The North Face Sickline is really a great jacket. It’s laid back enough to be anybody’s everyday jacket, but has all the features and performance that big mountain skiers and backcountry aficionados will love. Best of all The North Face Sickline comes at a price that is surprisingly affordable. It really would be hard to find another jacket at this price that performs as well as the Sickline. As the go-to jacket of professional skier Sage Cattabriga-Alosa you know it can be worn in the extreme conditions. 100g of synthetic insulation is pretty good, and is definitely enough to keep you warm in all but the extreme cold. The water-proofing is pretty good as well, and definitely overkill for most resort riders. The North Face Sickline has a bit more active fit, and is pretty true to size. The length is just below the waist, and along with the stretch powder skirt does a fantastic job of keeping out the cold and snow. I am definitely a fan of the active fit, and combined with the stretch nylon shell I felt really comfortable and very mobile. I also really like the wrist gators which help keep snow and cold out as well as keep the sleeves in place. The chest pocket has a ton of room. It’s definitely built with backcountry travel in mind and has plenty of room for an avalanche transceiver, but it is also fantastic for resort riding as well. Overall I think it would be hard to find another jacket as good as The North Face Sickline in this price range. It’s built with backcountry and big mountain skiers in mind, but definitely makes a fantastic every-day jacket for the resort rider as well. It doesn’t matter if you spend 5 days or 50 days on the mountain this year. The North Face Sickline is a really great option for the price.
Jacket Size – S
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