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    Murdock 850 Down Jacket

    Part of Backcountry’s touring collection, the Murdock 850 Down Jacket is a midlayer informed by feedback from the most experienced Backcountry Gearheads. We know the intense cold inherent in setting the Wasatch’s skin tracks before sunrise—a day at the resort can't compare to skiing sans daylight—so the Murdock not only keeps us warm during these frigid dawn patrols, but also packs away without taking much room in our ski packs. Its down insulation has the highest fill rating in the puffy business, meaning you’d be hard-pressed to find an insulator that compresses better.

    We designed the Murdock to pair with the Backcountry x Flylow Grizzly Gulch Jacket perfectly, but it still boasts enough weather protection for you to wear without the shell when it’s snowing on the skin track. Its durable, downproof face fabric boasts resilient water-resistance and YKK Vislon Aquaguard zippers to shed snowflakes and powdery spray alike. Unlike most down jackets, the Murdock also features ventilation zippers that amplify airflow when the temperature finally rises with the sun, and the zippers correlate with the Grizzly Gulch’s ventilation zippers to provide better airflow even while wearing a shell.

    All of the adjustment points—cuffs, hood, and hem—have glove-friendly tabs so you can seal out cold drafts without taking your gloves off and exposing your hands to the pre-dawn chill. The jacket is also finished with two internal pockets. One has a headphone port for smartphones, and the other is large enough to fit frozen climbing skins, ensuring the glue will be warm and adhesive again when it's time to transition back to the skin track.

    • Backcountry Exclusive
    • Technical down insulator part of Backcountry’s touring collection
    • 850-fill down is compressible, warm and responsibly sourced
    • Durable, downproof shell treated with resilient water resistance
    • Ventilation zippers at each side amplify airflow
    • Adjustments at hood and cuffs secure the fit
    • Water resistant zippers and internal external pockets for storage
    • Gearhead Certified Product
    • Item #BCC00BS

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [face fabric] 30d nylon, DWR treatment, [shoulder, arm panels] 50d polyester, DWR treatment
    Insulation
    [torso, hood] 850-fill down, [collar, cuffs, chest pocket] Today 3DEFX (synthetic)
    Fit
    semi-fitted
    Length
    hip
    Pockets
    2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, [internal] 1 zippered stash (media), 1 goggle
    Venting
    zippered side seam
    Claimed Weight
    [medium] 1lb 12oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry skiing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime

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    Murdock and Marmort-guides comparison:

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    First off, I strongly urge backcountry to submit their products to third party reviewers, I would have liked to see a youtube walkthrough or side-by-side comparison. Since I could not find it, I bought this jacket and the marmot guides hooded down jacket. I will provide the comparison that I was looking for

    Both jackets are awesome. I've used the marmot jacket for years but needed a replacement. They are very similar with a few notable differences

    • Look and Feel: The Murdock claims to have a fitted design. This is what attracted me the most. In the end the look is almost the same. The feel does not feel more fitted than the marmot competition, however, the Murdock's design of how they separate their down segments creates a more stylized and fitted look. I feel it's slightly more fashionable. For this category, Murdock wins

    Utility: Murdock has a few extra features over Marmot that are pretty cool. It has hand attachments that come out of the sleeve and loop over the thumb, very cool touch. It also has the side breathers (with mesh so it's not direct to skin) which are really useful in semi-cold/variable temperatures. Those 2 aspects are great. It also has some weird material in the lapel, it's a slightly stronger material that seems to be there to keep the shape. It does work in that regard but it feels a bit weird, makes a different noise when rubbing up against it, and I have the feeling it will degrade over time as it's compressed. However the inner-lining of the lapel is fleece, which makes for a great feel when the jacket is zipped up to the nose. Marmot doesn't have any of these features so for this category, Murdock wins

    Compression: This is a big one for me as a full time traveler. I need a jacket that can be stuffed anywhere and I can bring with me with or without a enclosing bag. The marmot and Murdock both have an inner stuff sack but have implemented it in very different ways. The marmot stuff sack is my favorite feature, it compresses the jacket to its max and has a loop for a carabiner. It can be attached to a bag, a belt, or just about anything. The Murdock on the other hand has an inner lining with a mesh, it is not meant to compress the jacket. With mesh on one side and the jacket material on the other, it makes the perfect shape of a pillow, and it's quite comfortable. A very useful feature if you're camping or going off road. For this category I would rate them as a tie: both incredibly useful for different purposes
    Recap on compression:
    Marmot compression: Best for on the go, in the city, on the trails, always have the jacket tethered to something. Doesn't make the best pillow though.
    Murdock compression: Best for camping, traveling with a bag, you will need a bag to hold it, but it doubles as a comfy pillow

    Warmth: This is hard to tell. They are _very_ similar. Murdock claims to have 850 down which should be warmer than 700. But I don't know enough about down to really compare. I will say that the Marmot is definitely fluffier. A side by side comparison of compressing a section of each will show a visible difference. But I'm not sure how this compares to warmth. This category I'll give them a tie but take my opinion here with a grain of salt

