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I have read many of the reviews here and there seems to be something everyone is missing, Further down the page you can read Jon Taulbee's review where he wore this parka in -40 to -45 with a windchill of -115f.
from what john says in his review you can bet he was wearing a layer system unlike a few of the reviews where people have said about wearing this parka with just a shirt on, not only that no two people feel the cold in the same way due to the fact of age, weight blood flow and activity body fat etc.
Not many people know this but the UK is the cold death capital of the world according to some scientists??? anyway picture this a man goes to work and is standing on the train platform waiting for his train as has done for years only on this day he starts to shiver and as he goes to work his blood starts to thicken up because of the cold and later that night he goes home and has a heart attack because his blood has thickend up, The reason for the UK being the cold death capital is because the UK is a small island where you can get all four seasons in one day.
But the reason you start to shiver is because your body is trying to generate heat and as your blood thickens from the cold your heart struggles to force this thickend blood around your system as it directs the blood to all your vital organs as it stops sending the blood to less vital areas,
what we must all do when buying these parkas is find a system that works for usand remember no two people are the same.
A while back i bought some sleeping bags that are rated to -20c to -40c and when i bought them the people who made the said they were tested to -50c so i asked them why was there such a big differance in the ratings and he told me that because people go out fishing/camping in the middle of winter and sleep in just their underwear the complain that they were cold or in the worst case die, so for the reasons of health and safety or the fear of being sued they rate these things at a more conservative figure because alot of people don't bother trying to find a system that works for them, so just bare this in mind when you buy these things these parkas are designed for living in hostile weather as jon Taulbee said in his review, Yes Canada Goose are works of art but one sharp piece of steel can rip a hole in it just as it can in one of these and in the UK Canada Goose parkas start at around $1000/$1100 so thats reason enough for me to buy the Mcmurdo parka because the retailers change the Dollar sign to a pound sign so even when it is in a sale over here i still pay more then you guy/gals pay in the USA. where as i can but 3 Mcmurdo parkas for the cost of the Canada Goose model which is the same rating. so people thanks for taking the time to read this and do you homework that way you will live long enough to enjoy your parkas.
blessins to all, John
Write your question here...Hi, anyone know...
Write your question here...Hi, anyone know where I can get a replacement hood for a woman's Northface raingear jacket summit series?
Rita, I think your only choice is to contact TNF directly. Go to this site:
Yes it is very heavy --But it is also the Warmest coat I have ever worn! I don't mind the weight I am not a small man xxl
I love all the attention to detail, the storm sleeves, the numerous pockets etc. I t is my favorite parka.,Great for a football game & sitting outside .
Too Expensive for what it is.
Not a bad coat considering I paid $150. No way is it worth the full pop. Had to add Velcro for the fur trim around the hood, for some reason North Face has felt it is necessary around the collar but not around the hood. While I was at it I had a hood stiffener sewn in and that helped. The hood wasn't really useful (especially the fur trim) without these modifications. All in it has cost me about $200 with the modifications and for that price I would say it is good value.
It has lot's of useful pockets, plenty of insulation and the outer shell is very durable. I haven't had any problems with the down settling yet, but I have only had it for one year. For the record I spend a lot of time outside in Northern Alberta with the occasional trip North of the arctic circle so it has seen some pretty harsh weather. Most of the guys I work with wear fur or Canada Goose parkas which are very nice but cost at least 3 times what I paid and get trashed just as easily.
good, but not for true extremes
(I'm cross-posting this review from the boy's version of this coat, which is what I own. I thought the review would be more useful here where there are probably more buyers. But take it with a grain of salt - there are probably some minor differences between the kid's and men's version.)
At 5'9", which is the statistically average height for an adult male, you wouldn't think I'd be able to foray into children's clothing particularly often, and yet, here I am. I'm a fairly slender adult male, normally a men's size small or a 36R jacket. But since I pretty closely match the measurements for a kid's size XL/18-20, and I know TNF products tend to run large, I decided to see if this coat would fit. (The fact that the kid's version is 2/3 the price of the adult's might have figured into the equation....)
