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Fjallraven Nuuk - Women's Review

An extremely warm, comfortable, stylish, and durable parka with lots of pockets
Fjallraven Nuuk - Women's
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Price:  $500 List | Check Price at REI
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Pros:  Comfortable, durable fabric, awesome pockets, weather-proof and breathable
Cons:  On the bulky side, face fabric holds onto water
Manufacturer:   Fjallraven
By Clark Tate ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 18, 2021
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  • Warmth - 30% 9
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 7
  • Comfort - 25% 9
  • Style - 10% 7
  • Durability - 10% 9

Our Verdict

This jacket is supple, functional, and warm. Fjallraven uses synthetic insulation in the Nuuk Parka instead of more commonly used down. It works great, combining with the jacket's thick fabric to keep us toasty warm in the field. The jacket's high collar, fleece-lined hood, and fur ruff protect your face. We also found that the jacket breathes quite well. It's also water and windproof, though the face fabric does hold onto water. The Nuuk works in a range of conditions, from light rain to wind chills well into the negative double digits. It's a great option if you're in extreme temps a few times a year but spend most of your time in temperatures above zero.

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Pros Comfortable, durable fabric, awesome pockets, weather-proof and breathableFlattering, waterproof, durable, three jackets in one, recycled down and polyesterWarm, flattering, cozy, double-sided zipper, functional pocketsWaterproof, windproof, breathable, warm, durableStylish, incredibly warm, lightweight to down ratio, detachable fur hood
Cons On the bulky side, face fabric holds onto waterUninsulated hood, tight shoulders, no two-way zipper on down jacket, tricky pocketsNo front snaps, not as warm when compressed, not waterproofCold pockets, slightly tight shoulders, and collarSomewhat bulky, not waterproof, some feather & down loss
Bottom Line An extremely warm, comfortable, stylish, and durable parka with lots of pocketsWet, sloppy weather doesn't stand a chance against this versatile winter jacketSerious warmth is packed into this lightweight, flattering, and reasonably priced parkaA warm and waterproof winter jacket that is available at a reasonable priceA stylish winter jacket that will keep you warm when temperatures start to drop
Rating Categories Fjallraven Nuuk - W... Tres 3-in-1 Parka Marmot Montreaux The North Face Arct... Rab Deep Cover Parka
Warmth (30%)
9.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
Weather Resistance (25%)
7.0
9.0
5.0
8.0
3.0
Comfort (25%)
9.0
7.0
9.0
6.0
9.0
Style (10%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
Durability (10%)
9.0
7.0
5.0
8.0
5.0
Specs Fjallraven Nuuk - W... Tres 3-in-1 Parka Marmot Montreaux The North Face Arct... Rab Deep Cover Parka
Insulation and Fill Power Supreme microloft (100% polyester) 700 fill recycled duck and goose down 700 fill power duck down with water resistant Down Defender 550 fill goose down and recycled polyester insultation 650 fill RDS Certified Hydrophobic European duck down
Fill Weight 250 g 150 g 221 g Down - unavailable, Synthetic - 150 g 340 g
Hood Insulated with detachable faux fur trim Uninsulated, removable Insulated, removable, detachable faux fur trim Adjustable, insulated with removable faux fur trim Insulated, detachable hood with faux fur trim
Pockets 2 internal, 2 bellows, 2 hand, 1 sleeve, 2 chest 2 zippered handwarmer in shell, 2 zippered handwarmer and 1 internal chest in down liner jacket 2 zippered handwarmer, 2 internal chest (1 zippered) 1 internal, 2 external 1 internal, 2 external
Weight (size small) 3.7 lbs 2.9 lbs 2.3 lbs 2.8 lbs 1.9 lbs
2-way zipper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Weather Resistant Features Waterproof, windproof Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish Water resistant down, DWR treatment Waterproof, windproof, breathable (DryVent), DWR DWR treatment
Sizes Available XXS to XXL XS to XXL XS to XXL XS to 3XL 6 to 18
Social or Environmental Certifications Fluorocarbon-free impregnation 100% recycled down, 50% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester jacket, Fair Trade Certified sewn Lining 100% recycled polyester, Responsible Down Standard 650 RDS - (responsble down standards) certified hydrophobic European Duck Down, fluorocarbon-free Hydrophobic Down

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.

Performance Comparison


The Nuuk is one of the warmest jackets we tested, with a...
The Nuuk is one of the warmest jackets we tested, with a weatherproof exterior and a protective hood.
Photo: Clark Tate

Warmth


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 sleeves are long but you can roll them.
The sleeves are long but you can roll them.
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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.

Though the Nuuk doesn't have wrist gaskets to hold heat in, you can...
Though the Nuuk doesn't have wrist gaskets to hold heat in, you can snug the cuffs down around your gloves.
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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.

The Nuuk's collar and hood will cover most of your face, but the...
The Nuuk's collar and hood will cover most of your face, but the collar is so tight that you won't want to leave it in place for long.
Photo: Clark Tate

Weather Resistance


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.


You can quickly flip that fur ruff out like a brim, protecting your...
You can quickly flip that fur ruff out like a brim, protecting your face from crosswinds.
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Comfort


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 Nuuk's relaxed fit doesn't exactly flatter your figure, but the...
The Nuuk's relaxed fit doesn't exactly flatter your figure, but the high-quality, highly-comfortable coat has a style all its own.
Photo: Clark Tate

Style


The loose-fitting cut that keeps the Nuuk so comfortable also defines its style, which is laid-back and feels classic.

The drawstring at the waist gives the parka a little shape.
The drawstring at the waist gives the parka a little shape.
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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.

The Nuuk Parka stands up to rough weather and, we think, looks good...
The Nuuk Parka stands up to rough weather and, we think, looks good doing it.
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Durability


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.


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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.

The Nuuk has three media pockets and too large mesh drop-in pockets...
The Nuuk has three media pockets and too large mesh drop-in pockets, and that's just the inside of the jacket.
Photo: Clark Tate

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.

Yeah, it's a little lumpy, but we love it.
Yeah, it's a little lumpy, but we love it.
Photo: Clark Tate

Clark Tate