The North Face Himalayan Down Parka - Men's


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Designed for those with Seven Summits aspirations, The North Face Men's Himalayan Parka makes reaching the top the top of the world a lot more comfortable. Used by elite mountaineers in the big mountain ranges in every hemisphere, this ultra-warm alpine parka is built with a Gore Windstopper® Insulation Shell packed with premium 800 fill European goose down and Climashield™ Neo Insulation for optimum cold weather warmth. A lightweight design, this down parka uses fully laminated and taped baffles to keep its insulation evenly placed, so there are no cold spots. Its polyurethane (PU) zippers have laminated back flaps to eliminate snagging when pulling with mitted digits, while it fully adjustable fixed snorkel hood with internal down collar seals things up tight against the elements. Additional weather blocking comes from the parka's hobo mitts that close the wrist gap, Velcro® adjustable cuffs, and hem cinch cord that checks swirling wind. Outfitted with plenty of storage, the TNF Himalayan Parka features two Napoleon chest pockets with internal parka access, an internal zipper pocket for a radio, two internal stretch water bottle pockets to keep liquid from freezing, and two hand pockets. Whether heading to one of the earth's poles or a peak above 4000m, The North Face Himalayan Down Parka should be the center point of your expedition gear.


  • Fabric: body: Gore Windstopper® Insulation Shell-100% nylon ripstop, 30D 61 g/m2 (1.8 oz/yd2)
  • Insulation: 800 fill goose down, Climashield™ Neo Insulation
  • Fully laminated and taped baffles
  • Fully adjustable fixed snorkel hood for maximum weather protection
  • Internal down collar
  • Laminated back flap on all zippers
  • Polyurethane (PU) zips
  • Graduated center-front zipper wind flaps with clip closure
  • Watch chest clip
  • Two Napoleon chest pockets with internal parka access
  • Internal zipper pocket for radio
  • Two internal stretch water bottle pockets
  • Two hand pockets
  • Hobo mitts
  • Velcro® adjustable cuffs
  • Hem cinch cord
  • Summit Series® collection
  • Standard fit
  • Center back length: 30 in
  • Weight: 43 oz, 1219 g

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Review Summary

4.9 out of 5

25 Reviews

  • Great design: 7
  • Performance: 7
  • Build quality: 5
  • Ease of use: 5

  • Cost: 4
  • hood not able to zip off: 1
  • the zipper can be a challenge at times: 1
  • Wears quickly: 1
Comfort: 4.9 / 5
Quality: 4.8 / 5
Durability: 4.6 / 5
Warmth: 4.6 / 5
Water Protection: 4.2 / 5
Fit: 3.6 / 5

25 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
35-44 yrs

Perfect protection for winter
November 17, 2011

It has been my first purchase with Altrec - Men's Himalayan Parka. Arrived last week - just a perfect protection for winter weather. Very warm, comfortable fit and waterproof. Looks like this winter is going to be an easy one.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value, Lasts forever, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
from New York, but now in Moscow
35-44 yrs

Very warm parka
November 17, 2010

I have got this parka one week ago but I like it very much already. The super quality, very light in weight, the jacket keeps me warm and dry all the time, the only minus - the hood is not able to zip off.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: hood not able to zip off

the holy grail of down jackets
June 15, 2008

It took considerable effort to actually get the jacket (I live in NZ). It was worth it. The jacket is fantastic - extremely well made and incredibly warm. Bring on the next Ice Age! My only criticism would be - a sleeping bag style "stuff sack" would be useful to store this jacket when not in use - as it requires it's own seat in the car when not being worn. Very good value for money.

Sets a new standard.
December 07, 2005

I tried it on... and bought it 2 weeks later. It really puts everything else on a different level. Now I just need to find a place cold enough to use it. Mt. Washington may be the closest place that I can think off... Nicest piece of equipment - 100% attention to detail.

A very, very warm and light jacket
February 24, 2007

My first impression was that I found the jacket to be very light in weight. When I first tried it on I immediately felt the warmth (this was inside the house). After about 3 minutes I had to take it off. I kept it in my closet for 3 days. Then the next day the temperature descended to 7 deg F. (wind chill factor: -6 F.). I put it on (hood off), and went out with it. I could not tell how cold it was, except for my head of course. My legs and feet were well insulated. After about 20 minutes I put the hood on. It became a totally different jacket (as far as warmth is concern). Hope you guys get it: This is a very warm jacket. Quality is self evident: just look at it, feel it, and try it own for yourselves. If I was forced to find something that I would like to see differently, then I would say the zip: I wish it was bigger and stronger. In conclusion: I have absolutely no regrets in buying this jacket, and would gladly buy it again.


