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Okay, folks...this one's for keeps!
Given my height and body frame (6ft with wide, broad shoulders... aka today's standard "athletic cut" ), it takes me a long time to find a jacket that is not too tight --- where I can amply and easily move my arms up and down and left to right without feeling constrained in the armpits), and also one that is neither too thin or too bulky.
The NF Apex Android fits the bill to a tee.
Personally, because I tend to shoot for jackets that fit a casual cool setting (meaning I can where it easily in the office and still be professional looking, or outside where it has a street coolness to it), I purchased the utility brown with the orange details. I must say that as far as looks and functionality are concerned where usually one is sacrificed for the other, this one actually is a 2-fer where nothing is sacrificed. Now how often do you find something like this?
Way to go, North Face. And Backcountry -- kudos to you for carrying quality clothing that lasts a lifetime.
Which soft shell is heavier ? The apex android or elevation?
The elevation is heavier at 992 g.
If you mean in terms of warmth, the elevation is insulated, while the android is not.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a quality product, and looks great too!
The Apex Bionic and Android products are perfect if you are looking for a slim fitting shell that also also moves and flexes with you when active. The fabric is very flexible, yet is still a good shell against the wind and light rain.
You should know, however, that thermal retention is not its strong suit, and needs a layer underneath for sub-freezing temperatures. 50 degrees and up? A t-shirt for most will suffice!
As is typical with most shells, it could stand to be a bit more breathable. Things can get a bit clammy underneath when active, so layer accordingly.
This is my third Apex garment, and I will be back again. It's a bit more specialized than many may realize, but quite appropriate for casual wear too.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've owned the jacket for about a year now and using it while hiking, snowboarding, in 75 mph windstorms, temps of 12-18 degrees and I am well pleased. It will run very warm if layered properly. I'm a little husky at 5'8" & 225 lbs. and the XL fit perfect. The one complaint I have is the lack of a real hook & loop (velcro) fastener on the wrist cuffs. The plastic straps have a plastic hook that doesn't necessarily grab the loop portion on the sleeve. I have also one more con, there are no vents in the pits. I would like to be able to have some vents here when I'm very active. I also get many compliments on the jacket, asphalt/green.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
very nice jacket. Medium is kind of snug but good enough for me. good for Spring and Fall temps!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Simple, warm, durable and comfortable: Love it. I have used this jacket while hiking, climbing and snowboarding in addition to everyday wear in all sorts of conditions and it kept me warm through it all. You still need a shell in wetter conditions to keep you dry, but holds up nicely in light rain and high winds.
I am a heavy set hot natured guy, and this is the first jacket I have owned that keeps you warm outside but is cool enough to wear indoors. The material it is made of also wicks water right off when it is raining. Def recommend this for someone looking for light jacket to keep you warm and dry. The grey and cobalt blue is a great color too.
how long will it stay dry in rain?
I'm 5' 5" 120 lbs. I think the small will fit me, but I'm a little concerned about the length of the jacket. Does this jacket stop below the hips, like many jackets, or above the hips?
Also, what temperature ranges will this jacket keep me warm at when I'm only wearing a t-shirt underneath?
The small will probably go below your waist but it isn't a long fit like a parka. As far as temperature, the softshell fabric is warmer than a straight hardshell, but without any layering you'll probably be comfortable standing around in weather down to ~40 degrees. If you're active, you can go much lower. I ski tour in a very similar jacket with just a tshirt underneath and I can stay toasty when it is 20 degrees outside.
Anyone have one of these jackets? I've got a North Face Apex jacket without a hood and I love it, but was wondering how the hoodie version is.
Having a hood is great when it's windy or raining. It's the apex with an adjustable hood that's totally functional & warm. You'll love it. Get the same size as your other apex-fit is true to TNF size.
Because of the nature of the Apex fabric, the hood doesn't lay down very well when not in use. It's not a functionality problem at all, just know that you are a bit more aware of it being back there when seated, or even just walking around. I opted for the Android over the Bionic this year for the hood, and have ZERO regret. In fact, it completes the full coverage shell functionality that the Bionic is noticeably lacking.