The North Face Cheakamus Triclimate Ski Jacket, is a great 3in1 that is warm when you want it to be, and cool when you don’t. The outer shell contains The North Face Hyvent material that is is waterproof and breathable. The North Face Cheakamus jacket has enough waterproofing for most days on the mountain, but may not hold up in long term exposure to really wet conditions. The inner layer contains 100 grams of synthetic heatseeker insulation to keep you warm, but is removable for when the weather warms. It has an active fit, but feels like it runs a bit small. The length is slightly shorter as well, especially the inner layer. It does have a snow skirt to keep out the cold and snow, but can only be used when the inner layer is taken out. When both the inner and outer layers are in, The North Face Cheakamus doesn’t breathe extremely well, but it does have ventilated underarms to drop heat when you warm up. The vertical chest pocket is easy to use, and a great pocket for a phone or other media device. The North Face Cheakamus also has two hand-warming pockets, and a pass pocket on the arm, but it slightly awkward to use. Overall The North Face Cheakamus is a great jacket for those who want a 3in1. The fit is a bit tighter, probably do to the inner layer. It is quite warm with both layers in, but isn’t the most waterproof layer in the North Faces lineup, nor does it breath exceptionally well.
Jacket Size – M
Normal Specs– 5’4”, 150 lbs,
Upper Body– 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: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. 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. Oh and of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Size M jackets that are too tight in the shoulders and hips while being boxy in the waist. I really don’t like a tight fit at the hips that rides up and allows snow in my jacket and pants. The jacket should stay in place! 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. Crowds in the mountains, and not being able to find a place to park at the trailhead or ski resort