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Use the Apex 200 days of the year.

Throw on the North face Men’s Apex Bionic shell for three-season comfort. This windproof, water-resistant, highly breathable softshell jacket can be used as a layer, a shell, or a stand-alone jacket. Unlike many softshell jackets, the Apex can even be worn on top of a short-sleeved tee for mild spring or fall days because of its soft fleece lining.
  • Standard fit for use as a layer or over a fleece as a shell
  • Apex ClimateBlock fabric is 100% windproof while maintaining a high level of breathability
  • Fleece backer is soft against the skin and provides light insulation
  • Hook-and-loop cuff adjustments accommodate different glove types
  • Hem cinch-cord keeps the draft out

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2 5

It is a great jacket but...

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

It does not seem to be warm enough or windproof enough. It has held up well, but it is never a warm enough layer. The size is perfect, and the jacket looks great.

5 5

Still love it after 3.5 years

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While going through my past orders, I noticed that I have had this jacket for the past 3 1/2 years. I wear this jacket several months out of the year (unless the midwest goes all subzero) and I couldn't be happier. Its been washed numerous times and comes out good as new. The decision to buy this jacket was one of the best I've ever made.

My Men's Apex Bionic Jacket is great, just...

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My Men's Apex Bionic Jacket is great, just white so it needs a good wash is there a way i could go about doing this?

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Just follow the washing instructions on the tag.

3 5

Not my best choice

I thought I'd like the jacket when I ordered it but when I received it I found it to be too big. Decided to keep it and wore it a couple of times only to find that the wind seemed to cut right through it. I don't wear it anymore and would suggest it to be a good jacket for temps above 60. For anything less than that there are many other options.
Also, in my opinion, sizes seem to run large.

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If I was snowboarding in constant -5 to...

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If I was snowboarding in constant -5 to -20 temperatures would this be a good midlayer? I have a simple bonfire snowboard jacket with not a whole lot of wind resistance... I figure this will stop the wind and keep me warm with a base layer.. what do you think?

5 5

Comfy and stylish

The jacket fits great, is warm, and looks cool. The velcro straps on the sleeves can pull your shirt sleeves up when you are putting the jacket on, but they do keep the wind out.

Glad I bought it - $55 was a steal for a quality jacket like this.

2 5


collar does not "lay down when unzipped thus sticking you in the chin (the collar corner) bugs me-loose fit

i have found that this product exists in...

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i have found that this product exists in 2 different serial numbers. theres the amvy and the al5c. they both seem almost identical except for the inner lining of the jacket. and the cleeve cuff. besides that im unsure how to decide. one seems lighter than the other and more breathable. does anyone know what the difference between the 2 are? theyre both apex bionic.

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There is an "apex bionic" and an "apex bionic thermal" jacket and the only difference is in the lining. The regular version has a micro fleece lining and is good for mild temps or if you are going to be active in the cold, can also be used in colder temps if you layer properly. The thermal version has a full on fleece backing (200 weight I believe) and is simply warmer.

5 5

Great jacket for your money

This is a great jacket. It fits very well and the inside is soft. This jacket is also good to wear when it is windy outside or when it rains. I am very satisfied with the Apex and I would highly recommend this jacket.

My son is 6'5" about 230#'s with an arm...

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My son is 6'5" about 230#'s with an arm length of 36". Does he need an XL or XXL?

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I'd go with an XL. I am a little smaller than your son but the jacket is a little bit large for me so I think the XL would work perfectly for him.

4 5

Def try, just b/c it fits me...

Thank goodness for the ability to return orders here! I got this and the North Face Denali fleece on sale together to compare the two. Identical sizes (S black), but the Denali is being returned. The cut of the Denali is MUCH more square, so when I put it on it appeared as if I were wearing shoulder pads. Big shoulder pads. The Apex OTOH, is cut less roomy, so on my 5'3" 134 lb frame gives much more of a fitted look, which is what I was looking for. The arms of the Apex are cut much higher on the torso, which also adds to the "fitted" look, but keep in mind if wearing a sweater/baggy shirt that this will most likely bunch up and gather in the armpits. I will most likely wear this jacket with a polo shirt or tshirt max, but will go with something else if wearing a sweater/sweatshirt/etc. Hope this helps!

5 5

Looks and Fits Great

This jacket is great. Fits very well. I'm 6'0" 210 and i got an XL. Perfect. Great all around jacket which can be wore for multiple seasons.

I really like this jacket but I'm concerned...

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I really like this jacket but I'm concerned it will be too baggy on my small build (6ft - 150#). I am wondering if there are any other 3 season jackets such as this one that will fit me better

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Check out arc'teryx jackets, if your budget allows. The tall skinny people give their stuff great reviews for fitting well. Also, trying drinking gravy - clothes will fit you in no time but be careful not to over do it.

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Check out some of the newer Marmot jackets, like the Leadville or Gravity, or if you have $250 to shell out, look at the Sharp Point, which is a Windstopper softshell that's also waterproof up to 14,000mm.

3 5

Apex Bionic Discontinued Color Sale

I ordered one Black and one New Taupe Green. The Black one fits fine but the color is not true black, it has a greenish/greyish hue to it.

The New Taupe Green is another story. The cut under the arms is very tight and binds when raising my arms. The length of the arms is at least 3 inches longer that the Black one. I did notice that the Black one was made in China and the New Taupe Green was made in Nicaragua.


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This jacket isnt water proof by its self but i would withstand a freek down poor, becausee of its water esistant i would recamend that you wouold get a shell to go with it if you were planing on being in wet weather a lot

5 5

very good !!

Wonderful jacket. Excelent for all weather and activities.

5 5

Wide Range of Uses

This jacket is exactly as advertised: 3-season all-round use. I wear it biking to work on chilly days, windy days, and days where there is some drizzle. I stay warm and dry, while able to shed any excess heat. Its a bit heavy (hey, its softshell), but is great for climbing on super chilly mornings or for bringing on backpacking trips where you only want to bring one jacket. The water resistance wears out after a few washes, but can be rejuvenated. Well worth the price, and a steal in the discontinued colors.

3 5

good material but too snug

I really liked the material and general design, but the cut was way to tight in the arms, so if you have larger bycepts, or even medium sized, this jacket will not be taht comfortable. If your a slim running with long thin arms, it'll work great for you.

-Good luck

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LOL @ 'Bycepts'....

5 5

Bionic Rocks

Runs pretty close to size but I will tell you one thing if you want to wear anything heavy underneath I would go up a size. great jacket for spring or fall and works best with a tee shirt underneath, arm length runs a tad long but the closures at the end of the sleeve are adjustable and function very well. It's made to fit fairly tight overall but that's what I really like and the length is not to long, not to short. I gave it a five star because this jacket is really classy yet does a great job blocking the wind and taking the chill off. Last but not least, this is NOT a winter jacket made for really cold weather but it does the trick for 35 degrees and up.

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