What’s in a name?

The Nuptse name holds no mystical origins or meaning. First and foremost, Nuptse is a mountain that lies two kilometers southwest of Mount Everest. Its name literally means “West Peak” in Tibetan. But while Everest dwarfs this mountain in both size and infamy, Nuptse can still leave an impression. From the basecamp of Everest’s south col route, five rugged peaks tower above all else. And it’s here where a design team from The North Face would find their inspiration for a new jacket – where a moniker meant for way finding would go on to stand for warmth and style.

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Puffy follows function

Every feature that makes up this iconic puffer serves a purpose. Down was the obvious choice. Lightweight, packable and warm, down feathers offer the ultimate protection against cold, mountain conditions. The jacket’s short waist-length came out of the climber’s need for quick and easy access to harnesses. Most iconic of all is Nuptse’s horizontal baffle construction. Introduced in 1992, this revolutionary design was developed to help minimize the shifting of down while capturing warmth. Today, the Nuptse is an undeniable wardrobe staple. And it all started as a single-minded pursuit to build the perfect down jacket.

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mountain colourways

The Nuptse’s notorious colourways were born from life in the mountains. High-contrast colours offer the best chances of being seen in white-out conditions, while the Nuptse’s iconic colour block provide extra wear-and-tear protection from heavy packs. On the mountain, standing out serves a purpose. Safety and protection come first. But looking good in the process never hurt any one.

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“FUSSY THINGS FALL OUT OF FASHION. THINGS WITH SUBTLE, PLAIN DESIGN ELEMENTS SEEM TO STAY FOREVER.”

RICHARD GILL

COLLECTOR / RE-SELLER