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An elite down jacket designed with the help of an elite pro climber.

Within the world of mountain sports there are rockstars, and then there are legends like climber Uell Steck. Steck helped design the cold-crushing Mountain Hardwear Men's Nilas Down Jacket as part of his ultimate kit. Simple, packed with fiery warmth, and built tough with AirShield Elite fabric, this jacket makes cold weather feel like just another day in paradise.

  • 850-Fill down insulation provides superior warmth over synthetic insulation
  • Baffle insulation construction allows the down to maintain maximum loft
  • One-handed hood and hem drawcord allow for quick fit adjustment

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Is a new version of the Nilas jacket coming...

Is a new version of the Nilas jacket coming out in 2014?

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Cooper Best. The Nilas Jacket will be in the line for next season. The only difference is that we'll be using 850-fill QSheild Down which is our water resistant down. Hope this info helps!

5 5

Great Lightweight Jacket

Can't say what it can endure because it's summer in Alaska, but compared to similar jackets in the same category. Otherwise this is the lightest jacket given its temp rating you can get. Its kind of flashy for casual wear, but who cares what you look like on the mountain.

Nilas in the backcountry

Nilas in the backcountry

Very light and very warm. Used off Wheeler Peak for two nights of backcountry skiing/camping w temps down to 0, plenty warm. Great as a pillow and/or adding extra bag warmth. Have skied at the resort, in the trees and fly fishing w no issues from snags or durability. Can fit under a shell, but tight, and the jacket is very wind proof in all but the deepest gusts. Great extra's include the butter cuffs, large internal pockets and a clean hood. Definitely resists soak with wet snow and splashes. Downside (outside of cost)would be the waist and hood cinches, very small and definitely not working with gloves/mitts and can be challenging with gloves off (but definitely a component of saving weight). Use a waterproof sack that stuffs the jacket down further than the included sack. I find this jacket is much warmer than the Rab Infinity and the shell seems tougher, although more crinkly. Overall impression is an incredibly warm/lightweight option for winter outings and a great security option when skiing in very cold conditions and warmups or rest stops are needed. Bought at discount and worth the price.

5 5

Pricey, but well done.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

If I were reviewing the price I wouldn't be so generous, but it really does a good job of keeping you warm. The AirShield is an important part of that, but makes it pretty crinkly. I"d say it's fairly comparable to the Phantom, but it's a bit warmer from the fill and the way the hood is built. The AirShield is great. It's crinklier sounding on the outside, but the inside material is much nicer than Phantom.

For Denali in June, would you recommend...

For Denali in June, would you recommend this or the Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Parka? If anyone has some experience on this, let me know what you think.

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I would recommend the MH Absolute Zero Parka. If you do a web search and check all the guiding companies' gear lists, you'll get a better idea as well. Besides the Absolute Zero Parka, check out: Rab Summit Batura Jkt, Marmot 8000 Meter, Feathered Friends Rock and Ice, TNF Himalayan. There are others that will fit the bill as well.

Added Later: You may not yet find this Down Jacket on current guide companies' Denali gear list as it is a new offering from MH.

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ber. This is an extremely warm 850-fill down jacket that was designed essentially for Ueli Steck and his recent Himalayan exploits. He used it on Shishipangma and Everest last year and I am pretty confident that it would work well for you on Denali as well. Over 215grams of 850-fill down was used to insulate this jacket and it is one of the finest down jackets we have ever made. Enjoy!!

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Jeff and Jon, thanks for the advice.

Given that it is such a new jacket, I wasn't sure where it fit into the pantheon on down parkas already on the market and I didn't feel MH's website was too clear on that. I talked to MH customer service and the guy I talked to recommended the Absolute Zero for Denali still because the Nilas is more designed for Ueli's system (for people looking to move super quick and fast) than for an expedition-style climb like Denali.

It might be warm enough and guides might recommend it in the future, but I don't need to an early adapter when it comes to this, so I am going to go with the Absolute Zero just to be safe.

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If Jon Webb is correct about the 215 grams of down, I wouldn't trust it on Denali. My Montane Black Ice has 250 grams of fully baffled 800+ down and weighs in at 24oz total and is in the same league as a Montbell Permafrost parka. I wouldn't trust it at Denali. The Marmot Greenland has 300g of 800FP down, and the First Ascent Peak XV has about 340g of 850FP down. You're looking for margin of safety for cold temperatures which is why people recommend the 500+ gram fill Absolute Zero. A major guide service uses the First Ascent Peak XV on Denali. I would ask the guide service you're planning on using.

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Is this jacket good enough for town use when it's about -10 to -15 Celsius outside,without having to wear too much layers underneath?

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Are we sure that there's only 215g of down in this jacket? The total weight is 631g on MH's website. 215g of insulation seems low. I would expect it to have 250-300g.

1 5

poor design on appearence

the kind of this jacket can just be purchased only 20 bucks from walmart. its design is very cheap, it seem like a cheap jacket. if you compare this jacket to other jacker like spyder or the north face, they have a very sleek design. remove the stripe on jacket out cus it look like a meat ball from the back.

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Ricky is clueless! This is an excellent coat - both warm and light - and while a true alpinist is not too concerned with style it also looks good. The quality is first rate as is typical of MH stuff.

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Poor design??? If you want to walk the catwalk, maybe the design isn't going to be up there with those "look good only, but don't keep you warm jackets." But what this jacket does,none come close!! I have climbed all through the northeast in better cold and never once felt cold. This jacket is a bomber and will keep you warm anywhere. I felt warm and cozy even while hiking Katadin and Washington with 40- 60mph winds blowing and -30 wind chills. THis jacket has tones of features, like inside pockets to keep my water bottles warm and elastic adjustments to make sure the hood fits snug. And it's almost WEIGHTLESS!!!

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Ricky needs to buy a clue (and some English lessons). This is a great jacket.

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Ricky, Please get off And more importantly, please stay out of the back country.

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Ricky sounds like the type of fool the SAR guys really hate to see go out. Ricky - SAR stands for search and rescue