Adamwrote a review of The North Face Condor Triclimate Jacket - Men's on January 27, 2009
I recently purchased this triclimate system in the Deep Water Blue in XL for trekking across campus and countryside. I wanted a system light enough to pack while hiking and warm enough to wear in the -20 F wind chill while walking across campus. Now for the good news, like everything else that I have purchased from The North Face over the years, it is well made, functional, warm, and at least it's a true 3-in-1 system, not just snap in. For the not so good, even with my expedition pack on, like most everyone else has said, the pockets are about 2 inches too high, but that's liveable. Second, I'm not entirely sure if they have changed the sizing a little since I last bought a triclimate from TNF, but I am 6'3" tall, 235 lbs., my last XL triclimate, which was about 4 years old at the time the shell was stolen, fit just fine. The Condor XL's liner fits fine, but when it is zipped into the shell, the jacket becomes a little snug... kind of annoying, but again liveable. The third, hmmm... normally don't have to go to thirds on TNF merchandise, I am not very happy that the new TNF jackets have different zippers than the triclimates. I also recently purchased a Windwall II jacket, upon arrival of my condor I was expecting, just as the old triclimates and jackets used too, that the new jacket would be interchangable with the Condor. I am an avid Back Country fan, so I don't blame the mix-up here, as they were just reporting the facts as the TNF advertises them, but TNF should make a little better effort to make their products a little more uniform. Overall, even with the flaws, it's a warm coat, stands up to the wind and rain like a champ, and still has quality remeniscent of the old TNF.