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Being stuck in the tent never felt so good.

When you're huddled around the stove waiting for the weather to break, be thankful you brought along The North Face Men's Elysium Jacket. The 700-fill down insulation keeps your chilled core toasty when you take a peek outside the tent every ten minutes. After the storm clears, the Elysium stuffs small in your pack and the standard fit slides over your shell on the final push up the summit ridge.

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4 5

Weight

Actual weight (mass) of mine, size small: 526 grams

What is center back measurement for men's...

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What is center back measurement for men's Elysium down jacket?

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CBL: 27.5" [M]

*to convert to other size, +/- 1" per size

5 5

TNF Elysium

Very comfortable and light. It fits somewhat small. I own the thunder Jacket in a medium but needed a large for the Elysium otherwise the sleeves were too short and the jacket too constricting. It is very warm- comfortable down to about 10 deg F if standing around, about -15 to -20 if active. It has fairly good wind protection even without a shell. Just took it to Yellowstone for backcountry hiking and snow shoeing. Is too warm for high levels of activity unless very cold outside. Also great for everyday use in the winter- keeps me very warm.

5 5

Balancing weight to warmth.

I would put the elysium somewhere between a "down sweater" and nuptse puffy. You'll be hard pressed to find a jacket that is so warm and yet so packable and light. The elysium has a slightly more sleek fit then some puffy jackets which makes it perfect for those who take their layering seriously..

4 5

Athletic Fit Puffy?

I will admit that I am biased against TNF because everyone in my hometown owns a TNF coat and I hate following the crowd. However, I bought this coat anyways because I heard it had an athletic fit and up until that point I could never find a jacket that fit me length wise without having room for a second person inside the jacket. I have only used the jacket once (I bought it solely for winter backpacking) and it performed flawlessly. There is nothing better than waking up inside a tent on a -5 degree morning and being warm as a button. Plus it takes up almost no room in my pack. The only reason I gave it four stars is because I could use one or two more inches of length on the waist. I bought a large and I am 6'2" 170lbs.

5 5

Great Jacket but a lil Short

I purchased this jacket as a replacement for the Thunder Down Jacket that was lost in the mail... I compared the two jackets and decided to go with the Elysium due to the thickness and the apparent warmth this jacket seems to provide. When I go the first Elysium one of the sleeve elastic was broken on the left wrist but it was extremely warm and felt really nice on. The fabric is extremely soft and I can't stop touching it but it is extremely light and I love the range of movement it allows. I am 6'1 150lbs and I decided to go with a small... the sleeves seem a little short which seems common but otherwise a perfect fit. I love how the jacket is waterproof... I tried it and water beads right off the sleeve(something that is not told in the description). If you're looking for a warm jacket with high quality fabric and you are a quality person then this jacket if perfect for you. Would purchase again...

Elysium Discontinued?

So, I was hoping...

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Elysium Discontinued?

So, I was hoping to order the yellow in a small and couldn't find it anywhere, and it is no longer listed on TNF's website; is it a dead end product?

If anyone in the industry or from bc.com could enlighten me as to this jacket's fate for 2010 that would be great!

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Hi Jason - The Elysium does come back for the 2010 fall/winter season. The cut is the same, however the face fabric is going to be quite different and has more of a "shiny" look to it. The higher sheen fabric does a better job keeping the down from finding it's way out of the jacket.
Hope this helps-

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Thanks a bunch Dave. If they are firming up the fabric for next season I think I will wait for the upgrade.

5 5

Would purchase again!

I purchased the 2008 model in blue last summer and after wearing this jacket here in Idaho during the cold months it has performed great thus far. This jacket as mentioned in some of the other reviews is less puffier and more fitting than the Nuptse. I found this jacket to be quite warm in temps ranging between 0 and 30 degrees and that is being in the elements for an hour or so. Only complaint is the sleeves seem to be a little short. I'm 5'8 about 160 lbs and the medium fits well with the exception of the sleeves. Also, I typically wear just a long sleeve t-shirt underneath which seems to be adequate when dealing with the outside temps noted above. I've had many compliments on this jacket and it has performed well in my opinion. With the slight shortness of the sleeves, I would still purchase this jacket again if I had to replace it. (Purchased from Backcountry on sale during the summer $149.00).

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re: Elysium jacket zippers: what material...

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re: Elysium jacket zippers: what material and how's the quality?

5 5

Puffiness

I bought this jacket online, but I hesitated because I couldn't figure out how thick -or puffy- it is, having not seen it in a store. Some of the reviews (also its light weight) made it sound like a down sweater but others compared it to the Nuptse, which is definitely a "puffy". So for the benefit of anyone else wondering the same thing: This jacket is a puffy, albeit a smaller, more fitted one.
This jacket is not one of those sweater-like down-filled jackets, but rather belongs in the class of puffy jackets. That is, it is not an inner layer (although you could obviously wear a shell around it). Within the puffy jackets class, it is on the lighter end. Still, it is useful in snowy conditions (I walk around Montreal with it in -10C). It is bit less thick than the Nupste or Sub Zero hoodless jacket.
It's amazingly light, given its warmth. It also looks great. It has a really nice shape and the small is well fitted if you have a thinner frame.
Really glad I bought it, this is a very high quality jacket.

4 5

I like it.

Nice Jacket. Warm, light, and it looks good. I am a lanky guy though, and while the fit is good on the body, the sleeves are a little short.

Write your question here... i'm a large...

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Write your question here... i'm a large in every north face item i wear, but i purchased the tahoe jacket and the large was too tight in shoulders, looking at this one, thoughts on whether i need a large or xl, i'm worried that xl might be too big, i'm 5"9 and 200 lbs.