Awesome Parka
February 05, 2007

This thing is warm, I mean really warm and very well made. I will be using this parka on Denali this year and Aconcagua next January along with several winter trips coming up.


Awesome down coat!!
November 11, 2009

This is one of the best parkas I have owned. It is suprisingly lightweight despite its bulky appearance, which I don't mind. Plenty of pockets too! This jacket fits true to size. Recommended.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
from CA
35-44 yrs

Top notch
December 14, 2010

Spent two months in search of THE ultimate defense against the elements. Finally settled on the Himalayan and waited anxiously to see it if it would live up to hopes and expectations. No question now this will be a go to jacket for years to come. I'm 5'8" - 165pds and the medium is tailor fit. My head acually sweats in the hood it's sealed so well in there! As noted in other reviews, there's a degree of stay puff marshamallow man..but not as dramatic in other 800 fill jackets I've owned. Simply a well designed, great looking jacket. Not that I care about cosmetic in -12 conditions. I've had one test in the comfortable as I've ever been in extreme conditions. Only one dowside I can detect thus far -- the zipper is a struggle at times. But ultimately concluding small price to pay for an otherwise great jacket.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use

Ultimate jacket for freezing conditions
February 07, 2007

This is the jacket that will keep you warm and dry no matter the conditions. I don't think I've ever worn such an awesome jacket before. The 850 fill down keeps you super warm and the hyvent shell fabric keeps you and the down bone dry. I'm skinny (6'3" 150lbs) and the medium fits great, not super baggy but a decent amount of room for under layers, not that I think I'll ever need any since it's that warm. It is a bit bulky though but that's to be expected with an 850 fill parka and even with the hyvent shell instead of a typical ultralight material the parka is very light and compresses nicely when you need to pack it away. The hood is awesome and the neck closure keeps you very warm and comfortable. I can't say enough positive things about this jacket. It's a bit spendy but definitely worth it.

Himalayan Parka is a Five Star Jacket!
February 10, 2007

To begin with, this is a beautiful stylish jacket not only for the country, but for city wearing too!! The color black (which I always thought was popular) has been recently discontinued and I was able to save $150 off retail on a black Himalayan here at ALTREC. I have always liked the feel and comfort of the Nuptse Down Jacket, but I was looking for something similar in style and feel, but "waterproof" and much warmer for when the temps drop well below freezing; and, the Himalayan provides that warmth "consistently." The Himalayan can't be beat for warmth, not even by my long LL Bean Storm Coat. The Himalayan is sized relatively snuggly -- intentionally, I believe to keep the wind out. It's comfortable with a Denali jacket or vest inside, but it would be too snug to say... wear a sport coat inside. In comparison, I have worn a sport coat comfortablly inside the same sized, but roomier McMurdo parka. The McMurdo outer lining is more durable in harsh dirty conditions, e.g., wilderness camping than the Himalayan. But, you can't beat the Himalayan for that "impenetrable" barrier against the cold and the wind. It's comfortable snuggness is part of the integral design to keeping out the harsh, biting cold and wind that you can see in New York and Boston. I read something in another review that I agree with. If you intend on regularly carrying water bottles inside the parka, you need to step up one size to do so. I have a half a dozen Mountain Guide jackets because I love them so much, but when it gets really cold, I love my Himalayan Parka.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
55-64 yrs

North Face
January 27, 2011

Great Jacket! Extremely Warm and very lightweight. I have worn this jacket on the coldest day in Korea and was very comfortable while others froze. Thanks

Pros: Performance, Great value, Cons: Cost

It performs
December 30, 2009

After a few weeks of use, my 2009 himalayan parka has kept me warm in temperatures down to -20C. At these temperatures, i was only wearing a non thermal t-shirt underneath, and able to withstand the temperature for hours at a time. There is no weight in this parka, compared to other goose parkas, you hardly realise you have this on, until you step back inside and start sweating! For those of you hesitating, and constantly experiencing sub-zero temperatures, its worth the buy.

One Great Parka!
November 12, 2006

I too purchased TNF Himalayan Down Parka. I was looking for a single heavyweight Parka that can stand up the the elements and remain warm and waterproof like no other. . .This is the one. The fit is very comfortable and allows for up to a medium weight layer if conditions require it. Both the construction and quality are true to the standard that North Face is respected for. I'm very satisfied and like Jeff said this is a keeper and I'm going to enjoy this Parka for many years to come. . .

