Merrell Nanook Down Hoodie Review

Posted in Gear Reviews, Outdoor Gear, Skiing, Winter Sports by Eric Miller - 02.01.2013

Every year Merrell jackets get better and better. This year my Merrell jacket of choice was the Merrell Nanook Hoodie. Merrell did send me the Nanook to review.

Merrell Nanook Hoodie Features

  • 600 fill power premium goose down
  • Micro-denier downproof fabric
  • Durable Water-Resistant finish sheds moisture from snow and rain
  • Internal zip secure chest pocket
  • Internal mesh pocket lets you carry your water bottle inside
  • Dual zip-secure hand pockets
  • Attached hood
  • Drawcord adjustable hem
  • Price: $199.00

Merrell Nanook Hoodie Review

Hands down the Merrell Nanook Hoodie is one good looking jacket. The style is striking and doesn’t look like your standard down jacket. At least on the blue jacket the two tone body and shoulders gives great style. The shoulders are a slightly more durable fabric than the body, which is good if you wear a pack a lot. The orange accents of the zippers and chest rivets add nice variation.

The 600 fill down is a versatile down. Sure it’s not going to keep you toasty in arctic temperatures but that’s not the purpose of the jacket. It’s a good all around cold-weather jacket. It has kept me warm down to the low 20s yet I’ve been able to wear it up into 40s and have been comfortable.

I am skeptical of two of the tech specs. The first is the “downproof” fabric. For the first while I was pulling out single feathers that poked through. It wasn’t a lot, maybe a dozen or so, but far more than I’ve had come out of any other down jacket. The second is the water-resistant finish. In snowstorms it didn’t take much for the fabric to show wet spots. As the snowflakes would melt the water wouldn’t bead, it would soak into the fabric. Not sure if it made it to the down but it’s worth noting.

There are plenty of pockets all around. Two zippered hand pockets keep your hands warm and valuables secure. They both also double as inner pockets the way they are sewn into the jacket. They aren’t fully enclosed on the bottom so only use them for bulky items. The zippered chest pocket is ultra handy. One thing that would really set the hand pockets apart would have been making them fleece-lined.

The hood is awesome. 600 fill around your head keeps your head nice and warm. It does have an elastic hem which helps hold it in place a little bit. A drawcord would have been money though. Heading into a wind will blow the hood off.

The waist does feature a drawcord which should be a standard feature on all jackets.

The Good

  • Good Style
  • 600 fill is warm and versatile
  • Price is nice for a down jacket

The Bad

  • Down pokes through more than I think it should
  • Doesn’t seem to water-resistant like it says

Bottom Line:

Looking for a versatile down jacket with great style? Go with the Merrell Nanook Hoodie

Buy Now: Pick up the Merrell Nanook Hoodie

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