Macpac Nitro

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by theoctagon, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    Not sure if there’s a thread on this top already or just random comments here and there but I’ve received a couple of messages asking a few questions about it so I thought I’d start this thread.

    I bought mine in a sale at NZ$89.99 & shipping to the UK was NZ$40. At today’s exchange rate that’s about £65.60

    Mine was sent via DHL and arrived within 7 days. The import & duty came to £19.96

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    My size Large is approx 52cm pit to pit when laying flat, sleeve length around 61cm. On my cheapo scales it comes to 125g

    Limited use so far compared to others so I’ll leave it at that for now, hope some of this is of some use to some :)
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2020
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  2. Gordon

    Gordon Trail Blazer

    I've a Medieval Blue one on order - NZ$85 plus NZ$40 shipping. Reading around I went for an XL. Depending on the make I range from M to L, but I read that these are fairly close fitting and that sizing up might be a good idea. Not looking forward to the import duty. :rolleyes:
  3. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Macpac Nitro and Ronhill Tracksters* for the ultimate British-hiker-in-the-Alps uniform. ;)

    More seriously, thanks, this is quite useful. :thumbsup:

    * or racy fishnet stockings if you want to go for the fastpacker look.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2020
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  4. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Close fitting is how you get the best from the Nitro. Close...but not restricting.
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  5. Gordon

    Gordon Trail Blazer

    If it's not close enough, I'll just put on weight...... :shamefullyembarrased:
  6. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Does this material have any stretchiness to it?
  7. pilbond

    pilbond Trekker

    I bought a size M which is what I usually wear. As a single garment is fine. With something under it a little fair, I must suck in my gut :)

    The measurement range from one size to another of Macpac seems too wide to me.
  8. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    It does Rog, but it's a bit hard to explain. It's not stretchy like a solid polyester t shirt/hoody etc it's more of a bit of give due to the open weave. I have a large, which suits me fine but I wish there was just that bit more space around the shoulder joints.
  9. Pala2

    Pala2 Summit Camper

    The polartech alpha has very litle stretch in one direction, and quite a bit more in the other, but then the fabric shrinks on the 1st direction.
    The good new is macpac took this into account in their pattern (the stretch is where you need it).
    The bad news is that the seam around the neck and wrists aren't as stretchy as the fabric, so getting your hands and head out of the nitro can be a hassle.
    That being said, when it is on, I find the fit perfect for me (1m74 72kg, size M) and it's longer than I expected when reading comments (sleeves can cover my hands and my waist is still covered when I lift my arms)

    I tink that, with a size just a little too small, the problems would add up: you use more of the stretch widthwise, so the fabric shrinks lengthwise and the sleeves and/or body become too short.

    If, like me, you'd like to get rid of the pocket, be advised that it is both sewn and glued, and both are a pain to remove. The glue softens with heat, but doesn't come off the alpha completely. Otherwise, you could just pull the pocket off, at the price of some fluff on your alpha. Either way, the result is not pretty...
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  10. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    First dibs on the second-hand Nitro, with or without pocket. ;)
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  11. Foxster

    Foxster Section Hiker

    Looking forward to mine arriving. Then begins that awful job of finding a bag to match :inlove:

    I'm still a tad uncertain exactly where it's going to fit in with my OR Ascendant jacket or if I need yet another major re-think for winter. Is the Nitro going to be next to my skin, over a base-layer, tied around my head...?
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2020
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  12. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I took mole's advice and went for an XL, I'm usually an L 42" chest 5'10.5. fit is good, loose and no problems with cuffs and collar. Great bit of kit but silly money by the time they get to your door.
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  13. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    I take it you bought the 2XL?
  14. Foxster

    Foxster Section Hiker

  15. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    How does the warmth of these things compare to, say, a thin lambswool sweater?
  16. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Those two garments are on a Different path Rog... One is trundling along the low and easy route... One is making progress on the steeper route.
    There wouldn't be a lot in it for static warmth... But once you get moving, the lambswool would want to go back to the herd... Or the car!
  17. Gordon

    Gordon Trail Blazer

    I'm looking forward to what may be my dream combo: brynje T shirt and the Macpac Nitro.

    May be a nightmare getting thru customs - just hope it isn't a nightmare when I wear the dream combo.
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  18. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    There's someone on BPL selling Nitros from a group buy, $100 each or $90 if buying more than one. As they're sending them from Australia to the US, I imagine they'd be willing to send to the UK too.
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  19. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    That is an Aussie hoping to make a quick buck because he doesn't realise that while Macpac Aus will not ship worldwide, Macpac NZ does. And for less money than he's asking for.

    The price below which includes delivery to Europe works out to 85 USD or £65 or 78 euros (although I really don't know why there is 17 NZD tax on an export order).

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  20. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

    Why Nitro? The offerings from RAB are cheaper and readily available.... and you can wear beanie?
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  21. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    The Rab Flash jackets have a lot of spandex stretch fabric which soaks up water and takes ages to dry in comparison to pure alpha (c10times as long) or grid fleece (4xas long maybe?). Took nearer as long as cotton to dry than microfleece.
    I found this out on a cold, wet and windy 3day backpacking trip in North Wales December 2018. I sold the Flash on quickly while it was near new. I get out in wet conditions too often and it's just not comfortable to have damp patches for that long. (water wicks up the sleeves)

    The Rab Alpha Freak looks good, but is much warmer than the Nitro, therefore limited to cold weather use. The Nitro is thin enough to be a year round layer.

    I've had the Nitro since May, and properly used size large in summer on the Pennine Way. Fabric performs nicely - amazingly warm for it's weight under a windshirt. It (size L) fits me round middle, but short in arms, body and too tight pit to pit. I passed it on to @Fair Weather Camper (size 14 upper normally who loves it and uses it cycling as well as backpacking) and got the XL Nitro for myself, which is more comfortable and longer for me (Rab size large is perfect for me).

    I took the useless pocket off my Nitro as I found it weird and clammy. It's now more comfortable on the left breast! It was a task, and I made a couple small holes unpicking stitching, but a zigzag stitch darn with similar colour gutterman sewall thread has made an almost invisible repair. I used a label removal solvent and steam to help lift the glue tape off.

    I've also used a Lofoten Alpha Raw (ebay bargain) a lot the last year after reading g of @craige experiences. It's lovely to wear and warmer, more durable feeling due to weight and build quality. A different garment really. A hooded cardigan I'm happy to wear anytime, not just hiking. Size L fits perfectly, though it's a tad long in the body if anything - lower edge sticks out under front of some windshirts.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2020
  22. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

    @Balagan where did you find EU postage info?
  23. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

  24. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    By the way. When I wanted the second XL. Nitro, the NZmacpac site had no stock in XL either colour. So we bought it on the Macpac Australia site which is domestic sales only, and had it sent to an Australian friend who posted it on to us. I think it ended up cheaper this way!
  25. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Second warmth to weight compared to the two alpha Rab tops I've got. Mine weighs the same as my allez fleece and is probably 3-4 times warmer.
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