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Stand up to gnarly, windy conditions with The North Face Men’s Apex Mckinley Softshell Jacket. Whether you’re on pitch five or hanging around town, this windproof jacket’s fleece lining and stretchy shell fabric provide just enough warmth and weather protection. And with its recycled Apex ClimateBlock fabric, the Mckinley Softshell also has a soft spot for the environment.

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Great softshell

    I am 6'1" 180 lbs with a long torso, and the large fits perfectly. I can wear it comfortably with a tshirt or with my patagonia nano puff. I wear it all the time around town, and on warm days snowboarding. The sleeves are long enough, and I really like the adjustable cuffs. They work well with or without gloves. The fabric is light and flexible, and adequately windproof. Go-to jacket.

    Great running jacket - completely wind proof.

      I bought this jacket to use as a running/cross country ski jacket for my winter escapades in suburban Chicago. It has served my purposes well so far. It is adequately water resistant and completely wind proof. It is very attractive in the red color, which also helps visibility. The chest pocket is great for an IPod Nano. I have added several iron on reflectors, which have negated the need for my ugly reflective vest without making this coat unnattractive. I would rate the temperature range for running in this jacket as 20-40 F. I just wear a long sleeve Under Armour cold gear shirt underneath and I'm good to go.

      Awesome Jacket

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      This is my fourth apex jacket and I love the material. This is a step up from the apex bionic jacket and fits a little larger then the bionic. I am 5'8" and 160 lbs, I got a Large, and it is a little loose on me. But fits perfect with a sweatshirt under it. Can be used almost year round.

      Apex Mckinley Jacket

        It's not perfect -- the sleeves are a bit too long and the body too loose (par for the course with TNF). However, the jacket is well-constructed AND it's virtually windproof with excellent water repellency. For the money ($90 for the last season's color), you'll be hard-pressed to find a better jacket for the money. I'd buy it again.

        Great jacket

          Wore the Mckinley recently in 25-35 mph winds and not a wisp came through. I'm 5'10" 180 lbs. with an athletic build and the medium fits me very well. If it weren't for the fact that the sleeves are about and inch too long, this would be the perfect softshell.

          Great style, fairly functional

            Bought this jacket in TNF black when it was on sale, and I'm glad I did. Had purchased a Patagonia Guide and found it way too loose and not particularly functional in regard to wind/water-resistance. I had also tried on the Apex Bionic at a local store before purchasing the McKinley. The McKinley is definitely my favorite of the three. It's cut much narrower than the Guide, plus the fabric is much more water-resistant. Compared to the Bionic, the difference is mostly looks - the sealed pockets and upgraded zipper drawstrings look deluxe, and the TNF black with welded chest pocket look very sweet as well. The fit is fairly similar to the Bionic, and while I was hoping this one would be warmer, I don't think it is. I'd say it's good down to 45 degrees with a long-sleeve baselayer, but beyond that, it won't do much good without an insulation layer. The fabric is definitely much stiffer than the Guide and a bit stiffer than the Bionic. I'm sure this helps with water/wind, but it takes it one step closer to a hard-shell, without being a heck of a lot warmer. I bought this mostly for around town - my Patagonia hard shells serve hiking, boating, and skiing duties. One other thing - the wrist closures are pretty poorly designed - there is no "slack" built into the wrist itself, so when you cinch it closed, the wrist folds over on itself, which is pretty darn uncomfortable. I think this is similar on the's not a problem on the Guide, because the Guide doesn't have adjustable wrists! This was a selling point for me on trading the Guide for this, but in retrospect, TNF doesn't really have it right either.

            Better than the Apex.

              A great all around jacket. Function on the trail and mountain, pretty water resistant. Can take on some good sized rain and snow storms. It covers a wide range of temperatures, plus looks good for around town!

              North Face Apex McKinley Softshell Jacket

                Best jacket I ever purchased.
                This is a great lightweight jacket to wear on chilly weather. Very durable.

