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Mountain Hardwear Nilas Down Jacket - Men's

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Nilas Down Jacket

When you need to hunker down from brutal weather high in the mountains, turn to the Mountain Hardwear Men's Nilas Down Jacket for lofty warmth you can count on. The precedent-setting Q.Shield Down 850-fill insulation is infused with a permanent water-resistant treatment that allows the down to stay warm and lofty in wet and humid conditions. The active fit is specifically designed to be used with tools, harnesses, packs, and the like.

  • A lightweight down jacket for high-altitude climbs
  • AirShield Elite 15D ripstop blocks the wind
  • Q.Shield down retains maximum loft even when wet
  • Baffled construction eliminates cold spots
  • Insulated hood keeps a low profile while active
  • Hand pockets stash snacks or cold fingers
  • Buttery soft wrist gaskets lock in the heat
  • Item #MHW006N

Material
AirShield Elite (15D nylon ripstop)
Insulation
850-fill down
Baffle Construction
box
Fit
regular
Length
hip
Center Back Length
30 in
Hood
yes, insulated
Pockets
2 hand
Claimed Weight
1 lb 6 oz
Recommended Use
alpine & expedition
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 1

Swing and a miss for me

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
Xl
Height
6` 3"
Weight
210 lbs

Materials are great. The colors are nicer in person. This could have been the ultimate belay and winter coat. The sizing in xl was ridiculous around the belly.good in arms and shoulders. Worst part... the arms are not gusseted. You raise your arms up the jacket goes with you. I’m not sure why this has not been mentioned in a review yet. Maybe you guys don’t care. But for a jacket meant for climbing or any jacket for that matter, the hem should stay put when you raise you arms and not expose your RIB cage when up. Fix that and the overall fit and you have a hall of famer.

>Rating: 3

Terrible zippers

Familiarity:
I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
6` 0"
Weight
160 lbs

I bought this for my husband for Christmas. We took it out of the box and immediately could not work the zipper. This level jacket should really have next level zippers and it was not the case. We are returning and will be purchasing a different jacket. Super bummed out because we typically love Mountain Hardware products.

>Rating: 3

Zippers, zippers, zippers...

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it

On this jacket belong to a $120 jacket. At the price of this jacket, I expect quality zippers rather than ones I have to struggle with, esp worse with gloves, to operate them. Adios!

I have had a NIlas Jacket for over 6 years now, I have never had an issue with the zippers and appreciate the fact that they do not self adjust/lose purchase and open up. The craftsmanship ensures that a breeze doesn't creep in along the seems and the closure is tight to prevent wind/moisture from settling in and creating a snag in very cold temps. I would guess a defect which warrants your return, but would strongly urge consideration as weight/warmth/compression/function and craftsmanship define a jacket that has been used/abused for years.

>Rating: 5

Puffy warmth

Familiarity:
I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 11"
Weight
185 lbs

Didn't put this through the ringer by any means. Just borrowed it to keep my girlfriend warm on her first backpacking trip ever. Let's just say she was glad I brought it.

Didn't

First backpacking trip, and in snow! Wow

>Rating: 5

Great Jacket

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 3"
Weight
150 lbs

This jacket does a little bit of everything. It is extremely warm for the weight and is much more weather resistant than most down jackets without any weight penalty. The collection on features is very nice. I love the huge drop in pockets on the inside, the are great for keeping gloves or other small items or to keep a waterbottle from freezing. The cuffs wrap your wrists really comfortable and just feel right. Overall, this is an awesome choice for a belay or a camp jacket with the added benefit of low weight.

>Rating: 5

My warmest jacket

This jacket is TOASTY! I use this on the coldest days of the year. It feels like you're wrapped in the most comfortable down comforter ever. I've worn this in 20 degree weather with just a t-shirt underneath and didn't feel even a hint of cold. I loved the liners in the wrist for extra warmth.

>Rating: 5

Unbelievable...

Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 6"
Weight
190 lbs

After 2 winters, I finally decided to go with this jacket for my snowshoe camping trips. I wanted an end all cold layer for overnights in the Mahoosics in Maine and this coat does it. I feel toasty at 10° with winds howling. I'm short and stocky at 5'6 190, so the length covers my bottom nicely. I do have a little room for my active mid layer under if the temps get below zero. I'm confident I can be out at higher elevations with no problem. Also, just wanted to say the service at Backcountry is top notch. I was counting on a this coat in 2 days and this piece and another came exactly on time. Thanks Backcounrty for making my trip stress and cold free!

