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Pros: Inexpensive, abrasion resistant shoulders, packs well into stow pocket for being so thick
Cons: Bulky and heavy, no hood option
Best Uses: Camping, around town, general outdoor winter activities
The North Face Nuptse 2 jacket has replaced the North Face Nuptse. The Nuptse 2 is different from the Nuptse in the following ways:
The Nuptse 2 is made out of polyester faille taffeta/Bluesign® Approved Fabric and the Nuptse is constructed of plain weave nylon.
The polyester faille taffeta weighs in a little heavier bringing the total weight of the Nuptse 2 almost a full ounce heavier than the Nuptse. The Nuptse 2 weighs 25.04 oz while the Nuptse weighs only 24.7 oz.
Both versions of the Nuptse sport that classic puffy thickness and style and are made with 700 fill goose down. They both have interior pockets that they stow into and have reinforcement materials on the shoulders (great for when wearing a backpack). Neither have a hooded option.
Looking for something warmer or a bit more waterproof, check out the Valandre Split S - Women's. Too expensive? The North Face Aconcagua jacket - Women's is a better price with similar functional qualities.
Don't forget to read the full Women's Down Jacket Review.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
A classic down jacket, the Nuptse 2 is thicker and warmer than many of the lightweight pieces in this review. This is an ideal piece for camping and general winter wear.
This jacket is warmer than the light alpine jackets, so it is more desirable in colder weather. It does not have a hood option, which lowers the warmth of the garment considerably. Many people prefer a hood when they are buying a jacket of this warmth and thickness.
The Nuptse 2 has a lower quality down than others in this review, being 700 fill instead of 800 fill. It weighs 24.7 oz, more than twice as much as the Down Sweater.
For a thick and bulky jacket, this one packs down surprisingly well, stuffing into an interior pocket.
This jacket has an added DWR for additional water resistance, though this coating does not last very long.
Style & Fit
This thick puffy jacket has a boxy look.
The Nuptse is fairly durable. It has double layered taffeta on the shoulders which provides extra abrasion resistance when wearing a pack (though this does add some extra weight.) Overall the Nylon material it is made out of is pretty tough and doesn't rip as easily as some of the lighter jackets such as the Down Sweater.
This jacket does not have a hood, which is a feature we miss. It does stow into a hand pocket, which is quite handy when packing for a trip.
Because of its weight, the Nuptse is not the ideal jacket to bring on long excursions, but it is excellent for bundling up on cold adventures where weight matters less, such as a camping or rafting trips.
The Nuptse is relatively inexpensive for what you get, costing only $220. This is one of the warmest and thickest jackets in our review, but it does not have a hood and is on the heavy side. A similarly thick jacket without a hood is the Valandre Split S - Women's, and that one costs twice as much, making the Nuptse 2 a good deal for a thicker down jacket.
The North Face Nuptse Jacket is the men's version.
— McKenzie Long and Valentine Cullen
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