This upgraded North Face jacket fits your cold-weather needs
We're still in the throes of winter, which means you still need to protect yourself from the elements, the frigid temperatures—and the dreariness of boring cold-weather gear. That's where The North Face comes in. The brand is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to world-ready outerwear, and its iconic Nuptse puffer jacket is part of the reason.
A throwback jacket originally released 1996, it combines all the nostalgic '90s style you'd expect with some serious weather-beating bona fides. And one version in particular—made with a multi-colored jacquard shell, and sold out pretty much everywhere except the brand's own website—is a standout. Here's why you should have it in your winter rotation.
It's been 23 years since the OG Nuptse jacket released. That's a world of time in fashion. But in this instance, it's not really an issue. Because what worked then—a boxy jacket complete with cinched hems and cuffs, plus 700 down-fill layer of insulation—works just as well today. This thing is warm. Like, really damn warm. Take it off in your car, or on the subway, or wherever else you might find yourself inside. Otherwise, you're liable to overheat. In other words: When you're outside, you won't feel the chill. Easy as that.
The Engineered Jacquard version of the Nuptse jacket released later on last year—and promptly sold out at most of the spots that traffic in good clothes and a well-informed customer base. That's a testament to the puffer's style, blending throwback vibes with a textured outer layer that takes it from "basic The North Face" (not a bad thing) to "not-even-close-to-basic The North Face" (not a bad thing either).
If you're looking for something that doesn't just do the job but makes you stand out while doing it, look no further.