I own 3 North Face Triclimate jackets, including two snowboard jackets and a casual triclimate jacket. I also own a Varius Guide jacket, a Summit Series Thunder Down Vest, and other North Face stuff...
I absolutely love the attention to detail and technical characteristics of their jackets. I had been looking for a rain coat for work for some time now and have tried different TNF coats but was not able to find one that worked for me. When I came across the TNF Suzanne Triclimate last season, I fell in love and knew I had to have it.
Others have complained about the sizing, but I think overall its not too far off. In TNF jackets, I typically wear a large (5'2", 160lbs, 34D) as I am on the curvy side. This coat is a slim fit, and it fits me beautifully. I have more than enough room to move my arms around, but not enough to fit a bulky thick sweater underneath. Isn't that what "slim" is? And if you're wearing a coat this expensive, why not spring for a few cashmere sweaters while you're at it. They're warm, thin, and would be a perfect for layering underneath.
A few gripes about this coat...the shell has a 2 way zipper, but the down insert does not. The down insert is about 2 inches shorter than the shell, but it would have been nice for it to also have a 2 way zipper for times when it is zipped up and you need more leg room.
There is no way to adjust cinch the cuffs on the shell. I'm kind of accustomed to this feature with my other TNF jackets, so I think that's a miss.
The pockets hang low...granted I'm short,but the coat hits right above my knee, so I expected to be able to reach the pockets with no problems.
There is no way to access the chest pocket of the down insert without opening the jacket. I love being able to get to that pocket without unzipping my coat, so this was disappointing.
There is no chest pocket on the shell, so if you wear the shell by itself, you will only have the two side pockets, though granted they are zippered.
The shell is made of a very supple Hyvent fabric. It doesn't appear very durable (compared to my other jackets) as it is very thin.
These things aside, I do absolutely love this coat and can't wait to wear it this fall/winter. Other than an unattractive London Fog trench (which is easily found at thrift stores), there aren't too many coats with removeable liners, and certainly not as form fitting and flattering as this coat.
I have it in white, and it is not "Yuk," it is GORGEOUS, bright, and luxurious. It looks much more expensive than the grey, especially since TNF logo isn't screaming on this garment.
It is very versatile as you have 3 different coats, not just one, so in reality the price isn't so bad (pick out a rain coat, a down coat, and a heavy coat and see if it isn't comparable in price). You'll see this coat is totally worth the cost - especially if you find it on sale.