The North Face The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket

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The North Face ThermoBall™ Full Zip Jacket is an ultra-lightweight, synthetic-insulated jacket for outdoor athletes performing in cold and damp conditions. Highly compressible and perfect as a winter mid-layer, this garment features ThermoBall™ insulation - a new development in insulation technology that uses small round clusters to mimic the heat-trapping properties of down. Constructed from a durable nylon exterior and treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish for added water resistance, this insulated jacket has a true sweater-like fit that packs super small, making it ideal for backcountry travel.

Product Details

Face Fabric

Fabric15D 33g 100% Nylon insulation

Insulation

PrimaLoft® ThermoBall™Tiny clusters of spun Polyester mimic the insulating power of down, but retain 80% of their insulating ability when wet.

Fit

Athletic Fit

Pockets

Two hand pockets

Additional Features

Small square baffling keeps insulation in place to prevent cold spots

Elastic binding at cuff

Hem cinch-cord system in hand pockets

Stowable into hand pocket

Three-color zipper-pull detail

Specs

  • Fit: Slim More 
  • Length: Hip-length
  • Material: Nylon
  • Insulation: Synthetic
  • Powder Skirt: No
  • Hood Type: No Hood
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
Size S M L XL XXL
Weight (g) 330

Other Notes

The North Face products can only be shipped within the United States

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The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket
 
4.7

(based on 354 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (304)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (97)
  • Easy storage (83)
  • Warm (74)
  • Easy to use (70)
  • Waterproof (67)

Cons

  • Flimsy (3)
  • Hot (3)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Hiking (44)
  • Casual wear (32)
  • Cold / extreme (27)
  • Running (13)
  • Climbing (12)
    • Fit:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      94% 

      (33 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels too short

       

      Feels true to length

       

      91% 

      (32 reviews)

      Feels too long

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (99), Advanced (17), Beginner (8), Enthusiast (6), Professional (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (115), Yes (49)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worth every penny

I bought this jacket in TNF Red a couple weeks ago prepping for a late season trip to Mt. Whitney. Honestly the biggest selling point was the color and claim that the jacket performed...Read complete review

I bought this jacket in TNF Red a couple weeks ago prepping for a late season trip to Mt. Whitney. Honestly the biggest selling point was the color and claim that the jacket performed better in damp conditions than regular down. It was the perfect weight/size for a mid layer, but I was skeptical about the warmth because its so ridiculously light and fairly thin.

After 10 minutes on the mountain I was blown away.

While the jacket retains heat during normal light wear, this thing comes into its own during high activity. If you're generating heat, this jacket traps it, locks it in and keeps you cocooned in warmth. I used it in temps between 10F-20F in dry-to-snowy conditions and would highly recommend it as an essential piece of gear.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor Stitching

I have had this jacket for 4 months now. The weight and warmth are great. My complaint is the terrible way it is stitched. If you get near to or rub against ANYTHING,...Read complete review

I have had this jacket for 4 months now. The weight and warmth are great. My complaint is the terrible way it is stitched. If you get near to or rub against ANYTHING, the stitching pulls loose and you are left with a long looped thread hanging loose. You can't get the thread to go back into shape and you sure can't cut it off or the whole jacket will come apart. North Face really dropped the quality control on this product. I would never buy this again because of the horrible stitching.

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(75 of 76 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth every penny

By 

from California

Pros

  • breathable
  • warm

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Hiking

    Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

    I bought this jacket in TNF Red a couple weeks ago prepping for a late season trip to Mt. Whitney. Honestly the biggest selling point was the color and claim that the jacket performed better in damp conditions than regular down. It was the perfect weight/size for a mid layer, but I was skeptical about the warmth because its so ridiculously light and fairly thin.

    After 10 minutes on the mountain I was blown away.

    While the jacket retains heat during normal light wear, this thing comes into its own during high activity. If you're generating heat, this jacket traps it, locks it in and keeps you cocooned in warmth. I used it in temps between 10F-20F in dry-to-snowy conditions and would highly recommend it as an essential piece of gear.

    (24 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    de-fluffing

    By 

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

    Wore it an hour a day for 3 weeks, walking the dog, over a competitors vest, and under a competitors light jacket. The Primaloft is osmosing out from the sides, under the arms like crazy. Not sure why no one else seems to have this issue.

    I've worn a competitors synthetic filled jacket for two years, and there is not one bit of fluff showing.

    It looks like my t-shirts do when they get washed with a kleenex in the washing machine.

    It is warm, but come on, oozing the filling already?

