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Finisterre Nimbus women’s down jacket review: a versatile jacket with a sustainable design

The good-looking, fully recycled and insulated Finisterre Nimbus is perfect for spring

Finisterre Nimbus
(Image: © Finisterre)

Our Verdict

Versatile layering for warmer weather and more casual use, the Finisterre Nimbus is an ideal pick if you want to support an ethical brand that leads the way in sustainable design.

For

  • Smart looks and colorways
  • Great fit
  • Recycled materials

Against

  • No zipped pockets
  • Not warm enough for mid winter

First impressions

The Finisterre Nimbus is the brand’s bestselling women’s insulated jacket, and for good reason. There’s lots to like here, not least the jacket’s smart looks and a great selection of earthy colorways. The Nimbus is slim-fitting and bulk-free, and its synthetic fill maintains most of its thermal properties even when it gets wet.

That said, it is still not as warm as some of the more padded jackets available, making it best suited for use as a light jacket on spring walks or for wearing under a shell on coastal hikes.

Specifications

RRP: £165 (UK) / $228 (US) / €185 (EU)
Fill: Recycled synthetic down
Sizes: 8–16
Weight: 400g / 14oz
Colors: Baltic Blue / Black / Rust Red / Sunset / Kingfisher Blue / Spectrum

In the field

The Finisterre Nimbus is firmly in the casual camp, but the lack of bulk coupled with a great cut makes the Nimbus work brilliantly over a fleece or sweater and under a waterproof for daily wear. Like all Finisterre clothing, the Nimbus feels like great quality, and the jacket we have been testing still looks as good as new (and is still water-resistant) after months of regular outdoor wear.

There are other nice design touches here, such as a fleece-lined collar and an adjustable hood, and the Nimbus packs down into its own chest pocket, ideal for carrying with you on walks or on your daily commute, but it’s a pity the pockets aren’t zipped. In line with Finisterre’s ocean-loving ethos, the filling, material and even the zip are all fully recycled, which definitely gets our vote – if you want to put your money where your values are and buy recycled outdoor garments, this is a quality pick.