The North Face McMurdo Down Parka II - Men's

When snow covers everything.

Zip into The North Face Men's McMurdo Down Parka II when your neighborhood looks less like a city and more like an arctic tundra. HyVent's waterproof, breathable membrane protects the down insulation's heavyweight warmth from the wet weather you'll undoubtedly encounter during winter, and the hood and faux fur trim are removable to accommodate those brisk but sunny days. Media compatibility lets you play summery music to complement the warm feeling you have as you walk down wintry streets.

  • Ready for cold New England winters and Midwest storms
  • Waterproof and breathable HyVent shell with taped seams
  • Down insulation is lightweight, lofty, and compressible
  • Removable hood with removable faux fur trim
  • Emergency neck gaiter seals out cold winter air
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

perfect!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 3xl

this is a fantastic parka! definitely one of the warmest, especially for the money, about 1/2 of the cost of the antarctic parka's you see on the science channels and almost as warm according to reviews i've read on the internet.

today it's 4 deg F, wind chill of -16 at noon (north east wisconsin). comes down to about mid-thigh (i'm 6'3

puffy and warm

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

This jacket is big, puffy and warm

Wondering when this will be shipped?

    Jacket

    Warm jacket without the bulk

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Large

    I received this as a "gift" from my wife - I picked it out myself :-).

    Pros: WARM. Have worn it in NY weather this winter (temps in the teens in F) and was surprised at how warm it was. I only had a long sleeved t-shirt and this coat, and was out in the snow without feeling anything. I was almost sweating, but that may have been a result of the outdoor activity rather than the coat.
    STYLISH. I also bought the Gotham II, which I also liked but for different reasons. This one is longer, and looks a bit more refined. Also, you get the warmth without looking like a "Michelin man". I have even worn it over my suit for work, instead of the traditional wool overcoat, when the temps were in the single digits.
    OTHER. Face mask built in, waterproof, down, detachable hood/trim, multiple exterior pockets

    Cons: Yes, the sleeves aren't ribbed, coming instead with velcro - which makes them less snug - but that can be adjusted relatively easily. I also found the zipper was a bit clumsy to use - because it is a double-zipper system which doesn't begin at the bottom of the coat (which extends about six inches lower than the bottom of the zipper). That is probably my biggest gripe, though I have to say the extra length adds to the more stylish look on this coat.

    Sizing - I thought the jacket ran a bit large. I am usually between L and XL in many stores (XL usually, particularly if the cut is slimmer). The XL was way too big for me here. The L fits perfectly. Backcountry customer service was simply awesome in helping me sort through my questions to get the right one.

    Overall - MY NEW FAVORITE WINTER COAT

    Lives up to the name

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    McMurdo is the name of the research station in Antarctica. And while I've never been there, I imagine I'd want this jacket with me while I was there.
    The waterproof shell keeps the down inside nice and dry so I have stayed nice and warm even during heavy snowfall and moderate rain. Even though it is only 550 fill down, I think that the waterproof and wind-proofness of the jacket help in keeping heat in so I'm as warm as I would imagine being in a much more expensive jacket. I really appreciate all the pockets as well!

    The one downside is that I wish the arms were a little longer.

    Awesome Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I sent my son to live in Alaska in his coat. He absolutely loves it. No complaints of it being cold when the temp is below zero. Nothing but love for this parka!!!

    Nice jacket, but no cuffs on the sleeves

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XXL

    I apologize for my English, I write through a translator.

    - Jacket runs small. Available there is a jacket from Marmot, Columbia all in size XL. At my height 188cm, weight 105 kg, and the broad shoulders of the jacket in size XL TNF narrow in the shoulders and short sleeves. I ordered in size XXL

    - As already mentioned above - no cuffs on the sleeves. Very strange and cold. There are Velcro, but they keep the heat only if you wear very thick gloves.

    - Zipper is very thin, it seems cheap.

    I walked on the street for 2 hours at a temperature -13C, at the bottom there was a thin, lightweight cotton longsleeve and fleece scarf. It was warm and comfortable.

