Looking for a stylish jacket that also has solid performance on the mountain? The North Face Tight Ship comes in some really fun colors, but has the technical features most casual skiers are looking for. With North Face’s Hyvent 2L laminate it’s not going to be your go to jacket in really wet or rainy conditions, but it does offer solid protection in moderate snow. The seams are fully taped to help keep moisture out, making the laminate more effective. The zippers are solid metal, but they don’t offer any extra waterproofing, and in really wet conditions you may notice a little leakage from those areas. The North Face Tight Ship breathes better than most insulated jackets, but it’s not on par with a Gore-Tex, or even Hyvent Alpha shell. The pit zips work well enough, but if you’re looking for a backcountry specific jacket, this probably won’t be you’re first pick. The fit is true to size, with a slightly longer waist. Arms were also good, with a little extra length for putting over your gloves. For me, the small fit pretty well, and I still had some room for layering, although it was a bit more restricting. It really comes down to if you like having a little extra room or a little bit more conforming fit. Keep in mind, the fabric is not stretchy, so if you opt for the tighter fit, it will feel a bit more restrictive. There are no chest pockets on the outside of The North Face Tight Ship, which for me was a bit of a pain. The two hand warming pockets are under the “flap” pockets, but are zippered to keep your gear secured. They can be a little tight though, and I couldn’t fit my gloved hands in. The “flap” pockets only have one snap in the middle, so if you really like to have your gear secure, you may want to keep them in the zippered hand warming pockets. I’d rather have two chest pockets over these, but it was nice to have 4 pockets for all my gear. The North Face Tight Ship also has adjustable hems and cuffs for cinching out snow, and the cuffs also have thump loops. I like not having to adjust all the time, so this feature is always welcome in my book. Rounding things out is the adjustable powder skirt that does a good job of keeping snow out. I wouldn’t say that The North Face Tight Ship is bombproof, but it’s a solid resort jacket for those who don’t need all the top of the line features. It’s decent in snowy conditions so long as it’s not super wet, and it breathes well enough for most resort activities. If you plan on hiking a lot, you will probably want something a bit more breathable. It’s decently warm for a shell, but it will most likely require layers on colder days. The best feature of The North Face Tight Ship is definitely the colors. Also just of note, the plaid versions felt a bit more rugged, and they did have a higher denier face fabric.
Jacket Size – S
Normal Specs– 5’10”, 160 lbs,
Upper Body– 34.5” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 30” Waist, 38” Hips, 30” Inseam, 22” Thigh