Anyway... the kid's XL in the McMurdo fits me surprisingly well. I can't always get away with a kid's XL, but it seems that TNF's tendency to run large is true for their children's stuff as well. The coat is obviously warm, though in comparing it to my old L.L. Bean one, the McMurdo has significantly less loft. The Bean jacket is so stuffed with down that its baffled compartments look like they've been inflated - not so with the McMurdo. It's a warm coat, but not nearly as warm as it might be, with either higher loft down, or simply a larger amount of down. The fake fur ruff is disappointing - not because I'm a big proponent of wearing fur in general, but because in an extreme weather parka, a genuine fur ruff can really make a difference between a warm face and a frostbitten face. Real fur wicks moisture, resists freezing, and retains warmth - fake fur is purely aesthetic. I'm also a little disappointed that the hood is not a true snorkel hood, ie, it doesn't cinch up all the way to form a small tunnel of warmth around your face. The fake fur ruff does at least fold out to offer some protection.
Having said all that, though, I recognize that this parka is designed more as a lifestyle garment than a true extreme weather parka. From that perspective, it's not a bad value for your money. In fact, if you're an adult like me, getting the kid's version is a GREAT value for your money. ;-) The only way to get what I would really want in a parka - high loft down, genuine fur ruff, snorkel hood - would be to plunk down $600 or so for a Canada Goose product. Like most people, I'm simply not in a position to do that for a coat I only need to wear a handful of times each year. For most climates, particularly in the US, this jacket should be more than enough.
I should mention that while I currently live in balmy Colorado, I spent the past five years living in Minnesota, and I grew up in the mountains of western Montana - so I'd like to think I've got a pretty good perspective on what is important in cold-weather gear.
real outdoor protection from extreme cold
great jacket. the hood has problems fitting correctly. It hags over my eyes... NOT recommended for walking with hood on.
I love it but it runs size HUGE!!!
I love my mcmurdo parka in swamp green (easlily goes with brown or black leather) just go one size down from your normal in this one because they run huge!! Ever heard of standard sizing north face? Geez...
McMurdo parka - okay but not perfect.
I just got this parka in small. I'm 5'8", 150 lbs, normal build. It fits a bit loose, it looks VERY bulky. It make me look like a big bodybuilder. This parka is warm and perfect for the cold weather.The jacket IS very heavy and the hood is not perfect!
I have tried the Ice jacket which is more slim fit and perfect as causal wear. However I will still keep this parka for the extra cold days. :-)
North Face McMurdo is like wearing a warm sleeping bag!
I have a black North Face McMurdo, with the faux fur hood and all. I've had it for a number of years.
What the marketing blurb is true - it's absolutely the best jacket in sub-zero temperatures.
It's even enough to wear it over a T-shirt in some low temperatures, provided your destination is well-heated of course!
The only down-side (no pun intended!)?
If you put it on in the warm indoors, and for some reason you get delayed departing, then you're going to sweat very soon!
Does anyone know what the north face mcmurdo...
Does anyone know what the north face mcmurdo parka weighs? Ounces or grams. Thanks
71oz or 4lbs 7oz
I am really satisfied with my investment special as we have a rather cold and snowy winter this year in Sweden.
Years in this Parka
Spent Three Winters at Mcmurdo and two weeks at the South Pole. This coat was Standard Issue for the Contractors and I have to say I miss the one I wore on "The ICE" silly I know but i am From a winter wonderland Michigan and knowing cold makes me apperciate good cold weather clothing. This parka performed well at-115 F wind chill (-40 or -45 ambient ) when all your worried about was your nose frezzing falling off. Just wish they had it in RED.
I've decided to buy one of these, but I'm...
I've decided to buy one of these, but I'm not sure about the size.
I usually land between medium and large - depending on the brand etc. I'm thinking about a medium - I see that these run quite large.
