Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Baltoro
Manufacturer The North Face
Page By mconnell
Page Type Apr 10, 2002 / Apr 10, 2002
Object ID 211
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The only other North Face garment as warm as the Baltoro Jacket is The North Face Himalayan Suit, the outerwear worn by Everest and K2 mountaineers. Like the Himalayan Suit, the Baltoro Jacket is a highly specialized garment specifically designed for expedition mountaineering and arctic exploration. It's made with top-of-the-line, breathable, windproof and water-resistant Gore DryLoft® for optimal moisture transfer and downproof performance. The insulation is 800-fill power goose down, the lightest weight down with the best warmth-to-weight ratio. Inside the jacket is a Radiant™ Taffeta lining that reflects radiant heat back toward your body, increasing the warmth of the jacket without adding weight. A baffled sleeping bag-style construction evenly distributes the down insulation while eliminating cold spots. Along with the usual assortment of mountaineering pockets (itemized below) the Baltoro features distinctive features specifically designed to help you survive in the harshest conditions. A special antenna portal allows you to keep your radio warm inside a pocket while maintaining the best reception. A shoulder window pocket holds your altimeter and watch so you can easily monitor time and altitude at a glance. The full-coverage insulated hood is sized to accommodate an oxygen mask. If you're going to go to the top of the world, make sure you're equipped with the best jacket in the world: Don't pack your bags without packing The North Face Baltoro Jacket.


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mconnell - Apr 10, 2002 10:30 am - Voted 5/5

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This is a seriously warm jacket. I would say that it is too warm for anything be very serious winter stuff in the lower 48. It is excellent for high altitude. I used this jacket on Aconcagua at -5F in strong winds (50mph?) and was plenty warm. A friend claims to have used this in place of a sleeping bag in Alaska after his pack visited the bottom of a crevasse and he says he was plenty warm.

The only problem I have had was in a strong cross wind on Aconcagua. For some unknown reason, the hood opening kept tightening until I couldn't see where I was going. I would have to stop and readjust it every couple of minutes.

Note that I have an older version of this jacket that doesn't have the chest pockets, the wrist closures are different, etc. It still looks like it would be at least as warm as mine.

meepers - Dec 20, 2003 9:40 am - Voted 5/5

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This coat will keep you warm. period. If getting cold is not an option then you need this coat. It's a bit bulky but well worth the price. Not reccomended for temps above +10F if you are moving. Great for around camp. The inside pockets both hold a nalgene bottle. The hood is bomb proof. Five stars!

UncleBob - Feb 1, 2008 1:23 pm - Voted 5/5

Now called Himalayan parka
The jacket underwent a name change of late and is now called the Himalayan Parka. Features are essentially the same except for the following: addition of primaloft on the shoulders to offset down's loss of effectiveness when compressed under pack straps. No more Radiant taffeta (whatever that was) and dry-loft is gone. Welded no-stitch baffles are now used in the garment. Same exorbitant price though !

This parka is designed to be used daily, week after week, where it's high and cold. It errs on the side of durability in the spectrum between weight and toughness. It might not be the right parka for a fast n' light three day ascent, but if you're spending a month up high, this is the parka you want.

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