This functional winter jacket is supple, practical, and warm. Fjallraven uses synthetic insulation in the Nuuk Parka instead of down. It works great with the jacket's thick fabric to keep us toasty warm in the field. The jacket's high collar, fleece-lined hood, and fur ruff protect your head and face. We also find that the coat breathes exceptionally well, despite all the insulation and weatherproofing. It's water and windproof, though the face fabric does hold onto water. The Nuuk works in various conditions, from light rain to wind chills that drop into the negative double digits. It's a great option if you're in extreme temps a few times a year but spend most of your time above zero, and may be a good multifunctional replacement for other jackets.Editor's Note: The Fjallraven Nuuk review was updated on February 23, 2022, with more in-depth product comparisons and an additional section on which products we would buy.
Fjallraven Nuuk - Women's Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Comfortable, durable fabric, awesome pockets, weather-proof and breathable
Cons: On the bulky side, face fabric holds onto water
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|Pros||Comfortable, durable fabric, awesome pockets, weather-proof and breathable||Warm, light, soft, great hood||Warm, flattering, cozy, double-sided zipper, functional pockets||Warm, comfortable, simple, inexpensive||Waterproof, windproof, breathable, warm, durable|
|Cons||On the bulky side, face fabric holds onto water||No cinch at the waist, not the most stylish||No front snaps, not as warm when compressed, not waterproof||Shallow hood, no internal pockets||Cold pockets, slightly tight shoulders, and collar|
|Bottom Line||An extremely warm, comfortable, stylish, and durable parka with lots of pockets||This soft, extra-long down parka with a cavernous hood is a dream to wrap up in when the temperatures drop||Serious warmth is packed into this lightweight, flattering, and reasonably priced parka||Cute, streamlined, and warm enough for almost any winter weather, this jacket is a great value||A warm and waterproof winter jacket that is available at a reasonable price|
|Rating Categories||Fjallraven Nuuk - W...||Outdoor Research Co...||Marmot Montreaux||REI Co-op Norseland...||The North Face Arct...|
|Weather Resistance (25%)|
|Specs||Fjallraven Nuuk - W...||Outdoor Research Co...||Marmot Montreaux||REI Co-op Norseland...||The North Face Arct...|
|Insulation and Fill Power||Supreme microloft (100% polyester)||700 fill down||700 fill power duck down with water resistant Down Defender||650 fill duck down||550 fill goose down and recycled polyester insultation|
|Fill Weight||250 g||240 g||221 g||238 g||Down - unavailable, Synthetic - 150 g|
|Hood||Insulated with detachable faux fur trim||Adjustable||Insulated, removable, detachable faux fur trim||Fleece lined||Adjustable, insulated with removable faux fur trim|
|Pockets||2 internal, 2 bellows, 2 hand, 1 sleeve, 2 chest||2 zippered handwarmer, 1 internal zippered security, 1 internal pouch||2 zippered handwarmer, 2 internal chest (1 zippered)||2 zippered handwarmer||1 internal, 2 external|
|Weight (size small)||3.7 lbs||2.0 lbs||2.3 lbs||2.0 lbs||2.8 lbs|
|Weather Resistant Features||Waterproof, windproof||Water and wind resistant||Water resistant down, DWR treatment||DWR treatment||Waterproof, windproof, breathable (DryVent), DWR|
|Sizes Available||XXS to XXL||XS to XL||XS to XXL||XS to XL||XS to 3XL|
|Social or Environmental Certifications||Fluorocarbon-free impregnation||Responsible Down Standard - Certified, bluesign approved, 100% recycled nylon shell||Responsible Down Standard - Certified , 100% recycled polyester lining, bluesign approved||Lining 100% recycled polyester, Responsible Down Standard|
Our Analysis and Test Results
This jacket shares several design elements with some of the warmest jackets on the market. It's more comfortable, though, and works in a broader range of conditions, partially because it seems more breathable.
We didn't find the lower temperature limit of the jacket's 250 grams of synthetic insulation, despite trying it out in temps dropping into the negative double digits. The hood and collar protect almost all of your face. It's also relatively light for such a protective jacket, 3.7 pounds. It's soft too and nice looking.
And pockets. We're talking two big, mesh catchall pockets, three media pockets inside the coat, and seven exterior pockets, including one on the sleeve. We love them.
