Big warmth built for the big mountains.
When mountaineering legend Ueli Steck hunkers down at altitude, he turns to the Mountain Hardwear Men's Nilas Down Jacket for lofty warmth he can count on. The precedent-setting Q.Shield Down 850-fill insulation is infused with a permanent water-resistant treatment that allows the down to stay warm and lofty in wet and humid conditions.
- AirShield Elite shell fabric provides complete windproof protection with advanced breathability for core temperature regulation
- 850-fill Q.Shield Down features a permanent water-resistant treatment that allows the down to maintain loft and provide warmth even in damp and humid environments
- Baffle construction keeps the down from shifting over time, which maintains uniform warmth
- Insulated hood adds warmth and protection in stormy weather
- Hood and hem drawcords cinch down to keep weather out and warmth in
- Front zippered pockets warm up cold hands
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Niles Jacket Best Ever
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I bought the Niles Jacket in the early fall of 2013 and only recently had the opportunity to wear it. The local temps dropped to 12 degrees F with winds approaching 35 mph. I Zipped up the jacket to just under my nose, tightened the hood and walked outside. I discovered that the wind and colder temps had zero affect on me. I was warm and toasty. The Niles Jacket is the best investment I ever made. If I was scaling MT. Everest, I would take my Absolute Zero Down, but short of that, I'll wear the Niles.
LIke a Ginger Tonton..
I just received this piece and I am pretty stoked. The Colors.. Not so much. Anything with bright Pumpkin orange just isn't my thing. Maybe it is like that feeling people get from being around a pasty white Ginger with freckles? Creepy.. I know. I got the Shark with the Pumpkin liner. I guess it is like a Ginger with a tan if that is possible? I was almost thinking about going for a Blue one from last year but the fact it doesn't have the Q Shield down was the real deal breaker. Plus, Backcountry's 30% off deal was too good to pass up.
The Jacket is puffier than I expected, yet because of the internal baffles it doesn't have the overly exaggerated Michelin man bands or compartments you get used to seeing on many down coats. I tried it on side by side with my MHW Sub Zero from a few years ago. Man that Sub Zero is short and much more bulky. The Nilas is perfect in the length and just has a better fit over all. I couldn't really tell which is warmer, though I would grab the Nilas because of the weight and being more compact. I am stoked about using it as a belay jacket this winter and using it on Rainier throughout the year.
The best way to describe the warmth of the jacket... Lets see... Ok.. Do you remember the 'Empire Strikes Back'? Where Han Solo slices open the Tonton and he stuffs Luke Skywalker in it.. Yeah, but in this case the Tonton is orange.. So a Ginger Tonton. That would actually make more sense of why Han Solo was so grossed out by the whole experience. But seriously... Gingers are just like normal people.. LOL.. Ok I tried. I just couldn't say that without laughing.
*For the PC induced people out there.* I have a few Ginger friends and this is the normal banter all of our friends flip them.
Short video without much real information, or value. But, the jacket looks great!
How much net weight of down fill for the...
How much net weight of down fill for the Nilas down men ?
215g or 7.6 ounces of 850 fill Q shield down is what the specs say about the net weight of down in the jacket. I just received the jacket and it is awesome.
Down right puffy
Just returned from an unseasonably cold April in AK! I used the jacket on two glacier camping trips where we had temps of -10 to -20 almost every night. I used to use the big and bulky, but warm and toasty classic Absolute Zero Down Parka and thought this jacket might not be a warm enough replacement, but it is. It's the perfect around camp super down layer. It's really packable too and won't take up half of your pack should you choose to carry it with you for the day. It's not as durable feeling as the Absolute Zero, but we'll see how it holds up. I'm a big fan of lightening up wherever you can if you're not sacrificing certain functions. There doesn't seem to be any sacrifice here.