The North Face Women’s NFZ is a great pant for those skiers who spend a lot of time in the deep snow or ski in pretty wet conditions. It offers pretty solid waterproofing with Gore-Tex 2L, and has fully taped seams, and water-resistant PU zippers, to make sure there are no leaky spots. The stretch gaiters, boot hooks, and jacket to pant interface clips help to keep more of the cold, snow, and wetness out keeping you warm and dry even in the deepest powder. The North Face Women’s NFZ is a pretty heavily insulated pant, and breathability is just ok. The pant does have a chimney venting system, though, which does allow for continuous air-flow to better regulate body temp. In addition you can dump heat quickly when you’re working hard by using the zippered leg vents. When the temps drop on the lift, you’ll be happy The North Face Women’s NFZ has 100g of PrimaLoft Gold insulation in key areas, and 60g everywhere else. It has a ton of great pockets for storage, and even comes with a RECCO avalanche reflector. The North Face Women’s NFZ has a regular fit that is relatively true to size. The pants are are a bit on the long side, although at 5’4” there are not many pants that don’t feel long. They do come in a long, regular, or short so you can usually find one with the right length. Even with the regular it wasn’t a huge issue for me since it just bunches up a bit more at the bottom of the leg. The other downside for me is that I usually have to go with a medium for the waist to fit well, but then the hips are a bit tight. With all the extra insulation it makes it even tighter. I’ve grown to accept this, but it can be tricky to find pants that fit right. If I went up to the large, the waist would be too big. Those with smaller hips and waist shouldn’t have any issues though. Overall, The North Face Women’s NFZ is a great buy for those who want a well-made and durable pant that offers great waterproof protection and lots of warmth. It does come at a price, but with The North Face Women’s NFZ you get a lot of great features that will have you ripping all over the mountain no matter the conditions.
Pant Size Tried – M, Regular Length
Normal Specs– 5’4”, 150 lbs,
Upper Body Specs – 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: Size M Pants that have a bit more room to fit my thighs and big butt, but fit well in the waist. That way, not only can I utilize my pockets, I can also ride freely and comfortably on the hill.
Turn Off’s: Size M Pants that fit too tight in the thigh so I can’t use my pockets but so loose in the waist they fall down and I get snow in my pants.