Price US $349

The North Face Point it Down 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The North Face Point It Down is a great jacket for those who like the look and performance of down, but mostly ski in dry snow or on bluebird days. It has 700 fill down in the front and back, but the side panels and hood are filled with 100g of PrimaLoft Gold. This gives you a ton of warmth, but you don’t get the bulk often associated with older down jackets. In addition to the insulation, The North Face Point It Down has a Windstopper layer to keep out any cold drafts and make sure you stay nice and toasty. We have come a long way since the day of super puffy down jackets. I really like the feel of The North Face Point It Down. It’s bulky, but in a good way. It just feels warm, and it’s quite comfortable as well. The fit is pretty true to size, and it feels roomy without being baggy. The length is just below the waist, and with the adjustable snow skirt it fits really well. The zippered chest pocket is one of the larger I’ve used, and is really a great pocket. You don’t feel like your hand is going to get stuck every time you use it, and you can get things out without stuggling. The Hand-warming pockets are really warm, and quite soft. Overall I think The North Face Point It Down is a great cold weather jacket for those who don’t ski in a lot of snow. Windstopper and down do a great job of keeping you warm in any condition, but the jacket is only water-resistant. It does fine in a light snow, but if you spend any significant amount of time in the snow the jacket will get wet.

 

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.
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.

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Type

Puffy

Primary Waterproofing

Windstopper

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

Insulation Type

Down

Taped Seams

None

Waterproof Zippers

No

Hood Type

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

Imported

Fit

Normal

Packability

Thick

Waterproofing

Poor

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Excellent