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Backcountry - Murdock 850 Down Jacket - Men's

Backcountry Murdock 850 Down Jacket - Men's

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$139.98 - $181.97 Original price:$279.95
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Item #BCC00BS
Past season color




Tech Specs

[face fabric] 30d nylon, DWR treatment, [shoulder, arm panels] 50d polyester, DWR treatment
[torso, hood] 850-fill down, [collar, cuffs, chest pocket] Today 3DEFX (synthetic)
2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, [internal] 1 zippered stash (media), 1 goggle
zippered side seam
Claimed Weight:
[medium] 1lb 12oz
Recommended Use:
backcountry skiing
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime

Why We Built The Murdock 850 Down Jacket

Part of Backcountry’s touring collection, the Murdock 850 Down Jacket is a midlayer informed by feedback from the most experienced Backcountry Gearheads. We know the intense cold inherent in setting the Wasatch’s skin tracks before sunrise—a day at the resort can't compare to skiing sans daylight—so the Murdock not only keeps us warm during these frigid dawn patrols, but also packs away without taking much room in our ski packs. Its down insulation has the highest fill rating in the puffy business, meaning you’d be hard-pressed to find an insulator that compresses better.

  • Technical down insulator part of Backcountry’s touring collection
  • 850-fill down is compressible, warm and responsibly sourced
  • Durable, downproof shell treated with resilient water resistance
  • Ventilation zippers at each side amplify airflow
  • Adjustments at hood and cuffs secure the fit
  • Water resistant zippers and internal external pockets for storage
  • Gearhead Certified Product


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

As past reviewers stated, the zippers although YYK zippers, they zip very poorly, not smooth at all and this is for all the zippers in this coat. I ran some bees wax on all the zippers and seemed to have temporarily solved the smoothness but why should I have to.

The side pockets are very small and could be made much deeper to better secure pocket items, ie keys.

Looks Great!

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: large

Loved the look of this jacket. Tried it on an steppe into the back yard to see if it would keep me warm. 3 degrees F an the wind blew right through the jacket. Not warm enough to keep me warm

GREAT jacket, poor zippers

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

A pretty good, well thought out jacket. The cut is tailored and very ergonomic. The tailored fit makes it still pretty packable, all things considered. The pockets are well placed and deep. The DWR seems pretty effective as I took this on a hike with mixed snow and rain. It didn’t even through after 45 minutes.
I used this on a bouldering trip when the temps dropped below 30. I felt no restrictions at all but did have some concerns about the fabric holding up. Probably wouldn’t want to use this extensively while *actually* climbing or while skiing through through trees or any activity that would expose it to serious abrasion.
The jacket is very warm. I got this jacket to replace my Rab Microlight Alpine jacket. I’ve been very happy with it as a replacement. I’ve used this in single digits with a wool base layer and felt pretty good.
Overall, I’d love to give this a jacket 5 stars, but there is one major flaw. The zippers can be a PAIN! I’ve wrestled with the main zipper for minutes at a time before each use. This is reaaaally annoying when it’s below 30, you’re outside, and just trying to get warm. The hand zippers aren’t much better. One got stuck and required my friend to hold the fabric while I pulled for a few minutes. This shouldn’t be an issue for a jacket in this price range.

Awesome, tailored fit. The extra length adds a little warmth and looks great
Well thought out pockets
Very warm and very breathable
Good colors
GREAT weather resistance
Still pretty packable even with all of the insulation, pockets, etc.

THE ZIPPERS. Although my issues have subsided after a few weeks, you shouldn’t need to pop a finger pulley just trying to open your hand warmer pocket.

This would be a five star jacket but the zippers are a big enough pain that I’d give it 3.5/5 if I could. Definitely worth picking up on sale!

It's too warm

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

And that is a good thing.

Awesome winter coat

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

This is a great jacket for cold nights and mornings. I use it early in the morning in sometimes single degree weather with a thin base layer underneath and I feel really warm. The side venting is a nice feature as well, it helps when you're moving around a lot of when the temps start to go up a little in the sun. It's nice for using in the city or the trail as well because it's super breathable but stays warm. I also feel like I can move a lot more freely in this jacket than most other down jackets as well, it's not a stretch fabric but the design does make it much easier to move in than other down materials. The only time I've had any issues with the warmth is in the high winds it does get a little chilly with the breatheability but that would be fixed with using a shell over top like Gore-Tex or any other great wind shell.
The jacket it'self runs true to size, I use a size large and use either a thin merino base layer or a thin hoodie underneath and it works great. I would definitely recommend this for daily use in most conditions except for harsh harsh conditions in the negative temperatures or high wind/snow without using some kind of extra shell over top to keep the super crazy weather out. Aside from that this is definitely one of my favorite jackets as it is much warmer than any of the synthetic insulated jackets I've ever used.

