User Review: The North Face Men's McMurdo Parka
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £220 / $352
I bought this Parka in December 2011 because I didn't at the time worry about Canada Goose and I was happy with it, I wore it in mid winter in about -6 to -7c and it was great then I wore it over a suit and I roasted in it, the I wore it when the wind was blowing at about 15 to 20 mph and then it showed its weaknesses, the hood became uncontrolable so i pulled on the draw cords and although it stayed on my head the wind tried to lift it off and the because how the fur attaches to the hood there were gaps for the wind to rush in 4 of them in total and that made my eyes ache, so I got the Mrs to add 4 more press studs / poppers to hold the gaps closed and it is 90% better, but it is still in need of a wire brace to hold the fur open and maybe an adjustment strap, Now about the fit, IF you are going to wear normal cloths under it then buy the correct size because if you wear a t shirt and a plad shirt plus a fleece the the normal size according to their chart is correct, but if you only wear a T shirt then go smaller, If you are going to layer up the go up one size, Yes i can add more cloths but it start to feel restrictive in the arms and arm pits
- Finish first rate
- Eveness of the down
- Drawcords hidden in the chest pockets
- Loft of the down
- Nice color (fig green)
The loft of this parka is really good, if you open the coat up and lay it flat and come back later there is that much down in it that the coat swells up in thickness, there is a little less loft in the sleeves but that is because your arms have to be able to move freely. One thing you will notice is that the loft is less around the cuffs but that is because you need to either fit your gloves inside them or over them, which makes sence really,
The zipper is a fraction light for me but it is still good. This is a beautiful made parka and the only thing that stops it being used at McMurdo station in Antarctica is the hood. The hood has alot of down in it just like the rest of the parka but for Mcmurdo Station you dont want a removable hood and the problems with it need fixing.
COME ON, TNF. You have been making this parka for years and all you do is change the inside pockets, and you've had thousands of reviews telling you this, PLEASE Fix the hood and you will have a true Mcmurdo Parka. It is such a great Parka but it could be a fantastic Parka, The Hood needs to close up by making the fur/hood zip right up and not leave the fur flapping in the breeze,
Right now don't be put off by my rant. It's still a great and very warm well made parka, but they have just put the price up this year. I paid £220 but it should have been £275, but this year they have put it up to £320 = $512 and this is just wrong, that's £45 =$72 price rise and it still has a 10-year-old problem, AND IF people are going to pay $512 for a Parka then you know what brand they are going to buy and not have to put up with these issues, Its a shame because that hood is like going up to the Mona Lisa and spray painting it.