Price US $499

The North Face Gatekeeper 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The North Face Gatekeeper is a fantastic technical insulated jacket that is warm, waterproof, and stylish. What more could you ask for? The North Face Gatekeeper comes with a highly waterproof and fully seam sealed Gore-Tex polyester shell, and 60g of PrimaLoft Thermoball insulation to handle both the wet and cold conditions. The textured herringbone face fabric looks great, and feels very durable. It comes in some pretty simple colors, but it looks really good. The fit is regular and gives you a bit of room for layering if need be. The North Face Gatekeeper feels pretty true to size, and I opted for the small. Even the small offers enough room for layering, although with the 60g insulation their won’t be much need to. The arm length was fine, although slightly shorter in the small. The length for me was right at the waist, which seems to be pretty typical of North Face Jackets. Overall, The North Face Gatekeeper is one of the best North Face jackets I’ve worn for resort skiing. It’s casual and stylish, and yet highly waterproof, warm, and comes with all the features you would expect in a high end jacket. It’s not the most breathable, but it shouldn’t be a big deal if you spend most of your time in-bounds at the resort.

 

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

Partially Insulated

Primary Waterproofing

Gore-Tex Membrane

Outer Layer Waterproofing

Other

Insulation Type

Other

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Detachable Contoured

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

3 Layer

Waterproof Rating

Proprietary

Breathability Rating

Proprietary

Manufactured in

Fit

Normal

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Excellent

Breathability

Good

Warmth

Good