Published on January 3rd, 2018 | by Greg0
North Face McMurdo Parka III: Stay Warm In The Coldest Temps
For a few weeks, it seemed like we’d be in for a mild winter- warmer than normal temperatures and a lack of snow and other precipitation may have lulled many into a false sense of security. But the past few days have been a record-breaking reminder of the season’s fury, with New York City celebrating the New Year with the coldest temperatures in a century. It’s not just the Northeastern USA either, or only America- we noticed memes claiming that Canada was closed due to their dangerously frigid outdoors.
Keeping us warm, though, is the North Face McMurdo Parka III- the sort of jacket that you can count on to keep you toasty even as the mercury drops to below zero. Inside you’ll find 550 fill goose down, and it’s got their highest rating for warmth, waterproofing, and wind resistant- though it’s also one of their heaviest options, in turn. It’s overall design, from cut to styling, are built more for urban use- city commuters rather than Arctic explorers- with oversized pockets (that can fit an iPad). There’s a completely detachable and easily removable faux-fur ruff, and we appreciated that the fill is certified to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) by Control Union.
Even in the recent freezing holiday weather, we were kept toasty with the McMurdo Parka. And there were tons of pockets, allowing us to hold mittens and hats and all of the other essentials. It held up well to snow, brushing it off and allowing us to stay dry, and . But make no mistake- it’s pretty bulky, a bit larger than we expected in the chest and shoulders, and it is quite lengthy as well. The hood is large and roomy enough so you can keep a hat on, but the zippers and buttons gave us some trouble- getting it on and off can be a bit tricky. Velcro-tightening wrist cuffs and the neck block wind really well and stay snug, but there’s no draw cord at the waist.
The North Face McMurdo Parka III is, perhaps obviously, an updated version- and you can see why they would refine what works. It doesn’t look too puffy, is reinforced and seam-sealed in all the right places, and is reasonably priced. Plus, it’s available in a variety of color schemes- we tried the basic black, but you can find it in navy, taupe, red, khaki, and grey. Online and in stores, the McMurdo Parka III runs between $300 and $350- a small price to pay for warmth and comfort even when Mother Nature decides to turn off the heat.