Code: WINTER20

Description

Synthetic that steals the best properties of down.

Its lightweight loft makes you think The North Face ThermoBall Full-Zip Jacket is a down jacket, but it's actually synthetic. The Primaloft Thermoball insulation acts and even looks like down insulation, providing lofty warmth equivalent to 600-fill down. It even compresses like down jackets so you can stow it in its pocket and take it with you on backpacking or climbing excursions. But because it's synthetic, the ThermoBall stays warm even when you get wet during backcountry ski sessions through powder.

The ThermoBall features a durable nylon shell that slides under other layers with ease. Its cuffs have an elastic binding to keep the sleeves from riding up your arms. A hem cinch cord tightens to prevent breezes from blowing up your body, and two hand pockets keep your hands warm when you reach the top of the mountain. 

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Detailed photo of sleeve cuff!

Sleeve cuff sits in the sleeve about an inch, which is a nice feature for overlapping a glove etc.. Little was a little harsh!

5 5

So far so good!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I would classify myself a person who prefers down to synthetic, but synthetic does have the upper hand when it comes to H2O. The Weight usually favors down more than synthetic, but the Thermoball is light so it is very comparative in that aspect. While the Thermoball packs down pretty small it doesn't get as compact as my other down jackets, but that is an easy aspect to overlook. Warmth is right up there with down jackets, but I have yet to test the Thermoball in as cold of temps I would normally wear my down for. Other than that I feel like this is a solid option for someone who stands the chance of their jacket coming in contact with moisture (rain/ snow/ sweat etc..), and also wants to save a few bucks.
There are advantages to both down and synthetic, what it comes down to at the end of the day is does the item perform for you in the weather you are using it? So far my answer to that question would be a yes.

Fits true to size, I am 6'2" and the XL sleeve length is spot on. The jacket is not supper snug so that allows a little room to trap dead air which is warm air. The sleeve cuff is in about an inch inside the sleeve so the sleeve overlaps a glove. This to me is a great feature.
I bought the Rage Red, the photo makes it look a little shinny, I thought it was going to be over the top bright, but its actually a very nice dark red. Will post a pic.

5 5

Warm and Light

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

There is so much that I love about this jacket. It functional in the backcountry yet nice enough to wear everyday, it is light and packs into it own pocket, and it keeps me as warm as my large NF Catalyst down jacket but half the size. It is now my go to jacket. Also I love the colors. I get tons of compliments every time I wear my Thermoball jacket.

Warm and Light

Where is TECH SPECS for this jacket?

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Awesomeness! :) here are the specs:

Style:C762
Fabric:15D 33 g ThermoBall™—100% nylon insulation Avg Weight:350 g (12.34 oz)
Length from Center Back:28”
Source:Imported
Guarantee:Lifetime Warranty

You can find them here: http://www.thenorthface.com/catalog/sc-gear/men-8217-s-thermoball-8482-full-zip-jacket.html

5 5

Super light and silky

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I absolutely love the new ThermoBall jacket. I got it primarily as a light and easily compressible layer to carry backpacking. But it has yet to ride inside the pack, heh. I am wearing it to work and everywhere, because it is warm, but has a nice temp range I remain comfortable in. The feel is silky smooth, and unbelievably light weight.

I highly recommend this jacket. I may just get another for my nephew

5 5

Light but warm

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

My husband loves this jacket. It is super light but still really warm. Fits true to size.

5 5

Awesome Jacket

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

I had the opportunity to test out the Thermoball. What stuck out the most to me is how light the jacket is while still being super warm. Unlike most down jackets, the Thermoball retains it's warmth even when wet. Another awesome feature is being able to stuff the jacket into it's own pocket. The jacket would take up barely any room in your pack. The jacket would be a perfect winter mid layer, for cold days on the trail, or cruising around the city on those chilly nights.

5 5

Very light, surprisingly warm.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I am primarily a skier, mostly on piste, sometimes ducking into the forests that pass as glades here in the NE. I have a nice shell and an Arc'tyrex Atom AT for insulation. The AT wicks great, but is sometimes not warm enough because of the heat loss from the side panels. I used to use an old down piece, but didn't like how it got when damp if I guessed wrong and drenched it in sweat. I ordered a Atom SV which is heavier and loftier than this. The idea was SV or AT depending on temperature. Then, the ThermoBall went on sale.
I returned the SV and plan to use the Atom AT and Thermoball as layers.
This fall, I have worn the ThermoBall hiking. In the car, I was wondering if I would be warm enough. But, once we were moving, I got hot pretty quickly.
It is much lighter than that old down piece, but I believe that it is as warm.

5 5

Great Lightweight Layer

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

Attractive, lightweight layer. So far have only used it once while backpacking in the Sierras. On a mid-20 degree night, layered it under a shell with a Capilene 3 base layer and was plenty warm. Lightweight, packable and warm, what more could you want?

5 5

Light and Warm

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Not only does it do its' job and keep you warm but it does so without the extra baggage that other jackets bring. North Face is always reliable and this product is no different.

5 5

Great synthetic

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I'm not a die hard North Face loyal by any stretch. I do however, think that thermoball is pretty great. Warmth to weight ratio is impressive and though I haven't had it in a lot of rainy weather, I feel confident that it would hold it's own were I caught in a storm. Great option for anyone looking for an alternative to a lightweight down piece.

Hi guys, I know there are a lot of new synthetics going onto the market these days, and I was wondering which one had the highest warmth to weight ratio? The TNF Thermoball here, (supposedly the same as 600-fill down), the Mountain Hardwear Thermal Q. Elite or good old Primaloft One?
Curious to know the answer,
Thanks

Responded on

Hey Lance,
I don't know how helpful this is to you since I haven't tried Thermal Q Elite, and I'm still a fan of Primaloft One, but as far as synthetics go, I was actually impressed with the warmth of the TNF Thermoball. I used it as one of my go to jackets for cold mornings in Northern Utah last year. It seemed to be very packable and lightweight as well. I don't know that you can go wrong with a new piece that uses any of these three insulators so I'd definitely look at the other features on the jackets and let that help you decide as well. Our gearheads would be happy to go through some options with you if you give them a call or initiate a live chat.

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I think the Thermoball has great functionality in wet environments or when it might get soaked. Gear Junkie did a review and literally dropped it in a creek then wore it on a hike and was fine. If you can keep it completely dry the Thermal Q is going to be warmer. Its warmer because it’s designed to mimic the structure of goose down – rigid stems that form a matrix of gaps and softer fibers to fill those gaps. The result is a warmer synthetic whose structure gives it better compression rebound.

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I had last years model and I'm getting this years as well. I wore this jacket with just a t shirt in 20 degree weather no problem. It's great. Can't wait to see this new version.