List Price US $599
The North Face Free Thinker Jacket Review
Type Shell
Primary Waterproofing Gore-Tex Membrane
Outer Layer Waterproofing DWR
Insulation Type None
Taped Seams Fully Taped
Waterproof Zippers Yes
Hood Type Contoured
Powder Skirt Yes
Jacket to Pant Interface Yes
Venting Pit Zips
Meshed Vents Yes
Layer Count 3 Layer
Waterproof Rating Proprietary
Breathability Rating Proprietary
Manufactured in
Waterproofing Excellent
Breathability Excellent
Warmth Poor

Semi Tight



The North Face Free Thinker 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The North Face Free Thinker is definitely one of the most bombproof North Face Jacket we reviewed. It does come at a hefty price, but it also delivers solid performance that won’t disappoint. The North Face Free Thinker is a technical shell that has all the features you would expect from a high end North Face Jacket. It has a 3 Layer Gore-Tex Pro shell with woven ripstop nylon, making this jacket highly waterproof, breathable, and durable. In addition fully-taped seams, YKK AquaGuard zippers, and PU pit zips keep water from seeping into any openings. The Gore-Tex layer is also very breathable, allowing moisture to escape and keeping you dry when you’re hiking to a new line or skinning in the backcountry. The fit of the The North Face Free Thinker is more conforming but still has enough room for layering. The length is on the longer side, which for me is great when you’re in the backcountry and trying to keep the deep snow out. The hem is adjustable and when used with the stretch powder skirt and jacket to pant integration you’ll never have a problem with snow in your jacket. There are plenty of great pockets as well, and plenty of room for all of your backcountry essentials. The The North Face Free Thinker is definitely a serious jacket that is built for serious skiers. It would definitely be a little overkill for the average rider at your local resort, but if you’re a serious skier that loves deep snow, the The North Face Free Thinker is well worth the price. And with a 3 layer Gore-Tex the jacket is perfect for you wet snow and rain skiers.


Jacket Size – S

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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