In 1992, the Nuptse Jacket was born. Named after the Tibetan for “west peak”, the Nuptse lies a mile southwest of Mt. Everest and is the western peak of what is widely considered to be a climbing gold mine. When created, the jacket incorporated the world’s first innovative baffle construction, designed to increase warmth, and almost instantly became one of the most coveted jackets in the world. The iconic jacket is now a regular siting, both at the Himalayan base camp and in downtown Manhattan.
To mark 25 years since its introduction, The North Face has released a collection of exact replicas of the 1992 Nuptse using original block colourways that include: Colbat Blue, The North Face Red, The North Face Black, and Yellow Dome Print – in full jacket, and gilet form. The jacket incorporates classic baffles packed with RDS-certified goose down, celebration labelling, and the The North Face woven label on sleeve.
“The jacket was actually named after its design team, who spent 55 days at the Nuptse basecamp staring at this terribly impressive, raw and uncharted mountain,” explains Darren Cookson, VP Product at The North Face EMEA. “On the mountain, there’s an old saying, a rule of thumb when choosing your gear: light is right. That means you only pack the essentials, and everything that goes up should have a purpose – everything that went into the Nuptse’s design was centered around these principles. After a few redesigns, having observed the construction was compromising the insulation, in 1992, the Nuptse was released with an updated look and an innovative horizontal baffle construction. The revolutionary design minimized the shifting of down, and a puffy icon was born.”
Much loved around the world, the brand has explored what the Nuptse means to everyone from mountain explorers like David Gottler and Gore-Tex obsessives like Joey Ones to city dwelling musicians and DJ’s such as Ikonika and Teki Latex. Discover how this humble mountain jacket became an icon in a new film down below.