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Favored by those who look forward to winter's cold clutches, The North Face Redpoint Optimus Insulated Jacket rocks toasty PrimaLoft insulation and packs inside it's own internal pocket for added convenience. Although it packs down easily, this lightweight insulating layer sports enough pockets for all your small essentials and a fit that's more comfortable than your favorite cotton hoody. Stash this jacket inside your touring pack or mountaineering bag and keep warmth close at hand when you travel through the mountains.

  • Lightweight nylon shell has a DWR coating that repels light precipitation and moisture
  • Synthetic PrimaLoft One keeps you warm using less insulation which keeps weight and bulk at a minimum
  • Seamless shoulders provide the most streamline and comfortable fit inside
  • Flexible softshell cuffs help keep your wrists warm and give the sleeve ends an extra-durable finish
  • Peripheral hood adjustment and a hideaway hem cinch cord allow you to dial in fit

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sweet alpine jacket

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

For 100 gram synthetic insulation, the jacket is built for alpine adventures. The jacket I had bought was previously owned but I purchased it to replace my old mountain hardwear compressor pl hooded jacket as my goto winter sport jacket. I have not regretted a single day of it. I mainly use this a running jacket for -3 degree F to 32 degrees F. The hood is large and the collar, once zipped up all the way reaches over the mouth to help for nights when you want to breath in air that has been warmed up from inside the jacket. The jacket is nice and baggy especially in the arm pit/shoulder, which also allows alot to be layered underneath it even a poofy down jacket.


The start of my jacket Addiction

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

This was the very first jacket I bought myself in college fall of 2003. It's held up remarkably well considering its 10 years old. I only wear it with a t shirt as a around town jacket. Its plenty warm as I typically wear it down to the mid 20's before I pic a new jacket. At 5' 10" 240 the large provides an athletic fit 49" chest 36 waist lets the jacket fall just below my belt. The synthetic down lays flat and doesn't give the puffy look of real down. wind proof and a decent amount of water resistance should keep this jacket in my closet for another 10 years.


great jacket

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

This jacket is awesome, I bought it intending to use it as my non-ski winter jacket and it has served its purpose. I bought this while I was in college hoping it would be warm enough that I would not need to wear many layers when walking to class and then sitting inside a hot lecture hall and it did exactly that. Often times I wear nothing but a T-shirt underneath this jacket and I do not get cold at all. This jacket is also a great windbreaker and does not allow any wind in.

great jacket

Favorite piece to date!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I have had this jacket for close to a decade and it is still going strong! warm, durable, and perfect for cool, wet conditions! I have used other synthetic hooded jackets over the years and I still grab this one out of the closet (actually, usually off my floor) for most of my adventures!

Favorite piece to date!

Awesome Jacket!

    I've just been loving how thin and warm this jacket is. It's not perfect because it's not waterproof, though I haven't tested it out fully. I'm just stoked that I don't have to wear a scarf with it and sometimes not a hat because the hood covers and keeps my head warm and the collar, when zipped up, keeps my neck warm. I've been looking for something warm and thin for a while and, leave it to TNF, they know what they're doing.

    Good Jacket

    Good Jacket

    Getting the X mas tree. I like it when it snows in Seattle.


    Great Jacket! Zipper is sometimes a pain

      I love this jacket. I bought it oversized for a belay jacket and its pretty warm for its weight. I just took it for an overnight on Mt Washington and although we had fairly good weather I had this jacket on at camp in the evening around 10 - 15 degrees with a base layer and north face fleece. I was toasty. Getting the zipper head into the double zipper is a pain sometimes but it would never stop me from bringing this jacket on trips with me.


      Not a TNF fan..

        I had some issues with some TNF products in the past and the way TNF handles their warranties even though they clearly agreed the pieces were known to have had problems. This was the last piece I purchased of theirs.

        I have to say it has been a decent piece. I would recommend to anyone purchasing TNF gear to buy it through a site like Backcountry or REI. When it fails you can have their warranty cover what TNF won't.


        Great Jacket

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

        Great weight to warmth ratio. Light base layer and jacket are good to -10 here in Wyoming.

        how does this compare with patagonia...

        how does this compare with patagonia waterproof nano-storm jacket?

