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Fjallraven Nuuk - Women's Review

Winter weather won't stand a chance in this warm, waterproof, and windproof jacket
Fjallraven Nuuk - Women's
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Price:  $500 List | $456.24 at Amazon
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Pros:  Warm, durable, waterproof, windproof, breathable, ten pockets, faux fur ruff
Cons:  Runs big, baggy appearance, hood isn’t removable, finicky zipper
Manufacturer:   Fjallraven
By Liz Williamson ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 12, 2018
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RANKED
#7 of 15
  • Warmth - 30% 7
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 9
  • Comfort - 25% 8
  • Style - 10% 6
  • Durability - 10% 8

Our Verdict

This jacket is simple and sweet, but packs a lot of heat! Unlike other jackets we tested, the Fjallraven Nuuk Parka is insulated with Microloft Supreme Insulation. It's similar to down in form and function but is made up of different synthetic fibers that create a barrier of air pockets. It kept us surprisingly warm in the field, even when temperatures dropped below freezing. It's not the warmest jacket we tested, but it does its job well. Besides being very warm, it's also waterproof. The outer shell fabric is made from Hydratic, a durable, windproof, waterproof, and breathable fabric. We had no problems being outside in snowy weather and light rain. We're impressed.

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Pros Warm, durable, waterproof, windproof, breathable, ten pockets, faux fur ruffSeriously warm, flattering, removable faux fur ruff, double sided zipper, functional pocketsFlattering, waterproof, durable, three jackets in one, recycled down and polyesterWarm, light, largely comfortableStylish, comfortable, easy to wear
Cons Runs big, baggy appearance, hood isn’t removable, finicky zipperNo front snaps, not as warm when compressed, not waterproofUninsulated hood, tight shoulders, no two-way zipper on down jacket, tricky pocketsSomewhat awkward collar, small hoodNot as warm, awkward pockets
Bottom Line A simple, yet durable and waterproof outer shell makes this jacket a great option for some living in a cold environmentAn insanely warm and cute jacket that won't break the bankThis parka is a versatile option that shines in wet winter conditionsThis warm and trim parka is sophisticated and can handle itself in rough weatherWhile it's not the warmest jacket it is comfortable, cute, and easy to wear
Rating Categories Fjallraven Nuuk - Women's Marmot Montreaux Tres 3-in-1 Parka Jackson Glacier Columbia Suttle Mountain Long
Warmth (30%)
7
10
7
9
7
Weather Resistance (25%)
9
6
10
7
7
Comfort (25%)
8
10
8
8
9
Style (10%)
6
10
8
7
9
Durability (10%)
8
6
9
9
8
Specs Fjallraven Nuuk -... Marmot Montreaux Tres 3-in-1 Parka Jackson Glacier Columbia Suttle...
Insulation and Fill Power Supreme microloft (100% polyester) 700 fill power duck down with water resistant Down Defender 700 fill recycled duck and goose down 700 fill recycled duck and goose down 100% polyester synthetic down and thermal-reflective lining
Fill Weight 250 g 221 g 150 g 170 g Not available
Hood Insulated with detachable faux fur trim Insulated, removable, detachable faux fur trim Uninsulated, removable Insulated Insulated, detachable faux fur trim
Length Mid-thigh Knee-length Mid-thigh Knee-length Mid-thigh
Pockets 2 internal, 2 bellows, 2 hand, 1 sleeve, 2 chest 2 zippered handwarmer, 2 internal chest (1 zippered) 2 zippered handwarmer in shell, 2 zippered handwarmer and 1 internal chest in down liner jacket 2 zippered handwarmer, 1 internal chest (zippered) 2 snap handwarmer, 1 external zipped chest
Weight (size small) 3.3 lbs 2.25 lbs 2.9 lbs 2.0 lbs 2.4 lbs
2-way zipper Yes Yes Yes and No Yes Yes
Main Fabric Polyurethane (100% polyamide) 100% polyester 100% polyester, H2No 100% recycled polyester 100% polyester
Weather Resistant Features Waterproof, windproof Water resistant down, DWR treatment Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish DWR treatment Water resistant fabric
Sizes Available XS to XXL XS to XXL XS to XL XS to 3X
Top Features Many pockets, waterproof fabric with lining Plush fleece lined torso, micro fleece pockets and cuffs Zip-out two layer design, removable hood, fleece-lined pockets No stitch bonded quilting Fleece-lined hood, thermal reflective lining
Social or Environmental Certifications 100% recycled down, 50% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester jacket, Fair Trade Certified sewn 100% recylced down, 100% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester lining, Fair Trade Certified sewn

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Despite running big and almost having a baggy appearance, we do like...
Despite running big and almost having a baggy appearance, we do like how the Nuuk fits.
Photo: Liz Williamson

Warmth


When we first started testing this jacket, we were a bit skeptical about the Microsoft Supreme Insulation. After wearing it on a couple cold mornings in Truckee, CA, we couldn't deny how warm it is. It helps that the outer shell is durable and windproof, unlike a lot of the jackets we tested.

This jacket does run big. Consider ordering a size up if you want it to be more form-fitting.

The hood is fixed and lined with cozy fleece. It gives you plenty of room for a beanie underneath. There is a removable faux fur ruff around the hood that offers extra warmth and protection in cold and stormy weather. There are two exterior pockets by the ribs that are lined with fleece and are very cozy. Most jackets we tested have pockets that are lower. Having pockets closer to our chest helped with keeping our core warm. We thought this was an awesome feature.

