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Built for life in the wild.

Although The North Face McMurdo Down Parka takes its name from a research camp in Antartica, its real purpose is to protect you from cold winters in wilderness regions like Boston, Philadelphia, Omaha, and Salt Lake City. It's up to the challenge, too. With a waterproof breathable shell and genuine down insulation, the McMurdo can handle cold winters from the North Pole to the South Pole, and everywhere in between.

The North Face started the McMurdo with its legendary HyVent 2L waterproof laminated to a tough nylon faille weave for complete storm protection. Inside all that nylon, the McMurdo is packing a goose's worth of 550-fill down insulation to lock in the warmth. To lock out drafts, the jacket has adjustable cuffs and a cinch-cord at the waist. The removable hood comes equipped with removable faux fur trim for style. The jacket also comes with a ton of pocket space. Two large chest pockets, two hand pockets, a sleeve pocket, and an internal media pocket with guide for your headphone cord allow you to comfortably carry your stuff around.

  • Tough nylon main body fabric with HyVent 2L laminate
  • Recycled polyester lining with water-repellant treatment for quick-drying
  • Lightweight,compressible 550-fill down insulation
  • Loose fit, thigh-length
  • Removable hood with removable faux fur trim
  • Polyester lining with water-repellant treatment
  • Adjustable cuffs and hem seal out drafts

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5 5

The perfect jacket

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

Had a super hard time finding this jacket in the dark gray and large size. Found it here. Shipping was super fast. This down parka is very well constructed, fits a bit loose and the material and color are superb. My husband loves how warm it is and all the pockets it has.

I could not find any tech spec about max...

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I could not find any tech spec about max suitable temperature. Can anybody to inform me about this? I know Vostok model is suitable for -65 �F, but McMurdo I do not know.......thanks

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Juan,
As far as I know The North Face McMurdo Down Parka has not christened the McMurdo with any official temp rating (typical for non-arctic parkas), but I would estimate that it would be comfortable below 0 degrees and would keep at least half a smile on your face as low as -30C.

However, as the reviews below have noted, this is a casual parka and has not been tested (as far as I know) for extreme arctic level environments.

As you can see from the tech specs, the McMurdo is not seam taped and the shell is not intended to repel large amounts of moisture (i.e. it is not waterproof). If you are looking to take on some Emperor-Penguin-Level $#@% I would checkout some of the parkas from Canada Goose. But if you want a very warm parka for a great price that can stand up to some serious chill, this is an excellent option.

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Many thanks.
I appreciate a lot your answer. I stimated until -25�C would work good.

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You might also want to consider getting a good mid-layer, such as the North Face Micro Thunder (or their newer version) Jacket, for really cold and windy conditions...especially if your not doing a lot of physical exertion. The "Micro Thunder, and newer version) light weight, but reasonably warm jacket is perfect for layering (and fine for Spring/Fall)...it packs well, and not bulky.

If you're planning to be in freezing, slushy/wet conditions, you might want to consider a good water-proofing spray treatment for this coat (in addition to the factory treatment). But the best water-proof fabric is by Gore...*GoreTex.

My ol'man says layering is hardly necessary, and it gets to around '0' f (+/-) and very windy (always in our area) during our winters. You should do well with this coat...just keep in mind, it's NOT high tech...but the price-is-right!

1 5

Technically deficient

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

What good is a overstuffed down jacket if the arm seams let cold air enter from the wrists right up to your arm pits.
Do not depend on this jacket to keep you warm in cold windy weather.

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My ol'man has no complaints about any cold/wind/drafts with this coat; in fact, it's too warm for some temps! But he's glad to have it with this so-called "artic-vortex" we are experiencing right now!

True, in the description, it does say that the seams are NOT taped; and it also states that this coat is best for casual uses. Many have commented that it does lack the tech (I posted this also), but for warmth, and everyday lower-activity use in freezing cold conditions, it's great.

Suggest for a more technical down jacket with ALL the 'bells & whistles: (warmth/wind/rain/ventilation/articulation, and great pockets), look into the men's Patagonia Primo Down Jacket.

Hope this helps for your next winter coat selection.

The

5 5

Almost too warm

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

I have been wanting a McMurdo since the jacket was introduced 10+ years ago. I have been waiting for my current down jacket to get old.

This is hands down the warmest jacket I have ever owned. Little to no activity causes me to sweat. Walking my dog at night requires this jacket and a performance tee.

I was a little disappointed that the interior pockets wear reduced to only a left handed napoleon pocket. I really like keeping my platypus in the interior water bottle pocket in my other TNF down jacket. I like the host of pockets on the jacket. The hand warmer pockets are lined with a magical fabric that always feels warm.