    (23 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Looks nice but zippers are terrible

    By 

    from CA

    Pros

    • packable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

        I had been looking at getting the Patagonia Nano Puff, but then this jacket came out and I decided to go with the Thermoball because it sounded like it would be even better. Not so much. The front zipper was busted and would only unzip half way. The right pocket zipper wouldn't unzip at all. I was able to get the jacket on and the length and arms were a good fit, but the shoulders were a bit wide and large. Overall, it looks nice, but the quality is sub-par. Not what I expected from The North Face. Severely disappointed. I will definitely be taking this back and going with the Nano Puff.

        (22 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Poor Stitching

        By 

        from Indiana

        Pros

        • packable
        • warm

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Hiking

          Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

          I have had this jacket for 4 months now. The weight and warmth are great. My complaint is the terrible way it is stitched. If you get near to or rub against ANYTHING, the stitching pulls loose and you are left with a long looped thread hanging loose. You can't get the thread to go back into shape and you sure can't cut it off or the whole jacket will come apart. North Face really dropped the quality control on this product. I would never buy this again because of the horrible stitching.

          (21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great jacket

          By 

          from Kentucky

          Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

          This is the lightest and warmest jacket I have ever owned. It is so light you think you are not carrying anything. It is remarkably warm for its weight. It also folds up to a very small roll. You need this jacket for your collection!

          (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          So far... WOW

          By 

          from Edmonton, AB, Canada

          Pros

          • Just plain awesome
          • packable
          • warm

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Hiking
            • Running
            • Skiing

            Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

            I initially bought this jacket for it to be my every day, just throw on and go jacket for around town, and for a warm ski day if the opportunity would arise. I was hoping that it would be warm enough for myself to be comfortable to about -15C... but man was I ever wrong... Yesterday I was cleaning off snow, shovelling, and just walking in ~-20C with a pretty decent windchill of ~-30C and i was completely and totally and wonderfully comfortable. I was blown away by how warm this jacket is considering how incredibly thin and light it is. I am so happy I purchased this jacket and would recommend it for anyone that is looking for an impressively light, yet incredibly warm jacket for whatever life throws at you

            (17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Out of the world warmth.But horrible build quality

            By 

            from NJ

            Pros

            • breathable
            • packable
            • warm
            • Wicking

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                I so want to like this product. North face has done a fantastic job on the insulation material. Wore just this on a chilly 10F NYC night and I was super warm. But the outer shell is very very poorly built. It started ripping just after 3-4 days. A 15D-1.16OZ shell is no good for a day to day jacket. It just can not sustain day to day wear. I really wish North Face works on the shell.

                (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wonderful light jacket

                By 

                from Undisclosed

                Pros

                • breathable
                • packable
                • warm
                • Waterproof
                • Windproof

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Climbing
                  • Hiking
                  • Skiing

                  Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                  I bought this jacket a while ago getting ready for the cold Minnesota winter and found that it was lighter than it looked but that does not dwarf its amazing heat retention. Wearing this jacket alone is not warm enough for a cold winters day and that's okay because its a fall weight jacket, but combined with a fleece underneath and a wind shell on top its as warm as any other jacket on the market in it's price range, probably even warmer. I proud to say it's the investment I've made since the North Face sleeping bag I bought last year.

                  (11 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Love Northface - this jacket misses the mark

                  By 

                  from Undisclosed

                  Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                  I should first say I love Northface and have many of their products. Will buy many more in the future. That said this jacket is a big miss. There is no substance to it and provides virtually no warmth. Unless you are someone that doesn't normally 'feel cold' I wouldn't suggest this item for anything colder than 50 degrees? Lastly - the price for this jacket compared to what you get with other, more substantial jackets Northface offers is way high. 200 dollars gets you some great Northface warm jackets. I could see maybe 99.99 for this coat for what you get.

                  (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Not for ONtario Winters

                  By 

                  from Newcastle Ontario

                  Pros

                  • breathable
                  • packable
                  • warm

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Climbing
                    • Hiking
                    • Training

                    Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                    I bought this jacket for cold fall and spring days and it did the trick. A large fit perfect and I am 6'2 and 200lbs. I can wear a base layer zip up underneath making walks/hikes in temps around 0C very light and breathable.

                    I will say that the marketing is a little off-it's not a viable witner jacket for Ontario during Dec-early March where temps get down to -20C+ windchill. If you wore only this in that weather you'd freeze your tail off in 5 minutes.

                    Overall its an excellent jacket from temps down to -5C so for what I purchased it for I am very happy with the qualiy and amazing light weight of the jacket.

