Price US $298

The North Face Thermoball Triclimate 2015 Review by A Better Ski

For those looking for versatility in their jacket, 3in1’s are always a good option. You can use it as an insulated jacket, or take the insulated layer out and use that or the shell all on its own. The downside to 3in1’s is that they can feel a bit heavy and bulky. They also tend to bit a bit less breathable because you have two layers instead of one. 3in1’s aren’t for everybody, but those who like them will want to consider The North Face Thermoball Triclimate. This was actually my favorite of the North Face 3in1 jackets. The Thermoball insulated layer is a very nice jacket on its own, and can make a nice everyday jacket. The shell has a very simple and clean design with a little color added for pop. As with most North Face jackets in this price range, the outer shell of the North Face Thermoball Triclimate is made with North Face Hyvent 2L waterproof material. The waterproofing is middle of the road, but still works great for a light wet snow, or even a heavy dry snow. The fit of the North Face Thermoball Triclimate is pretty true to size, and not too baggy. I went with the small because I wouldn’t be layering underneath, but if I wanted a bit more loose fit for better movement I could get away with the medium. Sometimes 3 in 1 jackets can feel a bit heavy and constriction, but I didn’t find the North Face Thermoball Triclimate to be too bulky. I think it’s partially because the Thermoball layer isn’t like a traditional fleece liner that can get bunched up easily. Instead, it feels light and comfortable while still being quite warm. According to the website the waist length of the Thermoball is right at 31” from the center of the back. This is a bit longer than some of the other North Face jackets. It’s important to note however that the inner layer is shorter than the outer layer. The Thermoball layer is listed at 27.5”. This isn’t a huge deal when you wear the jackets together, but if you just where the Thermoball layer it’s a bit on the shorter side.  The chest pocket is a great spot for a phone, or other small items. The North Face Thermoball Triclimate jacket also has two hand-warming pockets on the side, and several internal pockets.  The North Face Thermoball Triclimate is a really great option for those who want a 3 in 1 jacket, but don’t want the bulk that is associated with typical 3 in 1’s. The shell of the North Face Thermoball Triclimate is great on its own, but the Thermoball liner is one of the best mid-layers I have used. The waterproofing isn’t top end, but I think most people will find it enough for most days on the mountain. Also be aware that the powder skirt can only be used with the Thermoball layer removed.

 

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Type

3 in 1

Primary Waterproofing

Hyvent

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

Insulation Type

Other

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Articulating

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

Imported

Fit

Normal

Packability

Thick

Waterproofing

Good

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Great