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Skin across the backcountry in search of heavenly powder stashes with The North Face Women's Snorkle Fleece Hooded Jacket. Its FlashDry fleece wicks moisture and dries quickly to keep you comfortable while skinning, and it provides heavyweight warmth for winter's briskest bluebird days. With a dense knit, the Snorkle ensures long-lasting durability for seasons and seasons of backcountry skiing. This fleece also features thumbholes, an adjustable hem, and security loops for a transceiver.

  • FlashDry heavyweight fleece
  • Scuba hood with binding
  • Thumbhole cuffs
  • Adjustable hem
  • Zippered chest and hand pockets
  • Transceiver security loops
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Solid mid-layer.

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

Thank you to and The North Face for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the community.

I tested this jacket out by wearing it while I hiked Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico.

I got it in a size medium, which is the size that I usually wear in TNF products and in other brands as well. The North Face website does have a little tool that helps you figure out what size you should wear in any given piece of clothing; it was recommended that I wear a small, but I guess I just prefer a slightly looser fit (Also, I have a 36 chest, so by the size chart I would be a medium). It felt good in the torso; it wasn't too tight or loose. It was tighter than usual in the arms/wrists though, which I liked since I used the thumb loops quite a bit. I had the same problem with this garment as I do with all women's TNF products, too much extra fabric around the waist.

I wouldn't exactly describe this garment as cozy, but it wasn't necessarily uncomfortable either. The fabric just felt like more of a soft shell-type of material, as opposed to cotton or a soft fleece. However, it did not have any of the water-repellency or resistance like a soft shell typically does. I wore it in a light rain and it totally soaked up the water like cotton would, though it did dry much quicker.

I wore it over a merino baselayer when I did my hike, and I found that combination to keep me at a very comfortable temperature as I hiked, even with temperatures in the 30s; it was both breathable and warm. On the descent though, I had to add two more layers to stay warm enough as the wind howled. (continued below...)

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I think the best use of this jacket is as a mid-layer, or a very light jacket on a day when you know it will not be too cold, windy or wet. While I really hate the seafoam color that I was sent, I do plan on using this jacket much more in the future because I was impressed with how well it performed. I found it comparable to the Patagonia R1 line, though slightly thicker.

The main zipper on the jacket works great, but the pocket zippers do not slide easily and have a tendency to stick. Also, there are loops on the jacket (1 top right side, 3 lower left side) for a beacon harness to slide through. I thought this was a really clever function, but in testing the jacket without a beacon I found myself using the upper loop for a hands-free place to put my sunglasses.

Overall, I was satisfied with the jacket and I would recommend it especially for cool-weather hiking and backcountry touring.