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For warmth at extreme heights and spectacular views.

When you're on your way to the top of the world, whether that is one of the Earth's poles or a peak above 4000 meters, let The North Face Himalayan Down Parka keep you cozy and comfy, so you can enjoy your hardwon view. This epic puffy is stuffed with 800-fill goose down for ultra lofty warmth. Welded baffle construction keeps it all evenly distributed to eliminate cold spots. And HyVent Alpha 2L waterproof, breathable protection keeps you dry in harsh storms. Lightweight Pertex Endurance ripstop delivers smooth, tough coverage over the main body area. Tough grip zones on the shoulders and hips prevent your pack from slipping or abrading this jacket. 

To keep you comfy and allow layers, this jacket has a roomy expedition fit. The magnetic collar clip manages venting when the wind is whipping, and the fully baffled hood keeps your whole head equally warm. A big, cozy draft yoke around the neck and shoulders seals out the cold and keeps in the warmth. This is the parka in the remote expedition line that Conrad Anker helps design.

  • Nylon ripstop Pertex Endurance
  • HyVent Alpha 2L nylon faille weave
  • 800-fill down insulation in upper body
  • Welded baffle construction
  • Expedition fit
  • Draft yoke around neck and shoulders
  • Magnetic collar clip with venting
  • Grip zones on shoulders and hips
  • Two chest drop pockets with external and internal access
  • Reflectivity
  • The North Face Summit Series

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

Used this on several mountains in winter and on long haul skiing trips on the tundras in Norway during winter (-30C and strong winds).

No qualms what so ever. With the right layering, this is a scorcher. Great pockets for electrics and water bottles on the inside. A must for any high altitude expedition if one does not want to use a suit.

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TNF's first mistake!

I bought the Summit Gold. Right out of the box, I knew it was going back. You can actually see the down fill, which makes the coat look dusty or dirty. This is the first time I've been disappointed with TNF. I'm sorry to say it, but this coat is a huge disappointed. It's not at all what I expected for $650. If you're considering buying this coat, I suggest a color other than Summit Gold. I have an assortment of TNF products and this is one of the colors I didn't have. Unfortunately, I have to wait on another model or till next year. I cant believe TNF actually produced this color after looking at it. It's more of a transparent pale yellow, than it is Summit Gold.

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I've also noticed this. the outer fabric seems really cheap and has a dry thin cardboard paper feel to it. I'm not even sure if it is DWR treated. It is not a firm crispy outer like you get with other pertex Down Parkas. Also the cut and fit is NOT athletic at all. It was hard to move around the store with this on. The sleeves are cut long and bulky so moving your arms about is tedious. This is a base camp only jacket where you will be sitting for long periods in sub zero weather. I don't even think I can wear this for walking down an urban street. Also for that price that TNF wants for this in 2013/2014 there are way less costly options that will be as warm and more practical and comfortable to wear.

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One star just because of the color? I have 3 off the previous model which was one of the best 8000m parkas on the market, and this is a step backward, although it isn't worth only one star. For Olaf you obviously have no clue what this parka is for... it is an expedition parka and therefore is EXPEDITION fit. It's meant for wearing when it's -30F or colder without windchill and definitely NOT a base camp jacket. Also, you cannot find anything less expensive that is just as warm, this is a lot of jacket for the money. The Marmot 8000 meter parka is $600 and a bit warmer, and all black so it's perhaps more suited for everyday cold weather use. Most jackets with this warmth rating are in the $800 range. Feathered Friends who makes bar none the best down gear money can buy has an equivalent parka, but it's $699 (the Icefall), or maybe a Rab Batura would be the way to go. In the end people need to buy the right parka; way too often I see someone in a huge mountaineering parka designed for 8000 meter summits and polar exploration and the temperature is 20F. Buy what you need, not what you want.

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Responded on March 17, 2014
lafp986093: this parka is equivelant and a lot cheaper http://www.eddiebauer.com/catalog/product.jsp?ensembleId=37544 . One review has tested this at -30 on mt washington with positive results.

seventhSABER: Look and feel are important part of a garment. If it looks cheap your not likely to trust your life to it in -30 degree weather, hence his low rating. But yes, you are right, get the right gear for the right situation, though that is still relative. i.e. I am cold natured and I may need warmer gear than you.

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I don't have this but I do have the Marmot Greenland - the thin fabric also shows the down but so what? It's still extremely lightweight and packable, tough (I've had it ice climbing for 3 seasons now) and does what it's supposed to. The Pertex on this coat is even better. Serious mountaineers (who this puffy is designed for) will realize what they're getting and appreciate it.