Excellent product.
February 27, 2007

Mount Washington got 3 feet of snow on Valentine's Day and I summited 3 days later with 40 mile an hour winds and night time temps of -25 and day time highs of 8 degrees. I carried this very light weight jacket up and down that mountain, unprotected from the winds above the tree line and below the tree line through ice climbing, and roping and it (1) kept me very warm; (2) allowed for reasonable venting; and (3) maintained its integrity (no rips or loose down). By far, the best jacket and hood (I first thought that not being detachable was a bad thing, but quickly learned that being permanently joined with the jacket allowed for no wind seepage) I have owned. The only thing stopping me from giving it 5 stars is that I've owned it only for 3 weeks.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5

Himalayan Parka
December 17, 2012

I purchased the Parka for a winter outing where I will be sitting still for long periods of time. You can really tell the difference in build quality. They really paid attention to the details.

Cons: Cost

The absolute best
February 29, 2008

It's the warmest and absolute best parka I've ever owned. When I put it on it feels like it's hugging me. I've worn it in the rain and didn't get wet. I've been snowmobiling in -20 degrees and didn't even feel cool. Can't ask for anything better.

Warmest Jacket I've Ever Owned. Great Quality!
January 28, 2006

The jacket had a satin like texture on my arms when I wore it with a short sleeve shirt. It was nice & puffy with a comfortable feel to it. I thought it would be even nicer if the thick down filled hood was detachable. I like the fact that rain drops that hit the jacket do not soak into the jacket's outer Hyvent shell, but rather kling to the outer shell looking like dew that you might see on lawn grass blades on an early Spring morning. If you shake like a dog with those dew drops on the jacket's outer shell, the rain drops fall right of the jacket preventing the jacket from getting soaked. Therefore, I felt that the jacket was worth every penny & certainly worth the wait for my proper size to be in stock. I left my name & e-mail address with Altrec to contact me as soon as they had my size in stock. A day after they e-mailed me, I submitted my order for The North Face Himalayan Parka & it only took a week to reach me with Altrec's free United Parcel Service Ground shipping. Overall, I was real satisfied with my purchase & the excellent warmth & water resistance that this parka provides me. The silky satin like texture of the interior of the parka feels so luxuriously comfortable that I enjoy wearing it to all occassions. Altrec even gave me a free one year subscription to National Geographic's Adventure magazine with the order I placed for the Men's The North Face Himalayan Down Parka.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
from Chicago
25-34 yrs

Himalayan Parka
December 14, 2011

This coat is a great purchase. It is really warm, comfortable and great for a Chicago winter which includes rain, snow and bitter cold. Altrec's online chat help desk is very useful in helping you define size.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
from New York
25-34 yrs

Highly recomended !!
January 23, 2013

I am 5"10 and 175lb. and Small fit me perfectly. go one size down. if you dont zip up the cloth, the wrist part of the cloth rubs the velcro? (see attached photo.) apart from that, this parka is highly recomended.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Wears quickly

best ever!
November 20, 2009

this is propably one of the best downjackets ever! I own plenty of jackets since i live in alaska but this kills them all!

northface himalayan parka
March 19, 2007

I received this jacket about a week ago and am sorry to say that it was a mistake ordering this jacket. Although the parka was extremely high quality, at 5 feet 7 inches, 135 pounds the medium was just far too big. Definitely lives up to it reputation for extreme warmth. The picture is also deceiving, it appealed to me because it was such a high percentage of down yet it doesnt look very puffy. It was definitely puffy however, as i was described as looking like the Michelin man when it was on. Overall the jacket is a great jacket, very high quality but if you're about my height, i wouldn't even bother unless you can miraculously find a size small, which you wont because i've looked everywhere. I realize that it is 900 down so you should expect puffyness, but i didnt expect it to look that puffy.

Hardcore Parka for the Worst Northern Weather
February 07, 2006

I purchased this Parka for skiing in Northern New New England. It can easily withstand -20F conditions without the windchill. All seams and down are "welded" so there is no airflow through the jacket like a lot of other ones I owned. Only downside is the fact that the hood is not detachable, however this would probably result in more airflow instead of its tight construction. North Face logo on front and back. Plan to keep this one for a lifetime...

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
from CA
35-44 yrs

Good one..
December 15, 2010

Everyone should buy one in cool winter season!! Warm, good water protection.

Pros: Great design
Warmth: 5 / 5
from Madison, WI
18-24 yrs

Love My Coat
December 10, 2011

The Himalayan Parka is the warmest coat I've ever owned. I can ride my moped to class on the coldest days and not feel the wind or chill of the day. I'm very impressed with the quality and design of this coat. I highly recommend this purchase!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Cons: Cost

Wonderful, but...
February 22, 2007

It is what you would expect for a well made very warm DOWN 850 fill jacket. The outer waterproof shell is a nicer feel than most outer materials. But, I have two improvements to suggest: In addition to or instead of the bottom cinch, there should be a waist cinch cord (+/- a skirt to improve the contour and keep any wind/snow out. The hood should be able to zip off if desired. From a very picky guy -p

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