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Freezing with a pair of crampons or skis under your feet is never fun. Get The North Face Men's Thunder Micro Jacket and never sacrifice warmth for space again. Its FlashDry technology at the underarms pushes your sweat away from you while you hike up the mountain and disperses it quickly for lightning-fast drying. When you get to the top, the 800-fill down insulation warms your torso, and this down is water-resistant so you don't have to worry about losing the warmth if it gets a bit damp. The nylon micro-ripstop shell breathes and resists abrasion so you can wear this ski-touring in winter and backpacking in early spring.

The Thunder Micro has an alpine fit to reduce bulk as much as possible without restricting your movement. It's so compressible that you can stuff it in its own pocket and clip it to your harness for easy access at the top. Two hand-warmer pockets have a lot of space, and you can even access them with a harness or pack on.

  • FlashDry technology at underarms
  • 20D nylon micro-ripstop face fabric
  • Water-resistant 800-fill goose down insulation
  • Alpine fit
  • Stuffs into hand pocket
  • Two zip hand-warmer pockets
  • The North Face Summit Series
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Nice and warm.

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

It's a great Jacket. It's warm and fits great. Tested at -5� celsius and was great without wind. I dont't know if this jacket can handle a colder enviroment. But it's great to have.

Great Jacket for When Temperature Falls

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

This is really solid and warm jacket. The jacket is made out of 800 fill goose down which gives it a great warmth to weight ratio. The jacket has a durable pertex surface that is abrasion and water resistant. The jacket also folds into its pocket for better packability. Its a great feature to have as it makes it easier to sow in your pack until you need it. All in all it is a top notch down jacket from The North Face.

The Jacket for When it's Chilly Willy

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

I almost didn't get this bad boy, but I'm so glad I did. I'm 6'2" with a 45 inch chest and the XL fits perfectly, not too tight or too loose. This jacket will keep you toasty if there's a stiff, cold wind hitting you in the face. Super lightweight...and not at all puffy. I've yet to have any rips in the seams, and the goose down hasn't made its escape from the fabric. Sometimes the zipper can get caught if you're not careful.

Favorite new jacket!

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

Very warm for such a light weight jacket. Fit is good. Makes a great layer for really cold conditions or outer layer for milder temps. Mostly used for skiing, hiking, outdoor winter sports. So far seems fairly breathable. Haven't had to test it's warmth when wet.

Perfect Design

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

Needed a down jacket for the winter and wanted something packable, lightweight, and warm. This jacket met all my criteria and has a really good athletic fit that easily fits under a soft-shell or hard-shell. The FlashDry under the arms works nicely when it's worn as a mid-layer and also removes any annoying seams that might dig into your armpits. As a standalone, it works well in 30 degrees with a bit of wind but anything much colder and you might feel a breeze with the FlashDry venting. At 5'8", 140lbs, 37" chest, wearing a Medium, I can comfortably fit a fleece and a base layer underneath if it's worn as an outer layer or just for added warmth. Nice to see TNF hasn't lost their Summit Series touch. For other reviews, see the Catalyst by TNF as well since it's the Thunder with a hood.

Close-up of "Summit Series" emblem

On the left sleeve is this emblem...not as cool as in years past, but then, what is! (o.k....only kiddn'!) Actually, some have said that the stitching they USED to use for their 'cool-looking' emblems would put small holes in the material, rendering it not water-proof: but, this (and many other of their offerings) aren't water-proof anyway. It is what is and a sign of the times.

Close-up of "Summit Series" emblem

North Face Micro Thunder Jacket

  • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit:Runs small

He says: it's great for cool'ish, to somewhat cold conditions, provided you stay very active. He compares it to a insulated flannel shirt! If you STAY very active while wearing it, it's o.k....but it's not a stand-alone winter jacket. It's also not wind/water proof.

Good for driving, light hiking, shopping, etc.

Perfect for layering.

North Face Thunder...

..."Made in China"...

North Face Thunder...

Northeastsurfing, please tell me you're kidding. Right, it's the workers who are making us pay so much, not the corporations that make the decision to go overseas to pay a non-livable wage for poor working conditions so they can increase the value of their stock over the short term. Yeah, that makes sense (hope you can see my eyes rolling). People need to realize that ultimately, you pay a price, If we paid US workers a livable wage we'd have to pay a little more for a product, but you'd keep money here in the US and wouldn't have the environmental impact of shipping halfway around the planet. Maybe that way we'd still have snow that we all like to play in. I prefer paying a little more in the short term with the benefits realized over the long term.

North Face Micro Thunder

Nice, rather light weight jacket; good for Spring/Fall...not alone in the North East winters! But, it's is great for layering under a water-proof winter jacket, such as Patagonia's Primo Down, for example (which is very warm & totally H2O/wind proof, and layering is only needed under the most severe winter conditions).

This jacket packs easily.

(*this is a 'XL' on a 5'9" frame)

North Face Micro Thunder

is this jacket true to size or does it run...

is this jacket true to size or does it run alittle big

Best Answer

It is listed as being an "Alpine fit," so you can bank more on this garment running "true-to-size," perhaps even slightly on the snug side, versus having more fabric and non-utilized space within the jacket.

I also found a review on TNF's web page pertaining to this top that you might consider viewing yourself ( from a user by the name of "vince416." He apparently had the older version of this jacket so he does a worthy comparison of the two and their differences.

My ol'man usually wears a large, but had to go up to a XL in this jacket, to have room for a sweater (and or base layer + top) underneath. He is shown wearing his Micro below on this page (with just a light short-sleeved polo underneath). He took a M in the McMurdo jacket, and a L in the Patagonia Primo Down jacket....Go Figure!

Catalyst Micro vs Thunder Micro?? Aside...

Catalyst Micro vs Thunder Micro??

Aside from the hood on the Catalyst, is the Catalyst Micro and Thunder Micro the same jackets? Which do you prefer the Catalyst or Thunder and why?? Thinking of getting one or the other.

And is this NF down as good or better than Mountain Hardware Nitros Down Jacket??

Thx J

Best Answer

Compared both N.F. jackets on the North Face Site:

Both have 800 fill

The Catalyst has:

*Pertex Quantum exterior

*Flash Dry panels

*Active Fit


Fabric 20 D, weight 450g

*Summit Series

N.F. asking price: $299!

Micro Thunder:


Alpine Fit (slim)

N.F. asking price: $270

...they share the same basis specs otherwise. With the Catalyst adding a hood to the mix; the main diff. seems to be "Active fit", and the other "Alpine fit".

Of the two, it seems that the Catalyst is the better of these two.

The M.H. has rip-stop fabric, which is always a big plus.