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Think bigger, better, backcountry-er.

The Men's Free Thinker Jacket is The North Face's most technically advanced jacket for big mountain skiers and snowboarders. Its fully taped, three-layer Gore-Tex Pro shell  provides guaranteed waterproof and windproof protection, with plenty of breathability for skinning and hiking. YKK AquaGuard zippers cover nearly every external opening for water-resistant protection, and a polyurethane coating covers the rest of the openings for extra water-resistance.

The Free Thinker features a stretchy powder skirt that connects to clip-compatible The North Face ski pants for complete coverage. Its hood slides over your helmet or cinches snugly around your beanie, and the internal cuffs work with the adjustable cuffs and hem to seal out bad weather. There are multiple pockets for hands, radios, goggles, phones, and more gear, and the phone pocket is insulated for extra protection. The Recco avalanche rescue reflector may help Recco-equipped ski patrols find you in case of an emergency.

  • Gore-Tex Pro shell (three-layer)
  • Fully taped seams
  • 70D nylon plain weave face
  • Relaxed fit
  • Articulated stretch powder skirt
  • Adjustable, helmet-compatible hood
  • YKK Aquaguard zippers
  • Elasticized wrist gaiters with thumbholes
  • Hook and loop adjustable cuffs
  • Integrates with compatible The North Face pants

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Love this jacket, love backcountry

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

I'll start out by saying this jacket is way more than I need given that I really only ski within resort boundaries and very seldom side country. If it wasn't nearly 50% off (thanks Backcountry!), I wouldn't have dropped the cash on it.

That being said, it is the highest quality piece of gear I own. The waterproof Goretex material is top notch. I've even worn this jacket in the shower and didn't get wet. I really like the ski pass pocket on the wrist area and the freedom of mobility in it.

I'm 5'10 170 and own the medium. My only complaint is that it fits a little long, but hey that's the style these days. Overall, this shell is everything I could ever need. I think that as I become a better skier and move onto more demanding terrain, this jacket will be more than enough protection.