Venture off the beaten track.
Designed as a technical layering piece for backcountry enthusiasts, The North Face Desolation ThermoBall Jacket traps precious body heat with its down-like clusters of ThermoBall insulation. Although it's designed for exploring beyond the confines of the ski resort, this lightweight layering piece is equally adept at cruising around town on those clear, frigid evenings.
More flexible than traditional ThermoBall Jackets, the Desolation features four-way stretch along the shoulders and underarms for fluid movement. Keeping you nice and toasty, ThermoBall insulation retains the same warmth as 600-fill down, but without clumping up and losing its heat-trapping loft in soaking conditions. This synthetic-based insulation is highly breathable, promoting thermo-regulation when you're perspiring in cold temperatures. Another benefit for touring the backcountry and traveling, the jacket is extremely lightweight and compressible, stowing within its hand pocket for compact transport.
- Part of The North Face's Steep Series for alpine use
- Technical layering piece for backcountry exploration
- ThermoBall retains warmth, even in soaking-wet conditions
- Four-way stretch fabric along underarms and shoulders
- DWR treatment at shell and lining for moisture repellency
- Transciever attachment loops for backcountry touring
- Conveniently stows within its zippered hand pocket
- Thumbloop cuffs provide warmth for chilly hands
- Item #TNF02R5
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I bought this as a layering piece for cold in bounds days, backcountry touring and morning winter runs. On all fronts, I like my purchase - especially because I find myself wearing this around town frequently. It's become a go to for me on colder days. It's definitely lightweight for my pack when I need to stash it away, and when I am running hot (for example, while running in the morning) I've been impressed with the breathability of the jacket. Most importantly, when a backcountry adventure calls for using my arms and I need a little mobility, I'm glad I have this on vs. some of my other more bulky / more rigid layering pieces. My only watch out would be to consider sizing up if you're curvy in the hips - I'm a true medium and find that it fits a little snug there. I have the black color, and the TNF logo is a "smoky purple" which is a really nice touch. All in all, very satisfied.