DO NOT BUY IF YOU'VE OWNED ONE BEFORE
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Although Backcountry is amazing to buy from and has done a great job of keeping their pictures and description well up-to-date, the North Face has not. Also, unless you know to look for these specific changes, you wouldn't necessarily notice (I didn't.) If you've owned a Denali jacket before, you know that up until fairly recently they were made of all new materials, had plenty of room in the arms and torso for layering and pit zips for functionality.
Now, they run at least a size smaller (I'm an XS/S usually (I'm 5'3 and 105lbs) and I needed a M), are made of recycled material (which is enviro-friendly but incredibly less comfortable than they used to be and don't have the same 'heft') of course there's the issue of it being a functional jacket without function. It's far too small to layer beneath, they've made it shorter in the torso, fitted in the arms and removed the pit zips (so no skiing or other function possible).
If you're looking for a jacket for a 16 year old who wants a label or you just want to have a incredibly expensive sporty fleece that you don't need to do anything in - buy this horrible re-do. If you used to have/always wanted to have the Denali because it's an all-in-one, buy something else. (Of note, the men's hasn't been changed substantially - they apparently just assumed women don't need anything functional, flexible, of quality and warm.)