    Nice jacket, but no cuffs on the sleeves

    Good one, but not superb

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small

    I have rather bad english guys, but I'll try my best =)) This jacket is well made and it is good looking. Nothing sticks out. But for me there are some cons.
    1) There are no knit cuffs. I really don't get why. They aren't so expencive but very usefull. These Velcro on sleeves are small and don't seal out drafts properly.
    2) This jacket is warm till about -15 C. Even at -15 C I feel my shoulders and my arms are getting cold. Mcmurdo 2 is supposed to be warm parka with 550 FP (70% down), but it's not so warm as it looks like.
    3) I would add some zipper on that face mask so you can detach it and wash it separately from hood. And of course, one more inner pocket would be great.

    Perfect for any occasion.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Large

    This is my warmest jacket. I hate bulky clothing but this jacket is nicely built and confortable enough to be worn all day. It is roomier than I expected but it allows for additional layering.

    Great review, Orbin!

    This jacket friggin rocks!

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    Just bought this jacket anticipating La Nina's arrival this season. The fit is nice when you pull the elastic cords inside the chest pockets and at the bottom of the jacket hem. Not only does it form better to the body, but also traps the heat in. My favorite feature is the emergency face neck gaiter/face mask thing attached to the hood. Big bottom pockets big enough to stuff your large mittens in the winter. I've got long arms so the sleeves go 1-2 inches up my arm when I reach my arms in front of me, otherwise, it is a good fit. I am typically a medium t-shirt and shirt. I'm also a climber with a larger back and to my surprise I do not feel constrained in the jacket when crossing my arms in front of me.

    This jacket friggin rocks!

    Worth it!!!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    Extremely great jacket, especially for $100 less than retail. Warm, comfortable, and it looks great!!

    very good!

      good style and good quality!

      very good!

      Not good in the North

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: Medium

      I freeze with this jacket in the arms and sometimes in the chest. I purchased this for Toronto weather which averages -20 to -30 C (-4F to -20F) in the winter. I wear many layers underneath in order to stay warm.

      I have to agree completely. Although I think I have the first generation of this parka I faced the exact same issues. cold arms, Poorly designed snorkle hood. It was bulky and not even close to being as warm as it looked. I was NOT satisfied with this parka at all.

      5'9" and 280 lbs. Which size should I order?

      Hey Barbara - I would recommend you go with an XL in the McMurdo Down Parka II based on those measurements. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

      - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

      Excellent Jacket

      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: Large

      Very roomy , with nice detachable hood and the color I pick is very rare being the camouflage. I purchase this jacket on summer time , so have not have the chance to use it , fit is very good , allow you layer and move your arms freely , I have other Mc Murdo version a military olive green and I love the fit.

      Based on the height and weight you provided (5'4" 190 lbs) and that you liked the coat... I was wondering what size coat you bought? And also how is the coat length? The sleeve length? and the fit across the chest/back?

      I just found that I'm actually 94KG and 184cm😭, much fater than I used to think, would you please tell me which size is best for me now? Thank you very much.

      You sound like a perfect size Large! My our goofy empirical system of measurements, you are 6ft and 207lbs. If you want a baggy coat, with lots of layers underneath, you could pull off an XL, but the Large will give you a normal fit and look. More questions? Just call or email me, directly. 801.746.7587 ---->ejenson@backcountry.com

      Best winter jacket ever!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large

      I love this jacket!

      I always read a ton of reviews before to purchase something for me and this was not the exception, I read that the other guys with almost the same height and weight were having issues with the size, I ordered a Large and it fits well.

      *Pros*

      * It's a big jacket, but when the temperature drops you will want to wear this jacket, that's for sure.
      * I tested it in NYC with temperatures lower than 20 F and I was always warm and toasty without any base layer. So I guess you can layer it for lower temperatures.
      * The pockets are large and convenient.
      * The Jacket brings an internal face-mask attached to the hood, this makes it perfect for cold wind.

      *Cons*

      * There is just one inner pocket. It would be great to have at least 2.

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      Details about me: I'm 5'11, ~ 190 lb
      Jacket size: L.
      Color: Urban Blue.

      Best winter jacket ever!

      Ive just bought this coat and it extremely difficult to get it zipped up.

      Vincent, I'd be happy to help you get this sorted out-- feel free to reach out. llabar@backcountry.com or 801-736-6399.