The North Face FuseForm Dot Matrix Insulated jacket is a light-weight, yet warm and durable jacket. It could make a great jacket for those who want light-weight warmth, but don’t need a ton of high tech skier specific features.
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The North Face FuseForm Dot Matrix Insulated jacket has a 2L Hyvent waterproof and breathable fabric. Hyvent is The North Faces proprietary fabric usually found in their lower price point outerwear. However, Hyvent is actually pretty solid, and could hold up fine for most casual skiers. It probably wouldn’t be my go-to for places that see a lot of wet snow and rain, but perfectly fine for those who are only going to see a moderate amount of wet snow. Breathability isn’t quite as good, and with a heavy insulation the FuseForm Dot Matrix isn’t going to do a great job regulating body temp on warmer days.
Warmth: The North Face FuseForm Dot Matrix Insulated jacket feels relatively light, but actually has 100g of synthetic insulation. It’s moderately warm, and could make a good jacket for those in colder places. I don’t think it’s going to blow anyone’s mind with warm, but for as light as it feels, I think some people will be pretty impressed.
Fit and Feel: The North Face FuseForm Dot Matrix Insulated jacket has a very soft and light feel, with a tighter active fit. The small fit me perfectly fine, but did run a bit on the tighter side. If you like a form fit, the jacket will feel comfortable, but if you like a loose or baggy fit you’ll need to size up. The jacket wasn’t restricting in any way, but I probably couldn’t put a lot of layers underneath before it becomes so. Length was fine, but slightly shorter than I typically prefer. It still hit just below the waist, but won’t do great if you need to cover your butt. The FuseForm construction is supposed to be really strong and durable, so even though it has a very soft feel it should hold up over time.
Features: The North Face FuseForm Dot Matrix Insulated jacket is relatively basic feature wise. It does have pit zip ventilation without mesh, and a helmet compatible contoured hood. It also has an internal media pocket, and two external hand warming pockets. The FuseForm Dot Matrix does not come with a snow skirt.
Bottom Line: The North Face FuseForm Dot Matrix Insulated jacket is a comfortable, light-weight jacket. It has solid warmth, and waterproofing, but doesn’t have a ton of skier specific features. Still it could be a good jacket for casual skiers, or as an everyday winter jacket.