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Packs the warmth of down with the benefits of synthetics.

The North Face Men's ThermoBall Hooded Insulated Jacket has the warmth of a 600-fill down jacket coupled with the wet-weather performance of synthetic insulation. The 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 warmth is retained while you ski, climb, hike, and play all over the mountains.

  • 15D nylon ripstop fabric
  • Primaloft Thermoball synthetic insulation
  • Active fit
  • Cinch-cord at hem
  • Adjustable hood
  • 2 zippered hand pockets

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How does this jacket hold up in rainfall and wind? I'm looking at the Mountain Hardwear Quasar for $300 but would love to save the money if the ThermoBall would be as good.

4 5

Great Jacket

  • Fit: True to size

Gave this jacket as a gift, have had no complaints from the person. Great material warm enough for fall and baselayer for cold winters.

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Does anyone know how the stitching of this jacket holds up compared to the stitching of the Patagonia Nano-puff? I've lost stitching pretty easily and often with the Nano-puff.

4 5

Love the jacket, but one small complaint

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 9"
    Size Purchased: XL

I bought this jacket as a mid/outer layer for my trip to China in the winter. It kept me nice and warm, and it is so compressible. The jacket also had good ventilation, so my back wasn't all wet. I even wear the jacket a few times during March in California, I didn't over heat at all.
One complaint is the stitching on the sleeve of the jacket, some of the stitches came loose, not a deal breaker, but it would be nice to have nicer quality.

4 5

Great Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 3"
    Weight: 165 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

Look forward to taking it into mountains of Lesotho to see if it holds up. Nice and light and extremely packable.

4 5

pretty cool

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

Fits me well. Received lots of compliments when I wear it

What is the color of the inside of the TNF Black colorway?

5 5

So light and warm!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large

Gonna have to agree with the others on the fit. Definitely not athletic. I also got a large and I am 6"1" and 195 lbs. I could have fit in a medium if I had wanted. Sleeves and jacket length are spot on though. I wore this out in Millcreek Canyon the other weekend and the temperature at the trail head was 25 degrees. Not much wind but lots of shade during the hike. Wearing a light weight, long sleeve wool baselayer and a t shirt under this kept me comfortably warm to almost overheating during the hike. What I love most about this jacket is how light weight it is. I just wanted something warm for backpacking and hiking that would not take up much space or be heavy. And this is exactly what I was looking for. Sure it could be a little tighter in the fit, but that won't matter too much with my pack on. Haven't had the chance to test it out in rain or wet snow, but I am confident that it will be just as warm as it is in dry conditions. A cool feature that I liked is the lining of the sleeve cuffs. It has an elastic inner lining that comfortable secures the sleeves around m wrists and doesn't easily allow the sleeves to ride up my forearms. If you are primarily looking for a layering piece, size down or look elsewhere. Otherwise, I definitely recommend this jacket. The blue color really pops and I got a number of compliments on the trail about the look.

So light and warm!
5 5

Balls that Warm

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

I agree with Kirk in that this product isn’t an athletic fit. I’ve found this to be the case with most The North Face jackets with exception of their specific product lines such as Steep Series or Summit Series. I generally wear a large, but for this particular jacket the medium fits me well (6ft 185lbs). These jackets are well suited for folks with a wider or muscular build, and they can probably support a moderate beer belly with the traditional size you wear (alternatively for under jacket layering). If you are tall and slender, you may be better off with the athletic North Face lines, or going for another brand that better supports your body type.

If you get the fit right, this jacket is solid. Comfy, stylish, light, and it warms well given the weight. I’ve felt comfortable wearing this as an outer layer in 30 degree weather, but anything below that, you will probably prefer slapping on another layer for comfort.

3 5

Great if you like it loose

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

The performance characteristics of this jacket are spot-on. The warmth factor is high for its weight, the hood is very functional, and it seems quite durable. It’s also quite wind-resistant and water-repellant, and withstood light precipitation (rain and snow) in the Alps.

Where it missed the mark for me is the fit. I’m 6’2”, 175 lbs and purchased the large. The body and sleeve lengths are about right, but there is enough room in the body of the jacket to fit a pot belly or a LOT of layers. Backcountry’s description lists the fit as “active”, which in this case means "very loose." The extra room results in a lot of dead space your body has to heat up.

In the end I sold this jacket on-line. I just can’t buy into an “active” fit jacket that is this loose-fitting. But if the fit meets your expectations I think you'll be very satisfied.

Is this jacket warm enough by itself for everyday wear in Michigan winter?The temperatures range here from 40F to -10F with the average being around 20 F.
I'd like to find a winter jacket that's good for everyday wear (to classes, run errands, etc) in Michigan. If you have any other recommendations, please let me know. My budget is under $200

Probably not. I think you'll find that the wind cuts through this pretty quick and you'll lose a lot of heat through convection. Better to go with something with a little sturdier shell.

This piece is more intended to go under a shell... or as an outer layer on dry days without wind.