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Technical winter routes can lead to lots of down time while you belay. The North Face Summit Down Jacket provides the warmth retention necessary for sub-zero temperatures while also standing up to massive amounts of abuse from your harness, crampons, or rope. While you're coming down a 14er in January, this hooded jacket's 800-fill down locks in your body heat so you can operate at maximum brain power as you repel or lower a partner down an icy face. Reinforced patches on the shoulders and lower back ensure that this jacket won't rip to shreds halfway through your first expedition.

  • Nylon outer shell doesn't shred at the sight of jagged rock, and reinforced shoulders and back hem beef up durability
  • Highly compressible 800-fill down insulation keeps heat inside without limiting your mobility
  • Welded baffles help keep the down in place and prevent cold spots over many seasons of constant use
  • Hip length with drop back (30in) and articulated, roomy fit accommodates layers underneath and overtop without restricting your movements
  • Contoured underarm vents dump excess heat when you warm up during the cold climb
  • Full-length front zipper enables easy on-off in a portaledge and its storm flap keeps cold out
  • Insulated, adjustable hood with wind-resistant brim and hook-and-loop cuffs further seal out the wickedly cold temperatures
  • Super compressible design and sub two-pound weight for easy hauling in your alpine pack
  • Two zippered hand pockets and two deep, harness-friendly chest pockets hold climbing accessories close at hand
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    5'7, 150lbs, got the Medium. It was a good fit, but the quality wasn't that great, in my opinion. When I tried adjusting the hood, the cord came right out. It wasn't even fastened on the inside.

    My Mountain Hardwear's Chillwave Parka has more down and was warmer, not to mention $200 cheaper.

    This may not matter to many, but I wish the logo was embroidered. It looks cheap with the iron-on sticker.

    Also, I didn't like how Backcountry sent my $500 jacket in a plastic bag. At least put it in a box. However, their return process was very easy and fast.

    Very Disappointed

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I'm a big North Face fan, but I'm not impressed with this item. I was expecting more of a ballistic shell, but this is basically a rip-stop thin nylon. For packing, this would be nice. But I'm looking for more of an everyday coat, and this won't cut it.

    Cant wait to try it somewhere cold!!!

      Live in Dubai and going Nepal to do EBC and climbing Island Peak next Feb and North Face don't stock this one. Arrived today and its like wearing an electric blanket. Cant wait also for Dec when I go to Annapurna Base camp so I can try it out :-)

      How bulky is this jacket compared to the...

      How bulky is this jacket compared to the Himalayan jacket? Is it more comparable in terms of bulk to the Mt Hardwear Chillwave Parka? Would it be overkill for Chicago weather, where it can go below 0F? I'd like to be able to wear it in a wide range of temperatures, maybe from 40-45F down to -20F. I have found that the Himalayan is way too hot to wear if it's over 20F, I'd like to avoid that experience with my new jacket.


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      Just got one for myself. I think it is still overkill for 40-45F. More like 30 and below down to -20F or more. Tried it in 28F with just a T-shirt and is still a little too warm when you move around.It is not as bulky as the Himalayan, but still like 50% more of the Nuptse 2

      The Summit is much lighter than the Himalayan parka but the Himalayan has very serious design and manufacturing flaws. The zipper is a nightmare to use, the hood doesn't fit without wearing a helmit, the insulation across the shoulders and upper back is completely inadequate, the hobo mitts are uncomfortable when pushed up and not used and are painful when used as designed, and... wearing the parka turns you into a walking billboard for The North Face. It has four large logos, which are prominately displayed on both upper sleeves, the back and the front. (However, you are less likely to be hit by a bus at night and you are likely to be noticed by others who will point and laugh.)