: Down does try to escape - if you put your finger on it and grab it from the other side you can pull it back in though ;-)
Reviewed by steven pezzone (tyne:wear) on 2014-01-14:
General comments: Love this vest.... just been out with my dog,put this vest on under an outer jacket the vest compresses hardly know you are wearing it and the heat it generates is fantasic
Pros: easy to put on and take off nice zip deep pockets and the warmth it generates within seconds
Cons: hard find any