User Review: The North Face Men's McMurdo Parka
Price Paid: $400
I am compelled to write. Normally i do not comment but feel warmth in Nunavut and NWT is important. So please listen up.
I bought this coat. the body seems warm enough but there are several flaws . Others have mentioned the cuffs and no liner here to hold wind out. Second, the little fur (ok fake fur) around the hood is held on by little snaps. Put one on and pull the hood up. The snaps come undone and you end up with fake fur for lunch. The fake fur with the snaps has velcro loops only. no corresponding hooks to catch on. (how cheap is that. When you pull the drawstring it bunches up and wind penatrates.)
The zipper holding the hood on leaves 3 inch gaps to each end. This allows more wind to penatrate. Even the cheap HH bomber I bought from Winners has a full length zipper to hold the hood on and keeps the wind out.
Finally, I suspect he 550 fil is only in the lab. In reality, i bet it is less depending on the manufacturing batch.
It is not the cold that gets you, it is the wind and TNF misses the mark. In order to fix it, I will have to take it to a seamstress who can fix the hood, fake fur and cuffs.
Unfortunately, my writing the North Face did not penetrate past a CSR name Stafane who politely wrote me that in over 10 years there have been no complaints about this jacket. I find that odd considering the others who have posted here. My complaint was the flaw. not the jacket itself.
Honorable mention goes to the staff at clothing retailers in the south. I found Marks real good. Outdoor outfitters knowledgeable and MEC useless. I bought the coat from Atmosphere in WEM.
Sorry folks, sad but true
Anyhow, do as my co-workers have suggested, buy Canada Goose and save the hassle.