This is a review of The North Face Thermoball Jacket.

Description:

Lofty yet packable, this versatile mid-weight layer will help you take unpredictable mountain weather in your stride. Thermoballâ„¢ insulation provides unwavering warmth even when wet – ideal for winter adventures – and allows you to effortlessly compress the jacket into its own pocket for agile travel.

A light, durable ripstop shell withstands the rigors of rugged terrain, so you can turn to this piece time and time again. When the intensity peaks, unzip the jacket and let in a cool blast of air. The North Face Thermoball Jacket is made with a Ripstop shell which can withstand rugged terrain and rough weather conditions to keep you safe and warm without having to worry.

Synthetic insulation has been used to fill the jacket which helps to reduce heat loss and increases warmth, even when faced in colder weather conditions. ThermoBall insulation used in the jacket provides the wearer with supreme heat even when the jacket is wet which makes this piece ideal for even the rough winter weather conditions. The jacket can be packed away into its own pocket for light and convenient storage.

The hand pockets have been made with zippers to keep your essential items safe and secure on the go. An adjustable cord around the hem allows for a comfortable and personal fit. Elasticated cuffs at the end of each sleeve allow for a secure fit and work as a fantastic way of keeping the weather from getting up the sleeve and into the jacket. The jacket is also media compatible for those of us who like to listen to music or use other gadgets when on the move.

Specs:

  • Shell: 100% nylon / insulation 100% polyester
  • Ripstop Shell – Withstands rugged terrain to keep the hoodie protected.
  • Synthetic Insulation – Helps to reduce heat loss and increase warmth.
  • ThermoBall Insulation – Provides amazing heat even when the item is wet.
  • Packable – Stows away into its own pocket that condenses to the size of a cantaloupe.
  • Zippered Hand Pockets – Secure storage space for essentials.
  • Comes in 56 colors!

Review:

The North Face first introduced their Thermoball insulation in 2013. This new type of synthetic insulation has the same warmth-to-weight ratio as goose down, but doesn’t lose it’s ability to keep you warm once it gets wet.

This insulation has proven to be a huge hit (it works!) and has led to The North Face making even more Thermoball jackets, all of which seem to be selling well. Thermoball insulation is great for hikers and campers, as we tend to sweat a bit which can make the jacket get wet from the inside out. With goose down, this would lead to the jacket not keeping you as warm and you would eventually get chilled. With Thermoball, we don’t have that problem. Whether the jacket is wet from sweat, snow, or if you threw it in a river, the jacket will still keep you warm.

The North Face Thermoball Jacket only weighs 11 ounces and can be packed into a tight ball, which also make it good for hiking or backpacking.

 

The North Face Thermoball Jacket

The North Face Thermoball Jacket
9.5

Comfort

9.5/10

Warmth

9.5/10

Durability

9.5/10

Pros

  • Thermoball insulation is great; it keeps you warm, even when wet
  • Packs up into a small ball, which makes it easy to pack
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Like all North Face gear, it's a bit expensive