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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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!

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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.