2 things people: 800+ fill power, and GORE WINDSTOPPER. Real 800 fill power. So much so that wearing it will make you look a bit like a weather balloon floating around. But...given North Face's real experience equipping people for the most inhospitable places on Earth, you know this parka is a flagship and the rest are a biiit pretend. ;)
Yah that's all pretty bold, but the first time I saw a Himalayan was in a glass case at the North Face store in Minneapolis- the suit. It literally looked like a Space Suit, made for outer space, let alone terra firma here.
So, there you have it. It's overkill for most situations, but if I ever get trapped in a blizzard in Northern Minnesota with noone else around, I'd bet this parka will see me through to daylight. The clencher for me, is that I got mine, a Large Red, at the local dealer for $372. Given this past Winter in Minnesota, how could I pass it up??
A bit more news: I walked about 5 miles around a frozen lake a few days ago here in Minnesota, 15 degrees F with a decent wind blowing. Some impressions: I had it fully zipped with the hood up and was never too warm with it. It is very light and comfortable to wear (unobtrusive to wear). The hand pockets and silky soft and have down on either wide of your hands, eliminating the need to gloves if need be. I thought it would look slightly funny to wear such a parka, but it actually looks pretty normal, albeit definitely arctic type gear. I've uploaded a couple of photos. Bottomline, it's here to stay in my Winter collection.