Price US $249

The North Face NFZ 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The North Face NFZ is a great everyday ski pant that offers some pretty solid waterproofing at a decent price. The fit is pretty true to size, and offers plenty of space for layering. The North Face NFZ comes in a short, regular, or long, which is really nice when trying to find the right fit. The North Face NFZ pant is part of the steep series, which tend to be a bit more rugged and bomb-proof than the lower end North Face pants. Staying true to this, The North Face uses a 2 layer Gore-Tex Paclite membrane that helps keep out the elements while being much lighter than other membranes. This makes the pant feel tough and durable, without a whole lot of bulk to it. This is one of the best North Face shells, and it comes at a decent price. It can hold up to a lot of abuse, and when the weather turns nasty, you will say warm and dry. The North Face NFZ is a fantastic pant for serious resort or backcountry skiers.

Pant Size – S – Regular

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

Shell

Treatment Type

Gore-Tex Laminate

Insert Type

Gore-Tex

Insulation Type

None

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Bib

No

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Inner

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

2 Layer

Company Waterproof Rating

20K

Company Breathability Rating

20K

Manufactured in

Fit

Tight

Packability

Thick

Waterproofing

Good

Breathability

Good

Warmth

Average