The Mountain Hardwear Men’s Nilas Jacket is a heavy-duty jacket that is ready as can be for the chilly days of the year. By chilly days, I really mean really cold days; I just don’t like talking about the cold a lot, especially during summer. Man, I really like summer, a lot. The outdoors are still game though, even in the winter, if you have one of these Mountain Hardwear coats that feature front handwarmer pockets, and internal stash pockets big enough to fit water bottles. A low profile, insulated hood does its job keeping your head warm, while baffle construction of the jacket itself ensure maximum loft and warmth for the rest of your body. Winter’s gonna be fun.
DECENT FEATURES of the Mountain Hardwear Men's Nilas Jacket
Baffle construction for maximum loft and warmth
One-handed hood and hem drawcords for quick fit adjustments
Low profile, insulated hood
Two front handwarmer pockets
Two internal stash pockets, sized to fit water bottles
"Excellent jacket for the real Canadian winter!"
I usually don't climb mountain, but last week (end of January) the temperature dropped below -20 to -25°C. Moreover, you can add humidity and a wind factor. Honestly, my freezer was warmer than the temperature felt outside.Well, I was walking outside downtown Montreal wearing this coat with a long sleeves t-shirt only underneath and I was perfectly warm.It is light, comfortable and really warm! No cool breeze could get through anywhere when you squeeze the cords correctly. Wow.
"Super Warm + Lightweight functional and packable"
I needed a big-daddy of down jackets, without the bulk of a parka. My requirement was warmth, lightness, and mobility, without breaking the bank. The Nilas hits on all three points, being warm with its 850 rated down and lighter weight. The down hood makes a big difference spending a few hours in the Missouri wilderness making landscape photos, and I can concentrate on making pictures rather than how cold my cranium is. With a thermal base layers and a fleece on underneath this thing is good well into the - degrees. Its also light, which is a factor I considered since I carry 30 pounds of gear, I still had plenty of lower torso coverage to prevent heat from escaping from my core.
I have this down sweater and have used it very hard- lotsa pancake syrup on the sleeves ground in with some oil from under the truck- a few snags and pulls on the stitching- still keeping me warm and comfy and no loss of feathers-so I just ordered another one in Deep Space- these jackets wash up great (dry with two tennis balls !!!) and pack like nothing else- treat yourself to one- R