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Men's Nilas™ Jacket


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A warm, light, and windproof Down insulated jacket for high-altitude ascents. Designed for and used by speed climber Ueli Steck, the Nilas features 850-fill Q.Shield™ DOWN that resists moisture to retain critical loft and warmth even in damp conditions. AirShield™ technology keeps the wind at bay so that even when it’s howling, it’s always calm and dry inside the Nilas.
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  • Breathable - -
  • Weight: - 1 lb. 10 oz. / 729 g. -
  • Reviewers rated this product: - True to Size -
  • Good For: - Alpine Climbing -


A warm, light, and windproof Down insulated jacket for high-altitude ascents. Designed for and used by speed climber Ueli Steck, the Nilas features 850-fill Q.Shield™ DOWN that resists moisture to retain critical loft and warmth even in damp conditions. AirShield™ technology keeps the wind at bay so that even when it’s howling, it’s always calm and dry inside the Nilas.



  • Fabric Body: AirShield™ 15D 2L
  • Body Fabric Content: 100% Nylon
  • Insulation: 215 g. Q.Shield™ Down 850-Fill


Center Back Length: 30" / 76 cm
  • Apparel Fit: Active
  • Weight: 1 lb. 10 oz. / 729 g.


  • Q.Shield® DOWN resists heat-robbing moisture and retains maximum loft even when wet
  • Baffled down construction provides all-over warmth that eliminates cold spots
  • One-handed hood and hem drawcords for quick fit adjustments
  • Low profile, insulated hood
  • Soft, “Butter Jersey” cuffs
  • Imported


Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 12 reviewers.
Rated 3 out of 5 by Functional with structural issues I wanted to love this jacket...but couldn't Pros: Very Light weight but very warm. Thumb hole cuffs. Packs / unpacks really well. Cons: Main zipper sticks on fabric every zip; Very frustrating in the dark or in a hurry. The body of jacket isn't fitted well. Im 6'2" 220 lbs and XL was way too big in the body but the sleeve were spot on. Return was simple - I will try again November 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great heavy down jacket I picked up the Nilas originally in Shark and love it so much that I've ordered it in Slate Orange too. The soft interior cuffs are phenomenal and I'm looking forward to taking this jacket to Ireland this coming November when I visit the Dingle Peninsula. The fit is "true" in that I am 5'11" and weigh 196. I wear a size 41 R sport coat but have a 35 sleeve, so the Large is perfect for me and the cut is full enough that I can have an additional layer on underneath it without feeling like my movement has been restricted. Plus I am not one of those type of folks that likes to have their jackets form fitting: I like to layer rather than rely upon any single piece of clothing to keep me safe from the elements. Better to layer than anything else. And as such, I can easily fit my Monkey Man Grid jacket underneath my Nilas jacket and have unrestricted movement while at the same time comfortably wear my backpack. One thing about the zippers. Many dislike the zipper and feel that it takes away from the overall quality of the garment. I disagree. If you're in a rush and just grabbing the zipper and yanking it in an upwards directions, yes, it will snag. But if you're able to grab a hold of it and pull up in a simple straightforward manner, 8/10 times the zipper will not snag at all. But as another reviewer wrote, and I am the same way, I treat my down products with great care and do not tend to beat them up either. But keep in mind also, if you're expecting zippers on a jacket that are say similar to those found on the Absolute Zero Parka (which I own and love), then don't expect it to be designed with input from Ueli Steck, as I'm sure those kind of zippers would add more grams than he'd prefer. June 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Comfortable, packable, breathable Great jacket, I have been very pleased. It packs pretty small for the fill weight, and is pleasingly light. Most importantly, it is a cozy shelter- I last donned it in sub-freezing temperatures and 45mph gusts, and I was as snug as a bug in a... I was very happy, even as the wind was knocking me over. I have a few little quibbles- the zipper is not the easiest to connect with gloves, the thumb holes in the wrists are a little small for the base of my thumb- but they are truly minor. The front hand pockets are also very warm, and comfortably positioned. My bare hands are still warm enough in the pockets, even in the worst of weather. I have limited durability feedback as I am exceedingly gentle with down products. The fabrics are no less durable than my other down clothing, but I do not expect it would tolerate heavy abuse well. March 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by My New Home This jacket is EXACTLY what it says it is. Medium fits me perfectly (I'm 6', 175lbs). It's lightweight, incredibly warm, and so so so comfy. You know when you find something you never want to take off? It becomes your new home. This jacket is that for me. March 11, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Nilis Jacket I thought this jacket would be the perfect mate to the Nilis Bibs. For warmth it is, it fits exactly as advertised, the thumb hole in the cuffs is great. The 850 fill, water proof down is warm and comfortable. The ripstop nylon shell is wind and water resistant, a great feature. I used this jacket along with the Nilis Bibs on a ice fishing trip along the MN / Canada border. Temps were near zero F. and even while riding my snowmobile at 30 mph I did not feel the cold thru this set up. I'm 67 years old and my tolerance for cold has declined as I've aged. I should mention that I was wearing heavy weight fleece underwear, tops and bottoms. A light weight primaloft sweater, the Nilis bibs and the Nilis jacket. It was a warm, comfortable and light weight cold weather protection. These are the pluses. The one big minus, the zippers. Clothing in this price range should be perfect. Because of the zipper and the inside storm flap this coat is a failure. In the first week of ownership, every time I would put it on (daily) the zipper would get stuck in the storm flap fabric. Zipping it up or down, the result was the same, it stuck. The zipper is also, difficult to line up and start at the bottom. I looked at other down clothing and sleeping bags I own. The solution is simple. Other manufactures sew on a heavier stiffer piece of fabric on the zipper side of the storm flap. The fabric is heavy enough that it cannot fit under the zipper pull and snag. The added weight is a non factor. Cost to add the fabric? The present retail cost should cover it. Also, a heavier duty, more user friendly zipper would improve the function of donning and doffing this coat. The pocket zippers are difficult to operate one handed. Partly due to the zipper (same as front zip) and the loft of the coat. Replacing these with more user friendly zippers would improve the usability of the pockets. The folks that designed this product should use it, before it is released for retail sales, to see what they got right and where they failed. Maybe then these problems would have been corrected and we (consumers) could rate it 5/5 stars. January 21, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Generally as advertised the product is lightweight, fits well,is quite warm,and the jersey cuffs are a definite plus. The only negative I have found is the quality of the main zipper, which has a tendency to catch and get caught. December 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bomber If you get out in the elements and push your luck this is the jacket for you. Does not build up moisture inside and sheds most light precip. Almost too warm for everyday pedestrian use.... December 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Everything I Wanted I'm far from a mountain climber since I had a leg injured in an accident. I'm 63 and have other medical issues that make me get cold easily. I did a lot of research on line and went to several stores and learned a lot about premium quality down jackets. This jacket met every criteria: waterproof down, soft cuffs, excellent stitching so down doesn't leak out, functional hood allowing for stocking cap underneath, comfortable face protection when zipped all the way up and it's wind proof to boot. I had a previous MH down jacket for the last 5 Minnesota winters and was quite pleased. It had developed a few tears and leaks but was very light and warm. This is a much higher end jacket than that but my experience with that jacket made me favorably disposed to this great brand. I am very happy with my choice. It's comfort-city for an old guy who lives in Minnesota, where winter seems to last 7 months at least. November 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good jacket I'm 6'2" 170lbs and the medium fits just right. Room for layering underneath but not excessive space. The only painpoint on this iacket is the main front zipper. Its just not user friendly in my opinion, especially to get it started, and fully unzipped. The other zipper painpoint is right where the zipper transitions from the front body of the jacket to the hood (mouth) area, you can't zip the jacket all the way up by only tugging the zipper. You have to hold the two flaps of the mouth up straight so the zipper can proceed to the top. It's a painpoint, but not a dealbreaker for me. I just spent a weekend of climbing and camping in 20deg weather and the jacket kept me plenty warm. Looking forward to seeing how it warms for ice climbing in canada this winter. November 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome for Icy Lands Provided to me just before I left for Iceland last winter, it was used in anger during some brutal winds and amazing chilly conditions - even got to see the jacket's Nilas namesake, frozen sea ice! All in all it's a really comfortable, athletically cut down jacket, that hides you from most nippy conditions with ease. I spent whole days sat in place watching Orca in the waters off the coast, 7 or 8 hours of not moving and I was still held at a toastie temperature inside. Zips and cords feel a bit skinny, but are easy to use and haven't failed me yet despite initial trepidation. November 2, 2014
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