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Fjallraven Nuuk - Women's Review

Winter weather won't stand a chance in this warm, waterproof, and windproof jacket.
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Price:  $500 List | $499.95 at Backcountry
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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
#6 of 18
  • Warmth - 30% 8
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 9
  • Comfort - 20% 8
  • Style - 20% 6
  • Durability - 5% 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 Microsoft 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.

This jacket does a great job shedding water, but we found the the Patagonia Tres Down Parka did a better job in wet winter conditions, especially heavy rain.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


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

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. Jackets like the North Face Gotham II , The North Face Metropolis Down Parka II, and the Columbia Heavenly have a nylon or polyester shells that we have to treat more carefully.

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's a good size, not as large as the Canada Goose Shelburne Parka, but not as snug as the Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Down Jacket. 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 neck when temperatures drop. Even though the hood looks constricting  it is comfortable and works well in stormy and cold weather.
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.

Weather Resistance


One of the most waterproof jackets we tested, the Fjallraven handled wet weather better than the waterproof The North Face Triclimate Parka and Arctic Parka II. When we were out in the elements, water beaded up anded roll off, even after an extended period of time. Other jackets, like the Legendary Whitetails Anchorage Parka and the Rab Deep Cover Parka, have outer shells that saturate quickly after being outside in wet and snowy weather.

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. We noticed that jackets that had cuffs like the Rab Deep Cover Parka are very enjoyable in cold weather.

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

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 fit and style of this jacket are comparable to the Canada Goose Shelburne Parka (which also runs big).

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, like the Arc'teryx Patera or the Arc'teryx Darrah. 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  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.
Despite running big, 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.

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.

If you are looking for a winter jacket that is just as warm but even more stylish and form-fitting, check out the top scoring Canada Goose Kensington Parka. Another great option for someone that wants a stylish, water-resistant, warm jacket, but doesn't want to break the bank, check out the Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Down Jacket.

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

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 tested. This one is oversized and is a great option for gloves or a beanie.
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.

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. Compared to some jackets that lack multiple pockets, like the North Face Arrowood Triclimate Jacket, and the Patagonia Tres Down Parka, we like how many pockets this jacket offers. 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 exactly, like on the Canada Goose Camp Hooded Jacket.

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.
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.

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, like the Rab Deep Cover Parka, the North Face Metropolis Down Parka II, the Columbia Heavenly, and the Patagonia Down With It Parka.

Best Applications


The Nuuk is a great winter jacket for someone looking to take on everything winter has to throw at them. Whether it be sleet, rain, snow, wind, this jacket is ready for it. Because it did a great job keeping us warm, it might be overkill for someone living in a mild winter climate, like Seattle, or Portland.

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.
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.

Value


With a price tag of $500 this jacket isn't cheap, but for what you are paying for you are getting your monies worth. Waterproof, windproof, and breathable, this jacket is warm, protective and stylish. The quality of the construction of the jacket is superior to some of the jackets we tested like, the Columbia Heavenly and the Legendary Whitetails Anchorage Parka.

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