Sherpa Nangpala – Gear Review

The Green Adventurer - Sherpa Nangpala jacket being tested on the GR57 in March

Recently I decided to get a piece of gear I did not have yet; a proper insulation layer. During my search I came across Sherpa Adventure Gear. A company which I had never heard of before. However after looking into them it turns out that they do some pretty cool stuff. So, I decided to buy the Sherpa Nangpala Hooded jacket.

Before sharing my experiences with the jacket, let’s start with some specs:
– 100% recycled polyester, with PFC-free DWR treatment
– PrimaLoft Silver insulation, which is warm as 650 fill down
– Packs down to 19 x 16 cm and comes with separate stuff sack
– Weighs 457 gram

Sherpa Adventure Gear – Nangpala Hooded jacket

PrimaLoft

The insulation is PrimaLoft Silver Down Blend which is a combination of 60% down (RDS certified)and 40% PrimaLoft fibers. The down and  fibers are both water-repellent (PFC-free). Currently 90% of their products contains at least 35% post-consumer recycled (PCR) material. PrimaLoft has committed to increasing this to at least 50% PCR for 90% of their products by 2020. They also introduced PrimaLoft Bio which are 100% recycled and biodegradable synthetic fibers. This is expected to be commercially available in 2020.

Sherpa Adventure Gear

Sherpa is a small Nepal based company which focuses on providing local economic and social sustainability. They do this, among other things, by offering flexible employment opportunities and providing scholarships through their Sherpa Adventure Gear Fund. In 2017 they employed over 900 people (of which 808 are women) and to date they provide 10 students with education scholarships (which covers elementary school all the way through college).

Spring Showers

Alright, let’s get back to the jacket. Last week I made a two-day hiking trip. Temperature was around 10 degrees Celsius which dropped to 5 in the evenings. Sunshine and rain alternated during the day and we even got a bit of unexpected hail. All in all, the perfect weather conditions to test my new jacket!

I decided to test the DWR and PrimaLoft insulation so I did not pull out my rain jacket during the spring showers. And I have to say, the jacket stayed perfectly dry! In the evening, when the temperature dropped and the wind picked up, I put my rain jacket over it. This combination (t-shirt + Sherpa Nangpala + Rain jacket) kept me nice and warm.

Testing the Sherpa Nangpala jacket

Additional Pros and Cons

The details in the jacket definitely deserve some bonus points. The coloured flags incorporated throughout the jacket show attention for detail, and the hand warmers in the pockets are a nice extra on cold days.

My main issue with this jacket is that it is advertised as “no feathers escape” which is simply not true. I’ve already seen quite some feathers flying around. I’m expecting this to be equal to any other down jacket. However, the fact that they specifically promise no feathers escaping definitely leads to some disappointment.

Another downside is the price point. I was able to get the jacket for a discounted price at my local outdoor store. However, I’m not sure whether I had also paid the original price of 300 euros for it, as this seems quite steep.

Overall Opinion of the Sherpa Nangpala

All in all, I am positive about the sustainability efforts of Sherpa Adventure Gear and PrimaLoft. And I am pretty excited about the jacket and how it performs. Especially the fact that you don’t have to think about keeping it dry as much as you would with regular down jackets.