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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

    Tech Specs

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    >Rating: 5

    It's too warm

    Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    Fit:True to size
    Size BoughtMedium
    Height5` 11"
    Weight165 lbs

    And that is a good thing.

    >Rating: 5

    Awesome winter coat

    Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    Fit:True to size
    Size BoughtLarge
    Height5` 9"
    Weight190 lbs

    This is a great jacket for cold nights and mornings. I use it early in the morning in sometimes single degree weather with a thin base layer underneath and I feel really warm. The side venting is a nice feature as well, it helps when you're moving around a lot of when the temps start to go up a little in the sun. It's nice for using in the city or the trail as well because it's super breathable but stays warm. I also feel like I can move a lot more freely in this jacket than most other down jackets as well, it's not a stretch fabric but the design does make it much easier to move in than other down materials. The only time I've had any issues with the warmth is in the high winds it does get a little chilly with the breatheability but that would be fixed with using a shell over top like Gore-Tex or any other great wind shell. The jacket it'self runs true to size, I use a size large and use either a thin merino base layer or a thin hoodie underneath and it works great. I would definitely recommend this for daily use in most conditions except for harsh harsh conditions in the negative temperatures or high wind/snow without using some kind of extra shell over top to keep the super crazy weather out. Aside from that this is definitely one of my favorite jackets as it is much warmer than any of the synthetic insulated jackets I've ever used.

    >Rating: 5

    First Impression - Solid Jacket

    Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    Fit:True to size
    Size BoughtMedium
    Height5` 10"
    Weight170 lbs

    Purchased this jacket because I looking for something warmer than my Patagonia Down Sweater, this jacket is definitely that. First day with the jacket I wore it snowboarding in Central Oregon, temps were in the high 20’s with 30mph gusts of wind so pretty cold conditions. I had a Backcountry thermal layer, Patagonia R1 and this jacket on and kept very warm. This jacket is thoughtfully constructed and has all of the bells a whistles you wouldn’t normally get with other more minimalist brands. It’s definitely wind proof and on the longer side so it provides good coverage. The vents were a nice feature for dumping extra heat at the end of a run. I wouldn’t wear this on a powder day because of the lack of powder skirt but it was great for a cold windy day. As far as sizing goes I am a medium in Patagonia and a Medium in this jacket fit well.

    >Rating: 5

    Winter Daily Driver

    Familiarity:I've used it several times
    Fit:True to size
    Size BoughtLarge
    Height6` 0"
    Weight195 lbs

    Once the depths of winter hit I like to have one big warm puffy I know I can throw on and be comfortable no matter what. This jacket is awesome for that. It's not the absolute biggest or warmest, but it is super warm and gets me around Utah comfortably in just about any winter temps. The most interesting feature is definitely the vents... it has some very well hidden little zippers along both sides that open ti up to let the love handles breathe when you start to over heat. Nice addition. The hand pockets also have a nice fuzzy fleecy lining... you can call me a wuss, but I really love having that little extra comfort and I think you will too.

    >Rating: 4

    Picky About My Puffies

    Familiarity:I've used it several times
    Fit:True to size
    Size Boughtmedium (but the small feels fitted)
    Height5` 5"
    Weight150 lbs

    I got this jacket as a mid layer or outer layer jacket for when its so cold out I feel I just cant even, so i can throw this on and feel like im still cozy in bed. It's very lofty but retains a light weight feel. I took one star off because the zippers are a very minimalist design, which is good because it keeps the down jacket light, makes the jacket more packable and prevents the zipper teeth from damaging the outer nylon fabric but i just really like chunky zips. The goal with this jacket seems to be maximum loft and warmth while only supplying what an outdoorsy person really needs which is a helmet compatible hood, vents to dump the heat, hand warming pockets, wrist gators, and a single pocket to pack the jacket into. The colors on the site look just like the jacket in person. The fit is spot on for an American brand and most of all it feels comfortable. Overall this jacket does a great job of offering something new and different from other jackets on the market without being so different that it seems wacky or impractical.

    >Rating: 5

    Warm Jacket

    This is my warmest jacket that i own. It's really comfortable and is great for super cold days.

    >Rating: 5

    Toasty Warm!

    Familiarity:I've used it several times
    Fit:True to size
    Size BoughtMedium
    Height5` 6"
    Weight175 lbs

    I love this jacket, it's super warm and toasty; kept me plenty warm in desert camping trips with temps down to the mid teens. It looks great too, fairly form fitting and slim feeling, but not restrictive at all. The thumbhole gaiter things are really nicely down too. It's not very compressible, but I wouldn't take this backpacking or skiing/mountaineering anyway, more of just a camp jacket.

    >Rating: 5

    Super Warm and versatile

    Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    Fit:True to size
    Size Boughtsmall
    Height5` 5"
    Weight125 lbs

    I bought the men's murdock for myself because I preferred the men's colors and like a less fitted look than most women's jackets. I've used the jacket both as an every day winter jacket for colder winter days, for winter camping, and for a couple extremely cold ski tours in Canada. It performed really well in all activities. As an every day winter jacket, the jacket has a more stylish look than most puffy's and it comes down longer in the back to keep your backside warmer. As a piece for winter camping and the coldest of days touring, it kept me super warm and allowed room to layer underneath. The big hood was helpful to be able to wear multiple jackets with. I also really appreciated the mesh zip vents when I used it skiing.

    >Rating: 5

    All of the bells and whistles!