>Rating: 5

What's not to love!?!

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

I really can only say good things about this jacket. I upgraded from a decade old Mountain Hardwear Puffy to this and am absolutely blown away! This thing packs tons of warmth into a lightweight coat and doesn't make you look like the michelin man. It is extremely comfortable and warm and has lots of great pockets. A great alpine piece or belay parka.

>Rating: 5

Bomb diggity uber warm!

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

I gave this to a friend for a trip climbing and it was a great belay layer! It is the kind of jacket that you put on if you were active and now are stopping and need some great warmth. It would also be a great alpine jacket, and the best feature is the cuffs at the wrist which allow your gloves to go over them easily, and keep out any wind or snow! He used a size medium, which was a great fit and he is 6'2" and 165lbs.

>Rating: 5

Great Jacket for High Alpine

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
L
Height
6` 0"
Weight
190 lbs

This is my go to jacket for winter expeditions. It is lightweight and compacts nicely. The AirShield nylon gives me confidence it isn’t going to shred into pieces and the Q.Shield allows me to not get too nervous if it does get moist. I’ve used this in UT, CO, and MT on high elevation climbs in Winter. I love this jacket for just about anything except for major expedition likes Denali or the Himalayas, I would want my Absolute Zero there. Feel free to reach directly out to me for any questions about this jacket or your next big expedition trek!

>Rating: 5

Woooooowza!!!!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size

Are you looking for a super warm, lightweight jacket? This is the one for you. This jacket is perfect for warm walks in the chilly mornings or when you are taking the kiddos out to see the lights. Instant warmth and comfort. It will make you feel like the Michellin man, but you won't be freezing like your friend with his ultralight slim down puffy.

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>Rating: 5

Super warm, super comfy!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs large
Height
5` 8"
Weight
180 lbs

Don't plan on getting cold in this jacket! This 850 fill down is so soft and compressible, it's like you're wearing your favorite down comforter. I love this piece! I was able to test it out on a short hike near my house. The temperatures got into the 40's with some sleet/hail falling. The AirShield Elite nylon ripstop material did a good job of deflecting the water to some extent. But this does not have a waterproof membrane, so a heavy rain would penetrate the piece. The jacket still has Q shield to protect from moisture wetting out your down to quickly, so it will still maintain insulative properties if you get it a bit soggy. But overall, I wouldn't plan on using this in the rain or other super moist environments. This jacket is meant for being in the snow, and other dryer, colder conditions. It would be great for a winter expedition, and packs down so well for such a lofty jacket! I thought it fit a bit on the larger end of standard size mediums, but that works perfectly for where I am on the sizing spectrum.

>Rating: 5

Great Jacket for Colorado Winters

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

Bought this jacket to use for winter 14ers and snow camping here in Colorado. So far, I have found that this jacket is extremely warm, handles wind well, and does great in snow. I plan to use this jacket for a few 6,000 m peaks in Bolivia in June and am confident it will do great as a summit parka. Highly recommend it!

>Rating: 5

Excellent!!

The jacket is very warm, -15c in a tshirt and i am very confortable while standing still. the jacket fit loose as a Large but no air pocket around me, it's a perfect fit to wear as is or to put over my shell. I'm 5'8" 180lbs. It is breathable, windproof, cuffs are perfect, everything of this jacket is perfect to me. Highly recommend.

