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We review Sherpa's fantastic insulating mid-layer that doubles up as a casual jacket.
sherpa nangpala
Overall Score
Cosy midlayer and equally effective as a jacket.
the odd feather escapes

The Sherpa Nangpala has two cosy fleece-lined pockets, a breast pocket, two internal mesh pockets - great for drying out gloves with your body heat - and an insulated hood.

The Nangpala is pretty lightweight weighing in at 457g and can pack down into a stuff sack not much bigger than your fist. As a mid-layer it's extremely cosy although the permanent hood can get in the way. The Nangpala comes into its own as a top layer as suitable for apres ski as it is for more serious mountain duties.

Fill is Primaloft gold 750 which has a mix of 70% superfine water-repellent goose down and 30% hydrophobic synthetic fibres. This mix arguably provides the best of both worlds - Sherpa claims that this mix 'absorbs water ten times slower than 100% down, dries four times faster than 100% down, and retains 95% of its warmth even when wet'.

The ripstop shell has a water-repellent DWR coating and being ripstop should be durable enough to last many a winter. Although Sherpa claim that the outer has a tight weave, a few rogue feathers made a bid for freedom on test.

Overall, the Nangpala impressed, sure, it costs a lot but we felt that the value is in its versatility and quality.

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