Outdoor Vitals

NovaPro Vest

The NovaPro Vest was designed as a solution to the long-standing problem that most ultralight jackets experience in the presence of moisture - "wetting out."  Our Nova technologies come together in a puffy down vest that offers superior wind-blocking, down retention, & loft retention even in wet conditions.

  • More Reliable Insulation: Our proprietary DownLT ™ insulation combines 850 Fill Power HyperDry™ down (Allied RDS down - responsibly sourced) with a small percentage of synthetic to bring you a more stable insulation that stays lofted and warm even when soaking wet.
  • No Stitches to Snag: Nova Zero Stitch™ Fabric is neither bonded nor stitched, but literally woven into place. The I-tube baffle design gives the NovaPro a brand new look while eliminating the chance for stitches to wear out or snag on things as you brush by. There are 10,000 fewer stitch holes in the NovaPro than a typical puffy jacket - we counted!
  • More Water Resistant: Even when soaking wet, DownLT™ insulation stays lofted and warm. But odds are that in most cases the Zero Stitch™ fabric will prevent moisture from entering your ultralight vest in the first place. With fewer stitch holes & a DWR treated shell, the NovaPro will stay quite lofted & warm through those unexpected storms.
  • Full Featured: Features include thumb holes, a drop back, pit zips, YKK zippered side pockets, & 2-way hood adjustments - all in a jacket weighing under 15 oz.

The NovaPro Vest is designed to perform in various conditions without compromising on comfort. Stay warm, dry, & protected on your adventures with a more reliable puffy down vest.

This vest is ideal for 4th season applications and cold weather uses. The fit should be loose enough to allow other layers to be worn beneath it without compressing any insulation.

8.4 oz (size L)

Fill weight (size L): 90 g


Packs Into Own Pocket: Easily transport or store the vest in it's own left pocket! Simply flip the pocket inside out while stuffing the vest inside, and zip closed. Use it when you need it, and pack it away when you don't! Also use the vest as a pillow when it's packed away!

High Neck: Stay warm by sealing in the heat around your neck! When zipped up fully, the NovaPro Vest goes all the way up to your chin for warmth and comfort.

Adjustable Hem: Lock in heat by fitting the hem of the vest to your hips and waist. No need to worry about cord ends hanging down, excess cord will be stored in the front pockets!

Water Repellent Shell: The Nova Zero Stitch™ fabric not only has 10,000 fewer stitch holes (potential leaking points), but is also treated, which makes it difficult to get the vest wet. Water just beads up and rolls off! If the vest does get wet, the insulation stays lofted and continues to insulate.

Insulated Zippered Pockets: Keep your hands warm in the insulated pockets. Also keep your valuables from being lost by zipping them securely into these pockets!

Athletic Fit & Drop Back: The athletic cut and drop back of the vest keep you looking great no matter where you are. The drop back allows you to sit while keeping your rear and back fully covered.


  • Shell: 20 Denier Nylon with DWR treatment
  • Insulation: DownLT™ Insulation
  • Fill Power: 800+
  • Zipper: YKK
  • Fit: The NovaPro should be loose enough to fit other layers or another jacket beneath it. This vest should not fit close to skin or be tight enough to compress insulation on other layering pieces worn beneath.
  • Warranty: Outdoor Vitals Performance Promise

    Care: Machine wash cold - alone & on delicate setting (do not wash in a machine with an agitator.) Then tumble dry low, also on a delicate setting.

Nova Zero Stitch™ Technology

Nova Zero Stitch ™ fabric utilizes innovative technology to literally weave baffles into place. There are no stitches, and no bonding. You can't snag a stitch that isn't there, and water or dirt can't enter through stitch holes that don't exist!

This fabric literally helps preserve the insulation for longer. Plus, without thousands of stitch holes in your jacket, you can worry less about down loss!

The graphic above shows roughly what the double weave fabric looks like on a microscopic level.   By interweaving the fibers of the jacket's shell fabric with the inner fabric to create baffle chambers, stitch holes & bonding (which can come apart) aren't needed.  

