The wind is no match.
- Performance fit helps the Pamir layer under a technical shell if necessary in winter conditions
- Abrasion-resistant panels add durability for seasons of use
- Napoleon chest pocket and secure hand zip pockets keep your essentials organized and at the ready
- Hemline cinch helps complete the seal between you and the blustery cold
- Brushed collar adds comfort and helps reduce chafing
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Stop the Wind!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I bought this jacket because I needed to replace a Marmot Sharp Point windstopper jacket that I had left on a plane in Peru. Marmot is no longer making this jacket which I really liked. The North Face Pamir seemed worth a try and was significantly cheaper than the Marmot so I thought I would give it a try. It is not as rugged as the Marmot Sharp Point, but it does seem to do the job. I ride a Vespa in Chicago and when the temperature starts dropping, having a windproof jacket is really important.
So far it seems to do the trick. I have not been riding in temps below 50F, but it did seem to keep the wind out.
It seems reasonably well made and has two roomy pockets on the sides and one outside chest pocket for your wallet or phone.
Seems to be worth the $125 sale price.
A Do Everything Jacket
I owned an older version of this jacket (probably from 2010?) that was recently stolen, to which I upgraded to this year's model so I'll be able to give a good comparison between the two.
Overall, this is a very well put together jacket. Strategically placed Windstopper material does a great job of keeping wind out and warmth in. Very comfortable jacket, perfect fit for everyday use (I'm 6'1" 185 lbs and opted for a large).
In most ways this newer model is a great upgrade from my older one. The fit is just slightly more technical without feeling weird wearing it every day, just slightly more snug through the body and arms. I find it actually a LOT more comfortable than the older jacket. For one, the interior of the jacket has a lot more fleece lining, through the shoulders and arms where the older jacket wasn't as soft in these areas (lots of exposed seams made it slightly uncomfortable at times). Also, the cuffs on the new jacket are fleece lined as well where the older jacket wasn't (again making it slightly uncomfortable at times).
The only downgrade from the older jacket in my opinion is the zipper. The older jacket had a much stronger zipper that kept wind out better than the new one. The newer zipper is easier up and down, but not as tight as the old one.
Overall, a big upgrade from the previous jacket. It is my every day jacket for work and play. I'd highly recommend this to someone looking for a midweight fleece/softshell hybrid.
Having had a chance to try this jacket in cold weather now, I would give it a solid rating. Even though I have had some affiliation with Gore for quite awhile, this was one of the first Windstopper garments i've had a chance to really try out. These are great for just about any cold and/or windy (and/or snowy) condition short of outright steady rain. For that you'd want to put on a Gore-Tex shell of some sort (accept no imitations). The Windstopper stops wind - as it name implies - whether the "wind" be from the weather, or do to your own bombing down a steep ski run. Zip up the jacket to the chin and you are good to go on the slopes. One of the previous reviewers compares this jacket unfavorably to the NF Denali jacket, but I wonder if he is comparing this one to a non-Windstopper Denali jacket; which would explain the breathability difference. I would say the Pamir jacket is as breathable as you would expect, and it works fine under a shell, if the situation calls for it.
Works like it should
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Wind resistance is good - noticeably better than the norm for a soft shell. Breaths well for a relatively wind proof jacket.
Worn once on a fairly strenuous snowshoe with no moisture build-up.
The only downside is that it is not a particularly athletic fit. I'm 6'1" and 180 lb with a typical build. The shoulders of the large fit great. The hem pulls have to be cinched in several inches on each side to keep the wind out.
Nice jacket, not great for layering.
The Pamir is a nice color and well made. The pockets are fine, the waist cinch is good, and it is a nice athletic fit. However, I'm finding it to be a terrible layering piece for any athletic winter pursuit. It does not breathe well at all. I do much better with the TNF Denali as a layering piece at the same temperature range. I sweat like a stuck pig in the Pamir. I'd recommend it for 'sitting there doing nothing' layering.
is this zip in compatible with a north...
is this zip in compatible with a north face mountain light goretex jacket?
Even on TNF's page, zip in compatibility is not mentioned, just that it can be layered. By that I'd suspect it is not zip-in.