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Mind-melting features that let you think freely in the backcountry.

The North Face Men's Free Thinker Jacket is the most technical shell in the Summit Series, meaning you have one kickass jacket for your backcountry excursions this winter. A 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro shell, fully taped seams, and water-resistant zippers over all external entries give guaranteed waterproof and breathable protection at the highest degree. One of the chest pockets has an insulated pocket for your phone, but when you're out of range—which is highly plausible depending on how far you like to venture out of bounds—an elastic binding exists in the other chest pocket to hold your gigantic radio.

An active fit gives you the full range of motion you need to perform at your highest level, and it leaves room for mid-layers on the coldest days. Underarm vents let out some steam when you hike up those powder-capped peaks. A powder skirt blocks snow when you're knee-deep in the fluff, and the hood either slides over your helmet or cinches tightly across your head when the winds come up on the ridge. Thumbloops keep the sleeves in place and warm your palms up, and the adjustable hem retains any warmth your mid-layers offer. A Recco avalanche rescue reflector helps Recco-equipped ski patrols find you in an emergency on the days you decide to ski inbounds.

  • 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro shell, fully taped seams
  • Active fit
  • Water-resistant underarm zips
  • Stretch powder skirt with clip integration
  • Adjustable, helmet-compatible hood
  • Thumbloops at cuffs, adjustable hem
  • Water-resistant zippered chest pocket with insulated phone pocket
  • Water-resistant zippered chest pocket with radio-holder elastic
  • Recco reflector
  • The North Face Steep Series

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Free Thinker in action!

Free Thinker in action!

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Did great on my hike! Love this jacket.

As a reference, I'm 5'11, 150 pounds.

Free Thinker at work in the Backcountry

Free Thinker at work in the Backcountry

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Temps ranged from 10-55 degrees Fahrenheit this day.

Effective wind/snow blocker.

Effective wind/snow blocker.

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Here it is, pulled out to see; but it stays perfectly in place inside sleeves. Effective wind/snow barrier, combined with the right gloves, of course. Quite comfortable, hands slip right in.

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Thanks so much for adding these pics! Backcountry has such a great community! I asked yesterday about the cuffs/thumbholes and today there is an answer from a community member. Very much appreciated!

Under the specs it says:
Wrist Gaiters:...

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Under the specs it says:
Wrist Gaiters: No, thumbholes.

Can anyone explain what this means? I thought wrist gaiters were the "thumbholes"? Or TNF/Backcountry saying this is hook and loop closure with a thumbhole? Wish there was another picture on here specifically of wrist/sleeve opening. I also checked out TNF main site, but can't find a description or picture of the cuffs. Any answers would be helpful.

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I've posted 2 photos that show examples of the 'thumb hole' sleeve windblockers. It's actually sewn right into the end of the sleeve, providing a wind/snow barrier, so that neither go up your arms. Hands slide right into them with no fusing around!

(I should add: pictured here is my North Face women's "Helicity" jacket...with same concept).

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My everyday jacket!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This jacket is the best I've ever had. Living in Whistler it can get wet and the 3 layer Gore-Tex keeps me dry. Since I helped design this jacket I'm a little biased however we designed it to be the best. Great pockets, features, style and fit. It truly has it all. Paired up with the Freethinker bib pant and I'm in heaven.