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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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2 5

Not impressed

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Height: 6' 2"
    Weight: 180 lbs

We guarantee complete satisfaction and an unlimited lifetime warranty. If at any time -- now, next month, in 30 years -- you're not 100% satisfied, send your gear back for a full refund. No questions asked."
That is how described their warranty when I purchased I pair of ski pants five years ago.

I just went through a nightmare warranty battle with I have purchased thousands of dollars of gear from here over the years and I have even recommended this site to friends. That all changed today. I purchased a pair of $500 norrona ski pants when backcountry offered lifetime warranty on all their products. The issue I had with the pants is that the inseam tore and the stitching came out resulting in a hole in the crotch. No problem I figured, this is the first time I have needed anything repaired or returned that I purchased from here, the item has a lifetime warranty and it should be a simple fix, so I gave them a call. To my dismay I discovered the warranty was false and that backcountry essentially sold me on a lie. On the phone I was told by three different people that the warranty policy had been changed and there was nothing they could do to compensate me besides giving me the contact of the manufacturer, but they were even unable to do that. The pants I had purchased were from a subsidiary of Norrona called Whiteout. I made three calls to backcountry and no one could even give me a number for the manufacturer because they didn't know who made the pants. I guess I had to find that out on my own. The person I talked to the first time said they did not know the manufacturer's contact but they would send an email to me of proof of purchase so I could show the manufacturer since I no longer had a receipt. I never got an email. I called again and still no information on who to contact however I did get an email this time but it was from a different purchase I had made and the pants were not on it. The third time I called I had already figured out who made the item and just wanted the contact information for the manufacturer. I was advised I should just try contacting gore-tex to get the problem fixed even though it was a seam that went bad and not the fabric itself. At that point I gave up talking to them and never did I receive the reciept or proof of purchase.

I understand that backcountry probably did need to get rid of the no questions lifetime garuntee because it was being abused or they were getting way more returns than they had expected. However, for them to make no offer to compensate a loyal customer on an item with "no questions lifetime warranty" who had never claimed warranty before. Refusing to even take a look at a simple problem to see if there is anything they could do to help is arrogant. What backcountry has done is unethical and I will no longer do business with them. I advise doing business with local retailers who actually care about their customer, stand true to their word and know their product inside and out, in the long run it will be worth it. And you won't feel guilty about trying it on locally then turning around and buying it online! If you still choose to shop here because they have a lot of good brands be forewarned of the slippery policies and lack of warranty. I have no affiliation to active junky but if you still are going to shop here get an account with them and get an additional 12% back. I'd rather see you with the extra cash! This is the first time I have ever written a negative review on anything but I feel that it is well deserved.

Not impressed

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

Responded on

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.

Responded on

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!