User Review: The North Face Men's McMurdo Parka
Price Paid: $150
I spend a lot of time outside in Edmonton and further north in Alberta and this jacket is perfectly adequate. I don't think it is worth full price, not as it is designed anyway.
I have had a local shop sew velcro on the hood (same as on the collar) for the fur trim and add a brim stiffener to support the hood. It could use a draft tube, but I haven't had a huge need for it yet. Doesn't come up very high around the mouth which suits me since I wear a neck gaiter or balaclava when it is below -20C and I prefer not to have the collar over my mouth.
All in all it is good value for less than $200 (including modifications) but it isn't worth much more than that. Lots of insulation in the body and arms, haven't had problems with down settling yet but I have only had it for one season. Nice tough exterior fabric that resist stains very well.
While I am happy with it, to justify its full retail price in Canada TNF need to make some serious improvements. A made in China coat with limited features and so-so build quality does not command a $400 price tag regardless of the label.
In my experience, North Face is not really a top quality brand so I don't expect too much and I won't pay much for it. They do have pretty good warranty service though as anyone who has ever owned one of their tents (and had to return it, again and again) can attest.