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The North Face Apex Flex GTX Hooded Jacket - Men's

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    No longer a wallflower.

    Softshells may fly relatively under the radar amongst the sea of jacket options you have vying for your attention every time you're planning a trip outside, but once you own one, you'll never overlook the category again. If you spend time spring skiing or head into the mountains in the off-season, when rain and colder temps are commonplace, you'll find yourself reaching for The North Face Apex Flex GTX Hooded Men's Jacket more than you expect.

    Completely waterproof and windproof, the Apex Flex is equipped to keep you warm and dry while you're getting active in cool, wet weather. Whether you're braving a cold drizzle on slushy hiking trails or riding the lift to reach soft spring snow, the Apex's heavy-duty three-layer Gore-Tex construction repels harsh shoulder season wind and rain while its brushed knit lining adds a breathable layer of insulation that won't make you overheat.

    • Stay warm and dry on spring ski trips and winter hikes
    • 3-layer GoreTex softshell is waterproof and windproof
    • Brushed knit lining adds breathable insulation
    • Underarm vents keep air moving as you work hard
    • Waterproof, full-length zipper wards against leaks
    • Multiple pockets keep electronics safe in wet weather
    • Item #TNF02YZ

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex (3-layer)
    Insulation
    brushed knit lining
    Breathability Rating
    300g/m²
    Fit
    slim
    Length
    hip
    Center Back Length
    29in
    Hood
    adjustable
    Pockets
    2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest
    Venting
    underarm
    Claimed Weight
    24oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking & camping, skiing, snowboarding
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

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    Fantastic Jacket, But With It's Limits

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 215lbs

    I bought this with the original intention of my "do everything" jacket living up in the PNW, it performed those duties effortlessly but will be going in my closet from May-Aug probably. With it being a hardshell jacket any time the temperature turns a bit warm outside, the jacket can a little too clammy with any activity other than casual walking. So I will be reaching for a lighter jacket for the warmer months. But for the job of a daily driver in the PNW from Sept-Apr, this has been one of my favorite pieces of gear.

    Be aware that it does fit a little more fitted than the standard TNF boxy sizing, especially in the arms. But the fabric in my experience is very flexable and once you get used to the sizing, you will never think about it again.

    Beautiful Jacket But Too Small

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small

    I really liked the jacket but it fit way too tight around the abdomen while fitting nicely around the chest and head.

    Rubber Duckie Approved

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    I bought this for fly fishing in the mountains after ripping my 'hard-shell.' Looking for something more abrasion resistant, less noisy, more range-of-motion, and everyday use.

    Skeptical about the "water-proof" vs "water-resistant" claim, so before even taking the tags off I turned on the shower, popped the hood, and stood with my back to the shower-head for several minutes thinking eventually water would soak through the fabric or zippers. Nope, undershirt was totally dry.
    Dry showers the next in thing? Runs a little long in the arms, medium-to-wide in the shoulders, but the torso and length are to size.

    Anyways, amazing piece by The Northface, my first Northface product and certainly not the last. Looks remarkably crisp, clean, zippers are next level, and just as solid looking as it is performing. Only thing id say is a negative is it's a little heavy for its purpose - but that's not unheard of for soft-shells, especially one that's waterPROOF (not waterRESISTANT). If you're using it for A-to-B, it'll be nothing but a thang - but for backpacking ounce-counters (like myself) I don't think this will go in my bag - rather used on the street, camping, and the river because of its good range of motion!

    Not exactly what I was looking for

    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    I gave TNF Apex Flex GTX a 4/5 because it is well made but missed the mark for me on a couple fronts. I was hoping this would be a good all-around spring ski jacket for me. Being wind/waterproof I think it would work well for this, except there isn’t room for even a light fleece under it. As a day-to-day jacket it’s a bit stiff and heavy, as others have said. Also per other reviewers, the arms are several inches too long. If you are a six-foot tall very slender person then this would be a very versatile jacket.

    Great Shell!

