Product Review

Penfield Nacklin

A new silhouette in the ever growing Penfield goose down pedigree is the much anticipated Nacklin.  This light-weight, snap button overshirt features lightly filled 60/40 goose down, snap buttons, fleece lined hip pockets, and is packable down to about the size of most American hamburgers.  On a recent trip up Mt. Whitney, I took along the Nacklin to give it a shot in the unpredictable spring weather on the lower 48’s highest peak.

A last minute addition to my pack, the jacket, packed in its accompanying stuff sack, was a hardly noticeable addition.  After roasting some serious sweat stains into my white oxford on the 6 miles to Trail Camp, throwing on the Nacklin with a t-shirt was a real treat.  At 12,000 feet, the temperature was considerably cooler and the wind blew freely above the tree line.  The light rip stop nylon broke the wind and the fill was spot on, enough to insulate, not enough to irritate.

Camp is where the Nacklin finds itself most useful.  With an overshirt silhouette and snap buttons, the Nacklin doesn’t lend itself to foul weather or long periods where weather could arise. Instead, when the boots are off, when there are chores to be done, when you’re hanging in the tent or by the fire, the Nacklin is a real comfort and can definitely fit into your pack next time you’re in the wild.