Dog-sled across Sweden, maneuver the snowblower in Minnesota, or brave the streets of downtown Chicago in mid-January in the Fjallroven Women's Nuuk Insulated Parka. You'll be toasty warm while the rest of the world suffers in a deep freeze. When the snow shifts from a pretty dusting to a burly blizzard, the Nuuk's waterproof and windproof shell keep the snow and wind at bay until you find shelter from the storm.
The shell of the Nuuk is made from Hydratic, a windproof, waterproof, and breathable fabric. The fabric consists of microscopic pores, thousands of times smaller than a single water droplet, but larger than steam vapor. External water is unable to penetrate the fabric strictly due to size, while steam you generate when working hard may escape, thus creating the comfortable duality of breathable and waterproof. The Fjallroven's own Supreme Micro Loft provides insulation. Similar to down in form and function, Supreme Micro Loft consists an intricate network of varying widths of synthetic fibers, creating a barrier made of air pockets. Cold air can't cross the air-bubble border, and warm air has difficulty getting across as well. In short, warm air stays inside the jacket and cold air stays out.
A thigh-length hem offers a bit more protection for brutal winter winds, and the fleece-lined collar and hood keep you snug as a, um bug in a rug. When the winds quiet down and the peeks out, remove the fur trim from your hood and enjoying emerging from your Nuuk cocoon. Two fleece—lined hand pockets offer extra warmth for your frozen digits, and hook-and-loop cuff closures make it easy to keep uninvited environmental guests from sneaking in.
|Fill:||100% polyester Supreme Microloft|
|Lining:||100% polyamide, 100% polyester fleece|
|Water Column:||10000 mm|
The synthetic insulation isn?t sufficiently warm to go without a mid-layer in extreme cold. I?m wearing a featherweight 650 fill down jacket underneath when the temps drop into the 20?s. I feel the cold in my arms more than my body as there?s less insulation in the sleeves. I tried to learn how the insulation in this parka compares with Primoloft but the manufacturer doesn?t have these specs.
The parka is cozy and snug in the neck and the ?fur? trim around the neck looks attractive. It?s not what others are wearing and the outer fabric has a high quality feel. The hood is functional but has to be folded back to see. This parka appeals to me but it?s far from urban chic.
The sleeves are on the long side but the velcro wrist straps can be wrapped to raise them up and they keep the cold out. The bottom pockets are low and don't have a side opening. There are higher pockets close to chest level but it?s awkward to walk with arms out 90 degrees. They do come in handy when driving.
Oddly a snap is missing in the middle so the flap doesn?t lie flat in that spot.
I usually but not always wear a medium and bought this parka in medium. I?d prefer an extra inch in the back when I cross my arms. It?s really hard to say with precision any parka is ?true to size? or not, since sizing varies from brand to brand. This parka is not sleek or fitted but that?s not a matter of size. Were I to vary from my usual size, I?d size up for greater ease of movement and room for layering. This is not the right coat for the woman who wants to show her contours.
The parka is overpriced for its warmth. It?s marketed in the U.S. as suitable in extreme cold. In Europe, it marketed for changing weather conditions. The down-filled version of it (Kyla) sells for $700 and has only 500 fill power. Plus, the manufacturer offers only a one-year warranty.
I recommend the Nuuk parka if you?re looking for medium warmth and like the look and fit enough to pay. $250 - $300 would be a reasonable price.
The construction, style, and warmth of this jacket is spot-on, but being 5'1" and 120 pounds, the XS was still WAY too big. I looked like I was wearing a men's jacket; the shoulders, arm length, and boxiness of the bottom part definitely was not flattering on my small frame. It did look great from the side as it is slightly cinched in and does have a nice silhouette, but I felt overwhelmed in it otherwise. A friend of mine tried it on and she is 5'5 and 140 pounds and it fit her much better (the XS). Again, it is a really well made jacket and I did wear it in sub zero temps in North Dakota and was very warm, but if you are on the petite side, I just wouldn't recommend it.
Fjallraven runs ONE FULL SIZE large. A full size. For real. Order one size down.