Price US $199

The North Face Dubs 2016 Review by A Better Ski

The North Face Dubs is an insulated freestyle jacket that is built to keep you warm when lapping the park. It has strategically placed insulation for warmth, and a Hyvent waterproof and breathable layer for wet weather protection.

The North Face Dubs Insulated Ski Jacket Review

Tester: Matt

Size: S

Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The North Face Dubs has a Hyvent 2L waterproof and breathable layer. The North Face claims a 25psi waterproof rating, which in our experience is good, but not great waterproofing. This would be a solid jacket in places you don’t see a ton of wet snow or rain. I’ve never had a North Face Hyvent jacket wet through, but it’s not built for the wettest of days. Still, I feel that Hyvent is one of the better waterproof fabrics for the price, and I’d have no problem recommending it for skiers in all but the wettest places. Hyvent breathability is okay, but definitely not great for hard charging skiers that tend to warm up quickly. It’s fine for laps in the park, just don’t expect it to breathe great on that boot pack to your favorite powder stash.       

Warmth: The North Face Dubs comes with 80g of Heatseeker insulation in the torso, and 60g in the arms. It’s moderately warm, and would be good for colder days on the mountain. You’ll need a layer or two for the coldest days, but for most of the season it will be okay without. The North Face Dubs does have pit zips for the warmer days, and without the mesh you can open them up really wide.

Fit: The North Face Dubs has a relaxed freestyle fit that is true to size. I didn’t find it overly loose, and found it really comfortable. The jacket is pretty heavily insulated, but it doesn’t feel like it. The length is longer than the standard North Face jacket, and does a good job covering the butt. There is plenty of room for layering underneath if you need to.

Features: The North Face Dubs has plenty of well-placed pockets including one on the sleeve for a pass. The hood is an attached contoured hood that does a good job of covering most of your face. The Dubs also has an attached powder skirt. Overall it’s a solid jacket for freestyle skiers that want a little extra warmth. It has a comfortable fit, decent waterproofing, and all the features you’ll need for a day on the slopes.

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