      This jacket runs TTS. A nice slim fit and flattering appearance. It is not incredibly warm, but is great for early winter or late fall in the Midwest. Looks sharp with dark jeans.

      Great Jacket

      • Height: 5'8"
      • Weight: 165lbs

      Recently had a bad weather spell, and it performed great in it. Remained dry and not too overheated when performing moderate physical activity in it. Fits well, and to size, and extremely comfortable even in prolonged use.

      Just what I hoped it'd be

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

      Most 3 layer gore tex products feel like a plastic bag and sound like a bag of chips everytime you move your arm. This one is different, with a soft hand and a 3 layer gore tex construction you really can't go wrong. I love the color options, and waterproof protection this provides. The fit is good, really true to size, but since it's a North Face product it's a bit boxy. Overall it's just what I hoped it would be and great!

      Stellar Jacket

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 5'8"
      • Weight: 155lbs

      Jacket has a great fit and the comfort in it is quite amazing! The texture on the inside felt like you were wearing a sweater even though it's a great softshell to be outside in any sort of weather. As odd as it might sound, I do enjoy the way the zipper glides across. How great these features are, I do say the weight of the jacket was a bit heavy. Usually, it's alright walking around town but having it own for a few hours then it takes some energy out of ya. Either than that, this jacket is totally stellar!

      3rd Apex Flex GTX

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 190lbs

      This is my third TNF Apex Flex GTX. I really like the softshell feel of this jacket along with the protection of Gore-Tex. The jacket is built like a tank.
      The permeability is about what you would expect from a waterproof jacket...not great but the pit zips are a huge plus. In fact, I wouldn't buy one without pit zips especially if you expect to perform athletic activities while wearing the jacket Although there are some other products out there that are probably better (and you will certainly pay them) I really like this jacket as a shell for winter activities and its a decent value if you buy on sale. I've used it consistently in winter conditions in New Mexico & Colorado with a baselayer, 100wt fleece, and the Apex and it has done well for me. Although the Apex is heavier than the Gore-Tex Pac-Lite jackets it is certainly more durable and able to withstand more of a beating but its a trade off. This jacket is much too thick and heavy for summer wear in humble opinion.

      Ran a little Large

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Height: 6'0"
      • Weight: 155lbs

      Size seemed to have run a little large. The GoreTex feels really nice and I'm looking forward to putting it to the test. Doesn't have as many pockets as one may want, but every pocket is water-resistant and the Navy Blue looks sleek.

      Waterproof...?

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 155lbs

      The Apex Flex falls just short of being the ultimate all-weather jacket. I've used this coat year-round through rain, wind, snow, and hail, and in most situations it provides a sense of security akin to that of body armor. But in my experience that all-weather rating begins to fall apart in heavy rain. It certainly has some water-resisting properties, but I have noticed moisture seeping through the jacket after prolonged exposure, which is unfortunate considering it's premium price. Perhaps someone with a different experience can share some information, but for now I recommend looking elsewhere if you need a truly waterproof rain jacket.

      Almost like a drysuit.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large
      • Height: 6'0"
      • Weight: 180lbs

      I have a few TNF Gore-Tex jackets, so I haven't had a chance to wear this one until recently. If I need a versatile jacket that can deal with either wet and/or cold this is the one I will go with. It has the feel and flexibility of a TNF Apex jacket, but it is both breathable and waterproof. The pit-zips are always a valuable feature. Two odd things are there is no loop at the collar so you can place it on a hook to dry and there are no internal pockets (but there is a Napoleon outer pocket). I will take this jacket to any Colorado evening spring outdoor concerts as it will be able to handle almost anything.

      Cool Jacket true to size.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 5'7"
      • Weight: 165lbs

      Feels strong Love this took this backcountry. Got the light blue looks sharp but gets dirty easy. Decided to wear for in and around town more or skiing. Skiing it was warm with a light fleece under it. True to size.

