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The whipping wind slices through normal fleece jackets like butter, but The North Face WindWall 1 Fleece Jacket acts as an armor against an advancing cold front while you ski, hike, or bike through the mountains. Wind-resistant WindWall fabric technology filters out the wind so you can keep cruising up the skin track or summit loop trail without teeth-chattering retreats from the backcountry. When the storm rolls in just slip on a stormproof shell and this fleece becomes a great mid layer for blocking the worst winter weather.

  • Polyester WindWall fabric features a wind permeability rating of 14CFM to block the wind and help reduce the wind chill
  • Mesh lining encourages breathability while hiking or backcountry skiing
  • Tall collar, 28-inch length, and hem cinch cord further seal out the cold
  • Full-length front zipper permits venting when you heat up in the cold
  • Two zippered hand pockets hold skiing or daily accessories close at hand
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Love this jacket

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

I love this jacket. It can be worn in the NE in temperatures between 20-60 degree F no problem. The pockets are huge. It keeps out the wind. I am a biggy guy, and it fits me well.

Not sure where this one fits...

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

First off, I'm 6'7" and 305lbs with broad shoulders. XXL was perfect.

I have the vest also, which is comfortable as a mid-layer, but my problem here is the sleeves. I found them quite short compared to similarly-sized TNF jackets (Denali, Nuptse), and what didn't help is the terrible elasticated cuffs that make you feel like you've got rubber bands permanently around either wrist... until you put another layer over the top and they ride up your forearm.

Sound product, questionable design.

They don't make 'em like they used to

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

This was my third Windwall 1. The first one was fantastic. It's old, but I still wear it a lot. The next two...not so much. All of them are warm for sure, but they took the lining out a couple years back. It was a pain to put the new ones on over anything, including short sleeves. Because of that I hated putting the last two on so much that I gave them away. I held on to them for a year trying to like them. Nope. They're gone and my trusty (original) Windwall remains. And the quest for a new jacket continues.


  • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit:True to size

Gave it to a client and they loved it. It doesn't appear like it'd handle the wind well; it does. It gets very hot very quickly, so long as it's used appropriately. It's a great jacket for general activities and fantastic for fall hiking or good weather winter day hikes or just casual use. Good jacket!

Great for layering and moderate wind

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

I am impressed with the capabilities of this jacket. I was able to use it for skiing with no shell on top and with 2 base layers underneath, one light and stretchy (polypropylene and elastic) and a second one a bit thicker made out of wool. All this at a temperature as low as ~5F (-15C) with a wind speed of 15 mph (24Km/h). We caught a day with heavy snowing and strong winds at altitudes above 10000ft (roughly 3000m). As the wind speed increased I had to put a shell on top of the jacket in order to keep myself warm.

I have found the size to fit me well and the size advisor on to be very useful. For my height (6.3ft) and weight (195lbs) size L is a good fit.

Solid Layering or Casual Jacket!

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

I bought this jacket a few weeks ago to use as a layer underneath my shell while skiing and also as a mid-weight casual jacket and I think that it performs well for both. The fleece material is nice and soft and all zippers, pockets, and bungees function well. My only complaint is that the jacket seems a bit stiff. I think this might be due to the "windblocking" system they've put in which does work well. But I was a little surprised when I first picked it up and the inner membrane seems to crinkle.

Overall, a good quality and functional jacket which I will continue to enjoy wearing frequently!

Nice everyday jacket

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

I bought this as a winter jacket for my 12 year old son. I bought the same jacket 2 years ago for my older son as his winter jacket because it would block the wind and was not too bulky. The 2011 version has a higher collar and a chest pocket. It was roomy enough that he continues to wear it daily for the third winter season and it still looks great. The 2013 version is still nice and has a very soft chin area with the jacket zipped up all the way up. My son reports that it has kept him toasty warm on his bike rides to school or out playing in the snow. I chose the Windwall 1 over the 2 that is now available because of price since he is still growing. The arm length is made longer than the version from '11 but they roll up without being too bulky. Overall, my son is completely satisfied with the warmth and I am happy with the durability.

For the Pops

    I bought this for my father as a gift and he loves it. He was stoked on how tall the collar was. Also does an awesome job blocking wind of course.

    Good but not as good as before.

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I bought a Windwall in 2011, and accidently spilled bleach on it so I bought a new Windwall this year and was sincerely disappointed at how the quality has gone down. Don't get me wrong, it keeps me warmer than most other jackets and performs well on chilly evenings, but the quality of the jacket feels a little cheaper. The fleece is a little thinner and after being washed once it looks like I owned it for years, where as the older windwalls looked good after every wash. I'm still in search of the 2011 Windwalls.

    Awesome jacket!!

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

    I bought this for my teenage son, hoping that he would wear something other than just a hoodie. The weather has been very cold and he has been wearing it and loves it. It keeps him warm, some times he even says to warm. He also thinks the deep pockets are cool. I also ended up buying one for my husband who also thinks it's great. Now I am thinking of getting one for myself.

    great jacket

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    bought this as a gift for my husband. He loves it. It is warm, and not bulky. The fleece is way better than cheaper brands. Just looks better, and does not attract too much hair and fuz. (my blonde hair is always attracted to his clothes and this drives him nuts! It is never on this coat, which he finds to be a miracle!)

    is the red clay color more of a burnt...

    is the red clay color more of a burnt orange color? or is it more red?

    Best Answer

    Man, that's honestly really hard question to answer. Burnt orange is a darker hue of true orange and clay is a darker hue of red orange. Really the only difference between the two is the ratio of red and yellow reflecting from the material. In all honestly the actual wavelength existing in the light in the first place is going to have something to do with the color as well, are we using natural, fluorescent, incandescent or halogen light? Then we can get into the ratio of long, mid, and short wavelength cones in your eye affecting how you perceive color. That all being said, to me it looked more red than orange, and I would know because my car is burnt orange.