First Impression - Solid Jacket

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

Purchased this jacket because I looking for something warmer than my Patagonia Down Sweater, this jacket is definitely that.

First day with the jacket I wore it snowboarding in Central Oregon, temps were in the high 20’s with 30mph gusts of wind so pretty cold conditions. I had a Backcountry thermal layer, Patagonia R1 and this jacket on and kept very warm.

This jacket is thoughtfully constructed and has all of the bells a whistles you wouldn’t normally get with other more minimalist brands. It’s definitely wind proof and on the longer side so it provides good coverage. The vents were a nice feature for dumping extra heat at the end of a run. I wouldn’t wear this on a powder day because of the lack of powder skirt but it was great for a cold windy day.

As far as sizing goes I am a medium in Patagonia and a Medium in this jacket fit well.

Winter Daily Driver

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

Once the depths of winter hit I like to have one big warm puffy I know I can throw on and be comfortable no matter what. This jacket is awesome for that. It's not the absolute biggest or warmest, but it is super warm and gets me around Utah comfortably in just about any winter temps. The most interesting feature is definitely the vents... it has some very well hidden little zippers along both sides that open ti up to let the love handles breathe when you start to over heat. Nice addition.

The hand pockets also have a nice fuzzy fleecy lining... you can call me a wuss, but I really love having that little extra comfort and I think you will too.

Picky About My Puffies

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: medium (but the small feels fitted)

I got this jacket as a mid layer or outer layer jacket for when its so cold out I feel I just cant even, so i can throw this on and feel like im still cozy in bed. It's very lofty but retains a light weight feel. I took one star off because the zippers are a very minimalist design, which is good because it keeps the down jacket light, makes the jacket more packable and prevents the zipper teeth from damaging the outer nylon fabric but i just really like chunky zips. The goal with this jacket seems to be maximum loft and warmth while only supplying what an outdoorsy person really needs which is a helmet compatible hood, vents to dump the heat, hand warming pockets, wrist gators, and a single pocket to pack the jacket into.

The colors on the site look just like the jacket in person. The fit is spot on for an American brand and most of all it feels comfortable. Overall this jacket does a great job of offering something new and different from other jackets on the market without being so different that it seems wacky or impractical.

Warm Jacket

    This is my warmest jacket that i own. It's really comfortable and is great for super cold days.

    Toasty Warm!

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

    I love this jacket, it's super warm and toasty; kept me plenty warm in desert camping trips with temps down to the mid teens. It looks great too, fairly form fitting and slim feeling, but not restrictive at all. The thumbhole gaiter things are really nicely down too. It's not very compressible, but I wouldn't take this backpacking or skiing/mountaineering anyway, more of just a camp jacket.

    Super Warm and versatile

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

    I bought the men's murdock for myself because I preferred the men's colors and like a less fitted look than most women's jackets. I've used the jacket both as an every day winter jacket for colder winter days, for winter camping, and for a couple extremely cold ski tours in Canada. It performed really well in all activities.
    As an every day winter jacket, the jacket has a more stylish look than most puffy's and it comes down longer in the back to keep your backside warmer. As a piece for winter camping and the coldest of days touring, it kept me super warm and allowed room to layer underneath. The big hood was helpful to be able to wear multiple jackets with. I also really appreciated the mesh zip vents when I used it skiing.

    All of the bells and whistles!

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

    This jacket is extremely warm without being overly bulky. This jacket is well designed and comfortable! Extremely happy with it!

    Keeps you warm

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The jacket its perfect to keep you warm all day and fits great

    Warm, great fit

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

    I love the Backcountry Murdock 850 Down Jacket. I'm pretty picky about jackets, and this one hits on all the right features.
    * With 850 down, it's very warm
    * It feels relaxed to wear, but somehow looks quite slim fit
    * The Mustard Gold color pairs well with all my blue and grey jeans
    * The hood is huge
    * The sleeves are long
    * The back extends quite long,
    * It has side vents for skiing
    * More durable exterior than most jackets

    It's become my daily winter jacket in Park City, that I also wear for cold days skiing.

    My one complaint is that it doesn't pack down quite as much as I'd like to stuff in pack for ski touring -- no problem for quick tours, but on big days I have to start making tradeoffs to ensure everything fits.

    I'm 6'1" 180 and Medium fits great

    Warm, Durable

    • Fit: Runs large

    I was tired of constantly being cold all winter long and decided to buy a heavy coat to help. The 850-fill down makes this coat extremely warm without being overly bulky. I got the red color, which is your nice looking navy-alternative. I've used this coat nearly every day this winter and it's been extremely durable.


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