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Cozy as a fleece with the performance of a softshell.

Utilizing its stretch Apex ClimateBlock technology, The North Face built the Women's Apex Bionic Softshell Jacket for protection against cold, windy weather. In addition to blocking out the wind, the Apex Bionic is highly water resistant and still maintains a comfortably level of breathability, making it great for hiking, XC skiing, or runs in cold weather. 

A comfortable fleece backing feels nice and smooth against your skin or baselayers, giving you fleece coziness with softshell performance, and a hem cinch cord allows you to find the perfect fit. Internal stretch comfort cuffs keep drafts from snaking up your arms. The North Face made the Apex Bionic with bluesign approved fabric for sustainable textile production.

  • TNF Apex ClimateBlock
  • Fleece backer
  • Athletic fit
  • Hem drawcord
  • Stretch cuff panel detail
  • Partially-exposed hand pocket zips
  • Hidden zip chest pocket
  • bluesign approved fabric

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5 5

Keeps you warm!

  • Height: 5'
    Weight: 115 lbs
    Size Purchased: xs

My xs is a little snug, but an S would have been too big! I like it!

5 5

Great jacket!

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

I ordered my jacket in the same size as the rest of my The North Face jackets (large). When it finally arrived the jacket was too small! I had to send it back and get the next size up. That is honestly my only complaint, the fleece lining is amazing and the outer softshell is just what I wanted! Definitely a good purchase!

2 5

Stiff as a board

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Height: 5' 3"
    Weight: 110 lbs
    Size Purchased: XS

I really wanted to like this softshell based on the product description, versatility, and because I trust The North Face brand and technology. However, there were many things that I really disliked about this jacket: 1) this softshell was stiff as a board, the whole thing felt like it could stand up on its own, and when I zipped it up, the collar felt like a crowbar digging into my neck; 2) the fit was extremely awkward - I'm a true XS but it looked super baggy in the arms and chest and snug in the hips; and 3) the fabric just felt really icky to the touch, maybe due to the waterproofing finish. Also the cool blue heather color looked really gorgeous in the web photos, but in person looked very strange. On the plus side, the fleece lining was very soft and it did feel pretty warm when I tried it on. The chest pocket has a cool headphone jack, but the pocket was way too small for an iPhone. This went back immediately, I'm sad to say.

5 5

Love it!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 4"
    Weight: 140 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

I bought the medium in greystone and it fits like a glove. It is classy enough to wear to work downtown but is functional enough to wear tracking my dogs in hayfields during bad weather. The jacket also washes well. I've got long arms and the sleeve length is perfect. I'm curvey and it fits beautifully in the bust. Very tailored silhouette. I wear thermals underneath in very cold weather when I'm working dogs, but with the medium I don't wear a sweater. I would go up a size if I were doing layering, but I' have other jackets for that purpose...

4 5

Lightweight & Convenient

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 4"
    Weight: 115 lbs
    Size Purchased: S

Bought coat in gardenia white and love it. Exactly how I pictured it to look and fit.

4 5

Almost perfect

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 8"
    Size Purchased: xl

Bought for my girlfriend this Spring. It has a nice fit, a little slimmer above the waist. Only complaint is the sleeves seemed a little long. Other than that it's great and I would highly recommend.

Can you post a picture of the back of the jacket?

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Zappos takes all of their photos in house. They have photos up of the back side of this jacket.

5 5

Great jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 6"
    Weight: 134 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

I love this jacket, not too heavy not too light, warm enough to wear in 30-ish degree weather and makes a nice light jacket too. Looks great, I can wear it anywhere. And not feel like a frump. I would definitely recommend this jacket, great quality and worth the money!

5 5

Love my Northface!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Purchased: XXL

It's soft and warm on the inside even in the pockets but the outside is sleek and just a bit dressier than fleece. Most of my jackets are an XL but I am in a XXL in this one and it fits perfect. I hear the Northface brand runs a little smaller though.

I can not decide on size! I have read so many reviews trying to figure it out. Please help! I am 5'5 & 140 but I am busty! What size should I order? I won't layer much, I don't like bulk.

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I am also 5'5, 135 lbs, 36C, and the medium fits great. I do not layer more than a t shirt or thin sweater under mine. The small was too tight in the chest area. I normally buy small in most other brands, but this jacket has a slim athletic cut, so the medium was a better fit for me. The size guide on the NF website also suggested medium, based on my measurements. Hope this helps!

5 5

Perfect Fall Jacket (East-Coast)

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

I've owned this jacket for a couple of years now and make sure to pack it along with me on all my adventures. It is a very lightweight jacket, so if you are looking for something to keep you warm in the midst of winter, look at some other choices. It looks great with jeans or if you need to dress up. I like to wear flannel button down shirts under my jacket and pull the collar up and roll the sleeves over the ends to give it a little bit of color- and it looks really cute!

For reference: I am 5'5 and 140lbs and felt great in a M size.

I'm 5'2" 110 lbs and have been reading...

I'm 5'2" 110 lbs and have been reading reviews on TNF stating that the sleeves tend to run long. Is this really the case? My measurement from back of my neck down my arm to my wrist is about 28". All of my other measurements would indicate that I am a small (I'm a curvy woman). What would be the best fit for me?

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I'd recommend going with a size S in this particular jacket, if you plant to do any layering underneath-- it's a great piece, but it doesn't have a ton of stretch to it.

Feel free to give me a call if you have any other questions! 800.409.4502, ext 4456!