The Nangpala Hooded Jacket Review from Sherpa Adventure Gear is a stunning jacket. From the endless knot lining, pray flag zipper, to the soft lining in the pockets and colored pull cords on the hood and hem, the details are by far the most beautiful and well thought out of any down jacket I’ve ever tested.
The 100% Recycled Polyester double ripstop material is durable. I couldn’t believe it didn’t rip when I snagged it on our backyard chicken coop wire. The DWR coating helps prevent this jacket from absorbing water, and even if rain or snow gets past the shell, the PrimaLoft® Gold—a mix of down (70%) and synthetic (30%)—absorbs water much slower, retains its heat even when it does get wet, and dries quicker than your average down jacket. The tough material and mix of down and synthetic is perfect for winter activities that require durable gear, quick-drying gear, like ice climbing.
The length of the Nangpala is a little longer and covers my bottom. This is a nice feature when wearing a climbing harness or on chilly days when you want as much coverage as possible. I fall between a small and medium and went with medium in this jacket. The sizing felt slightly big for a mid-layer, but left plenty of room for layering. I also found that the shoulder/sleeves had a little more room than I needed, but it’s also fair to say I could use a few more push-ups in my life.
As I mentioned in the Pemba Jacket review, Sherpa Adventure Gear is not only a brand making great gear, but doing good for people. Sherpa’s goal is to “provide economic and social stability to the people of Nepal through steady employment, quality working conditions and educational opportunities for future generations.” They’ve created over 1,500 jobs for people in Nepal since 2008. In addition, the brand is environmental conscious. This particular jacket is bluesign approved, meaning, the “final textile product meets very stringent consumer safety requirements worldwide…” Purchasing the Nangpala gets you a great down jacket and you can feel good about the brand you’re supporting too!
Weight: 1lb 0 oz
Best used for: quick-drying down needs, warmth on a cold day, layering piece