Fjallraven Nuuk - Women's Review
Cons: On the bulky side, face fabric holds onto water
Compare to Similar Products
Fjallraven Nuuk - Women's
|Price||$500.00 at Amazon||$1,045.50 at Amazon|
Compare at 2 sellers
|$389.40 at Backcountry|
Compare at 2 sellers
|$359.40 at Backcountry||$650.00 at Backcountry|
|Pros||Comfortable, durable fabric, awesome pockets, weather-proof and breathable||Extremely warm, waterproof, lots of pockets, soft collar||Athletic fit, comfortable, stylish, temperature regulating, waterproof||Flattering, waterproof, durable, three jackets in one, recycled down and polyester||Windproof, warm, super comfortable, lightweight, packs into a pillow|
|Cons||On the bulky side, face fabric holds onto water||Too warm for most conditions, heavy, real coyote-fur could deter some||Sleeves and hem are less insulated, tricky hood tightened, expensive||Uninsulated hood, tight shoulders, no two-way zipper on down jacket, tricky pockets||Not waterproof, hood doesn’t detach, finicky zipper|
|Bottom Line||Durable and waterproof, this jacket is a great option for cold or wet weather||For the few people who need fail-proof protection in temperatures of -22 and below, this is the one for you||Stylish and functional, this jacket will keep you dry and warm when moving around in the winter months||This parka is a versatile option that shines in wet winter conditions||This parka is windproof and warm|
|Rating Categories||Fjallraven Nuuk - Women's||Expedition Parka||Arc'teryx Patera Parka||Tres 3-in-1 Parka||Canada Goose Camp Hooded|
|Weather Resistance (25%)|
|Specs||Fjallraven Nuuk -...||Expedition Parka||Arc'teryx Patera...||Tres 3-in-1 Parka||Canada Goose Camp...|
|Insulation and Fill Power||Supreme microloft (100% polyester)||625 fill duck down||750 fill down||700 fill recycled duck and goose down||750 fill hutterite white duck down|
|Fill Weight||250 g||Unavailable||59 g Down, 100 g Coreloft||150 g||Unavailable|
|Hood||Insulated with detachable faux fur trim||Insulated with detachable coyote faux fur trim||Insulated hood||Uninsulated, removable||2-way adjustable tunnel hood|
|Pockets||2 internal, 2 bellows, 2 hand, 1 sleeve, 2 chest||4 large handwarmer, 1 sleeve utility, 1 flap-closure sleeve, 3 internal pockets - 1 zippered security, 1 drop-in||2 handwarmer, 1 internal chest pocket||2 zippered handwarmer in shell, 2 zippered handwarmer and 1 internal chest in down liner jacket||2 external, 1 internal, 1 internal stretch mesh pocket|
|Weight (size small)||3.7 lbs||4.6 lbs||2.0 lbs||2.9 lbs||1.3 lbs|
|Weather Resistant Features||Waterproof, windproof||Waterproof, windproof||Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish||Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish||Windproof, DWR treatment|
|Sizes Available||XXS to XXL||XS to XL||XS to XXL||XS to XXL||2XS to 2XL|
|Social or Environmental Certifications||Fluorocarbon-free impregnation||Some materials meet bluesign criteria
Responsible Down Standard
|100% recycled down, 50% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester jacket, Fair Trade Certified sewn|
Our Analysis and Test Results
This jacket shares a number of design elements with some of the warmest jackets on the market but is more comfortable and works in a wider range of conditions, partially because it seems more breathable. We didn't find the lower temperature limit of the jacket's 250 grams of synthetic insulation, despite trying it out in temps dropping into the negative double digits. The hood and collar provide nearly as much coverage as the Expedition Parka. But this jacket is lighter (at 3.7 pounds, it isn't light), softer, and better looking.
And, yeah, pockets. We're talking two big, mesh catchall pockets and three media pockets inside the coat, and seven exterior pockets, including one on the sleeve. We love them.
