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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 backcountry skiers and snowboarders. Its fully taped, 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro shell  provides guaranteed waterproof protection and windproofing, with optimized breathability for skinning and hiking. YKK AquaGuard zippers cover nearly every external opening for water-resistant protection that most ski jackets don't have, 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 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.

  • 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro
  • Fully taped seams
  • Water-resistant zippered underarm vents
  • Stretch powder skirt with clip integration
  • Adjustable, helmet-compatible hood
  • YKK AquaGuard water-resistant zippers
  • Internal cuffs with thumbholes
  • Adjustable hem and cuffs
  • Recco avalanche rescue reflector

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Any larges left? looking for a good snowboarding jacket

May I ask the produced year of this jacket for both color, thank you.

5 5

Great jacket, love it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 8"
    Weight: 170 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

I bought it for snowboarding and all-round winter use in BC, Canada rainy days. The jacket is completely waterproof and breathable. I was looking for longer cut jacket (32" center back) and considered Burton AK Hover and Freebird jackets as well. The only issue of the TNF Freethinker is double fabric at the chest/shoulder area on the right side - the chest pocket is very large and the upper part goes all the way up, till the middle of the shoulder. I don't know why and what the benefit if that. It's not a big issue then you wear jacket on top of a warm middle layer, but if you wear it on a t-short you can feel double layer on the right and single fabric on left side so left side is a little colder. The price is high but you get what you pay. That is still 5-star jacket and I absolutely love it.

5 5

It is worth the price

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 9"
    Weight: 149 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

I have had this jacket for two seasons now and is still the best jacket for me. The price is high but it is worth it. I snowboard 150+ days a year because I lived in Alaska. I got large because I like my gear to be a little loose so I would be able to move. I have been in Ski resorts when it was raining at the bottom and then sleet at the middle and then blowing and snowing at the top. I made it to the top warm and dry. Totally made for the outdoors and made to hold up to the sketchiest weather out there that mother nature can throw at you. Worth it!

5 5

A TNF Classic

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 155 lbs
    Size Purchased: large

The Freethinker has been a tried and true model for TNF for some years now and each version has been improved upon to maintain the highest quality in outerwear. It is a Gore- pro, shell with all right details to stay warm, dry, and having fun.

integrated goggle chamois, powder skirt, and phone pocket are just some of the key features, its high price tag is worth its quality.

4 5

Great jacket, but a little bit pricey!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I have used this jacket twice this season, and although I thought a lot of the items associated with this jacket were "gimekey" it turns out that many things you will use. Firstly, the amount of pockets you have is great and is certainly enough to store all items needed. The left front pocket even has a band that fits the iPhone 6 plue perfectly and will hold it in place even when performing jumps. The waterproofing is amazing. This is my first Gortex item and to test I even went in the shower with it. Not a drop on me after. The goggle cleaner in the sleeve is a nice touch and is much needed not just for goggles but GoPro cleaning was greatly appreciated. The fit is fairly true, but one thing I notice with The North Face is that the sleeves will run shorter, but this jacket seems to work ok. I layered underneath and the sleeves still worked out to be perfect. This is to be considered a great shell, but not a jacket for warmth, so remember to layer! The reason I gave it 4 stars was because of the pricing. Yes $600 is a lot of money, and I was comparing this to the Burton AK 3L which runs the same price. If you shop around, Back Country sometimes does some deals especially around the black friday time. Overall the jacket has been great and I really like it. Try on the AK 3L from Burton and you will be able to judge what feels better on you. If you are looking for a lightweight shell that out performs most jackets, this is the one!

Does anyone have any experience with this jacket in colder weather, in the -20 to -30 deg. C range? I wanted to use this jacket for alpine skiing and sledding but wasn't sure how warm it would keep me with moderate to high activity on the cold days. I'd prefer not to have too many layers underneath to keep me warm. Thanks!

This jacket is meant to be used for layering. It is just a shell. The jacket is not insulated and will not keep you warm in any cold weather by itself.