        Best Answer

        They both are insulated with Primaloft One. Nano uses 60 grams, RedpointOptimus uses 100 grams. Both weight about the same - 1.5lbs. Both have nice helmet compatible hoods. Both have an internal mesh stow pocket,as well as a chest pocket. The differences: The TNF piece is not waterproof, whereas the Nano Storm utilizes their own H2NO waterproofing. The TNF Redpoint has a two-way zipper, the Nano does not. The Nano uses hook and loop cuff closures, but the Redpoint uses softshell cuffs. I haven't used the Nano Storm, but the Redpoint Optimus is my favorite primaloft jacket that I've used. Sizing - I'm 6' 185lbs and the medium fits great as an outer layer, with 2 layers underneath.

        So the red point optimus would actually be warmer because of the 100 grams primaloft?

        That is correct - the Redpoint Optimus would be warmer. Only slightly though - I say 'only slightly' because the Nano uses waterproof technology and that actually adds a bit of warm, as it creates a barrier, which traps body heat, and is totally windproof. Hope this helps.


        Heavy mid layer or stand alone.

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

        This is a great piece. I found it on super sale last year and had to snag it. Very comfortable, warm. Works well as a stand alone piece in milder temperatures, has a DWR coating which works well for the light rain if you by chance get caught. Plenty of pockets, the interior security pocket doubles as a stuff pocket, can compress this jacket down to a small package. Overall a great piece, works well as a heavy mid later under a shell for those brutally cold days, or use it as a stand alone piece for those 30-40 degree days.

        do u remember about when they went on "super sale"?

        I want to order this jacket and I was...

        I want to order this jacket and I was wondering if the black jacket comes with blue color zippers or does it come with the regular black color zippers?

        Also is the Redpoint Optimus jacket prone to crease and wrinkles?

        I would say no, it is not prone to creases and wrinkles. Mine has stayed smooth through many travels, even after stuffing it into it's pocket several times.



          I have a couple of these jackets now....One I have used for over four years now. Durable jacket.


          Wrong weight listed everywhere!

            I put one of these on the scales and it came in around 590 grams, about 150g less than the claimed weight. Can't say I'm surprised though, North Face products almost never weigh close to the listed weights -- often the listed weight is higher as in this case!

            Whoever at North Face is responsible for the weighing of garments and the inputting of weight data onto the websites and catalogs needs to be re-trained or fired. Seriously, a 5 year old could do the job more accurately.

            Neat jacket btw. Similar to an Atom SV.


            Versatility is Summit Series

              Soooooo warm, always searched for a jacket that was warm enough for a large range of temps. This keep me warm below freezing and doesnt overheat me at 40-50, its also so light for its warmth due to its primaloft one filling. And it also is a stylin jacket so u can get that swag you know youve been looking for.

              Is this zip-in compatible with a TNF shell...

              Is this zip-in compatible with a TNF shell like the Vortex? Thanks!

              Sorry, no.

              Zip in compatible insulating layers are:

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

              No. you generally find that hooded jackets are not zip in compatible. The redpoint jacket (not the optimus) does not have a hood and is zip in compatible, even though that's not one of the points listed on it's product page.


              well worth the price!

                I got this jacket for X-Mas. What a great jacket! Soft, comfortable, I hardly know I have it on. I find that it breaths very well. I am never really hot in it. Inside or outside, I am always comfortable.


                Very nice

                  I had purchased the North face jacket that was the model under this that sells for 150.00
                  This is a MUCH nicer piece . The jacket is so light you really can't feel the weight . Its also primaloft ONE so its warmest wet or dry.
                  It does repel water very well. I would not try and wear this as a shell though is thats your intention . The hood is very soft and it does not get in the way under a shell at all. The water bottle pocket inside is very deep . I got a size large it fits nice for me i weigh 165 lbs. This is my secinf summit series piece and i will not buy anything else from face but this ! the quality is worth the 50 price increase. If you looking for a SUPER light and VERY warm layering piece this is the best I have comes across. The inner color of the jacket REALLY pops . I got the blue with red liner .


                  Very nice!

                    Nice jacket, with unexpected detailing in the tailoring of the cuffs. Good fit for layering and warm by itself down to about 32 degrees F. It is true to size, I am an XL and fits nicely even with a layer of fleece underneath.


                    Finally, a jacket he will wear!

                      I bought this jacket for my 13 year old son, who would rather wear no coat than a bulky coat, and he loves it. It is very warm but not at all puffy or stiff. It folds into its chest pocket with fairly little effort, and can easily fit into his backpack when he's not wearing it. He's about 5'6" and 165lbs, a broad-shouldered kid, and the large fits well with room for layers. His only complaint is that the zipper can be a bit finicky, but it usually zips after a couple of tries. Otherwise, this is a great jacket, and we are both very happy with it.