Price US $299

The North Face Storm Peak 2015 Review by A Better Ski

3in1’s are always a good option for those who want a jacket for any condition. Keep all the layers together to keep you warm on the really cold days, but as the weather warms up take the insulated layer out and use that or the shell all on its own. The downside to 3in1’s is that they can sometimes feel a bit heavy and bulky. They also tend to bit a bit less breathable because you have two layers instead of one, and often the snow skirt is hidden under the insulated layer.  3in1’s aren’t for everybody, but those who like them will want to consider The North Face Storm Peak Triclimate. The jacket feels pretty heavy, but it also feels a bit more durable than other hard shell triclimates. This is probably because of the North Face using their Apex ClimateBlock material in the shell. This is a soft shell material, but the best of the Apex material. It is a very durable while still also being water resistant, windproof and breathable. It does a fantastic job of blocking wind and keeping away the wind chill, but it may not be optimal for those who ski in really wet conditions since it’s just water resistant. Also, I know Apex ClimateBlock is supposed to be really breathable, but it only offers decent breath-ability when used without the liner. With it in, the North Face Storm Peak jacket is very warm. The fit of The North Face Storm Peak is pretty true to size, but if you’re looking for something to wear layers under, it may be worth going a size up. I am 5’9” and 155lbs with pretty broad shoulders. The small fits pretty well, but I do like a little bit more active (tighter) fit. The burly feel of the North Face Storm Peak also makes it feel a bit tighter than a shell probably would otherwise. According to the website, the waist of The North Face Storm Peak is right at 30” from the center of the back. For me this is right at the waist. It seems like most of The North Face Jackets I’ve worn have been right around that number, so keep this in mind if you like a longer jacket. The soft shell feels bulky, but it does stretch, so it allows for decent maneuverability. The two chest pockets are great for a phone, or granola bar. The two hand warming pockets are pretty warm, and can hold some bigger items. The jacket also has a nice pass pocket on the arm that comes with a goggle cloth. The North Face Storm Peak Triclimate is a great option for you 3in1 fans who want the comfort and movement of a soft shell, but don’t need the extra water proofing of higher end hard shells.

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