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The North Face Apex Bionic 2 Hooded Softshell Jacket - Men's

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Apex Bionic 2 Hooded Softshell Jacket

Ready to battle gusty winds and chilly temperatures, The North Face Men's Apex Bionic 2 Hooded Softshell Jacket delivers windproof warmth and water-resistant protection in the face of unpredictable weather. The Apex features a versatile construction that makes it ideal for just about anything cool-weather activity you throw it at. 

Designed to prevent brisk temperatures from sapping your core warmth, the Apex softshell material is entirely windproof, and it also features a DWR treatment that easily sheds light precipitation. Not to mention, a fleece backer provides subtle warmth when the temperatures dip below comfortably cool. Additionally, the attached, fully adjustable hood doubles down on your protection while the hem cinch-cord bolsters your defense against cold drafts. Other key features include media routing for listening to music on-the-go, zippered hand pockets for warming frozen fingers, as well as a chest pocket for the convenient storage of small accessories.

  • Updated Apex softshell for entirely windproof recreating
  • Non-PFC DWR finish adds water resistance in mixed weather
  • Recycled materials cut into a standard fit provide ideal layering opportunities
  • Traditional zippered pockets add storage and an escape on a chilly commute
  • Cinch-cord on the hem dials in the fit
  • Item #TNFZABP

Material
[face fabric] (solid) 75D x 40D 336 g/m² WindWall (86% recycled polyester, 14% elastane with non-PFC DWR), (heather) 300D x 75D 374 g/m² WindWall (100% polyester with non-PFC DWR)
Insulation
fleece backer
Fit
regular
Center Back Length
28.75in
Hood
yes
Pockets
1 chest zippered, 2 hand zippered
Claimed Weight
25.8oz
Recommended Use
backpacking, casual, hiking
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 5

Exactly what I wanted

Fit:
True to size

Very nice Jacket! Perfect - true to fit. This is called a Jacket but it's not lightweight, but not too heavy either. This Jacket is for people who don't really like big coats in the winter time, yet still be able to wear it on the colder days of fall. Also, very good, typical North Face quality. So I would highly recommend this "Jacket" to anyone looking for something like this.

>Rating: 4

Good Jacket

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
large
Height
6` 0"
Weight
200 lbs

I have a few APEX jackets. This one has stiffer fabric and is tight in the forearms. Also, no sleeve straps. Still a good jacket, but seems to be a step backward with fit and lack of sleeve closure.

>Rating: 5

Excellent wind protection

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

This jacket offers excellent protection from the wind. Helps keep you warm but must layer for complete warmth in closer to frigid temperatures. Sleeves are a little too long.

>Rating: 5

Awesome Jacket

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 8"
Weight
175 lbs

Despite what some of the other reviews said about the jacket not having adjustable cuffs or over-sized arms relative to the body, this jacket has a great design and is super comfortable. I'm 5'8" 175 lbs and a Medium fit me perfectly. I wouldn't change a thing about this hooded shell jacket and will recommend to all my friends and family.

>Rating: 4

It does the job!

Height
6` 1"
Weight
185 lbs

Bought this for my brother as he is a TNF superfan and so far no complaints. He lives in VT so it's a great piece for those cold fall hikes, bopping around the city, or as a mid layer for brisk winter conditions.

>Rating: 4

Not the same!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
X-Large
Height
6` 0"
Weight
215 lbs

I have several TNF Apex soft shells that have held up to some rough treatment. This jacket doesn't have any adjustment straps for the cuff allowing the air to blow up your sleeve, The hood doesn't have the back strap adjuster like earlier versions and I feel like the weight of the material per yard has been reduced cutting the insulation factor. This jacket isn't the same as the garments I purchased five and six years ago. That is one problem with ordering online/ sight unseen. I gave it four stars because it is still a quality made garment it just doesn't have all the trimmings of models from the past.

>Rating: 5

How do ya make great better? Add a hood!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XL
Height
5` 9"
Weight
230 lbs

If, like me, you've long been a fan of the Apex Bionic, but sometimes wished you had a hood, then this is the perfect jacket for you. Blocks wind well, and is water-resistant (you'll get wet in a hard rain, but will shrug off a light drizzle); it's a great 3-season jacket.

>Rating: 2

Annoying jacket

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 5"
Weight
170 lbs

Don't get me totally wrong - it's good BUT NorthFace could have done this a little better for three reasons: 1)If you pay close attention you'll see that the hooded version has no adjustability on the cuff. That's awful as the sleeve just drops out over my hand constantly. It can make using your hands INTENSELY annoying. Since I was about to check out with the regular version and saw on the bottom of the screen the "hooded" version; I assumed the hooded was the same as the regular; only with a hood added. Silly me. 2) the pockets have a vented liner in them. This is almost the same as leaving bare hands out in the cold if it's truly cold & windy outside (when else would I use the wind Stopper? I'm all ears) because the material sags with the weight of your hands. I'd like to see a cold weather jacket pocket lined by the coats material - not cheaper vent with large holes. Even the material used on the Denali pockets would be better. Also, keys get caught in it. 3)The chest on the large is great for me(43) but the arms are for a gorilla (they're long). Couple that with the sleeve & pocket issue and you can see why I get frustrated looking at what could be the perfect jacket go completely wasted as I won't be wearing it that much.

