Price US $299

The North Face Gatekeeper 2.0 2016 Review by A Better Ski

The North Face Gatekeeper 2.0 is a warm and durable insulated jacket. The 2.0 is a new take on the Gatekeeper from last season. Unfortunately North Face decided to go from Gore-Tex to Hyvent, but this is still a great jacket for areas that see less wet snow and rain. It’s also about $200 less than the Gatekeeper from last season.

The North Face Gatekeeper 2.0 Insulated Ski Jacket Review

Tester: Matt

Size: S

Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The North Face Gatekeeper 2.0 has a 2L Hyvent waterproof and breathable membrane. Hyvent is a decent entry level option that is better than the industry standard. I’ve found Hyvent to do well in light to heavy snow, but not quite as well in rain. I liked the Gore-Tex Gatekeeper from last season, and wish they would have stuck with it. However, the Gatekeeper 2.0 comes at a much lower price point, and still offers a decent amount of waterproofing for the price.           

Warmth: The North Face Gatekeeper 2.0 is a warm jacket with a heavy denier outer shell and 100g of insulation. I run pretty warm, so this jacket would be warm enough for almost any day I ski. If you run a bit cooler naturally, you’ll probably need an extra layer or two for the coldest days of the season.

Fit: The North Face Gatekeeper 2.0 has an active fit that feels true to size. It’s definitely a bit more form fitting, but I didn’t feel restricted at all. Shoulder width and sleeve length is good, and the overall fit is really comfortable. The length is also really good and comes down over the butt. The jacket does feel a bit heavy (in a good way), but again I don’t feel like it restricts movement at all.

Features: The North Face Gatekeeper 2.0 is a very warm insulated jacket with decent waterproofing and breathability. It has a ton of pockets that all seem placed pretty well. The Gatekeeper 2.0 has a removable articulating hood, powder skirt, pass pocket, and pit zips without mesh. The jacket also has a heavy denier outer shell that feels thick and durable. I love the feel of the jacket and I like knowing that it will hold up to a bit of abuse. Overall it’s a very solid jacket for those who ski in a colder place, and don’t need bomber waterproofing or breathability.

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