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When summit day finally comes, you'll be glad that you have the The North Face Point Five Jacket in your arsenal. This burly technical shell's three-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell makes sure you stay dry and comfortable whether you're on belay or standing on the peak. The North Face took this shell from its global line and added it into its Summit Series so you can bring a fresh look to the top.

  • Waterproof breathable Gore-Tex Pro 3L shell is durable, blocks out the most ruthless alpine weather, and allows your excess heat to escape
  • Fully taped seams mean water won’t roll down the fabric and sneak in through the crevices
  • Underarm zips dump excess heat
  • Attached hood blocks out the ruthless wind and fits over your climbing helmet
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Best Value around in PRO Shell

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

For the price of the North face point five jacket it is in a class of its own. Very minimalist design (2 large volume chest pockets) 1 hidden stretch pocket inside main pockets, and a helmet compatible hood, 2 way pit zips So why the high rating? Little small details inside a Pro shell coat that costs $400 such as narrow 9mm seam tape (arcteryx still uses 13mm), hidden waist and hood adjusters. perfect length in torso and arms. Nice articulation in elbows. 2 way front watertight zip. fleece lined chin guard. Great face fabric which is really durable and supple and the jacket is light.

Best Value around in PRO Shell

Why wear a garbage bag?

    I'm sure that this is well made and warm and whatever...however, I felt like I was wearing a crunchy garbage bag. For that reason alone, I had to return it. It just wasn't comfortable--at all.

    It's a shell, That's it. And it works.

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I used TNF Mountain Light jacket for over ten years and loved it. When considering a replacement I wanted a ultra light and ultra strong minimal jacket. Had to be wind/water proof and wont tear on rocks.

    Here are some points to consider:

    Gore-Tex, it's a material that is widely used. I like it. But remember, there are only so many ways it can be used in a shell. A Gore-Tex shell is just that and after the $300 mark, they are all basically the same. There is absolutely NO MORE technology in a $600 shell than a $300 dollar one.

    Breathability, I'm a hot blooded sweater and hiked with the pit vents open in -9 temps on Colorado Mines peak. I sweat in t-shirts even when its cold.

    Zippers, they're completely wind and water proof. You can use the jacket to carry water if needed and no water would leak from the zipper. Not the most convienient, but when I have the jacket on, it doesnt come off for 8-10hrs.

    Warmth, it's 100% wind proof. It's a shell, there is no thermal insulation. In temps below 0 degrees with wind I add a HH Warm top with a light down sweater under it.

    Pockets, there are two chest pockets.

    It's a shell, That's it. And it works.

    Hmmm...

      By the description of this jacket, it was everything I was looking for. When I received the item, I still can't figure out if it meets the criteria for buying this jacket: athletic fit, mobile, and easy to use (zippers, etc.). I will continue to use and test this jacket, will come back in 2 months to update my review.

      I bought The North Face Heathen Jacket 2...

      I bought The North Face Heathen Jacket 2 years ago but I found this jacket is too thin. I wonder if the fabric of this jacket is thicker.

      If I wear a small in other NF jackets and...

      If I wear a small in other NF jackets and want to have a mid-layer under this, should I order this in a Med or Sm? Not sure how they fit. Thanks.

      I wear a medium in most regular TNF stuff and a large in most of their summit series gear (like the upcoming Alpine Project Windstopper), and the medium Point Five Jacket is just right on me. Maybe if I were trying to get a Nuptse jacket under it I would want a large, but it fits nicely over a Thunder jacket and a baselayer, which is the most insulation I would normally wear under it. If you needed more warmth during stops you'd throw a big belay parka over the whole lot.

      Does this jacket have an internal pocket?...

      Does this jacket have an internal pocket? Spec list says YES (one internal zip pocket), but the above picture shows no pocket inside.