When winter comes with its cold and snow, picking the right coat is super important.
Here, we’re going to compare two excellent coats: the Fjällräven Nuuk and The North Face McMurdo.
The Fjällräven Nuuk is warm and keeps you safe from wind and rain. It’s made from durable recycled materials, and it has a special lining to keep you dry. It’s long enough to cover your bottom and has a warm hood with soft fake fur.
Then there’s The North Face McMurdo, a super warm coat insulated with recycled natural down and feathers. It’s the longest men’s coat the brand makes, so you can wear extra layers underneath. The outer shell is strong and keeps water out.
Which is better? Let’s find out!
1. Fjällräven Nuuk Parka for Men
Fjällräven Nuuk Parka for Men: fjallraven.com
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The Fjällräven Nuuk Parka for men is a highly insulated and comfortable garment suitable for shielding against wind, rain, and low temperatures. This updated version of Fjällräven’s classic design incorporates sustainable materials and improved features.
Constructed from a durable recycled polyamide (nylon) exterior, the parka includes a waterproof and breathable Hydratic lining, ensuring comfort in various weather conditions. The parka’s extended length provides ample coverage, reaching over the rear and thighs for added protection.
It features a fleece-lined storm hood with detachable faux fur edging and a metal wire for shaping. The parka also offers multiple pockets, including top-loading bellows pockets, zippered chest pockets, and interior storage options.
A drawcord at the waist allows for a personalized fit, and the two-way zipper with a protective flap provides convenience and added protection. Despite its numerous features, the parka remains breathable, although it lacks dedicated ventilation options.
Designed with environmental sustainability in mind, the parka incorporates recycled polyester (internal lining) and polyamide (exterior) and non-textile elements of animal origin.
Weighing 1820 grams for a size M, it’s available in various sizes and is suitable for trekking and outdoor activities, providing insulation even in wet conditions and enduring changeable weather due to its durable, waterproof, and windproof properties.
Main Features and Materials
- Warm and Comfortable: Designed to keep out the wind, rain, and cold temperatures.
- Sustainable Materials: Made from durable recycled polyamide (exterior) and polyester (internal lining).
- Waterproof and Breathable: Features a Hydratic lining for dryness and comfort.
- Membrane: 100% polyurethane.
- Insulation: 100% recycled polyester, insulates in wet conditions.
- Long Cut: Offers ample coverage, extending over the rear and thighs.
- Fleece-Lined Storm Hood: Includes a shaping metal wire and detachable faux fur edging.
- Adjustable Hood: Can be tailored with a drawcord for a snug fit.
- Multiple Pockets.
- Customizable Fit: Drawcord at the waist for adjustment.
- Two-Way Zipper: Comes with a protective flap for added element protection.
- Breathable: Maintains breathability without specific ventilation options.
- Environmentally friendly: Features recycled materials and contains elements of animal origin.
- Weight: Weighs 1820 grams for a size M.
- Durability: Built to withstand changeable weather with its waterproof and windproof properties.
2. The North Face McMurdo Parka for Men
The North Face McMurdo Parka for Men: thenorthface.com
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The McMurdo Parka from The North Face shows the brand’s dedication to producing outerwear that can withstand extreme conditions while still offering comfort and style. This parka, the longest in their men’s lineup, provides extensive coverage and a relaxed fit for easy layering in colder weather.
It’s insulated with 600-fill recycled waterfowl down for exceptional warmth and eco-friendly practices. The parka’s exterior is made of a durable DryVent 2L shell and 100% recycled nylon, featuring a non-PFC DWR finish that repels water without perfluorinated chemicals, enhancing its waterproof capabilities.
The design includes various functional pockets, such as concealed, secure-zip alpine chest pockets, and dual-entry front patch pockets with both hook-and-loop flap and secure-zip closures.
The parka also features an attached, adjustable three-piece hood with a removable faux-fur ruff, a storm flap with hook-and-loop closure, and a two-way, VISLON® center front zip for ventilation options. To ensure a personalized fit, the parka includes an internal drawcord at the hood and adjustable hook-and-loop cuff tabs.
The interior is lined with 100% recycled polyester plain weave, finished with a non-PFC DWR for dryness and comfort. The secure-zip internal chest pocket and embroidered logo further emphasize the parka’s blend of practicality and stylish design.
Main Features and Materials
- Insulation: 600-fill recycled waterfowl down
- Outer Shell: DryVent 2L membrane and 100% recycled nylon with non-PFC DWR finish – waterproof, windproof, and breathable
- Lining: 100% recycled polyester plain weave with non-PFC DWR finish
- Adjustable three-piece hood with a removable faux fur ruff
- Concealed, secure-zip alpine chest pockets
- Dual-entry front patch pockets with hook-and-loop flap and secure-zip closures
- Two-way VISLON center front zip with storm flap and hook-and-loop closure
- Adjustable hook-and-loop cuff tabs
- Secure-zip internal chest pocket
- Embroidered logo on left chest and back right shoulder
- Relaxed fit for layering
3. Comparison: Nuuk vs McMurdo
Here are the main differences between the Fjällräven Nuuk and The North Face McMurdo jackets:
- Materials: Both use recycled polyamide and polyester.
- Membrane: The Nuuk has a waterproof and breathable Hydratic lining while the McMurdo uses a DryVent 2L membrane.
- Insulation: The Nuuk is insulated with recycled polyester while the McMurdo uses 600-fill-power recycled natural down.
- Hood: The Nuuk has a fleece-lined, adjustable hood with drawcord and metal wire, with removable faux fur. The McMurdo’s three-piece hood is adjustable with drawcord and has removable faux fur.
- Front zipper: The Nuuk has a two-way zipper while the McMurdo has a two-way VISLON zipper.
- Sustainability: Both use eco-friendly and recycled materials.
4. Which is Better?
Both are good jackets for winter but have some small details that make them suitable for different types of weather.
One of these details is the insulation: as we saw above, the Nuuk has synthetic polyester insulation while the McMurdo uses natural down.
The down insulation of the McMurdo will provide more warmth, but the synthetic insulation of the Nuuk has the advantage of maintaining insulation when wet.
Another detail is the metal wire on the hood of the Nuuk parka making it more customizable. Some note the McMurdo’s hood is small and lacks wiring to customize the fit.
Next, some report that Nuuk’s zipper is more finicky to start and engage.
For the rest, both provide waterproofing, wind resistance, and breathability. Both demonstrate a commitment to sustainability. Both offer functionality with multiple pockets and adjustable parts of the jackets.
Another thing that bears mentioning is the fact that the McMurdo is one of the flagship products of The North Face which they’ve improved over many years of development. The McMurdo is more popular than the Nuuk.
So, in the end, the Nuuk is our recommendation for wet conditions with its synthetic insulation, while the McMurdo provides more warmth with its down insulation, so it’s great for drier conditions and lower temperatures. It can handle some rain and snow though, thanks to its waterproof outer shell and DryVent membrane.