Outdoor Vitals NovaPro Jacket Review

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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

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When the temps drop below freezing, I previously found myself putting on a ridiculous number of layers. The NovaPro jacket changed that, and here are a few things I love about this 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

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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!

Outdoor Vitals NovaPro Jacket









  • Easily Packable into its own Pocket
  • Water and Wind Resistance
  • Hood and Thumb Holes


  • No chest pocket
  • No fleecing lining in pockets


  1. Bob Roman

    Wow, this article really hit the spot with me! I mean, who doesn’t love a good jacket when it comes to exploring the great outdoors? I’ve been in the market for a new jacket for a while now, and I have to say, the Outdoor Vitals Novapro jacket sounds like the perfect match.

    I’ve got to ask, though, have you tried it out in the rain? I’ve had a similar jacket from another brand, and while it kept me warm and dry, I looked like a drowned rat after a downpour. I’m hoping the Novapro will live up to its waterproof claims!

    One thing I love about this article is the level of detail and the thorough review of the jacket. From the breathable fabric to the adjustable hood, it sounds like this jacket has got it all. And let’s not forget about the price point! It’s always a bonus when you can get a high-quality product at an affordable price.

    Overall, I’m impressed with the Novapro and I’m grateful to the author for taking the time to write such an in-depth review. It’s not often you come across such a comprehensive guide to a product, and it’s definitely made my decision-making process a lot easier. I might just have to give this jacket a try!

    Thanks for the great read!

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      Tucker Ballister

      Thanks Bob! 

      I’ve definitely used it in a few good Texas rainstorms, but no monsoon-style rains yet. I will say that it’s more water-resistant than many other puffy jackets, but not waterproof – aka it’s not a rain jacket haha. But I’ve been impressed with how it has handled moisture so far!

  2. Anna

    I would like fleece lined pockets, too.  But even without that, it still sounds like the best, most well designed jacket–EVER!  I live in a cold place with absurdly intense wind.  It goes through everything.  And something like this could be just what the doctor ordered.  Your article was so thorough and complete, and you’re obviously a fan of this jacket.  You’ve convinced  me.  I’m putting the acquisition of one of these on my agenda.  Thanks so much for your in depth review!

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  3. Samantha

    Hi Tucker, 

    Your post on Outdoor Vitals Novapro Jacket which provides a detailed and informative review of this particular piece of outdoor gear. It is providing useful information about the product’s features, performance, and suitability for different outdoor activities.

    It highlights the importance of having a quality jacket for outdoor activities, and how the Novapro Jacket stands out from other similar products on the market. If my understanding is correct, It has balanced assessment of the jacket, pointing out its strengths and weaknesses based on their personal experience.

    The inclusion of photos and videos in the post also make more understandable, allowing them to see the jacket in action and get a better sense of its features and design. And also I see the comparison with other jackets, giving readers a broader perspective on their options.

    Overally, it is helping them make informed decisions when choosing a jacket for their outdoor adventures.



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  4. Dale F Stefano

    I have an Outdoor Vitals Nove Pro jacket. I used it in the Adirondacks last weekend. It was a damp 34 degrees evening, and I had a fleece base layer, an EMS primeloft sweater under my jacket and I was COLD. Shivering. When I got home I held the jacket up to a light and was able to see through a couple baffles. To the tune of NO insulation in them. This was a used sale, with a rock-solid rating, so no warranty issue, of which I knew of beforehand. I’m just wondering if you have experienced anything like this or heard of similar issues. I have been in contact with O.R, to no avail. To me the fact that any baffle can be completely devoid of insulation speaks to some kind of a design flaw.
    Thanks foe your time. I have two other O.V. items that I really like. I so want to like this jacket but so far it does not measure up to a winter one for me.
    Thanks, Dale

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      Tucker Ballister

      Hey Dale!

      Sorry to hear this. I haven’t had this issue with my Nova Pro jacket at all. In fact, I’ve gotten caught out in the rain a few times (more rain than it’s really designed for) and it’s kept me quite comfortable. I recently picked two of their hoodies as well and love them so far. What method are you using to contact Outdoor Vitals? Just curious…

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