The North Face Plasma Thermoball is a warm insulated ski jacket that would be good for casual skiers that spend all their time at the resort.
The North Face Plasma Thermoball Ski Jacket Review
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The North Face Plasma Thermoball has a moderate amount of waterproof protection with a 2-layer Hyvent shell. Hyvent is good, but not great in wet weather. This would be better for those in dryer climates, than for those who see a lot of wet snow and rain. Breathability is on the lower end, but you’ll typically be using this jacket on colder days at the resort where breathability is less of an issue.
Warmth: The North Face Plasma Thermoball is a very warm jacket. Thermoball technology is a synthetic Primaloft insulation that mimics down pretty well. It has a very low profile while still providing a lot of warmth. The result is a jacket that is relatively thin and yet surprisingly warm. The added bonus of Thermoball is that it insulates when wet. I could easily see using this jacket in temps that near 0 degrees, but I do run pretty warm. I’d probably only use this jacket on the coldest days, but those who run cold will probably be okay using it more often. You may still need a layer underneath on the coldest days, but the Thermoball really is one of the warmest jackets for its thickness.
Fit: The North Face Plasma Thermoball has an active fit that is true to size. I’ve found that The North Face’s active fit is slightly tailored, but only moderately so. The active fit still gives me plenty of room underneath for layering, and I don’t feel restricted even in the smaller sizes. If you’re a small in other North Face Jackets, you’re a small in the Thermoball.
Features: The North Face Plasma Thermoball is a warm jacket with a relatively low profile. It comes with a removable contoured hood, and pit zips, but lacks a powder skirt. The Plasma Thermoball also has two handwarming and one chest pocket, but no internal media pocket.
Bottom Line: The North Face Plasma Thermoball is a good jacket for resort skiers that need a warm jacket and moderate waterproofing.