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The North Face used body-mapping technology during the design of the Polar Hooded Softshell Jacket. What that means is that the Polar is warmer where you get colder and cooler where you naturally stay warmer. this results in greater comfort, less weight, overall greater efficiency between the jacket and your body to regulate temperature.

  • Polartec Alpha/Beta hybrid fleece construction targets your body's hot and cold zones for added efficiency
  • Mesh liner in sleeves, hood and chest wicks moisture and promotes airflow
  • High pile fleece on shoulders and back to trap heat in typical cold areas
  • Fully-adjustable, helmet-compatible hood swivels with your head

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Awesome warm softshell!

    This softshell is a relatively warm insulated piece of mountain gear that looks stylish, providing enough stretch and body mapped insulation to the core of the body. The hood is helmet compatible, while the sleeves just right (not too tight or too loose). As with all Summit Series products, the quality levels are high. This jacket will serve well whether you're using it on the mountain or in town. LOVE it!


    Warm jacket with a fatal flow

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

    The jacket's draw string is inside the pocket. No matter how hard I pull on it, it will not stay tight enough. I got cold air coming right into my belly. Other than that, it could have been my ideal jacket.

    It got Polartec Thermal Pro in the arm under the black rip stop nylon fabric, Polartec Powershield High loft in the body, and PowerDry as a mesh lining in the sleeves and front of body panel/pocket. The hand pockets are huge, and check pocket are good sized. It kept me warm in 20 degree temperature with just a 260 weight merino baselayer underneath it. It's warmer than the OR Lodestar jacket except the cold belly problem. I really wish I could keep this one.



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

    got the Polar just because i was curious to see how the polartec alpha work for me. im an all around mountain man. i bike hike camp and love to spend time out doors. normally i run warm. i found the The North Face Polar Softshell Hooded Jacket to be a great match. it is super breathable for an insulated not like down or primaloft. i did not fell sweaty underneath. i packed it for a trip with varied temperature 55 to 20 ski hike and goof around. and love how comfortable it feel when i was skiing on the chairlift. it kept me warm and on the hard runs i was comfortable. it perform great in a high wind days and on the hike on the way down it kept me warm and shield from " bashing wind " and on the way up it kept me dry. i got some rain and snow and happy to say the nothing penetrate the jacket.

    i gave the jacket four stars only for the lack of north face to create matching pants!!! just like OR (outdoor research) did with the lodestar jacket and pants. at least now i got a very good excuse to buy another outstanding OR piece.

    overall that jacket got a special place in my gear closet for the price and performance that the jacket gave. i love every second of it and dont know what i did before

    So did you choose this over the

    Lodestar because of price or do you think the OR would be too warm?

    I pick the Polar Hooded over the Lodestar from the love to TNF and the good price i never got to "play" with the Lodestar. but can not wait to buy the Lodestar Softshell Pant

    So how warm is this, in comparison to what?...

    So how warm is this, in comparison to what? As warm as their Redpoint Optimus with 100g of Primaloft One? How thick is the sleeve material? Thanks.

    Thanks, just received mine in green. I normally wear a small in NF stuff and this small fits good and trim everywhere but the arm pits are tight and I can't fit much of any layer under. This does feel like a nice jacket and I got it for a great discount since BC honored a price match, thanks BC! I may need a medium though but there are none in stock now.


    Lovn it

      Love this jacket not bulky but nice n warm. Everything about the jacket has a nice feel from the pockets to the piled fleece. Like I said lovn it.

       Lovn it

      How are you using this? Is it good for stand alone use in 30's? Is the arm material thin and how does this handle wind? Thanks.

      The jacket itslelf isnt bulky but warm def good for 30s and even 20s when im out walkn my dogs. I usually wear a fleece sweater or hoodie under, cant fit much more.Sleeve are piled fleece down the tricep and padding about same as jacket until the cuff of the wrist where there is a thin stretchy material.

      Oh yea, this jacket breaks the wind nice. Its seems to be pretty water resistant, had to run through a pretty heavy rain the other day and seemed to bead the water off pretty well.

      hegaveitall - i skied with the jacket on a 20 degree day, in bashing wind. i would call the jacket highly wind resistant. you can feel some wind but overall it will keep you comfy. really love the hand warmer pockets