The North Face Men’s Thermoball Full Zip Jacket

Last updated date: August 8, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 76 expert reviews, the The North Face The North Face Men's Thermoball Full Zip Jacket placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 11, 2019:
Checkout The Best Men’s Winter Jacket for a detailed review of all the top men's winter jackets.

Expert Summarized Score
8.3
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
600 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Since the synthetics are generally quite lightweight, this jacket weighs around 330 grams, it is comfortable to wear and easy to store away, in its own stow pocket.
- Norway Geographical
March 18, 2019 | Full review
Has the puffy look of a down jacket and does a pretty good impression of down’s lightweight warmth.
- Switchback Travel
November 30, 2017 | Full review
Very warm for the weight and feature set; individual Thermoball clusters loft impressively.
- Trailspace
The ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket is a great insulating layer for any cold weather activity, especially when water or sweat might come into play. It is light, warm and performs remarkably when wet. For those in damp, cold climates, sweaty winter athletes, and for anyone looking at a mid-weight insulating sweater, this jacket is a solid choice.
- Gear Junkie
November 19, 2013 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The jacket fits big and boxy, although it’s about average for The North Face. Despite the puffy jacket looks, it’s not any warmer for the weight than with other PrimaLoft layers.
- Switchback Travel
November 30, 2017 | Full review
Lots of sewn through seams can mean heat loss in high winds. Still cannot match down in terms of packability.
- Trailspace
While I fell in love with the warmth of this jacket, specifically the warmth of the hood, I had a couple serious concerns. They’re all about the pockets. First, there are only two pockets on this jacket. Where is the chest pocket? I love having an extra pocket to store my phone, notes, wallet, or just about anything in a pinch. This is especially true on a jacket meant to combat cold, because my hands go in the hand-warmer pockets in order to keep them, well, warm.
- Backpackers.com

From The Manufacturer

The North Face products are warrantied to the original owner against defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product, but only if purchased from an authorized The North Face reseller. Limitations apply. We are named for the coldest, most unforgiving side of a mountain. We have helped explorers reach the most unfathomable heights of the Himalayas. But The North Face legend begins, ironically, on a beach. More precisely, San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood, at an altitude of only 150 feet above sea level. It was here in 1966 that two hiking enthusiasts resolved to follow their passions and founded a small mountaineering retail store. From the beginning, the brand committed to serving all those who desired to explore and to serving our natural wild lands by helping to conserve them. Now, more than 50 Years after its humble grand opening, The North Face delivers an extensive line of performance apparel, equipment, and footwear. We push the boundaries of innovation so that you can push the boundaries of exploration.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Wantdo Waterproof/Windproof Mountain Jacket
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 20
2. Caterpillar Men’s Heavy Insulated Parka
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 10
3. Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Down Jacket
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 7
4. DRI Duck Men’s Cheyenne Hooded Work Jacket
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 2
5. MAGCOMSEN Men’s Softshell Hunting Jacket
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
6. Boulder Creek Men’s Big & Tall Expedition Parka Coat
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 4
7. The North Face Men’s Thermoball Full Zip Jacket
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
8. ZSHOW Men’s Winter Hooded Down Jacket
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 6
9. Columbia Men’s Steens Mountain Full Zip
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
10. Diamond Candy Men Hooded Waterproof Jacket
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Men's Winter Jackets

The cold winter months can seem to last an eternity, but it’s much easier when you have a coat to keep you warm. This is especially important if you spend significant time outdoors. If you are heading for the ski slopes, you may need a warmer, more weather-resistant jacket than someone who merely needs to stay warm during those short trips from a car to a building.

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Weather resistance is definitely a consideration in a jacket, no matter how you’ll be wearing it. When precipitation is falling, you need a jacket that will not only keep you warm, but will stop rain, ice or snow from penetrating the layers and making its way to your skin. The best jackets not only provide warmth but also keep you dry whether you’re on the slopes or waiting for your Uber ride on a busy city street.

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But it can be tough to find a jacket that keeps you warm while also being lightweight enough to carry around with you. If you need to toss your jacket into a suitcase, a bulky, heavy coat can quickly become a problem. Added bulk can also make a jacket less comfortable than it would otherwise be. For that reason, some men prefer fleeces to traditional coats and jackets. The material provides warmth while still being lightweight enough for every occasion. Many lightweight jackets also use the latest materials to keep their build lightweight while still providing warmth during the most extreme temperature drops.

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Pockets are also a consideration when you’re searching for a jacket. If you plan to slip your wallet or electronic devices inside, you’ll definitely want to be on the lookout for a jacket that’s waterproof and make sure the pockets include that safety feature. Having a safe, dry place to store your items can come in very handy whether you’re indulging in winter sports or just moving around town.

DYWM Fun Fact

Mankind has always struggled to find warmth during the coldest conditions, going all the way back to the Inuits in Canada. Eskimo women crafted coats from the insides of seals and whales, with the results coated in fish oil. Going by the name amauti, these coats included drawstrings for the hoods and a pouch to help moms keep babies warm. One of the most interesting inventions, though, came from Eddie Bauer, which began when the designer was on a fishing trip in 1935. His battle with hypothermia inspired him to create a winter coat to beat all others, which is what led to the first down jacket.

The Men's Winter Jacket Buying Guide

  • If you’re shopping for a jacket, providing warmth is probably at the top of the list. The Wantdo Waterproof/Windproof Mountain Rain Jacket excels in that area, offering 240g polyester fiber that offers some of the best protection against cold weather. The Caterpillar Men’s Heavy Insulated Parka also uses polyester construction, combined with a heavyweight insulation.
  • Down feathers are often used in jackets to keep wearers warm without adding weight. The Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Down Jacket includes down feather padding inside a quilted outer shell to insulate you from the cold weather.
  • The attached gloves found on the Wantdo Waterproof/Windproof Mountain Rain Jacket can come in handy. Just slip your thumb through the hole to keep your hands warm, no matter what you’re doing. You’ll also get elastic wristbands that velcro into place to keep air from seeping through the arms. The Caterpillar Men’s Heavy Insulated Parka uses adjustable cuffs to keep your arms warm.
  • It’s also important to consider the weight of your chosen coat. If you aren’t spending hours at a time outdoors, the Columbia Men’s Steens Mountain Full Zip Soft Fleece may be a better choice. The fleece provides warmth without adding bulk. The Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Down Jacket is also a good choice for those who want a warm jacket that they can easily toss into a suitcase or gym bag.
  • When you add precipitation to the mix, an otherwise insulating jacket can quickly become a liability. The Wantdo Waterproof/Windproof Mountain Rain Jacket performs best in this area, with a shell that’s both waterproof and wind repellent. Quilted jackets like the Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Down Jacket also do well in rainy conditions.
  • Pockets come in especially handy during the winter months, giving you a place to store your car keys, electronic devices and wallet. The Wantdo Waterproof/Windproof Mountain Rain Jacket has two zippered hand pockets, one zippered chest pocket, one internal pocket and one internal pocket specifically designed to keep your electronic devices dry and secure. The Caterpillar Men’s Heavy Insulated Parka features four large front pockets, including one on the arm, and multiple interior pockets, including one specifically designed for device storage.