List Price US $199
Type Puffy
Primary Waterproofing
Outer Layer Waterproofing DWR
Insulation Type Primaloft
Taped Seams
Waterproof Zippers
Hood Type No hood
Powder Skirt No
Jacket to Pant Interface No
Venting None
Meshed Vents No
Layer Count 2 Layer
Waterproof Rating Unpublished
Breathability Rating Unpublished
Manufactured in
Waterproofing Average
Breathability Great
Warmth Average
Fit

Semi Baggy

Packability

Thin

2018 North Face ThermoBall Jacket Review by A Better Ski

This is the North Face ThermoBall jacket.  The jacket is designed to be a light-weight and pack-able for multi day trips in the back country.  It offers mild warmth while protecting you from the wind and offering some water protection.  I’m really talking about skiing gear here though so lets see how this jacket can fit into your daily layering choices.

Special thanks to Kittredge Sports in Mammoth Lakes

Tester: Dan

Size: L

Waterproofing and Breath-ability:  The North Face ThermoBall jacket is made from 100% nylon and is finished with DWR.  In my experience, a water repelling finish will always wear out and the fabric will loose its hydrophobic nature.  Therefor, at first this layer will keep the water off but this wont last and treatment will be necessary. This jacket, while lacking any mechanical ventilation options, feels breathable and light.

Warmth: The North Face Thermoball jacket offers 13g PrimaLoft® ThermoBall™ Synthetic Insulation.  This material acts like synthetic down allowing the material to have low density yet high heat retention.  This allows for maximum warmth to pack-ability bulk and weight.  This jacket will be warm enough to keep cool temperatures at bay or provide a weatherproof layer for stormy or windy back-country moments. Add a base-layer, a waterproof shell and a cool t-shirt and you have a versatile and stylish layering situation.

Fit:  I am kind of laughing as i write this because as i watch my video review I can tell that I didn’t like the way this jacket fit my frame.  I felt that the arms were too short, there was restricted movement around the back and arms, and I felt like there was way too much material around the waist. I have been reading the jacket specs and reading other reviews and most people are saying this jacket has a slim fit. Huh?  I guess this one really depends on your body type.

Features: Slim fit; Internal, secure-zip chest pocket; Covered, secure-zip hand pockets; Stows in hand pocket; Internal, elastic-bound cuffs; Hem cinch-cord; Innovative bottleneck quilt pattern minimizes cold spots and improves durability; 13 g ThermoBall insulation for warmth when wet; Exposed, VISLON® center front zip; Internal, secure-zip chest pocket; Covered, secure-zip hand pockets; Stows in hand pocket; Internal, elastic-bound cuffs; Hem cinch-cord

Bottom Line: The North Face ThermoBall jacket is a cool looking, highly functional, light-weight and pack-able puffy that will provide protection against the wind and some water. Add it to your layering system and you have a light and efficient heat trapping layer.

 
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