The Outdoor Vitals NovaPro Jacket brought excellent insulation and superior windbreaking capability to my outdoor adventures from the first moment I zipped it on. Let’s take a closer look at this super warm, extra comfortable insulated puffy jacket.
What I Love About the Outdoor Vitals NovaPro Jacket
The two-way adjustable hood and high collar. My previous puffy didn’t have a hood, leaving my ears and neck sorely exposed to the wind and cold. The hood can also be tightened around your hat or beanie and the high collar zips up so it doesn’t leave any part of your neck exposed.
The thumb holes. I love them because they eliminate that pesky wrist gap between your jacket and gloves. They also keep your hands warmer on days when you forget your gloves at home.
The water and wind resistance. The NovaPro’s zero-stitch design features 10,000 fewer stitch holes than a traditional puffy jacket. The holes it does have are located along the baffles, making it up to five times more water-resistant and up to two times more wind resistant than a typically puffy jacket.
The insulation. The jacket boasts Down LT insulation, which is also moisture-resistant if moisture does get through the fabric. It’s a down-synthetic blend that’s more stable and holds its loft better than pure down.
The packability. In my opinion, this is a must for any down jacket, especially if you’re going to use it for backpacking or other overnight adventures. But I love that the NovaPro packs up into its own pocket to store easily when I’m not wearing it. As a bonus, it can double as a reasonably comfortable camp pillow if you need it.
The ventilation. Temperature regulation is a little tough when you’re wearing a very well-insulated down jacket that’s also high on moisture resistance. That’s why I love the zippered armpit vents in the NovaPro jacket to provide cooling ventilation and airflow as needed.
The adjustable hem and durable zippers. The bottom hemline can also be tightened to keep air out or loosened to provide more ventilation. Plus, it features YKK zippers, which ought to be an industry standard when it comes to durability, in my opinion.
NovaPro Jacket Specs
If you’re like me, you also love to run the numbers on any gear before you purchase. How does the weight compare to other brands like, say Outdoor Research? Or how do the materials compare to the competition?
So let’s take a quick look at the basic specs of the Outdoor Vitals NovaPro Jacket:
Weight: 14.5 ounces (Men’s L); 12.8 ounces (Women’s M)
Fill Power: 800+
Fill Weight: 155 grams (Men’s L); 138 grams (Women’s M)
Shell Material: 20-denier nylon with durable water-repellent (DWR) treatment
How Should the Outdoor Vitals NovaPro Jacket Fit?
The Outdoor Vitals NovaPro jacket is available in men’s and women’s sizes from extra small to triple XL. The ideal fit should allow you to comfortably wear a sweater or another layer underneath.
It should fit loose enough to avoid compressing the insulation on any clothing layers you wear under it. Outdoor Vitals categorizes the ideal fit for this jacket as “efficiently roomy.”
How to Clean the NovaPro Jacket
Here are the quick instructions for cleaning this puffy jacket:
1. Place it in the washing machine by itself (yes, completely alone!)
2. Add your preferred laundry detergent.
3. Set the washer to a delicate setting.
4. Dial the temperature to ‘Cold’.
5. Turn the washing machine on.
6. Tumble dry low, also on the delicate setting.
The good news – the NovaPro jacket retained 70% of its loft after going through a full washer cycle. That’s compared to 50% retention for DWR-treated down and a disappointing 0% retention for untreated down.
Be aware that the above percentages are reflective of the jacket’s temporary reaction immediately after coming out of a wash cycle.
What I’d Improve About the Outdoor Vitals NovaPro Jacket
The biggest thing I miss on this jacket is a fleece lining in the pockets. Mainly, it’s a comfort thing. I like the feeling of soft fleece on the backs of my hands, and I feel like it keeps my hands warmer on cold mornings.
If Outdoor Vitals asked me about any other improvements, I’d request a vertically aligned chest pocket. I love having a third pocket for storing unused doggie bags, my earbud case, or other small items, mainly because it keeps the lower pockets clear for my hands.
Where to Buy the NovaPro Jacket
This jacket is an excellent choice for four-season applications. It’s roomy, comfortable, resistant to wind and water, and easy to pack up once you hit the trail and your body temp starts rising.
Outdoor Vitals is currently offering a limited-time deal on the NovaPro Jacket – $50 off and free shipping. The catch – the link below is the only page where you’ll find access to that deal.
Use the link below to see the latest deals and information on price, size, and color options.
I had no idea how sorely I was lacking a quality water-resistant puffy jacket until I found the NovaPro. If you’re in the market for a new puffy, this one stacks up with the best of them and even surpasses them in many key areas.
What else would you like to know about the Outdoor Vitals NovaPro Jacket? Let me know in the comments below!