As we mentioned, the Nuuk offered plenty of protection on a windy -10 degree walk, and we got a little warm on a brisk downhill walk wearing fleece-lined pants on a 25-degree day. Unzipping the coat and holding it shut with just a few snaps helped. Despite working up some sweat, our base layers stayed nice and dry, suggesting that the jacket breathes fairly well. Fjallraven claims it breathes well enough to support light aerobic activity (10,000 g/m²/24h), and we don't see any evidence that it doesn't. This is great since staying dry is a great way to stay warm.
The collar zips up to your nose but is so tight you can't really keep it there. The insulated hood is lined with soft microfleece and ringed with a modest faux-fur ruff that you can roll back or flip down to form a fur-lined rim. The hood is a bit oversized and deep, definitely big enough to wear a hat underneath. It does a great job of tucking your face out of the wind but can swamp your vision. A velcro tab in the back adjusts it nicely.
The ruff is removable, with a somewhat stiff and awkward zipper. The hood itself is not, but we usually want a hood with us in bitter weather. A generous cut gives you plenty of room to layer, and a cinch at the waist helps hold warm air in on the coldest days, but there are no wrist gaskets. You can cinch the openings with hook-and-loop closures, though.
The two hand-warming pockets tuck your hands in across your chest. We like them since they hold your hands higher and closer to your core, which should keep them warmer. They are lined with fleece but are outside the jacket's insulation, so they won't keep your paws warm enough without gloves in frigid temps.
This jacket has no problem cutting wind, and we love that it's waterproof. It kept us dry and comfortable in a late fall drizzle and in the midst of nuking snowstorms. What we do worry about is how much water the face fabric absorbed in our shower test. Not a drop sneaks inside the jacket. It just leaves you carrying water weight. If you're hanging out in wet weather around the freezing point, you may end up a little icy. Luckily, when the weather merits a winter jacket, it's rare to end up standing in a shower-like downpour for minutes on end.
The Nuuk's comfort is its standout feature. The relaxed fit and soft fabric never feel restrictive, even with a silly number of layers underneath. Though it weighs 3.7 pounds, the material moves so well you don't notice. There's no crinkling or bunching to fight with, and our shoulders and hips never felt restricted. Even sitting down with the jacket zipped, an action that is almost always awkward in a winter parka, feels fine. The sleeves are too long, though. You can roll them once, but it's uncomfortable.
The jacket's one less than cozy feature is its collar, which is too tight around your face when you zip it all the way up to your nose. This is a fairly common problem in winter jackets. We really wish someone would tackle such an obvious design flaw. When you zip the collar up, the hood turns into a somewhat awkward taco around your face. It keeps your vision clear and your face out of the wind.
The loose-fitting cut that keeps the Nuuk so comfortable also defines its style, which is laid-back and feels classic.
The many pockets are streamlined, tucking away nicely to keep the jacket from looking cluttered. The cut flares a little at the waist and is relaxed. We wouldn't call this jacket slimming, though you can define the waist with an internal drawstring. We like the color palette, and the fabric is very high quality.
With all its pockets and roomy fit, it reminds us of a country chic barn coat. All of our testers really like its look. Function leads form here, and we think both works well.
We expect this jacket to last a very long time. The exterior fabric shows no signs of wear after over a month of use. And though the lining fabric is thinner, it still seems burly. Possible weak points include the cinch-able drawstring around the waist, which feels a little flimsy, and the pocket liners. The drawstring could lose its stretch over time, and one of the pockets is already ripped.
The super-secret pocket tucked just beside the zipper on the right side had a hole in it the first time we used it. We had one of those, Oh no! my credit card is lost in the pleural space of my jacket moments. So that's not great.
Presuming this jacket lasts as long as we think it will, and that you agree the style is pretty timeless, this jacket has a reasonable price tag. It's waterproof, windproof, breathable, warm, protective, comfortable, and stylish. That's not easy to come by.
Though Fjallraven doesn't provide many details about the steps they've taken to minimize how much this jacket impacts the planet, they do have a general sustainability statement as a company.
The Nuuk is one of our favorite winter jackets, a reliable adventure partner that will keep you covered from cold drizzles to temps well below zero. We feel comfortable and stylish when wearing it. Plus, it safely pockets all (and we mean all) your nicks and nacks.
— Clark Tate