Price US $280

The North Face Double17 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The North Face Double17 is a great jacket for dry cold days on the mountain. The North Face Double17 comes with North Faces Apex Shell that features a durable abrasion resistant material coated in a durable water resistant finish, and is the most breathable of North Faces soft-shells. The North Face Double17 is only a water resistant shell, so don’t expect this to keep you really dry if it’s dumping, but It’s not a bad option on a bluebird day, or if you don’t plan on spending a ton of time in the snow.  It’s a stylish jacket, and the fit is pretty true to size. I really like how the torso fits (it’s a bit more snug), and the waist is pretty average length hitting me right at it. I like the vertical chest pockets; I find them much more useful than the horizontal chest pockets. Something about where they are positioned just seem awkward to me. I also really like the internal lycra cuffs that help keep the cold and snow out of the sleeve. Overall The North Face Double17 a nice soft-shell jacket that will keep you warm on the mountain, just don’t expect it to keep you super dry in all conditions.

Jacket Size – S

Matt’s Specs:
Normal Specs– 5’10”, 160 lbs,
Upper Body– 34.5” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 30” Waist, 38” Hips, 30” Inseam,  22” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size S Pants that have a bit more room in my thighs, that way I can actually use my pockets. And of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Size S Jackets that are too tight, and Size M jackets that are too loose in the waist. I really don’t like a loose waist that can allow cold air in, and I don’t like having to cinch down the waist. I also don’t like jackets that ride up when I’m skiing, The jacket should stay in place. Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets. Crowds in the mountains, and not being able to find a place to park in at the trailhead or ski resort

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Type

Soft Shell

Primary Waterproofing

Other

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

Insulation Type

Other

Taped Seams

None

Waterproof Zippers

No

Hood Type

Detachable Contoured

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

2 Layer

Waterproof Rating

Unpublished

Breathability Rating

Unpublished

Manufactured in

Fit

Normal

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Poor

Breathability

Great

Warmth

Good