Macpac Nitro

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by theoctagon, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. Foxster

    Foxster Section Hiker

    My Nitro arrived today, 7 days from order.

    My goodness, this thing is warm!

    Tried it first against my bare, naked flesh while indoors and soon got a glow on. Now wearing it over a merino T and I'm building up a nice sauna sweat now.

    Will try outside this evening when things have cooled down.

    I'm going to have to save it just for winter hikes. It doesn't seem tough enough for regular wear. It's thin (see-through in fact) and I tried (not too hard) to push my finger through and I could hear the material creaking. That area remained raised until massaged flat again. I probably could have pushed a little harder and got my finger to go through. So it needs to be protected under another layer most of the time if I want it to last.

    I agree with someone else's comment about the breast pocket - pretty naff. I assume it's only there so they could have something to print the logo on. I'd be happier without it but not going to risk ruining the thing just to get rid of something that will be hidden most of the time.

    My cunning plan is that it's going to be part of the replacement of a down puffer jacket that I've gone right off because of their sponge-like properties. It'll be: Thin merino T, Nitro and OR Ascendant jacket, with my Alpkit Balance shell to throw on when it gets wet and windy (so, all the time in the UK ;)).
  2. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Don't worry about regular wear... It can take it... I wear mine sometimes for work, other times for general out and about, and plenty on the hill with a pack or running vest.... It can take it.
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  3. Foxster

    Foxster Section Hiker

    That's good news, thanks.

    I've had it on most of today around the house and for a wander up the garden in winter sunshine. I really, really like it and it'd be shame if it only came out to play for hikes.
  4. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Sewn small rips twice. Not that you could tell.
  5. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Lots of tops seem to come with these chest pockets. Can't see myself ever using them.
  6. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    Even worse with wind shells, the only thing I maybe put in the pocket is a phone, as soon as you do it drags the jacket right down (being heavier than the jacket). Only really any use for bank/ID card really
  7. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Womens version doesn't have the pocket.
    (- assumption that somehow we don't need pockets :mad: …. but thats another story)
    Fit looks pretty straight up and down so worth a try maybe for those without wide shoulders ??
  8. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    haha. No pocket because no need to store money? Someone male with a pocketed Nitro will pay. (Excluding those who have removed the pockets with a huge variety of curious and ingenious technological means, of course. Which is most of treklite).

    I have narrow shoulders and wide hips and it’s a lovely fit.
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  9. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I'm busy negotiating a B'day pressie from my daughter who is in NZ just now :) - otherwise I'd probably not consider getting one.
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  10. Cali

    Cali Backpacker

    Thanks, missed this on BPL. Tried getting one directly a month ago, but MacPac said they don't currently ship to US.
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  11. Cali

    Cali Backpacker

    @Enzo Good info, I'm also 42 chest, broad shoulders and often fall between sizes depending on fit. Typically a large in Arcteryx trim fit, but went for a XL Nitro in blue. Should arrive in a few weeks.
  12. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Isn't missing pockets a 'thing' on women's clothing? My assumption was a desire not to influence outline with bulging pockets?
    I'm all for pockets, the circumstance you mention Clare, has occured for me a few times, and my wife earns more than me! Lol
  13. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    I use the pocket on the Rab Alpha Flash to keep a water filter from freezing in the morning or to keep the GPS warm.
  14. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Winter warm/dry pocket essentials:
    Spare camera battery
    Small meths bottle
    Lighter
    Phone
  15. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Why is a chest pocket preferred to trouser pockets? Spode a little MP3 player might work?
  16. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    I my case, the trouser pockets have other things in them (phone, wallet, water filter when the gps is in the Flash pocket).
  17. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    I don't ever use headphones, but listen to my phone on speaker sometimes, so perfect for me.
  18. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    lot of good reviews & size info.
    So I got a size L in Asphalt/Tendershoots,pitty I quite liked the blue, maybe shouldn't have been so slow. ;)
    They have Black aswell now.
  19. William.K

    William.K Summit Camper

    The Blue Nitro's have now been moved to the clearence section of the Macpac site. $85 instead of $89.99.
  20. Gordon

    Gordon Trail Blazer

    I've got a blue Nitro - $85 - on it's way: 8 days and counting............ since the order was placed. :(
  21. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    Didn't see that, it's on page 9 :banghead: as the one I clicked on was page 4, but only give an option of the colour I got or black.
    Have sent an email on to them asking if I could change colour, it say's it's 89.99 not 85.99 in the basket..
    Thanks for the heads up. :thumbsup:
  22. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Yup. Chest pockets don't work so well for women.
    As a teenage Girl Guide, who was expected to carry various "be prepared' things" - the chest pockets on my uniform where :wideyed::wideyed::wideyed: - especially as I also had (as the Germans would say) "plenty of wood in front of my hut" ….. :bag:.

    The worst thing is womens trousers and jacket without hip/side pockets. That is just a PITA. :mad:
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  23. pilbond

    pilbond Trekker

    On the issue of pockets, I have never understood that "custom" of putting only one on the back of the pants instead of two.
  24. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    i never use back pockets, but i wish i paid more attention and stopped buying ones with back pocket zips, they catch in every bloody thing
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  25. pilbond

    pilbond Trekker

    [QUOTE = "Charlie83, post: 143940, member: 2674"] nunca uso bolsillos traseros, pero desearía haber prestado más atención y dejar de comprar unos con cremalleras en los bolsillos traseros, atrapan cada cosa sangrienta [/ QUOTE]

    XD I never have enough pockets.

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