The graphics below show the performance of Nova Zero Stitch™ Fabric compared to a more traditional single layer fabric when used in a jacket:

DownLT™ Insulation

DownLT™ insulation is a proprietary blend of DWR treated HyperDry™ down & loose fill synthetic insulation.  The amount of synthetic insulation in the blend in minimal, so DownLT™ insulation retains all the natural properties of pure down: it is both ultralight & compressible. It's more stable than regular down, and will stay lofted & warm even when wet. 

Even IF the jacket's insulation gets wet, the insulation will not collapse & you'll stay warm!

DownLT™ vs. Other Down Insulation

We wanted to test how DownLT™ performed when compared to other down insulations available. We gathered jacket samples using down insulation with a similar fill power to that of DownLT™, and tested how much loft they retained after going through a full wash cycle.

We measured the loft of the insulation in all of these jackets, and then measured what percentage of loft was lost after the wash cycle.

DownLT™ retained an incredible 70% of its loft, showing higher performance than even DWR treated down!


Layering Collection: Static

Layering Category: Lofted Static Insulation

Product Care

Your NovaPro jacket is a high performance piece of gear. It needs some extra attention to keep it performing at the highest level.

Please read through the care instructions below to ensure that you care for it properly:

Before Washing

  • Always wash your Nova completely alone to prevent down migration.
  • Never wash your Nova in a washing machine that has an agitator.
  • If you cannot follow either of these prior instructions you should hand wash your jacket using the detergent and drying process described below.

The Wash & Dry Process

  1. Use a mild detergent like Dreft (for babies) or Nikwax (for technical gear).
  2. Choose Low Spin or Delicate wash.
  3. Choose Cold Wash & Cold Rinse.
  4. Hang dry until the jacket is completely dry.
  5. Then loft and redistribute your down insulation in the dryer by running it for 10 minutes on low or no heat with 3 dryer balls.

For more information on caring for your gear please visit https://outdoorvitals.com/pages/care-guide-faq




NovaPro In Use

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Customer Reviews

Based on 18 reviews
Jose Rodriguez
Jose Rodriguez

As a passionate hiker and outdoor enthusiast, I’ve tried my fair share of jackets. But the moment I slipped into the NovaPro vest, it felt like a warm hug from Mother Nature herself. The fit was impeccable—tailored to move with me, not against me. And here’s the kicker: the NovaPro vest arrived at my doorstep faster than a squirrel chasing its last acorn before winter. It’s not just a jacket; it’s a promise of cozy sunrises, epic trails, and unexpected adventures. So, fellow adventurers, if you want a slice of outdoor magic, don’t think twice—grab the NovaPro vest and let the mountains whisper their secrets to you.

Best Vest I Have Owned!

This vest is amazing - fabric is incredibly comfortable, it's very warm, and fits perfectly. just the right amount of pockets and love the hem drawstring excess hides in the pockets. After reading many reviews of fit issues I was a little concerned; however, using the OV fit guide I ordered the recommended size and its a perfect fit. I'm 5'9", 150 lbs. and the small size is just right - I can wear a light/midweight base layer and the vest fits perfectly - not too loose or tight. Great job OV!!


This vest is a game changer. The weight to warmth ratio is better than my Mtn Hw and Pata. It layers nicely over a mid weight base for 35 and up, and fits nicely under a soft shell for anything colder or rain/snow. Very happy with this purchase.

Luke Dingman
Love this vest

The Nova Pro Vest rocks every aspect of keeping you warm. By its self to below freezing. Throw a shell over it and I’m good down into the teens. It also surprised me when I was wearing it clearing snow from my driveway and it rained for the last 30 min of the job and it kept my torso warm and dry. I loved the vest before but after that, I knew I had an essential piece of gear.

John Pak
Awesome vest!

I'm amazed how something so thin can be so warm. I already have the Nova jacket and wanted to try the best. Doubted the warmth of the best but pleasantly surprised. Love this vest and thankful that was able to get it.