The North Face Ricas is from the freeride collection and is a good jacket for resort skiers who like to spend time at the park. It has a unique pattern and stylish look that will make you stand out. It would be a great jacket for the resort rider that doesn’t need anything super technical.
Breathability: The North Face Ricas has a HyVent 2L breathable shell fabric that on its own offers moderate breathability. When you add in a taffeta lining and 80g of heatseeker insulation, The North Face Ricas won’t breathe extremely well. The added pit vents do help to cool you down when you get warmed up, but this jacket is definitely a little better on colder days than warm days.
Waterproofing: The North Face Ricas is construction with a HyVent 2L waterproof shell. This is The North Face’s standard waterproof fabric, but it actually offers decent waterproof protection. It is only two layers, so maybe not as bomber as a 3 layer jacket, but it does have fully sealed seams to help keep water out. It probably wouldn’t be my go-to for really wet climates, but The North Face Ricas should keep you dry in moderate snow and light rain.
Warmth and Comfort: With 80g of Heatseeker insulation in the torso, and 60g in the arms, The North Face Ricas is a pretty warm jacket. Those of you that run warm probably wouldn’t have to layer too much underneath, especially if you’re spending a lot of time skiing in the park. Those who run cold would probably find you need to layer underneath, but with the right base and mid layers, The North Face Ricas could handle some pretty cool temperatures.
Fit: The North Face Ricas has a “freeride” fit, but it’s not quite as baggy as one might expect. The Ricas fit’s true to size, and although it does seem slightly loose, it’s not baggy at all. The length is also slightly longer, and the arms fit decently well. It’s a jacket that offers plenty of room for layering and for movement. The fit can feel slightly boxy, and not very conforming, but it functions well for the park. Cinching the waist down will help make it feel slightly more conforming, but then it sometimes likes to ride up.
Features: The North Face Ricas has all the features you’ll need for the resort. It has an adjustable hood, powder skirt, pit zips, and adjustable hem and cuff. The pockets are decent, but we’re not the biggest fans of horizontal chest pockets. This is more of a preference thing than anything, so others may not find this an issue. I would also like to see a pass pocket, but again not a big issue.
The North Face Ricas jacket would be good for those resort riders who like to spend some time in the park. It has a freeride fit and style that is both comfortable and functional. The colors will also make you stand out. It has all the features you want in a resort jacket, and offers a decent amount of warmth and waterproofing.
Jacket Size – M
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. Size M Pants that have a bit more room to fit my thighs and big butt but fit well in the waist. That way, not only can I utilize my pockets, I can also ride freely and comfortably on the hill.
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. The jacket should stay in place! Size M Pants that fit too tight in the thigh so I can’t use my pockets but so loose in the waist they fall down and I get snow in my pants.