The McMurdo is cut long and has a full coverage feel that can make it difficult to get into a car. I wonder why it doesn't have a double zipper to reduce this issue. The jacket feels bomb proof. The Hyvent fabric has a tough feel that feels substantial. The flaps, Velcro, snaps, and zippers all feel great even with thick gloves and mittens.

This hood is awesome. Huge and encompassing. Helmets, hats, buffs can be accommodated. Must be a pound of down up there, nice and warm.

I feel great with this purchase. I have had 10+ years of service out of my last North Face down jacket. I would expect that and more from this piece.

Almost too warm
5 5

Antarctic ready

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

Took this jacket down to the IceCube lab in the Antarctic and found it was just as good as the Canada goose ones that were available. I also use this jacket at home in Michigan and, again, it works beautifully.

Once upon a time...

Once upon a time...

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apparently, North Face has discontinued this 2-way zip feature on this year's version. Too bad...since this coat is so bulky, the optional double zip offered more ease of wear, especially for driving, etc.

5 5

Just what he needed

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

The color is a beautiful red and just what my husband wanted to replace a much used old Lands End parka. This coat is WAY nicer that that one was and I think he will wear it a lot in N Mich.

5 5

This jacket was amazing.

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

As soon as I bought the thing I put it on. I have only had it for a month and already very pleased with it. I am in Maine where this past week it has been -20F and I wasn't cold at all when I was outside. Not to mention it has o many pockets to store everything you need in it. Only downside that I have found is that it is very bulky and doesn't compress at all. But hey I am not complaining. I bought the thing knowing this and it hasn't changed my view on it.

5 5

Nice jacket!

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

Last year i bought this one in bronx brown color size M. I am 182 cm & 82 kg jacket fits well, my father is little bit thicker (about 90 kg) jacket fits much more better. I live in siberia this down jacket is very comfortable & warm for a good price.

Nice jacket!
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Hey bud, you look great in this gear!

Does this jacket have a two-way zipper?

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Does this jacket have a two-way zipper?

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The ones that I received did NOT have a two way zipper. What's up with that?

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MY HUSBAND IS TALL 6'10 DO YOU HAVE 5XTALL

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North Face does have this jacket up to size 5XL; tall wasn't listed though, but this jacket does run large, and the 5XL should work out perfect.

Hope this Helps!

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Mine DOES NOT have a two way zipper. And it is the 2014 model.

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I stand corrected: I just double checked with North Face (chat), and they are saying the "2013" (that is the year the sales person quoted, she did not mention a 2014)does not have a dual zipper; the version my ol' man has does have this great option, though. Sorry about the confusion.
And Have a:
Happy New Year!

Trying on the McMurdo parka

Trying on the McMurdo parka

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My boss trying on both medium and large at once

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He's an animal!

Inside Scoop

Inside Scoop

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Plush interior. Generous pockets.

Best Winter-Ready Options

Best Winter-Ready Options

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Showing size comparisons. Left to Right to bottom of photo:

T.N.F. McMurdo parka ('M'), without the 'fur' trim on hood, which is excellent at buffering the wind; Patagonia Primo Down jacket (L'); T.N.F. Micro Thunder jacket ('XL');good for layering.

4 5

Go Ahead: Give Ol' Man Winter a Laugh!

Last coat was stolen! Had to replace...

My friend says:

It's a "BEAST" of a winter coat!!! Not for the timid, nor mild-mannered climates!

Coat is totally warm, all the description reads is so.

BEST USES: BLIZZARDS/Blizzard-like weather. Great for lower aerobic activities like walking; running the snow-blower in the worst of winter conditions; working on that car that just broke down...again...at the worst possible time (in fact, he keeps this coat in the trunk during really bad weather, just in case of a break down, when a really heavy-duty coat would be needed); Schutzhund (but that does require a good degree of physical exertion...but also at times, not so much, as in tracking in the howling wind); or even dog-sledding, for example.

Tech. tips: this coat is very warm, but also very bulky, and not suitable for tech. activities such as skiing and such. Also, because of the bulk, it is difficult to drive while wearing for most cars (with roomy trucks, you can get by).

Not as waterproof as a GoreTex material, but do-able.

Pockets are great. Large, and easily accessible. Love the side pockets that have top and side access, yet are actually separate pockets.

He wears this only for the worst winter conditions; and the Patagonia Primo Down for all other winter uses, which is lighter weight, warm, wind/waterproof (GoreTex), and has better tec. features.

He is only 5'9" and usually takes a 'XL' in North Face, but needed a 'M' in this grizzly coat, and there's still room enough to layer, if necessary, the N.F. Micro Thunder...but he says that layering is usually not needed with this beast!

*Four Stars only because there are no pit zips for needed ventilation; and the use of "HiVent", instead of GoreTex (which is a much better water-repellant).