Himalayan Parka


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Himalayan Parka
Manufacturer North Face
Page By Erik Beeler
Page Type Nov 2, 2005 / Nov 2, 2005
Object ID 1465
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The North Face's Himalayan Parka is packed with 900 fill down - the highest volume available. The high-grade insulation combined with durable, waterproof shell fabric is formidable protection from most severe cold. Developed with the help of athlete Conrad Anker, the Himalayan Parka keeps you warm and dry in extreme mountain conditions. The closure system keeps you warm no matter which way the wind is blowing.


Seam-sealed HyVent DT construction creates a fully waterproof and breathable barrier covering the high volume 900 fill down insulation
It incorporates infused polymer construction whereby the infusion polymer penetrates deep into the fibers of the fabric to drastically extend fray resistance and increase strength
Welded baffles eliminate cold spots and needle holes
The fully adjustable hood provides total coverage when you need it
You can seal it up with Velcro® adjustable cuffs and a hem cinchcord
There is room store a lot of smaller gear in the 2 hand pockets, 2 patch-on pockets and left Napolean pocket


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Erik Beeler - Nov 2, 2005 10:26 am - Voted 4/5

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So far so good but I only just got it!

Impressions out of the box:

The first thing I noticed out of the box was how light it was compared to other 8000-meter style coats I have handled. It has 900 fill down so it had better be lightweight.
Next I noticed that I am glad I bought an extra large for myself. I am 5'9"+ and weigh 153 lbs so I am not a big guy but the extra large is the right size for me so far. I tried on other North Face down jackets for sizing and then checked to see if Himalayan we sized different according to NF. It wasn't and the x-large fit the best with layers under it.
I did notice the throat seems a bit tight when zipped up all the way with layers under it. One very nice thing the coat has is a neck baffle like those found on some sleeping bags so there is a nice seal around your neck with the coat zipped up all the way.
The next thing I noticed is how much mobility this coat has. I don't feel restricted in the coat even when reaching above my head. Of course the hood still refuses to turn with your head if you look too far off to one side so you will still need to turn your shoulders to look around but it does turn a bit. The neck closure system may turn out to be a bother. I has an extra set of weather flaps at the throat that need to be overlapped and velcroed down. Then there is an additional strap and buckle that when closed over the throat ensuring the whole system can't be blown or pulled open. Of course doing any of this in mittens will be an exercise in futility and may be frustrating.

After I get to use the coat in colder weather as a belay jacket in Canada and Minnesota and also on some Colorado peaks this winter I will add more information. So for now four stars and I will adjust as I have more experience with it. So far so good though I am at the moment happy with my purchase. Even more so considering I bought it sight unseen.

WouterB - Mar 26, 2010 2:18 pm - Hasn't voted

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Just bought one. It's by far superior to my other (now obsolete) down jacket. It feels like it can take me anywhere in any kind of weather.

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