stu smythewrote a review of The North Face Apex Flex GTX Hooded Jacket - Men's on July 1, 2017
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
AS per the below...have put this through the ringer...just bought a second one. I'm a fan of TNF...and partial to Arcteryx kit too...but the latter is expensive...TNF has really raised the bar with this fabric and seriously thrown a challenge out there. It's a softshell, but has many elements of a technical shell based on its "weatherliness". Have been using exclusively for -2 to 2C days with base layer, TNF thermoball vest and its super warm and functional. Only criticism would be sleeve pocket (for lift pass)and this would be a 6 star jacket. Fabric is flexible and moves with you, the brushed lining does add warmth. Its extremely windproof and repels moisture (snow and rain) well. Will be interested to know how long this lasts. Hood works well with helmet (smith Vantage) and when fully zippered on windy/powder days plenty of room around the face, velcro sleeve tabs provide options whether wearing cuff or gauntlet gloves...
Would highly recommend. Went one size up thinking i'd need to layer to stay warm...wrong...not needed. So say should fit true to size. Update: would recommend going down a size if you like tighter fitting shells, the stretch does give you added flexibility.