4 5

Warm Coat w/out Puffy Look

I bought this coat as a Christmas gift for my BF. It's a VERY warm coat. We live in Chicago and it has been 20 degrees or less for the last few weeks--it has definitely kept him warm in the frigid temps. It's also is a great coat because it is not very puffy. It's more fitted and doesn't make my BF look like the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man - as most down North Face coats unfortunately make those who wear one look big and puffy. My only complaint is the sizing - it runs a tad small, so get one size up. According to the sizing chart, the chest area is true to size but the length of the arms and torso are cutting it really close. My BF is 6ft 170 pounds...he needed a large due to his arms and torso length, but the medium's chest fit him perfectly. So, if you get one size up, the arm length and torso length will be fine, the chest area will be just a tad big--no big deal. Over all the coat is warm, very soft and has a more modern fit. I bought him the all black coat.

4 5

Warm Coat w/out Puffy Look

I bought this coat as a Christmas gift for my BF. It's a VERY warm coat. We live in Chicago and it has been 20 degrees or less for the last few weeks--it has definitely kept him warm in the frigid temps. It's also is a great coat because it is not very puffy. It's more fitted and doesn't make my BF look like the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man - as most down North Face coats unfortunately make those who wear one look big and puffy. My only complaint is the sizing - it runs a tad small, so get one size up. According to the sizing chart, the chest area is true to size but the length of the arms and torso are cutting it really close. My BF is 6ft 170 pounds...he needed a large due to his arms and torso length, but the medium's chest fit him perfectly. So, if you get one size up, the arm length and torso length will be fine, the chest area will be just a tad big--no big deal. Over all the coat is warm, very soft and has a more modern fit. I bought him the all black coat.

why does my new elysium have screen printing...

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why does my new elysium have screen printing on it and not the stitched logo that i"ve always seen before?

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I don't know why they decided to do them that way but it's kind of a bummer. It's the only Summit Series down jacket that's like that. The thunder and crimptastic both have embroidered signage. I just sent my Elysium back in favor of the Crimptastic.

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I noticed that too and I assume it is to save weight. It seems like TNF aimed to make the lightest jacket possible with this one, and I guess they had to cutback everywhere they could. If that's the case, then I'm happy with their decision since weight is my greatest concern in a jacket. Even the cinch chord dongles are made tiny. I guess a couple of grams saved here and there add up. They also used fabric that's so light, the down can apparently sometimes show through it in the light (although I never was able to actually see this -I have it in black).

That being said, I also find that this jacket fits and looks great overall, which helps make any weight cutbacks tolerable.

I'm 5'10" / 165 lbs. I'm debating between...

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I'm 5'10" / 165 lbs. I'm debating between the med. or Lg. The climate I'm in won't require a heavy under layer. I don't want the coat to be too bulky, but of course not to small. Has anyone my size ordered this coat, if so, could you please give me your recommendations.

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I'm 6', 175lbs, and wear a medium in TNF. You should go with a Medium,a large would be way big on you.

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I am 5'9 160lbs I wear a medium with some room.
I would go with a medium.

4 5

Great coat, but it runs small

Great jacket, it is very warm, but it runs small so I would recommend a size larger than what your used to. I am 5' 11" and 148lbs, I wear a medium in most things so I got a medium. The jacket is short on me in both the sleeves and the body, I should have gotten a large. I would have sent it back but I hate the hassle of shipping things back, I was excited to use it, and I tried to rationalize it to myself saying that it wasn't that bad. I also got a hooded Denali from Northface which is a medium as well. That one fit much too large and after going to a store I figured out I should have ordered a small in that. These were the first two products from Northface I've purchased and I'm not sure if this is typical of their sizing. All that aside both coats are very warm and I would recommend them, but I will always research sizing before I ever buy a Northface product again.

4 5

nice.

I like this jacket.

The fit is good, not too puffy, but the major drawback for me is the collar. It is something that makes this jacket stand out, stylistically, but when I received it, the collar was flat and doesn't have much fill in it.

The jacket is also not near as warm as I had anticipated, not as warm as the MH Phantom. Also, the fit is strange. I ordered a small(just on a hunch). I"m 5'10 160 skinny build and the small fits my shoulders well. I was expecting it to be way too small but pleasantly surprised.

All in all, I like this jacket's fit and the streamline sort of look to it, and perhaps its particular to my jacket, but the lack of down fill on the collar leaves it limp and useless unless zipped all the way up your neck.

5 5

Love North Face Elysium Jackets

This is a cool jacket, keeps me really warm, has a hot look, some times it seems to have feathers sticking out, but dont let them come out and dont pull them out, just pull them back in from the opposite side other wise that hole would get bigger and you keep loosing feathers from that same spot. I don't know about cleaning it, but I think just dry cleaning will do. Great in the snow, cold weather, skiing or anything outdoors in the winter. These jackets are so warm, I ware just a t-shirt and the jacket and I'm comfortably warm. Enjoy it, I highly recomnd it.

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Do NOT dry clean your down jacket!!! Look online for down cleaning instructions; you and your new jacket will both be a lot happier.

I am looking for a down jacket to keep me...

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I am looking for a down jacket to keep me warm at the campsite on winter backpacking trips in the western NC mountains. I can get this jacket or a Mountain Hardwear Phantom jacket for almost identical prices. Which do I select and why? Also, I am 5'7", 155 lbs and think the medium in each jacket would be the proper fit. Am I correct? Thanks in advance.

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Hey Chuck - These jackets are very close indeed, but here are the differences that I found:
-Elysium Jacket is 1.6 oz. lighter
-Phantom Jacket uses a 15D face fabric vs. and 20D for the Elysium (Elysium very slightly heavier shell fabric)
-Almost identical lengths, with the Phantom being .5 inches longer

I am not familiar with MH sizing, but you are a straight medium in the Elysium.
Hope this helps

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