                    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Lightweight but Warm

                    By 

                    from Boston, MA

                    Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                    Nice Jacket. The only thing I would change is adding an inside zip pocket. Already Bought one for my 10 yr old as well.

                    (9 of 77 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Only Two Pockets

                    By 

                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                    The MEN'S THERMOBALL FULL ZIP JACKET by The North Face has only two pockets. I have never seen a jacket with less than three pockets, which is the minimum that I need.

                    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Warm jacket, Unfortunate poor quality

                    By 

                    from Portland

                    Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                    Went out searching for a jacket for the winter at Sports Authority and stumbled across this jacket. I was immediately impressed with the texture and warmth and good look of the jacket, bought it on the spot. After I had worn the jacket for no more than 6 hours across 3 days, I noticed the stitching had already started to snag and become loose. Looks nice, feels great, unfortunately poor quality for at least my jacket, hopefully just a fluke.

                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Active vs Regular Size

                    By 

                    from St.Louis Missouri

                    Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                    I ordered my Jacket on line and the experience was good along with ground shipping went well. When I opened the package and tried on the Size Medium it felt snug under my arms and shoulders. I removed the Jacket and found I was shipped a Active Medium. When I ordered the Jacket I assumed I would get a regular size Medium since I didn't notice anyplace to mark regular or active.
                    The jacket performs well if the temperature is 40F or above. If its colder and I put a sweater on under the jacket the tightness in the shoulders is really not comfortable.

                    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great Jacket

                    By 

                    from New York

                    Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                    Light, Warm, Thin profile fits good if you're a fit personal not looking for a bulky jacket. I just wish I had more pockets.

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Amazing jacket - fantastic in the wet!

                    By 

                    from Auckland, NZ

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Pros

                    • Breathable
                    • Comfortable
                    • Dries Quickly
                    • Lightweight
                    • Stylish
                    • Warm
                    • Waterproof
                    • Windproof

                    Cons

                    • Sleeves fit a bit loose

                    Best Uses

                    • Casual Wear
                    • Cold Weather
                    • Cycling
                    • Hiking
                    • Running
                    • Wet Weather

                    Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                    Wow... I deliberated so long whether to buy this jacket or a goose down equivalent. I live in NZ and decided to head out for a walk in light rain with just the Thermoball jacket and a very light cotton t-shirt underneath... it was 10 Celcius outside (50 farenhiet). The rain got heavier; after walking 1 1/2 hours the jacket was sodden with rain, but I remained TOASTY warm... Even better, when I came home my bare arms were a tad wet (but not cold) and my t-shirt was BONE DRY! The inside of the jacket wasn't even wet! Those little Thermoball clusters must do a great job of resisting the wet. It's Amazing. This is going to be the perfect jacket for a multitude of uses... I look forward to more adventures in it! Wet AND warm - instead of smelling like a wet goose... awesome!

                    • Fit:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Sleeve Length:
                    • Feels too long
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Thermoball surprise

                    By 

                    from Portland OR

                    Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                    I was skeptical about this jacket when I bought it. I still have not fully put it to the test but I took it out today in a pretty good east wind. Anyone from Portland will know what I'm talking about. It was cold and the wind chill was down there. All I had on underneath was a t-shirt. I was totally blown away at how warm I stayed. This jacket is pretty surprising. I have some more testing to do, have to try it in the rain then see how cold I get or maybe not. The only down side so far is I wished it had some kind of stash pocket maybe on the inside for glasses or the phone. If your thinking about this jacket, I would say try it out.

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great so far!

                    By 

                    from Northern CA

                    Pros

                    • breathable
                    • packable
                    • warm
                    • Waterproof

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Climbing
                      • Hiking
                      • Skiing

                      Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                      I love this jacket. Very light and warm but not too warm that it can't be worn on temperate days or even indoors. Add a shell and proper undershirt and it should work fine for sub zero temps. The fit on me is perfect. Medium size and I'm 5'9" and 150#s. I like the drawstring on the bottom to snug it up. It should be perfect for airline travel when you need to pack light. Just roll it up and stow it.
                      My only concern might be the zippers based upon one review. Mine work fine but I'll watch it. Regardless, North Face has a great lifetime warranty.

