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. The active fit is specifically designed to be used with tools, harnesses, packs, and the like, and the baffle construction eliminates cold spots. An insulated hood can be pulled up to protect your noggin from the elements, while wrist gaskets keep wind and snow from blowing up your arms.
- AirShield Elite 15D ripstop nylon body
- Q.Shield 850-fill down
- Active fit
- Baffle construction
- Insulated hood
- Hand pockets
- Wrist gaskets
- Item #MHW006N
- Q & A
Setting the record straight
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I think this jacket gets a bad rap on other sites. I think the newer version fixes any of the misconceptions out there.
It's light! My medium weighs 688g
It's extremely puffy - Throwing on a backpack or hopping in a vehicle feels like the jacket is inflatable as the air squeezes out - the 850 fill is noticeable
It's warm - I can wear just a t-shirt under at -15°C and still be comfortable
It's box baffle construction all around, arms too - there's some confusion that this is only true in the torso.
The hood pulls are accessible from outside - they're hiding under their own flap, and can be tricky to get to with thick gloves, but it can be done
There are two hem pulls - one on either side
There's a two way zipper - and it only catches on the draft tube sometimes!
Fit: I'm 6'2" 170 and am happy with a medium. I can wear a MH monkeyman fleece under it comfortably, but it's not at all baggy. Sleeves are just long enough for my lanky arms, but the body and length fit well. Even though it's hip length - even for me - it tends to ride up a bit if the hip cinches are pulled too tight. A large would be too big for me unless I planned on piling on layer after layer, and I've got a warmer jacket for that.
Hood fits well, easily adjusted, lots of visibility, and the tall collar sits just below my nose. nice for keeping the wind out.
I live in the Arctic with daily temps around -25°C and use this as my everyday coat (office clothes underneath) I don't notice the wind or the cold creeping in anywhere. The Nilas has been really toasty so far, but my MH Absolute Zero is too warm.
I got my Nilas for $350. I don't know if I'd spend $500 on it, but I'm very happy with it for the price I paid. It's functional and has a nice clean look so you don't feel like you're summiting Vinson Massif when you walk into the office.
A fantastic jacket
- Fit: True to size
I don't often write reviews, and I never write one after only having an item for a couple of weeks. having said that, I want to state that this jacket is simply incredible. It is very warm. I plan to use it ski touring in new hampshire, and i can already tell it will do the job. it does really well in high winds. second, i want to point out that some of the limitations from last year are fixed on this jacket. it now has a 2-way zipper, and hood adjustments are more stable. also, it now has a zippered internal pocket. because of these though, the jacket weighs more than last year (1 lb 10 oz, as opposed to 1 lb 6 oz i think). I compare this jacket to the Rab Neutrino Plus, Patagonia Fitz Roy Parka (although which lacks hydrophobic down), etc. in terms of warmth and coverage.
A bit about sizing, I am 5'10", 180 lb, with a 16.5 by 34" neck/arm length. this jacket fits perfect in a Medium. I also always wear a Medium in Patagonia and Arc Teryx outerwear, just for your reference. The arms are a little long in MHW, but i'm fine with it as i will use this jacket in the mountains.
Last thing, the butter cuffs are the coolest cuffs i've ever seen. what a brilliant idea.
Is the hood helmet compatible?
Unfortunately this hood is not helmet compatible. It is Mountain Hardware's "low profile" hood.
The hood on my 2013 model fits over my BD Half Dome very nicely, and MHW called the hood on my jacket "low profile" as well. It's a great hood.
My fellow gear Junkies,
Would you trust this jacket in a torential down pour?
Nope! It is water repellent down, but not waterproof. It is 100% windproof, but will not do much in a torrential downpour.
You would never want to wear this jacket if it was warm enough for a down pour or even wet snow conditions. It's too warm. This is for 10 degrees F and below....
is the draw cord of the hood in color orange or black?i do not like colorful draw cords
The draw cords on this jacket for the hood and the bottom-most hem are primarily black, with small, evenly-spaced dots of orange that are woven into the cord. These dots do not appear to in any way overwhelm your ocular senses with blinding color. See this review to check out the pictures for yourself (http://gearthirty.blogspot.com/2012/03/mountain-hardwear-nilas-jacket-review.html).
Hope this helps!
I've purchased this down jacket for my upcoming Denali trip this spring (May). I was wondering if this is the right choice? Should I go with a heavier or lighter jacket? Please help, any comments or real life experiences will be useful and appreciated.
Hey Nima! So is this your heaviest jacket or did you intend to layer with this? What I brought was a Patagonia Down Sweater, Patagonia Micro Puff, and the Patagonia Troposhpere. These three jackets made up my daily drivers, from cooking in, working around camp, I generally wore these in various collections. I then had the Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Parka on reserve. I didnt wear the Absolute Zero much but, when I did, it was truly necessary. We had 3 storm days which is unheard of. On those storm days I wore everything I Had to shovel snow and do anything outside the tent. I think if you are doing the West Butt, a bigger jacket is nice and worth it. When we werent using the big jacket we usually put the toe box of our sleeping bag inside of it to add some extra warmth. You're up there for a while, mine as well be as comfortable.
These are my layers:
Smartwool lightweight base+Patagonia Houdini+Patagonia R3+Patagonia knifeblade (Soft shell)+Arcteryx Alpha SV (Hardshell)+ MH Nilas Down jacket
The better question is: I am choosing my layers wisely? Should I go with two down jackets, one lightweight and other one heavier, expedition weight? or I will be good with only Nilas? Should I keep Nilas and add a heavier weight parka to the package?
since the jacket is intended to be worn over a number of layers, should one size up or does the cut of the jacket already take that into account so one should order their regular size? Thanks
I'm 6' 200 lbs. and have an XL. Plenty warm without layers, but large enough to accommodate. In other words, I would size up. Great jacket...I wore it today for about the third time.
I'm 6ft 198 lbs and the large fits me perfectly so it probably just comes down to preference as to how you like them to fit. Order two and return one of needed.