Prevail in the Trevail.
You have approximately thirty seconds after ski touring to put on The North Face Men's Trevail Down Jacket before the summit freezes you to the point of no return. This lightweight puffy uses lofty down insulation that's warm, lofty, and so compressible that you can pack the jacket inside its pocket for compact convenience in your pack when you're on the skintrack. The North Face treated the jacket's light and durable ripstop shell with DWR to shed any snowflakes that fall on you before you get your shell on. The Trevail also features an internal, media-compatible chest pocket that lets you listen to music when you aren't backcountry skiing, because let's face it, the backcountry is dangerous enough without being able to hear what's around you.
- Light and packable puffy for backcountry missions
- Lofty down insulation adds warmth without much weight
- Water-resistant ripstop fabric resists tearing
- Jacket stuffs in one of the hand pockets for compact convenience
- Internal chest pocket is media compatible
- Item #TNF02JP
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Do not buy this jacket, it's dispensing so much feathers. If I had not use it once, I would definitely return this. The worst North Face jacket. What a waste of money.
My Great Down Jacket Review
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XL
So I recently purchased 7 different down jackets so I could wear and compare and select the one I liked best. This was my great down jacket review, not because the review was great, but because the breadth of comparisons was pretty extensive. The ones I compared were the Marmot Zeus, Marmot Tullus, Mountain Hardware Nitrous, Mountain Hardwear Micro Ratio, Patagonia Down Sweater, The North Face Trevail, and the Outdoor Research Tanscendent. I'll put comments on the others in the listings for each. The reason I selected these are that they all are basically medium-weight down jackets (not extreme light or heavy) and were comparable on the prices. Backcountry was having a sale and all these were marked down to between $123 to $160.
What I wanted was a top layer jacket without a hood (don't use hoods very often). I generally don't use down jackets like these as a layer under anything because of their bulk. I prefer a synthetic for that. I have a huge down jacket with a hood for very cold weather. I wanted one that was less bulky and more suitable for activities.
So the Trevail . The Trevail was a solid jacket with a couple of design issues. One functional and one aesthetic. The one I had was Fusebox Grey and it's a nice looking color.
Fit: The fit was good and normal. It wasn't so bulky that it restricted movement. The fit is regular and those who are used to athletic or trim fit may find it a bit larger than they are used to. But I thought it fit true to size. I have to get XL because of wide shoulders and long arms. The sleeves may not be long enough for guys more than a couple inches taller than me. The bottom of the jacket hit between the top of my pelvis and my hip joints.
Comfort: The jacket was very comfortable. The fabric feels comfortable to the touch and the jacket is quiet when you move.
Misc: The internal media pocket is awesome. I love that. But here are the two design problems that made me return this jacket. The hand pockets are way on the side seam and make them totally awkward to use. They need to be more in front and to be totally perfect they should be slightly angled. They're designed for looks rather than use. Which leads me to the second design problem. The seams on the sleeves run from the armpit and curve to the neck. This gives the look of having super slouchy shoulders and with the regular cut (and not any taper to the fit) it causes the jacket to look a bit pear shaped. So they designed the pockets to be optimized for aesthetics and this seem and the overall cut to have terrible aesthetics.
I ended up returning the Trevail and choosing the Patagonia Down Sweater.