      North face GTX Flex

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: medium
      • Height: 5'6"
      • Weight: 145lbs

      I bought this jacket to use while fishing and in rainstorms. This jacket really is waterproof, i've dunked my arm many times into the river to undo a snag and the water beads right off! The sizing is a little weird on it though. I bought a medium and the arms are like 3 inches too long for my arms. However it does have velcro cuffs so you can adjust it.

      Nice coat, just not for me.

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: XL
      • Height: 6'6"
      • Weight: 198lbs

      After many months of searching for my next snow sports coat in an acid yellow color, I settled on this jacket. After trying on this coat in a size Large at REI, I had a good idea of the fit. I decided to order this coat in the Acid Yellow/Asphalt Grey in an XL because the L didn't seem to leave me much room for layering. Here are my Initial impressions out of the box.

      Pros:
      1. GORE-TEX
      2. Super clean lines and an athletic trim instead of the normal boxy trim TNF is usually known for. I am 6'6" and about 198 lbs, so some would say that I'm pretty skinny for my height. I don't have a big belly but would consider myself to have an athletic build and sleeves on this coat never rode up past my wrists no matter what position my arms were in. I tried multiple different positions I thought I would find myself in while wearing this coat; pushing myself up from a sitting position a la sitting in deep pow while snowboarding or skiing, raising my arms over my head to adjust the hood, etc... and the sleeves never rode up once.
      3. Nice choice of colors for this particular model. I hate it when all you get is black, brown and maybe a blue or red to choose from.

      CONS:
      1. When fully zipped, this coat had a really weird bulge in the main zipper right where the color block changes from grey to Acid Yellow, or about half way up on the solid color coats. This is probably the biggest factor for me returning this coat. I don't need some goofy bulge about around my sternum that I'm constantly trying to push in (that's what she said).
      2.The torso length of the coat is somewhat shorter and it kept riding up on me while I was moving around.
      3. Not enough Pockets. This coat only has two hand pockets and one chest pocket. I really like internal pockets for keeping my phone in while riding because it's an older model and the cold wreaks havoc on the battery life. I would also liked to have seen an arm pocket for ski passes.
      4. The coat didn't come up far enough on my face when fully zipped up. Even with the hood up, the face flap sat too low on my face and I had a hard time trying to cover my face. On my previous coat, I used my face flap all the time when riding in inclement weather. Sure, I could use a gator or a balaclava but the simplicity of the tall face flap is awesome.
      5. No wrist gators. My previous coat didn't have wrist gators either and I was set on buying some over-the-cuff gloves as well as a new coat but I decided to look for a coat with built in wrist gators or at least a base layer with built in wrist gators instead.
      6. I wasn't a huge fan of the material. Although it's GORE-TEX, I'm looking more for something that feels like a shell rather than a softshell.

      I guess that about sums up my experience with this coat. For a minimalist coat, I think it would fit the bill and perform excellently under all weather conditions. It just wasn't in the cards for me.

      Instead, I decided to try out the Dakine Vapor 2L Gore-Tex Jacket in a size Large (Andorra color) and after a weekend of riding in Jackson Hole, that thing is the new love of my life. Fits my lanky arse like it was tailored just for me, has pockets aplenty (including internal and forearm pocket) and even comes with built in wrist gators. And, as the name infers, its GORE-TEX. That thing is siiiiiiiiiiick and sooooo stylish.

      So good!

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

      I got this as a gift for someone who lives in Seattle, and he has been loving it! He is usually a large, and the large fit him perfectly with a great "regular" fit. He usually wears it while walking around town casually, so it has been in plenty of rain and done well so far. It also has that soft feeling liner which isn't really insulating but does make it feel nicer on your skin, and he has loved that!

      Pretty Solid Shell

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: large
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 184lbs

      I really like this shell. First time I used it in Breckenridge on Christmas Day 2017 and it worked great. It was snowing and pretty cold. I was wearing a baselayer, Marmot Reactor for insulation, and the TNF. I couldn't be more happy with the shell. It did great in these conditions. This year the jacket has also been to Monarch & Purgatory and did great there too!

      Pretty Solid Shell