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Overcome the snow and ice.

The summit is calling, and thanks to your North Face Mountain Light Jacket and its Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane, neither rain, nor snow, nor hail will keep you from topping out. Unlike other waterproof shells that can weigh you down, the mountain light comes in at under two pounds so that it feels just comfortable in your pack as it does when hunkered down over your shoulders.
  • Gore-Tex Performance shell is guaranteed to keep you dry in brutal storms and allows evaporating sweat to pass through the waterproof breathable membrane as you work up a sweat
  • Fully taped seams mean water won’t roll down the shell and sneak in through the fabric joints
  • Zip-in liner compatible so you can add a fleece layer underneath for added warmth
  • Removable hood features a high collar with a soft brushed lining to protect your face while creeping up on a summit
  • Hook-and-loop cuffs seal out snow and ice when skiing or swinging axes
  • Several internal pockets keep your electronics, water, and GPS close at hand

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4 5

Best Shell I Could Find

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I did TONS of research on trying to find the most versatile high quality shell I could find and settled on the TNF Moutain Light. It is super light weight and will protect you from the harshest rains or wettest snows.

I became a huge fan of TNF Themoball jackets and on the coldest wettest days I will wear that with the Mountain Light as a shell and feel totally protected from the harshest elements. For days when I care more about wind protection and less about warmth I recommend "zipping in" TNF Pumori fleece.

I have two small complaints, the first being that I think the product is a bit over priced and the second is that the jacket runs large. As someone who is 6'3", 210 lbs, the guidelines suggest XL, but upon trying it on it felt like I purchased a tent rather than a jacket. A L worked much better but it is a bit small for my frame.

I'm 6'1" 175 lbs. Medium or large? I have...

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I'm 6'1" 175 lbs. Medium or large? I have the Nupste 2 jacket in large, and it fits well. However, after reading here and other websites, the Mountain Light shell tends to run big. Would a medium make sense? Or would I run into issues with the large Nupste 2?

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Hey there Sam!
I would say that the medium would fit you alright in the chest, but since you're sort of tall, the sleeves might be a little short.
I would say that based on the length, the large would suit you better, and will help accommodate the down jacket that you'd be wearing underneath.

In case that the size you choose doesn't fit properly, you can always get in touch with us and we'll be able to get an exchange set up for you right away!

Does this jacket have adjustable waist...

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Does this jacket have adjustable waist cinches?

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Yep this jacket has an adjustable drawcord hem at the waist.

4 5

Great jacket

  • Fit: Runs large

Got the lg too big. I'm 5,8 180 med fits perfect. The return was effortless great service. Can't wait for my next toy

5 5

It works!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was looking for a breathable, waterproof, windproof layer that protects me from icy snowy precipitation and keeps me dry as I sweat on the uphill skin and I have found it. After two six hour days of "billy goatin" through the Green Mountains at high altitudes (for VT) and in both warmish and below zero conditions, I am very pleased with this purchase. I was worried about the pocket (as opposed to pit) zips, but they dump heat just fine, and keep my skins warm on the descent. Can't beat the price for what you get here.

5 5

Good jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wear it at 15F temp with additional 300 weight fleece, the jacket is awesome, I just need to wear a thermo inside!

4 5

It's my favorite.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This Mountain Light Jacket is very comfortable and endure any climate.
I use mountain and ocean . So I am satisfied of this product.

Sizing question: I am just under 5'10,...

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Sizing question: I am just under 5'10, 32-33" waist, 160 lbs, long arms. I have an old 1998 Mountain Light in Large; sleeves come down to just at my knuckles then standing, and body of the jacket completely covers my rump. I wonder if a medium would be a better fit? I use the jacket for outdoors only -- hiking mostly.

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medium definitely! you'll have room in the medium for a zip-in heavy fleece or nuptse midlayer. The gearheads at TNF would be able to tell you! (888.863.1968) Post a result, okay?

5 5

Ageless Jacket...

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought my TNF Mountain Light Jacket back in 2006 and have been wearing it every year since. Throughout all my snow trips to Mammoth, Vail, Breck, Beaver Creek, Jackson Hole, Park City, The Canyons and Tahoe, this jacket has been very dependable and its always kept me comfortable regardless of the conditions. If you pair this up with the Nuptse vest or jacket, you'll be comfortable in temps as low as 0F to 30F. In temps above 30F, all you need to do is take off the Nuptse and use the Mountain Light Jacket and you'll be warm enough to do what you want on the mountain.

The quality of the GoreTex fabric is great and it is still as waterproof as the day I first used it. Even after all the washes I've put it through, the jacket has held its form very well and I just can't seem to find a reason to replace it.

I recently bought the Arc'teryx Theta SL Hybrid Jacket and paired it with the North Face Micro Down Jacket to use during my recent trip to Mammoth, but I noticed that the comfort of the Mountain Light Jacket could not be beat. I'm really looking forward to pairing the Mountain Light with my Micro Down since it will not be as bulky as the Nuptse.

If you decide to get this jacket, be warned that this may be the last shell that you ever buy because it lasts a long time.

5 5

Durable, roomy, protection

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am lucky enough to have a few different Gore-Tex shells in the closet (being somewhat affiliated with Gore helps) and this is the one I go to when I want **durable,** hardcore protection from the elements. As such, I have used and abused this jacket for quite some time now, in all conditions. It has been covered in snow, ice, mud, and blood (long story). Even so, it still looks pretty much brand new despite all this abuse. With the fleece liner (bought separately) zipped-in, the jacket is surprisingly warm on the ski slopes. Good piece for a multitude of uses.

