If you live anywhere near the Canadian border, you know that the geese that used to head south in the winter now just stay put. Apparently cold and slush doesn't bother them anymore. And like the geese, you won't need to use frequent flier miles in the dead of winter with The North Face's Men's Thunder Down Jacket.
Down is known for its warmth, and the Thunder features 800-fill — the highest quality and count available. What sets this jacket apart from other 800-fill jackets is that the feathers themselves were given a waterproof treatment. Even if you're caught in slush and drizzle, this prevents the down from clumping into wet wads. Dry down improves the jacket's insulating performance. As an insulating layer, this jacket provides a high warmth-to-weight ratio, so you can fight off the cold without breaking your back mile after mile. The entire jackets fits into its own hand pocket to keep on hand as an emergency layer. It's finished with two secure-zip hand pockets, elastic binding at cuffs, and a cinch cord at the hem.
- 800-fill water resistant down
- Two secure-zip hand pockets
- Stows in its own left pocket
- Elastic binding at cuffs
- Hem cinch-cord
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Nice looking, but the quality is not so!
- Fit: Runs large
I bought a black one a month ago.I just found several stitches were opened and the feathers fell out. I like the fact that it is so light and warm, so I will return and exchange for another one. Let's see how long this one will last! I also purchased another one in grey a month ago. That one so far has no problem. I expect to have a better product for this kind of price.
A high quality winter jacket!!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I got to say, TNF has one of the best quality down jackets ever made. I also own a Marmot down jacket that is comparable to this one; however, I must say that TNF's thunder jacket is really soft,extremely warm and very well made. I bought a size small, being only 5'7" tall and about 155 lbs. I've had this jacket for under a year, and it has seen moderate to cold temperatures (20-30's Deg. F). I highly recommend this jacket to anyone looking for a high quality and warm winter jacket.
Would the warmth on this be close to the...
Would the warmth on this be close to the nuptse? And has any body tried to zip it into a NF shell? The lady at North Face said it was not zip-in compatible but she didn't sound very sure of herself.. its a regular sized garment like the cut of my mountain light jacket I'm just not crazy about the puffy look. I would be using it in temps down to around 10-15 at night. Thanks in advance for any advice!
The North Face Thunder Down Jacket is intended to be the lightweight down option in the TNF line-up. It is not zip-in compatible with TNF shells and will not be as warm as the Nuptse. However, it is excellent fo situations where the Nuptse would be too warm and/or bulky.
The TNF Thunder Down Jacket is best suited for mild to cold temps around 20-40F, although it can go colder when used as part of a layering system. I have a couple of similar jackets they are an excellent part of your wardrobe to be used through 3-seasons (excluding summer) and with a variety of activities in winter.
Does this jacket use baffles or sew-through...
Does this jacket use baffles or sew-through consruction?
The North Face Thunder Down, like most other light weight down jackets, uses a sewn-through construction to keep weight and cost at a minimum.
I order the large but my shoulder is large...
I order the large but my shoulder is large but my wast is medium does this fit smaller on the wast?
I have borrowed my friends Thunder Down Jacket on a couple of occasions, and I think you and I have similar fit issues. It too have broader shoulders and narrow waist. This drives me crazy with some jackets because I know a good fit in the shoulders is the more important factor, but I still like the look of a tapered fit if I can get it.
The North Face Thunder Down Jacket is a regular fit, but it tapers a little though the torso, which for me, was enough to make the difference. Add to this a shock cord adjustable hem and I don't think you should have trouble fitting a large size to your medium waist.