                I originally ordered a medium then returned it because the sleeves were too long. When i got small size, it fit perfectly. Order one size smaller than you would normally buy.

                The only ski jacket I needed

                  As the forecast in CO for the last week of February called for some sun and high 30s, I went looking for a soft shell to pack along with my insulated parka for colder days. Found the TNF McKinley and liked classic style and technical fabric, and the reviews sounded like it would do the trick.

                  I've skied with my TNF Freedom shell pants and Hot Shot daypack for a couple seasons, and the McKinley soft shell didn't disappoint. Weather ranged from high 10s to 40s, and the jacket was perfect on all days. Base layer, tneck 100 weight fleece vest and jacket was all I needed on the cold and snowy days, and on the sunny warmer ones, the tneck and the McKinley got it done.

                  The only ski jacket I needed

                  So good that I had to buy it twice

                    If it were legal, I would marry this jacket. I rock it when it rains in the warmer months when around town or over my Patagonia R2 during the colder months. This jacket is extremely water repellent (probably the most out of the softshells I have used). I use this for kayaking, hiking, and fly fishing; and this jacket performs well at all these activities. Evidently, word is out regarding how awesome this jacket is because mine got stolen at a bar one night and I found myself at backcountry the next morning buying another one.

                    Great jacket

                      I was one of those that loathed North Face for a long time because so much of it that I saw I knew would never see a trail. I figured it was more city-worthy than backcountry ready. A friend of mine cured me of that bias by vouching for this softshell. It's a comfortable, stylish gust-buster. Only thing I'll note is that the arm pits feel just a little high -- hard to describe, but that's the best I can think of -- and the material used to tighten down the armsleeves at the wrist feels more like plastic than fabric. These really are mild points, and the wrist fastener has shown no signs of weakness so far.

                      practical w/ style

                        I love this jacket, It is very practical, it really seals my body from the wind and cold, and it is very practical with its multiple pockets, besides it has a great style, and fits really well, a little pricey but worth every cent.


                          Great purchase. Bought it at a discounted rate through Backcountry at the end of the cold season. Temps in the northwest are lowering which has finally given me the opportunity to test the product. Keeps me warm in cool temps with a stiff wind. Very happy! Bought it in classic black. Would pay full price if I had to purchase another.

                          How does this compare with the Apex Bionic,...

                          How does this compare with the Apex Bionic, and why is it better?

                          Best Answer

                          They look to be very similar with the following differences: The Mckinley is lighter (although I'm not 100% certain of this), has a performance fit, and the biggest difference is the material. The Mckinley uses recycled TNF Apex Climateblock fabric, which has a nice 4-way stretch. I hope this helps you.

                          I bought the The North Face Chromium Thermal...

                          I bought the The North Face Chromium Thermal Softshell Jacket - Men's, I love it but must run small cut for North face, it was a little tight so I returned, then I saw this soft shell The North Face Apex Mckinley Softshell Jacket - Men's. Does anyone know which would be warmer? I am looking for a soft shell I can put on a warm base layer under and wear skiing. So I need the warmest they have in North Face.

                          I was looking at this and the Apex Bionic...

                          I was looking at this and the Apex Bionic but there are so many similar North Face jackets, I don't know really what's what. I'm looking for a jacket that is strongly wind and water resistant (Climateblock rating preferably or the Goretex version because of breath-ability). For now I'll use it as a hiking, light skiing and casual jacket that I'll pair with a tougher shell later on for cold weather skiing, etc. Any insight would be a huge help!

                          What's the difference between the Apex...

                          What's the difference between the Apex McKinley and the Apex Bionic? They kinda look the same....;)

                          Thanks for your question, the Apex McKinley and Apex Bionic jackets are very similar. Both are built from Apex Climateblock fabric. The Apex McKinley features recycled Climateblock fabric, and a heavier fleece backer than the Apex Bionic. The heavier fleece backer will make it warmer. You also get a bonded Napoleon pocket on the McKinley. I hope this is helpful for you.

