Always on the lookout for that perfect lightweight packable puffy jacket, when we discovered the BLACKYAK Women’s Nelore Jacket, I was obsessed with acquiring one to try.
Founded in Seoul, Korea in 1973, BLACKYAK makes high-quality technical gear for mountaineering expeditions, along with other outdoor activities. BLACKYAK practically owns the outdoor space in South Korea; five years ago they expanded to Europe, setting up a team to develop a line for the western market, which is starting to pop up in the U.S. (and Canada). The brand’s design philosophies are incredibly forward-thinking, using multiple material technologies in concert to create one unified piece — that not only performs but also looks great.
The Nelore Jacket is a lightweight packable insulated jacket intended as a mid-layer for cold days or worn on its own as a statement piece in mid 40 – 60-degree temps.
- Water repellent
- 700 fill traceable goose down
- Cordura lightweight ripstop outer and fleece inner
- Handwarmer pockets with zippers
- Stretch Cordura on the cuffs, side, and underarm panels
I went with a women’s size small; (for reference, I’m 5’8″, 130lbs.) even though it’s fitted (euro fit), it’s not constricting in the arms and shoulders — the stretch Cordura on the cuffs, side, and underarm panels offer a full range of movement. The torso and arm length are on the longer side which is a great fit for me.
Who’s it for?
I am absolutely obsessed with this jacket — it’s versatility makes it my go-to outer layer for cooler temps. Primarily worn on hikes, pre and post bike rides, it has become a constant traveling companion. I love the versatility, functionality, style, and fit. Though I’ve owned other lightweight insulated jackets, they’ve never kept me as warm or fit me as well. It’s also water repellent, making it the perfect lightweight puffy for the Pacific Northwest.
Disclaimer: the Nelore Jacket was provided by BLACKYAK for this review.