As we mentioned, the Nuuk offered plenty of protection on a windy -10 degree walk, and we got a little warm on a brisk downhill stroll wearing fleece-lined pants on a 25-degree day. Unzipping the coat and holding it shut with just a few snaps helped. Our base layers stayed nice and dry, suggesting that the jacket breathes fairly well despite working up a sweat. Fjallraven claims it breathes well enough to support light aerobic activity (10,000 g/m²/24h), and we don't see any evidence that it doesn't. We love this feature since staying dry is a great way to keep warm.
The collar zips up to your nose but is too tight to keep zipped if you don't have to. The insulated hood is lined with soft microfleece and ringed with a faux-fur ruff that you can roll back or flip down to form a fur-lined rim. The hood is oversized and deep, definitely big enough to wear a hat underneath. It does a great job of tucking your face out of the wind but can swamp your vision. A velcro tab in the back adjusts it nicely.
The ruff is removable, with a somewhat stiff and awkward zipper. The hood itself is not removable, but we usually want a hood in bitter weather anyway. A generous cut with plenty of shoulder room gives you plenty of room to layer. A cinch at the waist holds warm air in on the coldest days. There are no wrist gaskets. You can cinch the openings with hook-and-loop closures, though.
The two hand-warming pockets tuck your hands in higher than usual, up by your ribs. We like them since they hold your hands higher and closer to your core and keep them warmer. They're lined with fleece but are outside the jacket's insulation. They don't keep your hands warm enough without the addition of gloves in frigid temps.
This jacket has no problem cutting wind, and we love that it's waterproof. It kept us dry and comfortable in a late fall drizzle and in the midst of nuking snowstorms. It earned an above-average score.
What we worry about is how much water the face fabric absorbed in our shower test. Not a drop sneaks inside the jacket. It just leaves you carrying water weight. If you're hanging out in wet weather around the freezing point, you may end up a little icy. Luckily, when the weather merits a winter jacket, it's rare to end up standing in a shower-like downpour for minutes on end.
The Nuuk's comfort is its standout feature. The relaxed fit and soft fabric never feel restrictive, even with a silly number of layers underneath. Though it weighs 3.7 pounds, the material moves so well that it doesn't feel heavy and restrictive. There's no crinkling or bunching to fight with, and our shoulders and hips never feel tight. Even sitting down with the jacket zipped, an action that is almost always awkward in a winter parka, feels fine. The sleeves are too long, though. You can roll them once, but it's less than ideal.
The jacket's one less than cozy feature is its collar, which is too tight around your face when you zip it up to your nose, which is a fairly common problem in winter jackets. The hood turns into a somewhat awkward taco around your face when you zip the collar up. However, it does keep your vision clear and your face out of the wind.
The loose-fitting cut that keeps the Nuuk so comfortable also defines its style, which is laid-back and feels classic.
The many pockets are impressively streamlined, tucking away nicely to keep the jacket from looking cluttered. The cut flares a little at the waist but is relaxed overall. We wouldn't call this jacket slimming, though you can define the waist with an internal drawstring. We like the color palette, and the fabric is very high quality.
It reminds us of a country chic barn coat with all its pockets and roomy fit. All of our testers really like its look. Function leads form here, but we think the jacket strikes a nice balance.
We expect this jacket to last a very long time. The exterior fabric shows no signs of wear after over a month of use. And though the lining fabric is thinner, it still seems burly.
Possible weak points include the cinch-able drawstring around the waist, which feels slightly flimsy, and the pocket liners. The drawstring could lose its stretch over time, and one of the pockets is already ripped.
The super-secret pocket tucked just beside the zipper on the right side came with a hole in it, and we had one of those, Oh no, my credit card is lost in the pleural space of my jacket moments. So that's not great.
Should You Buy the Fjallraven Nuuk?
The Nuuk is one of our favorite winter jackets, a reliable adventure partner that will keep you covered from cold drizzles to temps well below zero. We feel comfortable and stylish when wearing it. Plus, it safely pockets all (and we mean all) your nicks and snacks. We have no hesitation recommending it to almost everyone.
Though Fjallraven doesn't provide many details about the steps they've taken to minimize how much this jacket impacts the planet, they do have a general sustainability statement as a company.
What Other Winter Jackets Should You Consider?
Presuming this jacket lasts as long as we think it will, we consider it a good investment in your outerwear wardrobe. It's waterproof, windproof, breathable, warm, protective, comfortable, and stylish. That's not easy to come by. However, if you are looking for a light, warm, and cloud-like puffy jacket to wrap up in, we don't blame you. The Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka is one of our favorite down parkas, and it earned the high score for comfort in this review.
— Clark Tate
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