User Review: The North Face Men's Nuptse Jacket
Fill: 700 down
Price Paid: $110
Is this a real Nuptse or a knock-off?? That's the question a lot of buyers are facing. One writer gave this explanation:
Many cheaper Nuptses are knock-offs. Here is what happens. The overseas factory finishes its shift, after producing a few thousand jackets. Some personnel stay late and make a run of 'bogus' Nuptse Jackets using much the same materials on the same machinery as the real ones. Same nylon, same labels, same down, same thread. Maybe the quality control is not as high, maybe the down is not as dense, but the jackets are almost the real thing - only sold on the black market at half price.
Are they just as good as the genuine Nuptse? Not quite. But are they worth $100 rather than the usual $200?
In my opinion... yes.
But if you get a Nuptse with hardly any down in the baffles, send it back for a new one.