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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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5 5

Warm and Light!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This jacket is at the top of my list of pieces for gear that I own. I love everything about it. When it first came in the mail, I thought the box was actually empty by mistake it was so unbelievably light. However, what this jacket lacks in weight is surpassed by how warm it will keep you.

I constantly look for a reason to use this jacket. I put it to it's true test this past winter with an ascent of Mt. Washington in one of the northeast's polar vortexes. -20 degree temps with -50 windchills. Couldn't even notice how cold it was once wearing this!

I went with a large (5'11" at 160lbs) so that it would fit over any other layers I might be wearing. This was a good call and I recommend it to anyone who is buying it.

Happy and Warm!

Happy and Warm!

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A friendly happy wave from the comfort of a warm Nilas! Mt. Washington ridge line. -20 Degree Temps with -50 windchill. So warm!

Nilas on a Winter Washington Summit

Nilas on a Winter Washington Summit

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Mt. Washington summit. -20 Degree Temps with -50 windchill. Shark color Nilas on the right.

Dual Nilas on the Summit

Dual Nilas on the Summit

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Mt. Washington summit. -20 Degree Temps with -50 windchill. Shark color (middle) and State Orange color (right) versions of the jacket.

Shark Nilas Color on Mt. Washington

Shark Nilas Color on Mt. Washington

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Lion's Head ridge line on Mt. Washington. -20 Degree Temps with -50 windchill. Shark color version of the Nilas.

Alpine Zone on Mt. Washington Ravine

Alpine Zone on Mt. Washington Ravine

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Lion's Head ridge line on Mt. Washington. -20 Degree Temps with -50 windchill. Still warm!

5 5

My favorite cold weather Jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This is my favorite cold weather jacket for wearing around town. I've never used it for what it was made for( mountaineering) but was plenty warm in a recent single digit cold snap with just a t shirt underneath. at 5'10" 49" chest 36" waist the large fits perfect with some layering room if I ever wanted it. I originally ordered the XL but sent it back because it was too big ( sleeves, over all length, )This is a puffy jacket and extremely warm I typically wear it in 30 degree or less weather. If I happen to wear it any other time I break a sweat in 10 minutes or less. I've worn this jacket 20 or 30 times in cold weather, I've never needed more than a t shirt and the jacket to keep me warm.

what size should i order. Plan to use it...

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what size should i order. Plan to use it for Aconcagua. I'm 5'10 165 lbs athletic build.

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If I had to guess I would assume that you are probably leaning towards a Large but yo might still be in the medium range. I can't say for sure because I have no idea how much your legs take up that 5'10" 165 lbs measurement. Since you are putting together an expedition I would suggest putting on the baselayers you are expecting to wear and measuring your chest. With that more specific measurement compare it against our size chart in we can be sure which size you should go with. Also, since this is a tighter fit jacket error on the size of sizing up.

5 5

Warmest jacket in the closet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this for about a year now. For the weight, I don't know that there's a warmer jacket out there. This is one of the real flagships of the MH line, I like it as much as my WM Vapor.

I've tested it in the Tetons in winter, wearing only an Arc'Teryx Phase AR half-zip underneath, at night in 15 degrees with 25 mph winds. Even when I wasn't moving or being active, I was as toasty as could be. The Airshield shell fabric performs as advertised; blocks the wind, is durable, though it's a smidge crinkley. I also wore the Nilas in the Sierras on a shoulder season trip, and though the conditions were warmer, it proved its breathability and versatility.

Two years or so ago, MH made some claims that they were going to put their name back on the map with some real advancements/innovations in their technical gear. I feel this jacket is a testament to their statements. It stuffs nice and small, the detail on the fleece cuffs and hood are first rate, and unless you're headed to Everest or Denali, this jacket should keep you warm . If I have a hesitation, it's the oft-heard complaint about MH zippers (usually with their bags). I say, treat 'em with a little respect, and you'll be fine.

I'm 6'2", 200 pounds, a Large fits me perfectly. And I love the Shark color.

5 5

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.
Phil Jacobs
Pana, Illinois

5 5

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.

Get Down!

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Short video without much real information, or value. But, the jacket looks great!

How much net weight of down fill for the...

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How much net weight of down fill for the Nilas down men ?

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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.

5 5

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.

Thanks Ueli!

Down right puffy
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Noah, does your "Inside arm sleeves" have insulation? because mine does not have any insulation from the forearm up to my armpits.. and my arms Freeze inside it.

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I have the same problem with mine. A jacket that costs this much shouldn't leave my arms so cold!! No insulation along that arm seam. VERY disappointed.

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Hadn't noticed that Scott. Does seem like a bad idea.

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it was a shame, because aside from that! it was an awesome jacket!