The Fjallraven's hood is warm! It also acts as a buff around our...
The Fjallraven's hood is warm! It also acts as a buff around our neck when temperatures drop. Even though the hood looks constricting, it is comfortable and works well in stormy and cold weather.
Photo: Liz Williamson

Weather Resistance


One of the most waterproof jackets we tested, the Fjallraven handled wet weather quite well out in the elements, water beaded up and rolled off, even after an extended period of time. Our only issues are that there are no internal cuffs in the sleeves. This feature really makes a difference in trapping warm air in and keeping cold air out.

There are no internal cuffs in the sleeves, but there is an...
There are no internal cuffs in the sleeves, but there is an adjustable velcro cuff on the outside that helps keep cold air out.
Photo: Liz Williamson

Comfort


Comfortable, but heavy, weighing in at 3.3 lbs, this is the heaviest jackets we tested. Despite it being heavy, we still found it comfortable to wear. There is enough room to fit a sweater or thick layer underneath.

The hood is slightly oversized and lined with fleece. We found it very comfortable in cold weather. Having fleece in the hood makes it even more comfortable compared to a jacket that is lined with nylon or polyester. We enjoyed slipping our hands into the exterior fleece-lined pockets that sat right by our ribs. On cold days this was very nice and it did a good job of keeping our core warm as well.

Despite running big, there is an adjustable cinched waist that...
Despite running big, there is an adjustable cinched waist that allows us to make the jacket more form-fitting. If you are looking for a tighter fit, we suggest ordering a size down.
Photo: Liz Williamson

Style


This is a classic winter parka you could expect to see in Switzerland or Canada. Reaching just above our knee, we liked how simple, yet sophisticated its style is. The outer shell is smooth, with minimal exterior stitching, making it look sleek, yet durable. There are six exterior pockets that blend in so well that we almost missed a couple, that's how sleek this jacket is. It can easily be dressed up for a night on the town with its stylish faux fur ruff around the hood, or you can remove it to give it a sporty vibe for running errands. This jacket is practical, warm, and will turn heads left and right.

The only issue we have with it is that it runs big. It almost has a baggy appearance. There is an internal cinched waist that allows you to tailor the fit, but even when we did that, the chest area still has extra fabric. If you want a more form-fitting look, order a size down. If adding extra layers underneath your winter jacket is something you like to do, considering ordering your normal size.

The jacket's interior is loaded with pockets and features a...
The jacket's interior is loaded with pockets and features a waist-cinching cord.
Photo: Liz Williamson

Features


This jacket disguises its features well, and that's one of the reasons it's so appealing. The sleek outer shell hides its synthetic insulation. The waterproof, windproof, and breathable outer shell is another great feature that this jacket has to offer. We had no problem being in the rain, snow, wind, and cold temperatures.

There are a total of ten pockets on this coat! This jacket has more pockets than any other coat we tested. There are 6 pockets on the exterior. Two of which are located right by the rib cage, lined with fleece on both sides, and secured with a zipper. There are two pockets on the front of the jacket with fleece on one side that are secured with snaps. There is also a chest pocket and a sleeve pocket, both secure with a snap.

The Nuuk has a total of ten pockets! The most out of any jacket we...
The Nuuk has a total of ten pockets! The most out of any jacket we tested. This one is oversized and is a great option for gloves or a beanie.
Photo: Liz Williamson

The jacket's interior has four pockets. There is one media pocket with a zipper, another pocket below it with a snap, and two open mess open pockets on the side for gloves or a hat. For some people, this may be TOO many, but it's all about personal preference.

As we mentioned above, you can cinch the waist with an internal pull to tailor the fit. We appreciate the feature, but it doesn't completely fix the fact that this jacket runs big. The main zipper is heavy duty, double-sided, and can be finicky. We had to make sure it was lined up.

The main zipper is heavy duty and double-sided. It doesn't fully...
The main zipper is heavy duty and double-sided. It doesn't fully extend to the bottom of the jacket, but the snap at the bottom of the jacket keeps cold air out.
Photo: Liz Williamson

Durability


We found this jacket highly durable, thanks to the Hydratic outer shell. Windproof, waterproof, and breathable, it held up great in snow, rain, wind, and sunshine. There is minimal stitching on the exterior of the jacket, and it is smooth and sleek. This is a good, durable option for stormy, wet winter weather. It is likely more durable than nylon or polyester options.

Even when you don't wear the hood, the faux fur ruff and hood sit...
Even when you don't wear the hood, the faux fur ruff and hood sit nicely on your back. The faux fur ruff acts as a great buff in cold weather.
Photo: Liz Williamson

Value


This jacket isn't cheap, but for what you are paying for you are getting your money's worth. Waterproof, windproof, and breathable, this jacket is warm, protective and stylish.

Conclusion


Overall, the Nuuk is a solid winter jacket choice that will last many winters to come. Despite it running a big, we were able to fit more layers underneath, even though we didn't find this necessary because of how warm we were. If you like everything about this jacket but the size, consider ordering a size down. The outer shell was highly waterproof and synthetic insulation kept us warm when temperatures dropped well below freezing.

Liz Williamson