List Price US $260
The North Face Kardiak Jacket Review
Type Fully Insulated
Primary Waterproofing Hyvent
Outer Layer Waterproofing DWR
Insulation Type Fleece
Taped Seams Fully Taped
Waterproof Zippers No
Hood Type Detachable Contoured
Powder Skirt Yes
Jacket to Pant Interface
Venting Pit Zips
Meshed Vents Yes
Layer Count 2 Layer
Waterproof Rating Unpublished
Breathability Rating Unpublished
Manufactured in Imported
Waterproofing Good
Breathability Average
Warmth Good

Semi Tight



The North Face Kardiak 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The North Face Kardiak 3in1 Ski Jacket helps to keep you warm and dry on the slopes no matter the conditions. The great thing about 3in1 jackets is that they offer insulation when you need it, and can be stripped down to the shell when you don’t. The North Face Kardiak jacket is quite warm with the insulated fleece layer in place. The fit is good, although it can feel a bit heavy and bulky with the fleece layer in. The The North Face Kardiak is a bit longer than some of the other insulated North Face jackets, but the inside layer is shorter than the outside. It does have a snow skirt, but it can’t be used when the insulated layer is in place.  When the weather warms up you can remove the inside layer pretty easily. The remaining shell has Hyvent 2L waterproof fabric typical of North Face jackets in this price range. It will keep you dry on most days on the mountain, but may not keep you completely dry in the worst of conditions. This jacket does not have any chest pockets, but well placed side pockets and a few internal pockets. Overall The North Face Kardiak 3in1 Ski Jacket is a good jacket for those looking for one jacket to do it all. Insulated when you want, and just a shell when you don’t. It offers a warm option that is also waterproof enough for the average day on the mountain.

Jacket Size – M

Cindy’s Specs:
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.
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.


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