Big weather protection with little weight.
- Adjustable hood fits over your helmet and prevents the biggest face-shots from flowing down your back
- Pant-a-locks, hook-and-loop cuffs, and an adjustable hem prevent snow from creeping into your nether-layers
- Integrated zip powder skirt zips onto compatible pants (sold separately), keeping the snow out of your midsection like a one-piece
- Integrated goggle cloth clears your line of sight so you can see the cliff band fifty feet ahead
- Internal media and cell phone pockets keep your electronics warm and functional
- Recco avalanche rescue reflector adds a touch of confidence in case the worst of the worst happens while at the resort
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functional to the max
I bought this jacket for my brother-in-law so he could ride without complaint. He was riding in either a super bulky jacket or a little windbreaker. He loves this jacket. It's great for all conditions on the mountain. Keeps you dry and comfortable without being overly bulky. This is a solid resort jacket.
Coat is well designed, stylish, functional, and blocks the wind really well on those cold days. I have yet to use it in the rain, but I imagine it will be excellent. I have worn this over a Mt. Hardwear Subzero down coat and it was a perfect fit. It also kept me toasty in -5F weather.
My only complaint, and this may be a good thing for some, is that this would work best with an "under" glove/mitt and not one with a big gaiter designed to go over your jacket. It is really easy to get it over a glove, but getting a glove with a gaiter over the sleeve is not as easy.
North Face Performance
I recently got my hands on the Realization Jacket and am very impressed. It has a roomy fit, I'm 6'1" and 170lbs and the medium is plenty long in the arms and the body, it also has enough room for a insulating layer (I have TNF Red Point Jacket), and a couple of layers under that. I have skied in -25C with this combo and been warm even on stalled lift. I've skied without the insulating layer in -5C and snowing and been warm and dry as well.
It's definitely a solid resort jacket, with great ski features, and the zip vents work well for short hikes into the sidecountry. The lining and is a little too much for it to be a great backcountry jacket, but that's not its intended use.
The powder skirt is one of the better I've seen and the pant-a-lock system holds well and keeps powder out when the snows deep or you crash hard.
I'm torn between TNF Realization and the...
I'm torn between TNF Realization and the Spilway. Besides the Realization having better breathability (and being a Summit Series which I know are generally better quality) and the Spilway having better insulation, what is the difference between the two?
I own the realization, it is an AWESOME coat. I work it on a day where it was about -5F and I wasn't cold at all with a down coat layered under neath. No matter how fast I went down the mountain, no wind got through at all. Looking at the spillway, it doesn't have the fancier taped seams and I assume the "Alpha" material the Realization is of better quality. Realization is also more breathable
Does the hood have a stow-away capability...
Does the hood have a stow-away capability on the jacket?
Sorry Sam, but no stow-away capabilities with the Realization's hood.
Would this jacket keep me warm while...
Would this jacket keep me warm while snowboarding on the mountain?
This will not keep you warm at all - its not insulated or designed to be. It will, however, keep you dry, an important step in being warm.
This piece is a waterproof breathable shell, designed to protect you from wind, rain and snow. It allows moisture vapor (sweat) to escape through the fabric, which keeps you dry underneath. For warmth and weatherproofing, pair this with an insulated jacket or fleece. If you're looking for a jacket that is warm and weatherproof, check out The North Face's Triclimate series.
Simon is correct in that this jacket is designed to keep you dry which is an important step in being warm. BUT, this jacket also has a very light 205 gram brushed polyester tricot lining that provides light insulation, but you must wear proper baselayers and mid-layers depending on conditions to remain warm all day on the mountain.
For an even more insulation option, check out the Emersion Jacket with Primaloft.