The North Face Outerwear Reviews 2012


If you have been on a ski mountain in recent years, you have probably noticed the North Face logo stamped on the chest, back or knee of almost every person standing with you in the lift line. Although North Face has been around for almost a half a century, their ever-changing technology, superior fabric, sleek designs and durability have created strong brand loyalty amongst their customers. North Face has set the bar in the outerwear industry using technologies such as Gor-Tex, Hyvent Fabric, DWR Finish, Apex Soft Shell Fabric, Synthetic Insulation and more.  Popular North Face styles through the years have included the Denali Fleece, Apex Bionic Jackets and the Summit Series line. Below is some of our favorite North Face ski and snowboard gear for the 2012 season.

Men’s Headwall Jacket

This jacket is North Face’s newest best selling 3-in-1 jacket. Adaptable to all types of mountain conditions, this jacket is waterproof and made with breathable HyVent fabric.  The outer jacket can be worn alone on warmer or wet days or can be combined with the interior insulated removable jacket for cold and snowy days.  Like the other North Face 3-in-1 jackets, this has a detachable hood, google pocket, powderskirt and other neat features.

Men’s Redpoint Optimus Jacket

The Redpoint has been my favorite North Face jacket for years.  Designed with contrasting colors, a useful hood and Primaloft insulation, this jacket is remarkably lightweight and durable and can even zipper into its internal chest pocket making it ideal for travel.  Although it is incredibly thin, it’s light polyurethane coat is water resistant and the jacket is incredibly warm in cold and harsh conditions.

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Women’s Cheakamus TriClimate 3-in-1 Jacket

Similar to the men’s Headwall, the Cheakamus TriClimate is a brand new style that combines a waterproof HyVent exterior with a removal insulated liner jacket.  The jacket also features a quilted taffeta exterior to give it extra shine and style.  It is equipped with additional skiing and riding features including a powderskirt, google cloth and handwarmer pocket.

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Women’s Crimptastic Hybrid Jacket

Lightweight down jackets seem to be all the rage this season and the Summit Series Crimptastic Jacket is the perfect choice for the aggressive female skier, who appreciates a fashion-forward look. This lightweight 800 down fill jacket has Polar Tec Power Stretch fabric in the underarms and forearms to help with flexibility and mobility on the slopes. Although this is somewhat of a lightweight ski jacket, it is super comfortable and can be paired underneath a North Face shell to provide extra warmth on a very cold or windy day.

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Men’s Apex Bionic Jacket

If you are looking for something more cutting edge and comfortable, look no further than this brand-new jacket. Developed with Vivid Edge seamless soft shell construction, this jacket lends itself to comfortable riding and skiing all winter long.  It comes with other handy skiing and riding features including a wrist accessory pocket with google cloth, powderskirt, handwarmer zip pockets and more.

Men's & Women's Cipher Jacket

The North Face Cipher Windstopper is a full-zip jacket available in both men’s and women’s models.  This breathable softshell jacket is designed to excel in a variety of outdoor sporting activities, as well as extreme weather conditions. As part of the Summit Series line, the Cipher is constructed from 100% windproof specialized Gore-Tex Windstopper fabric.  Equipped with four-way stretch TNF Apex Aerobic soft shell fabric on the underarms and sides, this jacket is super flexible and comfortable. The durable water protection finish, weather resistant exterior and quick-drying protection make the Cipher Jacket perfect for the fall or spring, warm ski days, or rainy and windy conditions.

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Women’s Leonidas Jacket

Perfect for spring skiing or riding, this slim fit waterproof jacket is part of North Face’s premium Summit Series. The Leonidas is remarkably breathable, sealed with a Hyvent exterior, and has pit zips and storm-secure cuffs for extra ventilation and insulation. Although this jacket is designed primarily for outdoor winter athletics, its sleek and flattering look make it ideal for off the mountain as well.

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Men’s & Women’s Denali Fleece

The Denali Fleece is probably the best selling fleece of all time with its comfortable fit and zip-in capability with the North Face 3-1 Jackets. The soft and durable Denali jacket is equipped with recycled Polartec 300 series fleece construction and abrasion-reinforced shoulders and elbows for added protection during winter sports.  The Denali was designed with other useful winter features including pit-zips, a hem cinch cord, elastic-bound cuffs and more.  Even when worn regularly, this fleece can easily give you a decade worth of use.

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Men’s Windwall 1 Jacket

Often times high winds are harsher than cold temperatures and the Windwall 1 Jacket helps take off the bitter bite. This top selling North Face fleece delivers warmth as a standalone fleece jacket on a cold day and excellent insulationzipped into a North Face shell on a brutally cold or windy day. The WindWall construction is made from a an innovative fabric bonding process that permits a smallamount of external air to flow inside the jacket.

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Women’s Osito Jacket

Once you put on this super soft silken fleece jacket, you will never want to take it off. This fleece, designed with zip-in compatibility can be worn on its own for everyday use or après-ski or layered underneath a North Face shell while hitting the slopes. This high-loft, plush and fuzzy fleece jacket will becomethe coziest and most comfortable article of ski clothing that you will ever own.

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Men’s Slasher Cargo Pant

At under $150, the Slasher Cargo Pant is definitely a good bang for your buck.  Its relax fit gives you extra room through the upper leg, which is great for layering and aggressive skiing or boarding.  It is also equipped with a Chimney Venting system, which provides dry airflow throughout the pant preventing you from getting too hot or too cold on the mountain.

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Men’s Enzo Pant

The higher tech Enzo pant is the most technically advanced snow pant that North Face makes.  Although it has a super relaxed fit, the Gore-Tex exterior and heavy-duty fabric are sure to keep you warm and comfortable in the harshest of conditions.

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Women’s Freedom LRBC Pant

If you are searching for a classic women’s ski pant that you will use for years, look no further than the well-priced Freedom LRBC Pant.This waterproof HyVent pant available in Black and White is low rise around the waist and boot cut around the bottom.  The athletic fit allows you to layer comfortably, while the Chimney Venting system helps keep you cool and dry throughout the day.

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Women’s STH Pant

While many women feel like they have to sacrifice either looks or warmth when it comes to a great snow pant, North Face has constructed the perfect solution with the sleek STH Pant.  This contemporary and slim fit pant is made from soft shell water-resistant TNF Apex and will keep you warm, dry and looking great on the slopes.

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