>Rating: 5

Setting the record straight

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

I think this jacket gets a bad rap on other sites. I think the newer version fixes any of the misconceptions out there. So - It's light! My medium weighs 688g It's extremely puffy - Throwing on a backpack or hopping in a vehicle feels like the jacket is inflatable as the air squeezes out - the 850 fill is noticeable It's warm - I can wear just a t-shirt under at -15°C and still be comfortable It's box baffle construction all around, arms too - there's some confusion that this is only true in the torso. The hood pulls are accessible from outside - they're hiding under their own flap, and can be tricky to get to with thick gloves, but it can be done There are two hem pulls - one on either side There's a two way zipper - and it only catches on the draft tube sometimes! Fit: I'm 6'2" 170 and am happy with a medium. I can wear a MH monkeyman fleece under it comfortably, but it's not at all baggy. Sleeves are just long enough for my lanky arms, but the body and length fit well. Even though it's hip length - even for me - it tends to ride up a bit if the hip cinches are pulled too tight. A large would be too big for me unless I planned on piling on layer after layer, and I've got a warmer jacket for that. Hood fits well, easily adjusted, lots of visibility, and the tall collar sits just below my nose. nice for keeping the wind out. I live in the Arctic with daily temps around -25°C and use this as my everyday coat (office clothes underneath) I don't notice the wind or the cold creeping in anywhere. The Nilas has been really toasty so far, but my MH Absolute Zero is too warm. I got my Nilas for $350. I don't know if I'd spend $500 on it, but I'm very happy with it for the price I paid. It's functional and has a nice clean look so you don't feel like you're summiting Vinson Massif when you walk into the office.

Great review! May I ask where in the Arctic you live? Want to compare temperatures. Thanks!

>Rating: 5

A fantastic jacket

Fit:
True to size

I don't often write reviews, and I never write one after only having an item for a couple of weeks. having said that, I want to state that this jacket is simply incredible. It is very warm. I plan to use it ski touring in new hampshire, and i can already tell it will do the job. it does really well in high winds. second, i want to point out that some of the limitations from last year are fixed on this jacket. it now has a 2-way zipper, and hood adjustments are more stable. also, it now has a zippered internal pocket. because of these though, the jacket weighs more than last year (1 lb 10 oz, as opposed to 1 lb 6 oz i think). I compare this jacket to the Rab Neutrino Plus, Patagonia Fitz Roy Parka (although which lacks hydrophobic down), etc. in terms of warmth and coverage. A bit about sizing, I am 5'10", 180 lb, with a 16.5 by 34" neck/arm length. this jacket fits perfect in a Medium. I also always wear a Medium in Patagonia and Arc Teryx outerwear, just for your reference. The arms are a little long in MHW, but i'm fine with it as i will use this jacket in the mountains. Last thing, the butter cuffs are the coolest cuffs i've ever seen. what a brilliant idea.

>Rating: 5

Warm and Light!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

This jacket is at the top of my list of pieces for gear that I own. I love everything about it. When it first came in the mail, I thought the box was actually empty by mistake it was so unbelievably light. However, what this jacket lacks in weight is surpassed by how warm it will keep you. I constantly look for a reason to use this jacket. I put it to it's true test this past winter with an ascent of Mt. Washington in one of the northeast's polar vortexes. -20 degree temps with -50 windchills. Couldn't even notice how cold it was once wearing this! I went with a large (5'11" at 160lbs) so that it would fit over any other layers I might be wearing. This was a good call and I recommend it to anyone who is buying it.

>Rating: 5

My favorite cold weather Jacket

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

This is my favorite cold weather jacket for wearing around town. I've never used it for what it was made for( mountaineering) but was plenty warm in a recent single digit cold snap with just a t shirt underneath. at 5'10" 49" chest 36" waist the large fits perfect with some layering room if I ever wanted it. I originally ordered the XL but sent it back because it was too big ( sleeves, over all length, )This is a puffy jacket and extremely warm I typically wear it in 30 degree or less weather. If I happen to wear it any other time I break a sweat in 10 minutes or less. I've worn this jacket 20 or 30 times in cold weather, I've never needed more than a t shirt and the jacket to keep me warm.

>Rating: 5

Warmest jacket in the closet

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I've had this for about a year now. For the weight, I don't know that there's a warmer jacket out there. This is one of the real flagships of the MH line, I like it as much as my WM Vapor. I've tested it in the Tetons in winter, wearing only an Arc'Teryx Phase AR half-zip underneath, at night in 15 degrees with 25 mph winds. Even when I wasn't moving or being active, I was as toasty as could be. The Airshield shell fabric performs as advertised; blocks the wind, is durable, though it's a smidge crinkley. I also wore the Nilas in the Sierras on a shoulder season trip, and though the conditions were warmer, it proved its breathability and versatility. Two years or so ago, MH made some claims that they were going to put their name back on the map with some real advancements/innovations in their technical gear. I feel this jacket is a testament to their statements. It stuffs nice and small, the detail on the fleece cuffs and hood are first rate, and unless you're headed to Everest or Denali, this jacket should keep you warm . If I have a hesitation, it's the oft-heard complaint about MH zippers (usually with their bags). I say, treat 'em with a little respect, and you'll be fine. I'm 6'2", 200 pounds, a Large fits me perfectly. And I love the Shark color.

