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The synthetic best of both insulation worlds.

In the continuous battle of down versus synthetic insulation, The North Face Men's ThermoBall Hooded Insulated Jacket has the best of both worlds. Its innovative Primaloft Thermoball synthetic insulation looks and acts like round clusters that make up down insulation, retaining body heat so you stay warm in a lightweight and lofty jacket. It also compresses like down so you can stow it in its own pocket and pack it without sacrificing much space. But because it's synthetic insulation, you stay warm even when the jacket gets wet.

The ThermoBall features a durable nylon shell that makes layering easy. Elasticized bindings around the cuffs and hood help retain your heat. A hem cinch-cord tightens so the jacket's torso doesn't rise while you ski, climb, hike, and play all over the mountains.

  • 15D nylon shell
  • Primaloft Thermoball synthetic insulation
  • Elasticized hood
  • Packs into pocket
  • Elasticized cuffs
  • Hem cinch-cord
  • Two hand pockets

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5 5

Impressed

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

I am 5'10/195 with long arms and a long torso. A large fit me well in the arms and ended a three inches below my waist. I have a muscular build and am quite comfortable with a baselaver and a mid weight mid layer worn under. This piece does not have angle-wing or similar arm movement which keeps it from being a true technical pieces in my opinion. The hood works excellent with the jacket zipped up fully and used fully zipped but pushed down around the neck. It fails horribly if you attempt to use the hood without the jacket being fully zipped. So snorkel or nothing. If you care about style over function this will be an issue since you will not look cool in this jacket with the hood up, I promise. I feel I need to mention the pockets. Both pockets are oversized to allow them to be used as stuff sacks so they extend above and below the hand openings. This creates a added bonus of ample hand warming space plus items placed inside don't fall out since the opening is higher than the pocket bottom. I don't know whether this was intensional but its fantastic design. The elasticized cuffs are udder perfection. The hem cinch works well. I wore this piece in temps from 3 degrees F. up to 45 degrees F. with 390g/m wool base and a polartec 200 mid during low activity and resting. I am inherently cold and found the jacket performed best for me in the mid twenties during low activity and mid thirties at rest and still remained quite wearable into the forties. The fabric is very quite and comfortable and blocks wind well even at 20mph. Craftsmanship is top notch and the jacket is just a joy to wear. If your looking for a amazingly comfortable, super light, hardly know its in your pack jacket, this is it. The only negative other than the arm movement is that the pocket zippers snag the arm fabric when the pockets are left open which I think given enough time could cause damage. I find the snaging annoying so I keep the pockets zipped close when not in use.

4 5

Splendid

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this Jacket, it is my everyday jacket and always keeps me at the temperature I want to be. Two comments, however are: One, I'm always going off trail and through the brush and this jacket's not too tough and already has a few snags. And two, I don't see much reason to need the Thermoball tech., I think you'd be fine with a little cheaper down and still get the same quality. All together though, I don't regret my purchase and expect that I'll enjoy it for a long time to come.

Will the hood fit over my helmet and does...

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Will the hood fit over my helmet and does it have hood adjustments?

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There are no hood adjustments and it will likely not fit over your helmet. The hood is designed more like an attached hat and fits over your head very closely. I found the ThermoBall hood was a little looser than the DNP's (which you had to put the hood on before fully zipping up). But it was still tight enough that my baseball hat and sunglasses were about the only thing I think I could get in under there.

does the hood zip into the collar?

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does the hood zip into the collar?

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Tjsp,

The hood on the ThermoBall is a fixed hood and does not go into it's own compartment.

The jacket itself folds into it's own pocket so you can use it as a pillow if your spending the night in the mountains. I love it when jackets do that!

As for the hood though, it's there to give you love the entire time your wearing your ThermoBall!

Jared D.
Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055

5 5

Dang I'm a good friend..

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

"I love my Northface thermoball jacket!
Pros: It fits well, true to size, and is not too heavy or bulky...Yet, it is warm enough for me to wear it walking into work or over another layer while snowboarding. I love the style and coloring and am glad that I chose to get it with the hood. I have not found any cons yet."

Dang I'm a good friend..

Does the hood for the Thermoball Hooded...

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Does the hood for the Thermoball Hooded Insulated Jacket tuck in to the collar?

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I realize the picture above almost gives that sort of look, but the hood on The North Face ThermoBall Insulated Hooded Jacket is not removable or concealable within the collar.

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The hood is out full time. I've found it to have enough room to go over my stocking cap, but I wear it under my helmet.

5 5

Outstanding

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

I received this as a replacement after my down Denali blew out. I am thrilled with this! The weight to warmth ratio is amazing! Not the best for being wind resistant, but then it is not advertised as being such. No problems tucking it into my pack and forgetting about it till I need it, or being able to layer with it and put a shell overtop of it. I love the hood- great addition to an already nice jacket. I am surprised at how much I reach for this thing.

5 5

Very surprised!

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

I used a cheaper 500 down jacket for a few years as a mid layer, and it finally lost its loft and feathers. Ordered the thermo ball and was kind of worried when I first took it out of the box. I was expecting something a little more dense. You can literally see through this jacket!
Wore it out for a walk with the dog in 30 degree temps with a light wind, I had on a t-shirt under it and all I can say is "Wow"! Hardly any wind got through and I stayed perfectly comfortable. No sweat yet no chill. I'm very excited to take it climbing next weekend.

Also: I'm 5' 10" and 180lbs and the large has enough room for me to have a base layer and long sleeve heavy t-shirt on underneath.

***FYI: For now I'll give it 4 star, after I see the durability I will re-do my score.

UPDATED: 12-30-13

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Used this on 4 winter hikes so far and as my daily jacket. Really loving it.

5 5

Great jacket

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

Great jacket. Lightweight but very warm. fits great and does not get in the way of a harness.

Thermoball or Patagonia Nano Puff? I"m...

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Thermoball or Patagonia Nano Puff? I"m looking for warm, packable/lightweight, and durable. They look very similar.

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Hey there! Thanks for your question. I would recommend the Patagonia Nano Puff jacket over The North Face Thermoball. The quality of the Patagonia is top notch, I believe the nano will be more durable and last you longer. The nano is also a bit more lightweight, you would gain a chest pocket too. Both jackets are very packable and warm, I think the quality/durability of Patagonia is better! Hope this helps!

Best Answer Responded on

The North Face claims that the ThermoBall insulation is equivalent to 600 fill down, making it a lighter and warmer layer option than PrimaLoft One, the insulation used in the Patagonia Nano Puff. If this claim is true then The North Face ThermoBall will provide more 'bang for the buck' in regards to warmth, if that is your primary concern. The Nano Puff hoody is approximately 2 oz lighter and uses a more durable denier fabric than he ThermoBall though. TNF has a boxier cut to it which is beneficial for broad shouldered folks while the new cut of the Nano Puff is a bit trimmer fitting.

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First off, I've never owned any Patagonia products...
Last weekend I done a four mile hike in -5 degree temps with wind to Kelso Mtn here in Colorado. I had on an H/H Warm top, dry-logic t-shirt, the ThermoBall jacket and then my Point 5 hardshell. I got warm but my base and midlayer moved the moisture out to the hardshell. When I got back to the car my hardshell had ice on the inside of it and the ThermoBall and base layers were basically dry. I was very impressed that the Thermoball didn't gain water weight while hiking like my old down midlayer used to. Hope that helps.

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I don't know about durability but there obviously isn't as much loft in a nano. the thermoball may be more comparable in warmth to the Patagonia Micropuff.