                          Is this jacket comparable to the Apex...

                          Is this jacket comparable to the Apex thermal jacket in warmth?

                          Best Answer

                          Sure it's comparable, but it's not nearly as warm. The Apex Thermal has a high loft fleece backer that the McKinley lacks. This makes all the difference when comparing softshells for warmth. Also check out the North Face Sentenial Thermal. It's the Gore Winstopper version of the Apex.

                          This and TNF Sentinel Thermal both seem...

                          This and TNF Sentinel Thermal both seem to have the same features--windproof soft shell with fleece backing, yet the Sentinel Thermal is pricier. Can anyone tell me the differences between these two jackets?

                          Best Answer

                          Hey Kevin. The Sentinel Thermal differs in two ways. First, it has a "high loft" fleece backer for added warmth. Most softshells have a microfleece lining that isn't very thick. The fleece in the Sentinel Thermal is somewhat akin to mashing a 100 weight fleece inside a softshell jacket.

                          Second, it uses Gore Windstopper as a laminate. This is where the cost difference (mostly) comes from. The North Face has to pay Gore to use its fabric (the Windstopper liner), and Gore fabric doesn't come cheap. This is partly due to Gore's reputation with the Gore-Tex fabric. So, The North Face passes on the cost to you, the comsumer. Think of it as a brand name windproof liner.

                          The McKinley uses The North Face's Apex ClimateBloc, which is also windproof, but it doesn't cost them money since they own the technology. Thus, the jacket is cheaper.

                          Lastly, I just thought of this, the Sentinel Thermal is a "Summit Series" jacket which will cost more simply because it's more "hardcore".

                          ce between this Jacket and a North Face...

                          ce between this Jacket and a North Face Denali?I'm from the north east and have a Denali and love it 9 months of the year, especially with a sweatshirt under it during the winter. The only thing is, is that I need something that is designed to be more waterproof and not quiet as warm, or at least more breathable.

                          I am 6' 1" and long backed. Does anyone...

                          I am 6' 1" and long backed. Does anyone know the back length of this jacket?

                          what is the difference between performance...

                          what is the difference between performance fit and standard fit? I had a denali (which is standard fit) in lrg and it was too loose fitting in my opinion.

                          For a 5' 10" 175 lb person, should i get Medium or Large for this "performance fit" jacket?

                          Write your question here...I am 5:11" &...

                          Write your question here...I am 5:11" & 200 lb, big across the shoulders and short arms. I've tried on another North Face jacket in a large and the arms were 2-3" too long. Does anyone know if this jacket has real long arms?

                          Looking for help with size. I am 5'8" and...

                          Looking for help with size. I am 5'8" and 145 lbs. and typically wear M in most mens shirts. Torn between buying this jacket in small or medium. Any tips?

                          does it have a zip out lining that you can...

                          does it have a zip out lining that you can wear alone?

                          Hi Rhonda - This jacket doesn't have any zip out liner. If you are looking for a 3 in 1 jacket that has a softshell zip out liner that is similar to the McKinley, I would suggest looking at The North Face Condor Jacket. It is a waterproof shell that comes with a zip out softshell jacket.
                          Hope this helps

                          Is anyone able to compare this jacket in...

                          Is anyone able to compare this jacket in terms of the material stiffness and or general warmth and performance against the MH Alchemy?

                          Best Answer

                          I have an MH Alchemy and love it. The fit and finish are superb. I am 5'9", 160lbs and wear a large since the Alchemy seems to be a true performance fit. The shell is pretty tough, but not too stiff, and I use it for mountain biking with just a baselayer down to 20F or so. I also purchased a McKinley large, but returned it as it was too similar to the Alchemy. The McKinley material was slightly stiffer, the lining about the same, but the fit was a little looser. However, if I didn't already own the Alchemy, I would probably have been pretty happy with the McKinley.