The North Face Mt. Erebus Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars (3)

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photo: The North Face Mt. Erebus Jacket down insulated jacket

Specs

Price Historic Range: $179.95-$223.00
Reviewers Paid: $129.00-$145.00

Reviews

I bought this parka in August 2004. We are now in March 2016! I have been wearing it every winter for the past 12 years now...That is pretty impressive if you ask me.

Pros

  • Warm
  • Thick quality fabric
  • Large hood
  • Many pockets / Solid zippers all around
  • Looks good
  • Nicely embroidered logo front and back

Cons

  • Fake fur around hood looks bad
  • The parka stops just below the waist (a bit short)
  • Not the most waterproof

I bought this parka in August 2004. We are now in March 2016!  I have been wearing it every winter for the past 12 years now...That is pretty impressive if you ask me. I don't know if the North Face still makes quality product like that nowadays, but this one is excellent.

I don't think they still make this model, but if you ever find one (warehouse surplus or like new secondhand) you should get it no doubt. I am not excessively rough with my clothes and do not play a lot of winter sports but it's been on my back for long enough that I can safely say that I am a very happy customer.

The fabric used for this parka is very thick and resistant. I slightly scraped my arms on concrete a few times and no major marks on the sleeves after 12 years of wearing this one. It honestly looks very good. Mine is charcoal grey, so it's easy to keep clean and it has no stains or marks whatsoever.

Last year, I discovered a small tear at the neck seam. I repaired it myself. it took me around 10 mins and it's like new now. I wash it once or twice every winter and tumble or air dry it for the most part. It is still very warm. I usually like to wear a light fleece under it and it keeps me perfectly warm. I went outside many times during -20 and -30 celcius without experiencing any cold effects. The fabric is not really waterproof anymore, but that's allright for the most part.

Fake fur trim looks horrible though! If I could replace it, that would be nice, but my options are quite limited I believe.

The only downside to this parka is the bulkiness, but then if you are looking for a down parka, you have to expect this. After all these years I came to realize that it is a bit short for my taste. It stops a bit below my waist. I would like a longer parka to cover my thighs from the wind.

I will keep the parka for as long as it keeps me warm. So far there is no real reason to change it, except for a longer parka or just for the sake of changing looks. A+ parka! Canadian winters are not as painful since 2004.

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Source: bought it new

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Jonathan! Thanks for sharing your TNF jacket review. Sounds like you've got a good deal with it. Have any pictures of yours you could share in your review?


4 years ago
Jonathan

Oh yes, that's what I call a good deal. I keep my stuff for a very very long time. I wear the same Gore-tex salomon boots that I bought 15 years ago. I do have a picture, action shot during snow storm, what can I say... the usual! You don't really see the parka that well but It gives you an idea. Somewhat matching TNF pants, bought a couple of years after. Not sure about the model.


4 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks, Jonathan!


4 years ago

The Mt. Erebus is the coat you want to wear in extreme life threatening conditions. In recent days the chill factor in Buffalo has been 20 below while I used the snow blower and shoveled the roof. This parka keeps me toasty warm. I expect it would handle 30 below in stride.

My biggest complaint is the non-adjustable hood. The fake fur ruff will unzip, but a genuine coyote ruff would be much better. I have not tested the waterproof 'hyvent' membrane, but it sheds blowing snow without any problem. North Face quality. I think you could bet your life on this coat.

Fabric: nylon/hyvent membrane
Fill: goose down
Price Paid: $145

Wow, this jacket is absolutly beautiful and very warm (I live in Canada and it's very cold in here :-). It feels great, looks great, it has lots of pockets, a big insulated hood with fur that you can removed.

The parka is quite waterproof, very light and confortable. I'm very happy with my choice and the price was so good, just can't miss the chance to own a quality parka like the North Face Mt. Erebus.

Fabric: hungabee 4.6 hyvent 2- layer fabric shell
Fill: waterproof 550 fill down jacket (goose)
Price Paid: $129 US