You know it NuptsedThe North Face’s best-selling high-necked jacket puffy jacket. It’s the brand’s mainstay style, albeit retro, with its contrasting collar and panels, adjustable cuffs and 700 fill power goose down. First launched in 1992 (with input from athletes and mountaineers ), it is named after the neighbor of Mount Everest and was intended for the summit of these mountains. And while the jacket is versatile enough to help climbers on those kinds of missions, it was actually streetwear fans who pushed the Nupste into the fold.
They liked the simplicity of the jacket: its long, wide baffles (the separate pockets where down is stored) and its oversized silhouette, which looks great zipped up or worn wide open. In The City – yes, New York – it was what everyone wore once the temperatures dropped, and for good reason too. Not only was it warm, but the Nuptse Nylon Jacket came in multiple colors, which you could coordinate with your sweatpants, sneakers and folded tuques.
And, fortunately for current fans, those iterations haven’t died out over time. There are still plenty of options to choose from, including, starting this month, a polar option as well. Available in four colors, the new Shaggy Nuptse Jacket is made from 100% recycled fleece, Heatseeker Eco insulation and 600 fill recycled waterfowl down. The soft exterior is really the only real difference between this version and previous ones, so it still has the handy flap ( to prevent the cold breeze from slipping between the front zipper), a stowable hood when it starts to rain or snow and pockets. at the hips and inside (with zippers, to boot).
However, The North Face does more than just experiment with materials. There are new colors too – like Harbor Blue, for example, an almost teal that will pop on a crowded sidewalk or a snowy slope. For long-time fans of the style who just want the fleece, not some wacky new color combination, there are also safer bets: the famous pairing of Ponderosa Green and Pure Black, as well as Solid Brown and Total Black. .