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Backcountry Murdock 850 Down Jacket - Women's

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Why We Built The Murdock 850 Down Jacket

The winter weather in Utah's Wasatch Mountains can turn from bearable to frigid in the blink of an eye, so we never hit the skin track without an insulated jacket in our packs. Part of Backcountry's touring collection, the Women's Murdock 850 Down Jacket was designed with input from Gearheads to create a warm, fully-featured, and impressively packable down jacket. Boasting a high fill rating, the lofty down insulation efficiently locks in body heat without adding bulk and easily compresses to a size that fits well in any pack, keeping us comfortable during sub-zero dawn patrols, gusty transitions on the summit of Murdock Peak, and frigid descents into untouched cold smoke.

  • Backcountry Exclusive
  • Layer-friendly down jacket for cold days in the backcountry
  • Lightweight, packable down insulation traps body heat for reliable warmth
  • Water-resistant material fends of moisture from falling flakes
  • Material is rip-stop for durability against branches and ski edges
  • Side vents let heat escape and multiple pockets for stashing
  • Adjustable hood, hem, and cuffs seal out chilly air from permeating into layers
  • Gearhead Certified Product
  • Item #BCC00C2

Material
[face fabric] 30d nylon ripstop, DWR treatment, [shoulder, arm panels] 50d polyester, DWR treatment
Insulation
[torso, hood] 850-fill down, [collar, cuffs, chest pocket] 3DFX stretch (synthetic)
Fit
semi-fitted
Length
hip
Center Back Length
28.75in
Hood
fixed
Pockets
[external] 2 zippered handwarmer, 1 zippered chest, [internal] 1 zippered stash (media), 1 goggle
Venting
zippered side seam
Claimed Weight
[medium] 1lb 6oz
Recommended Use
casual, travel, backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 4

Warm & Great Color

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium & Large
Height
5` 4"
Weight
140 lbs

Warm jacket and my wife loved the color. It was just a bit long for her 5'4" frame. The Medium was a bit small in the arms and felt tight and the Large was too big. It was very warm feeling though, but we opted to return both, sadly. Still looking for a new warm jacket for her.

>Rating: 2

Large fits like a small

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
L
Height
5` 5"
Weight
165 lbs

Beautiful color (plum) with orange interior. I am a Large across the board with other jacket brands and the jacket feels like a Small. It won't even remotely zip over my chest, so disappointed as I was a leaving for a hiking weekend and needed a new jacket.

>Rating: 3

Room to improve

Let me start off by saying, this is an excellent casual jacket. It's really nice for tooting around town, walking the doggo, or running errands. This is stylish and it has great pockets for stashing treats or car keys. I picked up the Navy color and it's on the darker side, which is totally my jam! The sleeves are also a little short on this, making it fit a little weird, but that's my only issues on the cut. I really like the two vents on the chest near the armpits. It's nice to have the option to dump heat if things get a little bit warmer than expected. It would also be an OK jacket for base camp adventures, but I wouldn't necessarily pack this for a backpacking adventure. It's a little on the heavier side, and it doesn't compress down for convenient packing, and it's a bit heavier. Overall, satisfied it's in my quiver of jacket options, I just wish there were a few more features to live up to the backcountry name. Would love to see a couple things tweaked so that it would be my go-to option each and every time!

>Rating: 5

Great Find

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
xl
Height
5` 9"
Weight
165 lbs

I love this coat and it's been on many adventures with me so far. I have used this on cold ski days when a shell just isn't warm enough in Alaska, Utah, and Colorado. I've never thought it too bulky or restrictive while skiing either. I have broad shoulders so I was surprised to find that it fit perfectly. I've also used this for winter backpacking/camping and it's a dream on nights that are below zero. It's not the lightest coat to pack and carry but it's been worth the extra weight when I need to be warm. I would recommend this coat to anyone that does a lot of cold weather outdoor adventures! Bring it!

