Price US $249

The North Face Pibba 2015 Review by A Better Ski

A stylish jacket with a classic look, The North Face Pibba insulated Ski Jacket, helps to keep you warm and dry on the slopes while still looking your best. It has 80g of insulation in the torso, and 60g of insulation in the arms to keep you warm without the extra bulk. The North Face Pibba does have an active fit that is pretty true to size. It may be a little on the short side for those with a longer torso. This jacket does come with an adjustable hem and snow skirt to keep out the cold. The North Face claims 60psi waterproofing after 20 washes with its Hyvent fabric, but I couldn’t find if that is for all Hyvent fabrics or just Hyvent Alpha. Hyvent and Hyvent 2L are often found in the lower end North Face Jackets, and I would guess that they are probably more in the 25psi range (15,000-20,000mm), although again The North Face doesn’t publish this. Even at these numbers The North Face Pibba would still offer plenty of waterproofing ability to keep you dry most days, but may not be the best in really wet conditions. I must admit that I am not the biggest fan of horizontal chest pockets as they are slightly awkward to use, especially if they are higher up. That being said the chest pocket is still a good spot for a phone, media player, or other small items. There are plenty of other internal and external pockets for storage, and a wrist pocket for your pass. Overall The North Face Pibba Insulated Ski Jacket is a solid jacket. It offers a stylish and warm option that is also waterproof enough for most days on the mountain.

Jacket Size – M

Cindy’s Specs:
Normal Specs– 5’4”, 150 lbs,
Upper Body– 36” Chest, Torso Length 18” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 16.5”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 29” Waist, 41” Hips, 29.5” Inseam,  26” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement.
Turn Off’s: Size M jackets that are too tight in the shoulders and hips while being boxy in the waist. I really don’t like a tight fit at the hips that rides up and allows snow in my jacket and pants.  The jacket should stay in place!

 

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Type

Partially Insulated

Primary Waterproofing

Hyvent

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

Insulation Type

Other

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Detachable Contoured

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

2 Layer

Waterproof Rating

Unpublished

Breathability Rating

Unpublished

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Semi Tight

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Good

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Good