Built to endure in some of the harshest conditions imaginable, The North Face Men's Summit L5 GTX Pro Jacket offers protection and performance from technical ski tours in Colorado to heli drops in Alaska. Three-layer Gore-Tex Pro shields you from heavy snow and howling summit winds, offers breathability to keep you dry during arduous ascents, and provides enhanced durability to withstand tough climbs and descents.
Large chest pockets offer space to store climbing skins, maps, or beacons, and they're placed high so you can access them even when wearing a pack or harness. Zippered underarm vents allow you quickly dissipate excess heat after a a grueling hike, and the removable powder skirt keeps snow out when you're skiing the deep stuff. Cohaesive cord locks let you cinch down the hood when brutal storms bear down on you, while the laminated wire brim maintains visibility so you're not flying blind. If you're aiming to take down massive peaks while battling through brutal weather, this is the jacket for you.
- Thrives in the harshest conditions and environments
- Gore-Tex Pro for superior durability and protection
- Fabric is also breathable, yet completely windproof
- Zippered underarm vents allow rapid relief
- Removable powder skirt keeps snow out when it's deep
- Large chest pockets stow skins, snacks, or beacons
- Adjustable hood, hem, and cuffs seal out the elements
- Vislon center front zip enhances visibility in stormy weather
- Item #TNF03H0
- Q & A
One of the best winter shells out there!
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
- Height: 6'0"
- Weight: 190lbs
I bought this as a present for my Dad's 60th Birthday! He loves it. He is an avid adventurer and especially love winter. He does a lot of snowshoeing and backcountry skiing. He says it is great for layering and it is definitely water proof. It has everything you need in a shell. Great venting, breathable, good fit and good pockets.
I will say the jacket fits more loose. I originally ordered my dad an XL. It fit but was a little to baggy in the back. I exchanged it for a L that fit much better. The jacket was loose but not baggy looking.
Hand pockets, please.
- Fit: True to size
- Height: 5'9"
- Weight: 170lbs
Tried this on at the TNF store in Union Square (SF, not NY) the other day. I have a TNF Summit shell from 2007/08 that I still wear snowboarding in more extreme conditions, because in all that time I have yet to find anything better (TNF didn’t even bother to offer a legit snow sports option last year).
This new Summit L5 fell short of expectations. While I will say that, unlike most recent TNF offerings, at least they’ve got the sizing right with this one and it does feel like a solid, durable piece, there are two major issues I can’t get past.
First, no hand pockets. My Summit shell has them (granted, their placement is somewhat awkward to allow use with a pack, but at least there are pockets) and I can’t replace that shell with one that doesn’t - especially at this price.
Second, this shell has a fixed, non-stashable hood. The hood on my Summit shell zips off and, since I rarely ride with a hood and don’t use that shell for rain (have two rain shells for that), I don’t need the hood most of the time, and it often gets in the way.
In terms of quality, most TNF gear has fallen off significantly in the past decade as TNF has become more a fashion brand and less a serious outdoor apparrel manufacturer. It’s good to see the Summit Series still keeps it real.
Unfortunately, TNF has failed here to think this piece through adequately, and so I can’t justify the expenditure. I went with an OR Igneo jacket, and I’m very happy with both the product and the price.