It would be hard to find a more versatile insulator than The North Face Girls' Thermoball Full-Zip Jacket. The latest innovative insulation from PrimaLoft, Thermoball is a stay-warm-when-wet synthetic that mimics the lofty nature of down for a lighter, warmer feel. The jacket works as a magnificent midlayer for winter skiing, a stupendous standalone for shoulder season camping, and a convenient climbing jacket. Just stow the Thermoball inside its pocket when warmth isn't required.
- Synthetic insulated jacket for staying warm
- Nylon fabric is abrasion-resistant
- PrimaLoft insulation traps toasty heat
- Hidden elastic cuffs keep cold out and warm in
- Secure, zippered hand pockets for storing valuables
- Machine-washable for easy care
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
- Fit: True to size
I bought this for my daughter. We do a lot of backpacking and I wanted to put her in a good technical layering system. This jacket does that very well. It's not a stand alone Winter coat. The insulation is good, but there isn't enough of it to serve that purpose. It's great for temps in the 40s and 50s and it does block some wind. Below those temps this jacket needs a lot of help to keep a kid warm.
I own the same jacket in an adult size. The jackets are absolutely identical in every way. I've worn this jacket in temps as low as 32 degrees while hiking. With a fleece mid-layer, a mid-weight base layer, gloves, hat, and all the standard Winter gear I was just barely able to stay comfortable in camp. I imagine a child would have gotten cold in identical circumstances.
I am nonetheless glad to add this jacket to my daughter's hiking gear. Not only is it a great technical piece in the field, but she can happily sport it at school.
You really need to measure your child and use the size chart. It's the size I would have expected for her, but when ordering online you don't want the hassle of having to return something. My daughter is 4' 11'' and weighs about 90 pounds. The large fits her with enough room to grow that she can wear it this winter and next.