>Rating: 5

Niles Jacket Best Ever

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

I bought the Niles Jacket in the early fall of 2013 and only recently had the opportunity to wear it. The local temps dropped to 12 degrees F with winds approaching 35 mph. I Zipped up the jacket to just under my nose, tightened the hood and walked outside. I discovered that the wind and colder temps had zero affect on me. I was warm and toasty. The Niles Jacket is the best investment I ever made. If I was scaling MT. Everest, I would take my Absolute Zero Down, but short of that, I'll wear the Niles. Phil Jacobs Pana, Illinois

>Rating:

I don’t ice climb or camp out during winter, and I don’t need a helmet-fitting hood. I just need to stay really warm in single digit New England temps. How’s the hood on this for comfort? Any fleece chin guard lining? I’m evaluating the Montane Black Ice and might look at their Big Heat. But the Nilas seems to check the boxes. Is it baffled box construction throughout, or just the torso? Several reviews mention how badly the zipper snags the fabric. Yes, no? Thanks!

>Rating:

Is the hood helmet compatible?

Unfortunately this hood is not helmet compatible. It is Mountain Hardware's "low profile" hood.

The hood on my 2013 model fits over my BD Half Dome very nicely, and MHW called the hood on my jacket "low profile" as well. It's a great hood.

>Rating:

My fellow gear Junkies, Would you trust this jacket in a torential down pour?

Nope! It is water repellent down, but not waterproof. It is 100% windproof, but will not do much in a torrential downpour.

You would never want to wear this jacket if it was warm enough for a down pour or even wet snow conditions. It's too warm. This is for 10 degrees F and below....

>Rating:

is the draw cord of the hood in color orange or black?i do not like colorful draw cords

The draw cords on this jacket for the hood and the bottom-most hem are primarily black, with small, evenly-spaced dots of orange that are woven into the cord. These dots do not appear to in any way overwhelm your ocular senses with blinding color. See this review to check out the pictures for yourself (http://gearthirty.blogspot.com/2012/03/mountain-hardwear-nilas-jacket-review.html). Hope this helps!

>Rating:

Hi, I've purchased this down jacket for my upcoming Denali trip this spring (May). I was wondering if this is the right choice? Should I go with a heavier or lighter jacket? Please help, any comments or real life experiences will be useful and appreciated. Thanks

Hey Nima! So is this your heaviest jacket or did you intend to layer with this? What I brought was a Patagonia Down Sweater, Patagonia Micro Puff, and the Patagonia Troposhpere. These three jackets made up my daily drivers, from cooking in, working around camp, I generally wore these in various collections. I then had the Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Parka on reserve. I didnt wear the Absolute Zero much but, when I did, it was truly necessary. We had 3 storm days which is unheard of. On those storm days I wore everything I Had to shovel snow and do anything outside the tent. I think if you are doing the West Butt, a bigger jacket is nice and worth it. When we werent using the big jacket we usually put the toe box of our sleeping bag inside of it to add some extra warmth. You're up there for a while, mine as well be as comfortable.

Hi Bill, These are my layers: Smartwool lightweight base+Patagonia Houdini+Patagonia R3+Patagonia knifeblade (Soft shell)+Arcteryx Alpha SV (Hardshell)+ MH Nilas Down jacket The better question is: I am choosing my layers wisely? Should I go with two down jackets, one lightweight and other one heavier, expedition weight? or I will be good with only Nilas? Should I keep Nilas and add a heavier weight parka to the package? Thanks, Nima

>Rating:

since the jacket is intended to be worn over a number of layers, should one size up or does the cut of the jacket already take that into account so one should order their regular size? Thanks

I'm 6' 200 lbs. and have an XL. Plenty warm without layers, but large enough to accommodate. In other words, I would size up. Great jacket...I wore it today for about the third time.

I'm 6ft 198 lbs and the large fits me perfectly so it probably just comes down to preference as to how you like them to fit. Order two and return one of needed.