    ZIpper: Only since some people have complained, Both jackets use 5VS YKK Vislon zippers. They seem pretty solid to me. The murdock has a colored finish which matches the jacket color, this makes it feel less metalic than the unfinished YKK Vislon zipper on the Marmot. They are a tie in this section

    Conclusion: Murdock is an awesome jacket, it has a great look with cool color options. It is jam packed with extra features that make it a good jacket for any condition. In the end I stuck with the marmot, only because I need a jacket I can clip to a harness or a belt, versus a jacket that functions as a pillow, but it was a hard choice. I like the look of Murdock better

    P.S. To Backcountry: Please get actual gear reviewers to do this ^^^

    Murdock and Marmort-guides comparison:

    Great review, couple points:
    1. I DONT think they should submit it to reviewers because that taints the review. Since you paid money for it, I trust your review a lot more because you are not incentivized to review it high

    2. a warmth/weight ratio comparason would be nice

    3. Regarding down jacket of same construction:
    fluff = warmth.
    Except the smaller fluff here is offset by what looks like walled baffles vs marmot's stitch through...

    Zippers hold a great jacket back

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    Fit: I like the fit. It is not restrictive nor overly baggy. With a base and a mid-layer it still provided good range of motion.
    Function: This is a great mid-layer that can function as an outer layer in many circumstances. But it’s not a down parka, which I like. In single digits over a dress shirt and light sweater I could feel the cold starting to seep in after a few blocks of city walking. At the same time it can be very warm. Below-zero resort skiing with a base layer and sweater, I was starting to think about dumping heat after two easy runs. I didn’t want a jacket that I couldn’t wear around without overheating. This fits the bill. Pockets are great as well. Nicely thought out lining in the hand pockets. Roomy chest pocket. With right mid or outer layer it will pack plenty of heat. The hood is sublime. I was pleasantly surprised with how much warmer it made the jacket. I really couldn’t be happier with the jacket and would easily give it 5 stars, except . . . the zippers are terrible. The main and pocket zippers regularly stick. I don’t know what zippers cost or what margins BC was looking for or needed on this jacket, but the decisions they made on the zippers were big mistakes. This jacket would be perfect with them. It’s probably not enough for me to return the jacket because I don’t think I’d find anything else that does the other things this jacket does as well as it does, but the fact that I’m even considering returning a jacket that is otherwise so good is evidence enough of the issues with these zippers.

    Hey Daniel, Thanks for the feedback. We use YKK zippers on this jacket and are the best in the business. We take building this product seriously and did not skimp on any part of production to cut costs. With the temps you're skiing in you might find running some paraffin wax on the zipper to help slide better in the cold. In the meantime, we will be reporting your zipper issue to YKK directly.

    Hard to ask for more

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    Super toasty, smart designed, and fashionable. I typically wear medium jackets but the small actually fit me better!
    +fleece pockets and hood paneling
    +water resistant so far
    +vent zippers on the sides
    -The zippers are pretty sticky
    I got one for my cousin who's 6ft something and has a hard time finding jackets that are a slim fit and have long enough arms. I recommended he get this one in large and it fits him perfectly.

    Good Coat

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    I am a taller person 6'2"" so I really appreciate the length of this coat. It is warm and I can wear it either skiing or for casual use. For the price it would be hard to beat this coat compared to others from a value perspective.

    Well designed. Not as warm as my Marmot.

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    This is a very well designed down jacket for a fair price. It you want a light and warm winter coat this is the one for you. The only things I did not like were that 1) it wasn't puffy enough (more below) and 2) the main zipper binds at the bottom. Needs a better zipper.

    For me I am looking for a comparable or warmer replacement to an old Marmot 650 FIL jacket that I bought here. That old Marmot is very puffy and surprisingly warmer than this 850. I don't know a lot about geese, so I'm not sure if it is the quality of the feather or just that the marmot has big puffy air trapping chambers, but it's warmer. Other than that, I would have kept this for sure. I think it is better for your cold city walks than for northern mountain adventures. I wanted something I could pull out of pack after a day of snow activities when I am damp from exertion but things are about to cool down with the setting sun. I didn't feel this was the right jacket for that.

    Insanely Toasty

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    I have never left a review on Backcountry before, but this jacket merits a review since, at this price point, it's more than I could have asked for. I also took a gamble on it since there were no reviews when I first bought it. This jacket fits well, the zippers don't catch, and it's insanely toasty. I live in Chicago and needed to get a good winter jacket that could survive a Chicago winter, but didn't want to spend an arm and a leg for an 800-850 down jacket. I'm not sure I entirely agree with the below review, because even in ~20 degree weather with only a button-down shirt under this jacket, I don't feel cold whatsoever. Would I feel slightly more comfortable in a Canada Goose? Probably. But with the price difference of ~$700, I'd take this jacket any day. Thanks Backcountry for crushin' it.

    Not as Good as I Hoped but Pretty Good

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    Pretty good jacket overall but I wish I knew about a few things before:

    It's not as warm as I was expecting. I live in the midwest and was hoping for something to wear on sub zero days. IMO any temperature below 20F will require additional layering beyond t-shirt and button up. The coloring does not come across as two-toned like in the pictures - the whole jacket ends up looking more like the darker of the colors. The zippers are plastic and the main zipper always kind of sticks. The plastic makes it feel a little cheap. I havent worn it a lot but because of the zippers it kind of makes me question the durability. I'm borderline on returning but I think I will stick it out.