>Rating: 2

Runs tight around chest

Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 10"
Weight
180 lbs

I am 5'10" and 180 lbs with a 44" chest & 34" sleeves. The sleeves were 1.5 inches long and chest was so tight I send it back for refund. They are skimping on material cost at buyers expense. Logo also not embroidered just paint.

>Rating: 5

The north face is the bomb

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

Gave this as a Christmas gift and the feedback I got is awesome. What I got back in return was its super comfy and feels very durable. Very pleased with this jacket!

>Rating: 5

Love this Jacket

This jacket is a good all around jacket to have. I don't regret my purchase at all.

>Rating: 5

Go to Jacket

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 10"
Weight
170 lbs

Great mixed use jacket for soggy NorCal. I'm 5'10" 170, 34 waist and 41 chest and purchased a large. The med is a slim fit and I wanted some room to layer. You could use this jacket all winter here in NorCal. Not totally waterproof, but it does the job quite well. TNF sizer said to get a Med, but it's too close of a fit in the pits to be comfortable or layer for that matter. I'm looking forward to using this jacket for spring skiing.

>Rating: 5

Its a fantastic piece

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
S
Height
5` 10"
Weight
140 lbs

I got the black one and its my second apex bionic jacket. Very functional and warm compared to its weight. I wear it for everyday use. Fits really well and so comfortable, I don't want to take it off :)

>Rating: 4

Nice jacket minus the half ass Velcro

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

Closures for the sleeves. Cheap plastic quality Velcro closure that comes undone in a stiff breeze or if you use the pockets. F- on the design of that feature.

>Rating: 5

Great jacket, exactly as I had hoped

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

A friend recommended this jacket for our x-country skiing and cooler spring/fall hiking, it's perfect, fits very well, is a great windblock, and the hood is great back country for keeping snow from going down your neck. I agree that the sleeves are tight, but if you hold onto your cuffs I have no issue pulling it over layers. I've worn it down to about 8 degrees and with layers it's perfect for what I intended. No complaints at all this season, other than I wish the logo were black like other North Face, just not a big fan of advertising on my clothing for any brand.

>Rating: 4

Hooded Apex Bionic Softshell Jacket

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 8"
Weight
170 lbs

Love this jacket. Great for outer layer with exception of heavy rain. Definitely wind proof. Can tell right away that it blocks wind in blowing weather. Does fine in light rain as water beads, but I think it would leak through an extended and hard rain. Not meant to be waterproof, so might need hard shell over. Also, seems good down to about 25-30 degrees depending on base layers. Surprisingly warm for weight. Good for active use with "stretchy" material. Relaxed fit allows for layering. Only down side is the cut of the sleeves. They are cut very tight and I have a difficult time getting the jacket on with anything but short sleeves or a thin base layer. The fleece in the sleeves seems to grab whatever you have on your arms since they are so tight. Only reason I'm giving a 4 instead of a 5. Have asked another owner when I saw him wearing in a store and he said he has the same problem. He also loved jacket otherwise. So, difficult to layer over anything bulky in the sleeves. Bought the hooded version as keeps my head and neck dry and warm with cold or rain. Easy to flip up, but wish it stowed to keep out of the way. It does not. Cinching the hood allows close fit with my head and face and does a good job turning with my head. So, does well in allowing unobstructed view, pet peeve of mine with other jackets. Side pockets have meshy material inside so opening pockets allows for venting when getting warm. No pit zips. The upper chest pocket has small hole that allows you to snake your head phones cable inside your jacket from the IPod or MP3 player in that pocket up to your ears. . Guide loop inside. Bought the hoodless version for my daughters and liked the style and quality so bought the hooded one for me. Thought the hood was definitely worth the extra $20 at regular price. A bit pricey at MSRP of $170 but caught on sale for $110 so was a snag. Suspect I will love for long while to come. Cheers.

>Rating: 5

North Face Apex Bionic Hoody

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XL
Height
6` 1"
Weight
215 lbs

I'd been eyeing a Soft Shell hoody for some time. I'd planned on getting the Marmot Super Gravity but had tried it on locally and the fit was too trim for me. I found this one on Backcountry and jumped at it. I picked the high Rise grey so I could wear it during walks around my neighborhood and be seen. I made a great choice. Looks Good, Fits great and has kept me warm during a brutal stretch of NE weather. Looking forward to using it during spring skiing.

>Rating: 5

Apex bionic scores big

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

Got this for my son. He absolutely loves it. The color is great, the feel is good and the fit is excellent. He wears it every day to school, and can't wait to take it skiing. Excellent all around jacket. I would wear it if I could get it away from him.