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>Rating: 4

Almost perfect

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

Got this for my gf as a Christmas present. It is really nice quality and fits her great. Only problem is the zipper. Had to return the first one because the zipper jammed on the very first time trying it on. Kind of a bummer, but was able to get a replacement. Unfortunately that one has a funky zipper, too. It does work though and not worth it returning again. I would hope for the price point this is at they would have not skimped on a quality zipper...

>Rating: 4

Nice, puffy, and oh so warm!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 2"
Weight
120 lbs

This is a wonderfully puffy down jacket, the 850 fill feels substantial and warm. I brought this on a few winter hikes and it got pretty toasty. This would be a great jacket if youre not exerting too much energy (like a belay parka), but it also works if youre doing light activity. I am typically a XS or S in down jackets and the small fit perfectly (I wouldn't want it any smaller or bigger). It is a more slim fit compared to other big puffys I have owned but this helps keep in the warmth. I love the various pockets on the jacket as well as the liner that makes the arms cuffs feel more fitted. Overall, this is a wonderful puffy and it has done a good job of keeping me warm on chilly winter days.

>Rating: 5

Function AND Fashion

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 4"
Weight
135 lbs

I've done everything but sleep in this jacket since receiving it and I can confirm that it keeps me toasty warm! True to size, I've been loving the amount of pockets this jacket offers as well as the thumb holes that keep my wrists and palms safe from the elements. The fleece-lined pockets really help to keep my fingers warm when I forget my gloves at home. I ordered my jacket in black, so it goes with all of my wintry outfit choices and is as comfortable as it is stylish.

>Rating: 4

Cozy warm jacket with endless pockets

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Height
5` 8"
Weight
130 lbs

In addition to zippered hand pockets, there is a zippered chest and drop pocket on the inside and another for a ski pass in the chest. There are vents for when I get warm from activity and it covers my bum nicely. Personally, I haven't found that the sleeves are too short. Can wait to use it more next winter!

>Rating: 4

Very nice

Familiarity:
I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height
5` 10"
Weight
205 lbs

I purchased this coat for my wife. It is definitely more cut than other down coats which looks great on her. It does fit a little snuggly though. The addition of the heat vents is a great feature lacking on most other down coats.

What size did you buy for your wife. My daughter is similar build so I'm trying to figure out if I should get the XL or the XXL

>Rating: 2

Disappointing for the Price

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 8"
Weight
160 lbs

Gift For Partner: I'm 5'8" 160 lbs. and the medium, while it was well fitted to my frame left no room for layers. The loft was low which I thought did not suit the price point of the jacket. This is definitely a "lifestyle" around town jacket designed more on style than function. The main zipper seemed poor quality, was hard to line up, giving me a hard time about 1 out of 3 uses. Perhaps this was a one-off and a different zipper would have performed better. Honestly, the price point seems very high for the quality of this jacket and its components. The material feels cheap (although probably reasonably durable). And, while low loft does not always equate to low warmth, this jacket was thinner on the warmth scale than I was looking for or that I thought was reasonable for the price point. Compared to other jackets in its price range, you could get much nicer quality or much more useful technical features and certainly more warmth. I will not be trying the large, I will be looking for a different down jacket altogether. If you find it on sale, I could see it being a worthwhile piece of gear.

Reallly helpful feedback, thanks!

>Rating: 5

Love

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

"The backcountry coat is the best coat I've ever owned. It keeps me nice and warm. I love the length and the two zipper feature!"

>Rating: 5

LOVE!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XS
Height
5` 1"
Weight
115 lbs

I love this jacket! I wore it in Utah and New York during the winter, it is so cute and versatile. I am on the shorter side so it is hard for me to find a parka that I like because they are all so long, this jacket (although not a parka) fits me like a shorter parka that for me is the perfect length. It covers my butt which I like. The navy color is so cute and can be worn with anything! The lined pockets are amazing and so toasty! I love all the pockets they jacket has including the chest pockets. Also like that the zippers are the minimalist ones that are the same color as the coat and are hidden in a way. The only negative thing I have to say about this jacket is that the sleeves are a bit short, even for me, which makes the fabric with thumb holes unusable. Other than that, love it!

