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An excellent all-arounder.

The North Face Men's Apex Bionic Softshell Jacket offers versatile protection for a wide array of outdoorsy activities. Its TNF Apex ClimateBlock softshell fabric is windproof and waterproof while its built-in breathability helps to keep you dry during aerobic exercises. The North Face added a fleece backer to add warmth on chilly days, and the cinch-cord at the hem keeps this jacket in place. Plus, there's an internal media pocket so you can jam out while you play in the woods.

  • TNF Apex Climateblock softshell
  • Fleece backer
  • Cinch-cord at hem
  • Zippered chest and hand pockets
  • Internal media pocket

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5 5

Great material, Great fit, Great price

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 175 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

I really liked the way this jacket looked and so I went and bought one on sale. It came in the mail a few days later (shipping was free, thanks backcountry!). The size was what I had expected and fit great and seems like it will be nice and warm this upcoming fall.. Excited to wear it around.

5 5

Perfect jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 0"
    Weight: 250 lbs
    Size Purchased: Xl

My husband found this in a Sports Chalet and it looked so good on him. It was such a good deal on here I had to surprise him with it. He loves it and wears it all the time.

3 5

Nice Jacket, but a bit tight

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Height: 5' 9"
    Weight: 189 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

I like almost everything about the jacket, but it's a bit tight in the chest. I tried a large, but it was too long in the sleeves, and very large on me. I usually fit a medium, but the jacket is just a bit too tight in the chest, making it difficult to layer. It fits fine with a T shirt, or a light shirt, but cannot be comfortable with a flannel, or a light sweater underneath the jacket.

5 5

blue/gray selection

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 0"
    Weight: 225 lbs
    Size Purchased: xxl

excellent quality, nice thick material. fleece lined shoulders and sized perfectly. I chose the XXL (I have super wide shoulders) but normally would buy the XL

1 5

Changed the design of the chest pocket

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 2"
    Weight: 250 lbs
    Size Purchased: 3xl

I have ordered a few of these jackets over the years. I like the fit, I like the windproof material, and I *liked* the pocket design.

This newest version has shrunk the chest pocket. Prior years I could keep my phone and my wallet in the chest pocket with room to spare. Now it's barely room enough for my phone.

Super disappointed, this has been my go to jacket for years, now I'm going to have to try and track down something else.

Responded on

phones have gotten bigger since we decided its cool again lol

4 5

Great jacket!

Fit felt a little off and boxy at first, but I came to find that it accommodated a light mid-layer when needed. Blocks wind extremely well and repels a light rain if needed. Material feels durable and good protection on trails with a lot of brush or jagged rock. My only complaints would be that it isn't that warm by itself and tends to retain the smell of camp smoke even after a few washes; thus only 4 stars.

4 5

Odd sizing

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Height: 5' 8"
    Weight: 140 lbs
    Size Purchased: Small

I bought this and returned it, not because I didn't like it, but because it was very slim and tight in the arms (for a regular fit) and extra wide/large in the waste. It just didn't fit properly but I can tell its a nice jacket and will work great if it fits you properly.

4 5

Excellent Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 270 lbs
    Size Purchased: 2XL

Great jacket, I bought the 2XL and it leaves plenty of room to wear a fleece or puffy vest underneath, size comparable to other softshells. Really nothing wrong with this jacket that I can pinpoint, it's just not as great as my previous softshell (out of production model from another manufacturer), not as warm, not as windproof, not as soft, but in fairness it was a $300 MSRP model not a $200 MSRP model. Primary complaint would be that the pockets extend back behind the hand holes and behind your centerline, so I occasionally 'lose' my keys or other small items because they are in a difficult to reach place. Also I don't like the plastic wrist velcro compared to soft velcro straps covered with the softshell material. Media pocket feedthrough and headset retention loop are nice features as well as the in-pocket waist cinch.

Unanswered Question

Is this the updated version of the Apex Elevation?

3 5

too small

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 200 lbs
    Size Purchased: L

backcountry should label how the jacket is cut. This is cut in a more slim fit/tailored rather than my other NF snowboard jacket. Sucks that I have to pay for return.....

5 5

Apex Bionic

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Bought this product for my dad and he loves it. keeps cool in weather up to 60 degrees and warm enough for low 20's. he also took it to Canada in the winter when it got down to single digits and it still holds strong with a layer or two on the inside. runs true to size. got him a medium and he's 5'9, 30 inch waist, with a slim/athletic build.

4 5

where is the internal media pocket?

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large

Just received my order but the internal media pocket is nowhere to be found. Is the product description inaccurate or was I sent a wrong model? Happy with the jacket overall except that the interior mesh on the left chest size has a small opening as if slit open by a small knife - small defect which is no big deal but annoying.

Responded on

The slit is where you're supposed to thread through the headphones from the chest media pocket to keep the wire inside your jacket . There's a loop close to the neck that you can then thread the headphones through for additional support.

I wonder: did somebody tried that jacket on real conditions?
Especially for those who had to stay because of the blizzard.
Thank you

Responded on

I have used the jacket through two winter seasons of Colorado mountaineering; absolutely no complaints. I must admit however, I have not tested it in a real blizzard; heavy snow, 20-30 mph winds yes, but no white-out conditions. Sorry, I avoid blizzards.

I want to use this as a shell over my Patagonia Down Sweater. Every jacket I own is a large (except Helly Hansen). I know the sweater will compress but am wondering if a large might be too snug to layer under?

How much warmth does this softshell offer? I have a Arcteryx Beta AR hardshell that fits slightly loose (L, med was too small). I have a midweight baselayer and also wear a very high quality, med weight merino wool sweater over that. Also, does fit slimmer than the Denali? The Denali L fit fine in the shoulder, chest and arms but was too 'baggy' on me, too much so for a midlayer, and subsequently let too much cold air in and is not windproof.

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Having recently tried on both a Denali and bought the Apex Bionic, the Med in both fit very differently. The Denali seemed much looser in the body than this which was fairly snug. Seems like more would fit under the Denali than the Apex Bionic. I bought the Bionic since it was windproof and water resistant. There is a windproof Denali. My only complaint on the AB is that the sleeves are cut very narrow and it's hard to put on with any kind of sleeves on. Good luck!

5 5

Great coat

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I gave this coat to my husband for Christmas and he loves it. It is actually the 2nd one I have given him. My husband is someone who hates wearing winter coats because they are to bulky but this coat is perfect for him. He likes the pop of the orange color on the gray coat.

4 5

One of my favorites

I recieved this jacket for christmas last year, and it has been awsome. The abrasion proof Apex material works great, and it is very windproof. I've let some of my friends borrow it, and every time, they've been suprised at how warm and comfortable it is.

5 5

Great, as expected!

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

I love North Face, so when I bought this for my cousin, I knew it would not disappoint. No complaints about the warmth of the jacket, it fits him great, and works very well as a windbreaker. Fit is true to size and the color is as you see in the pictures on the website. Well worth the money for a great jacket.

5 5

The Best Jerry, The Best

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I ordered these for our entire staff as a present at our annual meeting. The engineers love them and use them outdoors for field work in Michigan, Illinois, Utah, Montana, etc.
I wore mine proudly on a recent trip to London and Liverpool to cheer on Spurs and Liverpool. This with an appropriate Premier League scarf kept me toasty warm.

5 5

THE PERFECT COOL WEATHER JACKET

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I WANTED A LIGHTWEIGHT, WATER RESISTANT WIND BREAKING JACKET AND THIS IS THE ONE. IT FITS TO THE INCH AND YOU HARDLY EVEN KNOW YOU HAVE IT ON. GREAT JACKET!!