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Training with The North Face Men’s Impulse ¼-Zip Shirt gets you one step closer to setting the pace at your next race. That's because, rather than cranking out those training miles in sweaty turmoil, this moisture-wicking polyester top features underarm mesh vents and a quarter zip neck to keep you cool. Thumb loops keep the sleeves from levitating while you pump your arms, and the reflective accents help keep you visible to drivers in low-light situations.

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The North Face Impulse 1/4-Zip Top

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

This is a great base layer for skiing,I find mocks and turtle necks too restrictive and do not allow heat to escape. The fit is right on and not the compression fit I'd opt for in frigid temps but this is a great all around option that probably is a little too light if you run cold.

Nice layering piece for $35 - but...

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

Picked up this model (apparently last year's model) and the new version using the -20% off outlet and full price item sale. I'm debating about returning this one - as the pocket is utterly useless. There's no support to pull the zipper down, and not that I'm looking to store a feed pack in it, but if I wanted to pull it down, I have to awkwardly hold my chin on the sleeve to give leverage to it.

As a layering piece, it's good - for either a quick mid fall temp day - or under a soft shell. But, I wish that it had more warmth to it - somewhere between a 200 fleece and this material.

Still debating about sending it back - it just didn't strike me as well as I hoped...

Favorite Shirt

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs large

Ultra-versatile. I primarily use it as a midlayer when it gets a bit chilly in the evenings. Breathable and the sleeves are a great length. A great buy at $40 or so.

Decided to rewrite my review, UPDATED

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I like the idea of this item, but wouldn't consider it a must own. It's pretty thin and IMO it's not as versatile as I expected it to be. I don't have a closet full of ski gear so I'm trying to round out my collection with a good foundation. To me this was more of a back end closet item than a front end closet item. I can say the sale price is what swayed me to purchase it.

The only scenario I'd consider as a great buy is if you plan on exercising (sport) or running in warmer weather conditions a lot, but even then the argument becomes do you want this or an alternative base layer to do the same activity.

I personally think the whole zipper significantly controlling the heat is a little bit overblown. It helps, but only slightly. Once again, this item is so thin that if you're singlehandedly worrying about this keeping you warm in cold conditions you made a mistake before you stepped out of the house.

Aside from that, the sleeve pocket will profile as borderline worthless to consumers that purchase this; that's probably already well documented. It probably doesn't bother me as much as it might others, but I will say it takes a special type of strategy to conveniently get the sleeve zipper down and up when you want it to (this is due to the stretchy material around the sleeve not stabilizing the zipper AT ALL). Hint: use 2 fingers to hold the zipper and use 2 fingers to hold the surrounding material.

I believe this runs big, or more importantly the sleeves run long. Strongly consider getting a size under your normal size. Maybe the fact that I got a size too big had an effect on my's possible. Either way, I don't think I give it much more than a 3. Which isn't necessarily bad, I just think for me (a person on a budget) there are other items I would prioritize higher.

Great light-weight clothing piece.

  • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit:True to size

Bought as a gift for my dad, who absolutely hates bulky sweaters and jackets. He wanted to get something that he could wear on cool mornings/nights, but still be breathable/comfortable in semi-warm weather. He wears it all the time, so I think it's safe to say he loves it.

3rd time is still a charm

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I own three and alternate through them almost daily. As another reviewer mentioned theinterior temp of this pullover can honestly be controlled my slight adjustments of the zipper... As crazy as it sounds I back it up. I can say my impulse has been to the foot of cotacachi and through the cloud forests of Ecuador as seen in picture since it uploaded wrong one

3rd time is still a charm

The North Face Impulse 1/4 Zip Review

Get Out There Magazine reporter Sven Walther takes a look at this performance/running long sleeved pullover that works well on its own or as an added layer in cold temperatures. Part of The North Face Flight Series, the piece is wear tested by athletes and in competition. Check the review for all the features, and get yours in S-XXL in 6 different colour combos.

North Face Impulse 1/4 Zip - Long Sleeve

    I purchased this shirt to wear on some trail runs along the Appalachian trail in the early spring. It was the perfect warmth that I was looking for and loved the 1/4 zip. I was really surprised how much of a difference the zipper made in adjusting my temperature. The sleeves on this shirt are very long which I actually appreciated. I was very easy for me to make a fist and pull it into the sleeve for some extra warmth if needed. The fabric is very breathable and soft. I really enjoyed running in this shirt.

    Nice Layer

      I love this layer. I have a longer torso and have problems with many other brands being too short. I am 6'1 190 lbs with a slim to athletic build. The large fits me perfect and the arm length is great. I realize this style of layer has longer arms for when you want to use the thumb holes, but I have long arms as well so it really helps. I tried on a similar piece by Mtn Hardware and torso and arms were too short for me.

      This layer is well made and has a fairly slim fit, but not like a true under layer like Under Armor that tends to be really fitted. Its great for running as an outer layer and works great as an under layer for show shoeing, hiking, etc... The fabric has four way stretch and wicks as expected.

      The only minor issue I have with this piece is the arm pocket. With the fabric being thin and stretchy it makes opening the arm pocket zipper with one hand a little difficult.

      Sizing shows reguler, But I am wondering...

      Sizing shows reguler, But I am wondering how this compares to some of TNF's other products. I know that for me a small usually fits like a medium in most T-shirts from TNF. Does this run large?