North Face – Snow Jacket, a Review

I didn’t know the first thing about purchasing a snow jacket; I didn’t need to, until I enrolled for WTC.

The Fit:
The Insulator gets the most use. I wear it everywhere. Not only is it stylish and form fitting, its soft nylon texture and synthetic filling make it light, extremely comfortable, and able to compress into the tightest spaces. On its own, it’s surprisingly warm and also features an elastic cord around its base, allowing you to synch it closer to the body, preventing heat to escape. It’s crucial NOT to get this jacket wet while outdoors. It will be of no beneficial use if needing protection from extreme elements. However, it launders up brilliantly in your washer.

The Outer Shell is ideal for battling below zero temperatures and is completely waterproof which makes for a perfect rain jacket and or windbreaker. It’s detachable hood, adjustable wrists and comfortable buttoned belly strap keep the elements out and body heat in. Tiny loops were added to the neck and wrists to secure both jackets together. This allows for a more efficient layer change. However, if you need to shed this outer coat, it rolls up nicely for easy storage.
How it Worked For Me:
I certainly wasn’t prepared to put down 3 bills for a snow jacket and yes, I had to justify it all the way home but I have to admit, after camping in below zero temperatures, it was the best investment I made. I didn’t feel like a walking marshmallow nor did I look like the kid from The Christmas Story. It’s light, comfortable, durable and provided amazing protection from cold and freezing temperatures. This is one essential I NEVER leave home without.
Any Changes:
I really have nothing to compare this jacket to so buying it was certainly a gamble. I will say that my biggest gripe was with the “easy to adjust” elastic cords. They are an absolute pain to manipulate—with and without gloves. I wouldn’t say that this flaw is a deal breaker. It’s a common complaint with most of our outdoor equipment. Despite the frustration, this plastic adjuster does prevent the cord from disconnecting from the jacket so you’re never left having to thread the cord back through the long and tedious tunnel. Needless to say, it’s a minor price to pay.

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