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Convert your ski shell into a storm-proof fortress when you wear the The North Face Conversion Jacket as an insulating mid-layer. The windproof, water-resistant jacket does fine on its own except during the coldest, nastiest days when you may need extra insulation and total wind protection underneath a thin shell jacket. The smooth taffeta lining and Windstopper fabric help move moisture out of the jacket when you heat up around lunch. Elastic hem and cuffs anchor the Conversion while adding and shedding layers and seal out the cold wind and snow as you lap the resort.

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    I absolutely, LOVE the concept of the Conversion jacket. Gore Windstopper® exterior fabric, combined with different amounts of PrimaLoft® insulation in the body and sleeves, makes for an extremely versatile piece that you could practically wear year round. However, the Conversion jacket falls short in the details. The Regular fit and the use of PrimaLoft® Eco, makes the Conversion jacket, little more than an expensive Redpoint jacket.

    Like the Redpoint, the Conversion has a Regular or “boxy” fit. However, unlike the Redpoint, the Conversion doesn't come with a hem cinch-cord, so you can't adjust the fit. Consequently, the Conversion can feel slightly bulky when worn as a layering piece and can get a little drafty when worn as a stand-alone piece. Adding a hem cinch-cord would help, but making the fit more athletic (Summit Series® Alpine fit) would address both of these issues, while also making it more comfortable and easier to move in, with less bulk.

    Also, like the Redpoint, the Conversion utilizes PrimaLoft® Eco instead of PrimaLoft® One insulation. There is a distinct difference in performance and feel of the two and being part of the "built without compromise" Summit Series®, the Conversion should really utilize the far superior PrimaLoft® One.

    [As for some personal preferences, I would prefer a nylon lined collar and nylon lined pockets over fleece lined collar and pockets... and while I've always really liked the red accents of the Summit Series®, the red fleece collar is a little too much. However, neither are deal breakers.]

    All in all, the Conversion jacket is a very adaptable piece that can be worn in a variety of climates and conditions. However, the Regular fit (vs. Summit Series® Alpine fit) and the use of PrimaLoft® Eco (vs. PrimaLoft® One) precluded me from giving it a higher rating. In it's current configuration, the Conversion isn't worthy of the Summit Series® moniker, as it really doesn't set itself apart from the Redpoint. Also, depending on your intended use, the Redpoint or even the Zephyrus might be a better options to consider. Or better yet, check out the leader in the class, the Arc'teryx Atom LT.

    Nice Jacket, does the job.

      I thought the jacket is really nice in the picture, but in reality, it looks much more impressive. The design is very fashionable, and combining with good materials, the jacket deserves 5 stars. I wear it around during the nights when it is pretty windy and the jacket seems to do the job. It is also very breathable, given that the temperature is around 60 and I don't feel wet at all. Just like other TNF jackets, it fits right. This is one of the best windstopper jacket I've ever had!!! Totally recommend it.

      How is the fit? I am right on the line...

      How is the fit? I am right on the line between L and XL (I wear a 44 jacket and 16.5 Neck). should I go with an xl as a midlayer?

      Hi guys! what color is the windstopper...

      Hi guys! what color is the windstopper logo on the sleeve?

      follow up,i just got it from and the logo on the sleeve is in your face red,don't know why,i asked the reps with no response on why is that,only a return shipping label for free,and no,it doesn't have the hem cord making a nice,nice jacket useless as a stand alone,but really lightweight and comfortable.

      Hey guys! Update,i just contacted NF about it,their reply:

      Thank you for contacting The North Face regarding your Men's Conversion Jacket in black. I did further research and discovered that the Windstopper logo on the lower left sleeve of this jacket is supposed to be in red. The picture is being changed on our website. If you do choose to reorder this jacket, the logo will be in red.

      Please let me know if you have any further questions.

      Thank you,

      Roxanne Adams