Chest (pit to pit): 23"
Arm Length: 25.5"
Obviously I don't want this to fit supersnug like a shirt, I want to be able to layer a shirt and a semi-thick sweater under.
Should I go for medium?
My son who usually wears a large shirt bought the large and had to return it for a medium. It runs quite big so I would recommend the medium for sure.
what is the minimun temperature this...
what is the minimun temperature this jacket for?
Way too heavy & makes me sweat....
The jacket has a nice look to it & is really warm but its not breathable at all. I live in NY & even when its in the 20's & I have just a t-shirt on with the zipper fully open I am still sweating. Its far too heavy and uncomfortable to even move your arms in this jacket, its like trying to walk around with the heaviest thick blanket around you. The hood is just a joke it does not work at all. It was my first time buying a north face jacket & I usually wear a size XL in different brands. I bought this jacket in 2007 & spoke to one of the gear heads & told him I was 5'6 & weigh about a 135-140lbs & he suggested I go for a medium. When I got the medium in mail it was it was big & fitted me more like a large. I called back and wanted to to change it for a size small but it was all sold out & I got this jacket at a very good sale price so it wasn't worth the refund. I called and spoke to one of the gear heads named Greg & he said whenever I decided to return this jacket no matter how long backcountry.com would take care of the return shipping as I was suggested the wrong size by the gear head. I tried getting a size small again next year but it was sold out again as it seems to be the size that sells out the most. Now when I am trying return this jacket for a different one backcountry.com says since its been 3 years they are not responsible for the returning shipping. So I am a little bummed about how first I was suggested the wrong size & now they're even refusing the return shipping, guess I will have to take care of that myself. Bottom line is if your in the east coast this jacket might not be the one for you & you might wanna down size as the Mcmurdo does run pretty large.
So far, so good. Fortunately, the bitter cold has left us. Only time will tell when winter arrives again. He loves the jacket. Likes the way it feels. The hood is too furry against the face, it blocks vision. So, he took off the fur piece. Great idea.
A must for harsh winters.
I purchased my Northface McMurdo Parka and I love it. Unfortunatley, I only got a chance to wear it once so far because the week I got it the weather in New York suddenly began to warm up which was only about four weeks ago. But I will be ready harsh weather next winter although you never know it has ben known to get coldin New York even during the spring. I recommend this coat. Love all the pockets.!!!
Not as warm as everyone says
I'm a walker. As such, I'm out for 4 to 6 hours at a time - usually around lower Manhattan, where I do my shopping, get a coffee and rarely use the subway unless I need to go uptown. I got this parka because everyone said it was warm, but was quickly disappointed after about 30 minutes to find that, while my core stayed warm, my arms did not. In fact, they were cold- and the temperature was around 36.
It was also huge - I normally wear a Medium or Large, but in this case I needed a Small. People told me that it runs large so that you can layer, but to me at least, that's not the point of a huge jacket like this.
Basically, if you want something that looks cool and won't be outside at a bus-stop or walking around for long periods of time in cold weather, it's great. If you want to stay warm, this won't do the trick. I can't even imagine how cold I would get in real deep freeze conditions.
By the way, what they don't say about this jacket is that it's only 550 fill power down. Save your money and go for a 700 or 800 to really stay warm.
Good but not great...
The GOOD: Parka is VERY Warm. I have worn down to -15F and keeps you toasty even with little on underneath. Not completely wind proof though but stil decent.
The BAD: for me and what I needed it for.. it was a little too big. Im a standard medium and the jacket was slightly larger than I was hoping for and fit poorly. I used this mainly to get around the city and commute to and from work so it was a little bulkier than would have been ideal. I subsequently bought a Mountain Hardware Downtown coat and it fits my needs much better. Slimmer fit, not as bulky but still as warm and maybe a bit more wind resistance.
The UGLY: Hated the hood. Useless and horribly designed. There was no way to wear the hood and be able to see out. Poor design with no adjustment as noted in other reviews.