    Familiarity:I've used it several times
    Fit:True to size
    Height6` 1"
    Weight185 lbs

    This jacket is extremely warm without being overly bulky. This jacket is well designed and comfortable! Extremely happy with it!

    >Rating: 5

    Keeps you warm

    Familiarity:I've used it several times

    The jacket its perfect to keep you warm all day and fits great

    >Rating: 5

    Warm, great fit

    Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    Fit:True to size
    Size BoughtMedium
    Height6` 1"
    Weight180 lbs

    I love the Backcountry Murdock 850 Down Jacket. I'm pretty picky about jackets, and this one hits on all the right features. * With 850 down, it's very warm * It feels relaxed to wear, but somehow looks quite slim fit * The Mustard Gold color pairs well with all my blue and grey jeans * The hood is huge * The sleeves are long * The back extends quite long, * It has side vents for skiing * More durable exterior than most jackets It's become my daily winter jacket in Park City, that I also wear for cold days skiing. My one complaint is that it doesn't pack down quite as much as I'd like to stuff in pack for ski touring -- no problem for quick tours, but on big days I have to start making tradeoffs to ensure everything fits. I'm 6'1" 180 and Medium fits great

    >Rating: 5

    Warm, Durable

    Fit:Runs large
    Height5` 10"
    Weight155 lbs

    I was tired of constantly being cold all winter long and decided to buy a heavy coat to help. The 850-fill down makes this coat extremely warm without being overly bulky. I got the red color, which is your nice looking navy-alternative. I've used this coat nearly every day this winter and it's been extremely durable.

    >Rating: 4

    Murdock and Marmort-guides comparison:

    Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    Fit:True to size
    Size BoughtMedium
    Height6` 2"
    Weight180 lbs

    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 ^^^

    First

    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...

    Excellent review. Thanks.

    >Rating: 4

    Zippers hold a great jacket back

    Familiarity:I've used it several times
    Fit:True to size
    Size BoughtMedium
    Height5` 9"
    Weight175 lbs

    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.

    >Rating: 5

    Hard to ask for more

    Familiarity:I've used it several times
    Fit:Runs large
    Size BoughtSmall
    Height5` 9"
    Weight160 lbs

    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.

    >Rating: 4

    Good Coat

    Familiarity:I've used it several times
    Fit:True to size
    Height6` 1"
    Weight190 lbs

    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.

    >Rating: 3

    Well designed. Not as warm as my Marmot.

    Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
    Fit:True to size
    Size BoughtXL
    Height6` 2"
    Weight185 lbs

    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.

    >Rating: 5

    Insanely Toasty

    Familiarity:I've used it several times
    Fit:True to size
    Size BoughtSmall
    Height5` 10"
    Weight145 lbs

    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.

    >Rating: 3

    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 BoughtLarge
    Height6` 2"
    Weight175 lbs

    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.

    >Rating: 5

    850 fill

    Cant ask for a toastier but still stylish jacket 850 fill does the job damn well.

    >Rating:

    If pairing with the Backcountry x Flylow Grizzly Gulch Jacket, do you recommend ordering both jackets the same size, or the shell one size larger?

    Hi Adam, This jacket is not designed to be used as a mid-layer as it is too much volume. To use it as a mid-layer would decrease the jackets effectiveness due to compressing the down insulation. If you must layer it, I would recommend sizing up with the Grizzly Gulch. Cheers, Andrew Williams

    >Rating:

    What company actually makes this jacket? I know it's branded a Backcountry jacket but I'm wondering who is actually behind this jacket (it's quite well made). Thanks!

    Hey Oren, This jacket is made by Backcountry.com. If you have any other questions or need assistance with an existing order or placing an order, please feel free to contact us on Chat or call us at 1-800-409-4502. Thanks!

    >Rating:

    This may be a strange question, but does this coat leave loose down all over ones clothes under the jacket? I've had this problem a lot with down puffy coats and am just wondering if it's a problem with the higher quality ones. Thanks!

    Hi Adam, I've had this jacket for over a year now and wore it extensively through last season. I haven't noticed any more down leakage than normal for a jacket of this quality/style. Maybe a feather or two a week or something like that? But no, this jacket will not leave you looking like a goose when you take it off. Ben

    >Rating:

    Regarding the wrist gaters, are they adjustable somehow? There would be times that a standard cuff that only goes around the wrist, not hand with thumb separated in the thumb hole, would be good. Is that possible or is the only way to put ones hand thru the sleeve is to use the gater with the thumb thru the thumb hole? That is optionally use the gater or not. Thanks in advance!

    Hi Chuck - you can use it just as a standard cuff as well - see pic below!

    >Rating:

    How water resistant is this jacket? Can it be worn in heavy snow without a shell without getting soaked?

    Both of these outer fabrics are treated with a Durable Water Repellent coating, so water will initially bead up, but if exposed to a significant amount of snow/rain it will wet out. DWR treatments like this (or on any Water Resistant jacket) will slowly wear off over time, so we recommend occasionally re-treating your jacket if you plan to use this as a ski piece – which we would recommend this for bluebird/clear days, although it should hold up to light snowfall!

    >Rating:

    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.

    @ koly 107 gram seems impossible given how visually fluffy this jacket is. Did you mean 10.7 oz? And size differential, did you mean 0.6 oz instead of 6 oz?

    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.

    >Rating:

    What is the reported weight of this jacket?

    Hey Jesse, The reported weight of the medium jacket is 1 lb 12 oz. We've also updated the tech spec on the page! Thank you!