    BC killing it

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: L
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    Backcountry came out swinging with the outerwear this year and this is no exception. Needed a warm puffy for everyday wear in SLC. Have since skied in it for a day riding lifts and cruising groomers, and took it on a trip to visit the fam in Michigan. Stuffs small so super convenient for jamming in your carry on while flying, and quite toasty for the weight even below freezing. Vents are well placed when you need to dump some heat, exterior fabric seems durable and looks great. Colors are all awesome in person especially if you need a change of pace from a standard black puff--I'm loving the Andorra. Fit and cut are PERFECT exactly how I like. Not too fitted, not too baggy. Really well designed piece

    Backcountry Rocking the Puffy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    I was so stoked to get this puffy for Christmas. It is super warm and has done awesome during this big snow storm we have moving through SLC right now. Kept me nice in toasty in subfreezing temps.

    Great!

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size

    Sounds weird but I really love this jacket even though I returned it. I went w an Arcteryx puffy simply because of how it looked on me and my use-case as more of an around-town jacket, but this is an awesome piece. Super comfy and warm, love the color, cut and feel.

    Very warm jacket for the single digits

    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    This jacket can handle some pretty frigid conditions! I wore this in the teens with just a t-shirt underneath and felt toasty. It's a pretty lightweight jacket thanks to the high quality lightweight 850 fill.
    I love the thumb loops in the sleeves. It keeps my wrists warm and prevents the wind from going up the sleeves.
    The jacket is longer fit, almost like a parka and keeps my legs warm! The hood is a perfect fit and keeps my head warm on really windy frigid days.

    The best way to keep warm

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    This jacket is the warmest jacket I own and is perfect for when the temps drop to those single digits. I'm 5'10'' and 150 pounds and it fits me great with plenty of room for layers underneath. One of my favorite features is the thumb holds which help keep my hands a bit warm and the wind from coming up the sleeve.

    Husband loves it

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 6'3"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    My husband was wanting a warmer down jacket for walking the dog when it's still dark in the morning. This jacket is extremely warm and high quality. The fit is slightly long which adds warmth and coverage.

    Fantastic Down Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    This is my current favorite down jacket among the many in my closet. This jacket combines fantastic construction, quality materials and truly thoughtful design elements that drive performance in the backcountry. This jacket fits me true to size. I am 6'0" and 180 lbs and wear a medium in nearly every brand including Backcountry. The slightly oversized-profile of the jacket is a bit more on the freeride side meaning it is a bit longer (at the bottom) than your average jacket (about 1 inch) which I really like. The fabric is great and so far is very durable. The 850 down is the highest fill rating (warmth-to-weight ratio) available in the market making this a jacket very warm, lightweight and packable. The jacket has a number of really thoughtful design features that really make it. The cuff construction has built it wrist gaiters with thumb holes that allow keep you sleeves in place with gloves on. The gaiters also completely eliminate air flow in through the wrist holes resulting in no draft through the sleeves. The body of the jacket contains mesh-lined vents which I have not previously seen on a down jacket. It is nice to be able to open up vents to dump heat if the temperature rises. Finally the double zipper allows you to unzip the jacket from the bottom up allowing easy access to ski bibs or anything stashed under the jacket. Finally, the chest pocket is huge, like good sized peanut butter sandwich huge, while maintaining a nice low profile when empty. I could not recommend this jacket more highly.

    Size run small

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: xxl
    • Height: 6'7"
    • Weight: 260lbs

    It is a great looking coat. The length was perfect. The problem was when I tried it on with only a T-shirt underneath, I could hardly zip it up. I usually have lots of room with an XXL and length is the problem. I usually buy a tall when available.

    Pretty Cool.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium.
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    I have always wanted a big puffy jacket! When Backcountry came out with one I did not hesitate on picking it up. This jacket fits really nice, is super comfortable, and has some rad features. I am a big fan of the venting system.

    Warm and Stylish

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    Needed a warmer option than my TNF Thermoball hoodie and this has been great so far. While I normally wear a size large shirt/jacket, I ordered the medium and it was the right call. Length is a bit longer than expected, but the additional coverage adds warmth. I'm a big fan of the vents located on both sides, as well as the internal pocket. While I've only worn the jacket a few times so far, the quality seems great and the sepia/mustard color is absolutely killer.

    What is the fill weight (weight of the down)? Thanks

    Hey Cheng! Great Q. The fill weight is 107g for the size large and changes by about 6 oz as you go up or down sizes. Hope this helps! It also has synthetic insulation on the collar, cuffs, and chest pocket.

    Hey Cheng, you're right! I was wrong in the units on the 6 oz portion of my statement. It should read 6grams. The 107g fill weight is correct though. The fill weight is lower than the overall jacket weight - especially with a high power fill like the 850. For comparison, the Arc'teryx Cerium LT Hoody: 10.8oz total weight with 3.35oz of 850 fill.