                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Passed the test

                      By 

                      from Chicago suburbs

                      Pros

                      • breathable
                      • packable
                      • warm
                      • Windproof

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Hiking

                        Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                        I just purchased this jacket yesterday. I own other NF products including triclimate and down filled jackets. I was skeptical as to whether this lightweight jacket could live up to its warmth claims. Today in Chicago it was 15-20 degrees with 15-20mph winds. Off I went for a hike at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. I was out for approx 1.5 hours on a 5 mile photo op trek. I wore on top, a tee shirt, medium weight sweater on top, and my new thermoball jacket. I was totally impressed with the jackets performance, particularly in the high winds at the open exposed areas of the landscape. Along with a proper knit hat, gloves, pants and boots I was warm. In fact, at times going downwind, I felt marginally too warm! My only concern is with the light weight, will it hold up well materially. If so, this product is a winner.

                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Right in time

                        By 

                        from Undisclosed

                        Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                        The Thermoball arrived right in time for the roll in of the Bay Area storm. This jacket is the perfect weight for me. I use public transit to commute to work each day, so I love that this jacket is lightweight enough to throw off and compress into my messenger bag, yet when I hop off Bart, it provides all the warmth and protection from the rain I need. I love the color; I have already received several compliments in the short week I've had it. I went with the High Rise Grey, which I feel is edgy and fun enough to expand my very grey/black wardrobe, but subtle enough to throw over business casual when I'm commuting in the wind and rain. Have to give kudos to my Fianc?, who listened when I said I wanted this exact jacket about 6 months ago and surprised me with this early Christmas present! I love it!

                        (4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        No warmth.

                        By 

                        from Undisclosed

                        Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                        Absolutely not warm at all, unless you wear underneath a larger jacket. For $200 and North Face, I would expect more, unfortunately, it misses the mark.

                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Antarctica Proven

                        By 

                        from Undisclosed

                        Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                        I spent ten days this summer (Southern Hemisphere) in Antarctica. This jacket provided warmth throughout my trip. It was great on the deck of an expedition ship in all types of weather. I particularly valued the quick drying capabilities of the jacket as well as warmth. Unfortunately, the jacket was in a duffel that was lost by the airlines. One of my first purchases was the replacement of my Thermoball jacket when I returned to the US.

                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        warm compared to the weight

                        By 

                        from Victoria bc

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Hiking

                            Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                            This is warm compared to it's weight, but it is not as warm as the usual down jacket. Still enough for winter in north west.
                            I like the colour.
                            I'd rather walk cause it is very light weight and then packable when I'm in sweat. It is difficult to go back the previous down jacket.

                            Size L
                            Colour conquer Blue

                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            She said "I like your jacket"

                            By 

                            from Colorado

                            Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                            I have only had this jacket for a short time but I am delighted by how light yet warm this jacket is. Plus, it's easy to pack as it compresses into it's own pocket. Perfect if you live in an area with big temperature swings like Colorado.

                            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Would not recommend for commuters.

                            By 

                            from New England

                            About Me Rarely Work Out

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Bad Zippers
                            • Not warm at all unless moving to make body heat.
                            • Zipper Puckers

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                              Unless you are making excess body heat this will not keep you warm. I tried it for commuting and was not warm with it, and winter has not hit yet.
                              Zippers are cheap and one of the pocket zippers broke on the second day of use. Taking back to store.

                              • Fit:
                              • Feels true to size
                              • Sleeve Length:
                              • Feels true to length
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Jacket

                              By 

                              from Undisclosed

                              Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                              Great light weight jacket that is perfect for air travel. The jacket is light enough for fall weather and warm enough for freezing temperatures.

                              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              jacket

                              By 

                              from Undisclosed

                              Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                              I ordered this jacket as a gift for my son who is attending college in North Dakota. He loves it. Very warm yet light. The ordering process was great.

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              This coat is extremely versatile!

                              By 

                              from Undisclosed

                              Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                              It looks thin and light but the thermoball full zip is equivalent to 600 down, making this a warm coat on a cold day, yet it never feels "heavy". I like it so much I have it 3 in different colors.

                              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Thermoball ROCKS even in 0 degrees!

                              By 

                              from Undisclosed

                              Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                              Amazing that a jacket that is so lightweight can be so warm. I purchased one for my son first, then my husband, and then...when my brother -in-law expressed "thermoball envy", I bought one for him too. HE wore it on a blustery winter's eve when the wind chill dipped the temperature to 0 degrees, and he said he was snug and warm when walking his dog. Great product, and the color selection is excellent.

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Perfect Jacket!

                              By 

                              from Sewell, NJ

                              Comments about The North Face ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket:

                              Ordered it for my 27 year old son for his birthday and he loved it! Quality is outstanding and fit is true to size. Very lightweight but warm. I need one for myself!

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