How does this jacket compare to the Varius...

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How does this jacket compare to the Varius Guide jacket? This one costs more. Is there a difference in quality and/or warmth?

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This jacket is a goretex performance shell, the varius guide is a proprietary north face brand membrane hyvent. Goretex is guaranteed waterproof and breathable, and is covered by goretex's lifetime warranty as well as north faces'. The mountain light has zip in compatibility for denali fleeces and others that are made for zip in. Both are thin shells and dont provide warmth, but paired with a fleece or insulated layer provide a waterproof and windproof layer.

5 5

Robust, great value

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great shell if you're looking for zip in comparability. I've found that the zip ins from Columbia work as well, not sure about other brands. I zip in either my Denali, or when it's really chilly, my Columbia 800 fill down onmiheat jacket (paid a whopping $10 for, best deal I ever found). This jacket is solid for protection with the goretex, waterproof and windproof. I do like how the hood zips off. Wish it had pit zips, would partner up perfectly with the denali's pit zips as well for dumping heat. Overall, it's a great jacket at a good price, probably the best jacket around with zip in compatibility if you're looking for that.

3 5

Old-school, not cut for the athletic

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This is a solid piece of gear, but I'm returning it for two reasons. First, it just doesn't feel as good as the newer style Gore-Tex shells. Second the fit is not what I'm looking for. Even with the XL (I'm 6'3"), both the sleeve and coat length seem a bit short. On top of that, I'm just swimming in the body (I'm not tiny - 210 lbs). I guess it's built so that you can layer, but it might be a tad excessive. If you're built like a barrel and don't want to pay for a newer type of shell, this may be the coat for you.

5 5

Solid piece of kit-great value

I have an older version of this shell and the newest is improved by the addition of a chest pocket. Oddly enough, it used to have it then it was gone and now it's back. You might want to get one before they take the pocket away again for a few years :)

An outer shell is an essential part of a layering system and this is my go to piece. I wanted a piece that accepted zip ins and TNF has designed this piece well. It works well by itself as a rain jacket and wind shell. It works with numerous other pieces as a shell including everything from a 700 weight down (Nuptse) to a lighter fleece from TNF as zip ins. It even accepts my Mountain Hardware Windstopper Technical Jacket (zips are backward but it does zip in). Good zips, pockets, waterproofing, breathability, venting (pit zips) and a lifetime warranty.

The mountain light jacket works as everything as a rain shell in summer to a three in 1, ( with appropriate zip in fleeces ) ,in the other three seasons. It's a bit old school compared to more modern light weight Gore products but the robustness, reinforcements, and zip in compatibility outweight the minimal gain ( in ounces) and hundreds of dollars more in price you pay. Although I own other shells this one just keeps soldering on doing duty in all 4 seasons in Upstate, NY and the Adirondack region.

5 5

10 years of use.

Just replaced this with the TNF Point 5 jacket.
Used the Mountain Light for ten years of hiking/climbing and backcountry skiing here in Colorado.

10 years of use.

I bought the MLJ in medium. Can you suggest...

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I bought the MLJ in medium. Can you suggest the perfect inner zip in fleece or down for this jacket.
Thanks, German

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Here are your options:


Denali Fleece Jacket
Denali Thermal Fleece Jacket
Denali Fleece Vest
Khumbu Jacket
Nuptse Down Jacket
Nuptse Down Vest
Pumori Fleece Jacket
Salathe Fleece Jacket

The best one for you depends on the conditions in which you expect to use it and how warm you want to be. Your choices range from the Pumori on the light end to the Nuptse on the heavy.

I purchased a Northface Mountain Light...

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I purchased a Northface Mountain Light jacket in about 1992. I've used it for backcountry tele skiing and winter camping/mountaineering. After about 2 years it stopped being waterproof. I love the jacket (although I have other newer ones) and want to waterproof it. I tried wash in NikWax but it did almost nothing. Any suggestions?

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Use something called Nikwax TX Direct. The water-repellency finish is worn off. What this means is that your jacket is still waterproof, but it cannot bead water. Hard to explain without showing you, but TX Direct will fix it.

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Actually I have an excellent answer for you. I purchased the Mtn Light jacket in 1991 or 92 and the repellency went away as well after a few years of use. I called the company and found that they have the best warranty out there. I sent the jacket back to TNF and 3 weeks later they had sent me a brand new jacket. A few years later, that one went out as well and I sent it back too. I now am on my third incarnation of the Mtn Light jacket that I had originally purchased in 1991. This is a fantastic company who really stands by their product. I can't say that many companies do the same these days. The warranty information is found here: http://www.thenorthface.com/en_US/contact-us/warrantyproduct-guarantee/. Good luck to you!

I have TNF Diaz 900-fill down jacket, can...

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I have TNF Diaz 900-fill down jacket, can I use the down jacket as inner layer?

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You sure can, although you may find it a bit warm if you are engaged in high output activities like running or steep hiking.

i have an xl denali hoodie. will this work...

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i have an xl denali hoodie. will this work as the outer zip in layer.

Does this jacket have pit-zips?

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Does this jacket have pit-zips?

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Nope, just vented pockets.

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