>Rating: 4

Super warm

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
small
Height
5` 3"
Weight
125 lbs

I love this jacket for just around town. It's super warm and on the long side which I love. It's not something I would take backpacking because of the weight, but it's perfect for walking my dog, hanging out with friends, and just being outside. The sleeves are slightly short which is why I gave it the four stars, but the black stretch cuff underneath keeps my wrists warm. Overall, a great jacket!

>Rating: 3

Weird Fit

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 5"
Weight
120 lbs

I read all reviews saying it is a weird fit but purchased it regardless. Now that I have tried it, I found out that everybody was correct saying it is a weird fit. It is too tight around the shoulders and chest but baggy around the waist. The sleeves were right for me but my arms are smaller than average, so I see how other people have had issues with sleeve length and width.

>Rating: 4

Wife happy

Height
6` 1"
Weight
205 lbs

For wife's backcountry kit- loves it

Is your wife 6'1" and 205 lbs? If so, what size worked for her? I'm trying to buy this for my daughter who is a similar build.

>Rating: 4

Runs small, but built well

Size Bought
XL
Height
5` 4"

I got this as a gift and have initial reports - Great feeling jacket. Heavy and built well. Long enough to cover the hips, but runs snug on the body and was certainly built for a slimmer person. That said, just choose a size larger than you would expect and you'll have no issues. Great jacket with that aside!

>Rating: 5

Great intro to Backcountry product

Familiarity:
I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 7"

Purchased for family living in cold Ohio! They love the jacket, feel it is extremely warm, comfortable fit that is true to size for them. Large size allows for layering if needed on the colder days.

>Rating: 3

Weird fit.

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
S
Height
5` 4"
Weight
110 lbs

I'm a petite person, and usually when I see reviews saying "this fits small in the shoulders" the garment fits me well. However, this jacket, while nice quality, is sewn with very limited mobility in the shoulders even on me, and I'll be sending it back. It's disappointing, because I love the material and the variety of pockets. The jacket's body is very long on me but the sleeves are too short. I'm 5'4, 110 lbs and got the size S, and the length is more like a parka than a down jacket for layering. Backcountry is on the right track with this jacket's quality, but I hope they'll dial in the fit for next year.

Hey Courtney, I'm so sorry the jacket wasn't the right fit for you. The jacket is designed intentionally to be a longer parka style to keep you nice and toasty in the backcountry. If you're looking for something with more stretch we recommend checking out the Wolverine Cirque insulated jacket. Item BCC00BZ.

>Rating: 4

Fitted and Cute

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
L
Height
5` 11"
Weight
150 lbs

Love this jacket. Flattering feminine fit--difficult to find in puffies! The inside pockets are so soft and it feels so good to wear. It is warm and a great price for the down fill. The length keeps you warm if you want to sit on a cold rock or bench or do a lot of leaning over--it keeps you covered. The sleeves are a little short.

>Rating: 4

Great Jacket but fit is a little off

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
XL
Height
5` 8"
Weight
175 lbs

Material is great and I like that it zips up high to cover your neck. I usually purchase a L or XL, and for the most part this size fits nicely. I have fairly broad shoulders, wider hips and a smaller waist. Little strange around the shoulders, bunches up higher than I would like but most likely this is due to my shoulders being wider than the fit. The longer length is amazing since you don't find it very often. Very warm and cozy jacket. As with others, my only real complaint is the sleeves. They are short, and if you put your hands through the elastic thumbholes I feel like the jacket is going to rip when I stretch down to touch my toes. If I don't use the thumbholes, the sleeves ride up about 2-3" up my arm. Other than that, it's good to finally see a jacket that has a fitted look and still durable/useable. Not a great fit if you are a curvy lady but better than most jackets on the market for a fitted and long look. Hoping they make a few more colors and longer sleeves in the next batch!

>Rating:

Is the down responsibly sourced?

>Rating:

What is the weight of the jacket?

Hey Amber! The weight of the jacket is 1lb 6oz!

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Is the hood designed to fit over a helmet?

Hey Amy, this hood is not designed to fit over a helmet.