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First Impressions 

My first impression of The North Face Thermoball Hoodie Jacket is just how light it is. It is lightweight at only 375g, yet it is so warm! This makes the jacket very versatile. The new Thermoball™ technology allows this jacket to contain its warmth even when wet. 

The North Face - Thermoball™ HOODIE review

The Fit 

The jacket has more of an athletic feel cut, though if this is not desired then a larger size would allow for a baggier fit. The zip can be pulled high to cover the entire neck keeping out any unwanted drafts. This is also helped with drawstrings around the waist and a soft elastic in the cuffs. 

The North Face - Thermoball™ HOODIE review

Versatility 

The North Face Thermoball Hoodie Jacket is super versatile, it excels as a mid layer for extra warmth or under a waterproof shell. But it can also be used as stand alone outer layer. I feel this is due to it warmth to size/weight ratio. Due to the jacket being so minimalist compared to a puffy down jacket it can easily fit under an outer layer, but due to its warmth can be used alone. The design of this jacket allows for everyday use accompanied by a pair of jeans or out in the wilds paired with a set of walking trousers!  

The North Face - Thermoball™ HOODIE review

Features 

  • INSULATED - Insulation traps hot air for reduced heat loss and increased warmth. 
  • PACKABLE/STOWABLE - Highly-compressible layer for emergency use or travel. 
  • FABRIC - 15D nylon ripstop with ThermoBall™ insulation 
  • THERMOBALL - Lightweight warmth and compressibility of down with the wet-weather insulating performance of synthetic insulation. 

The North Face - Thermoball™ HOODIE review

Sizing 

The size guide on the North Face website was spot on. Really simple to use and even goes into the depth to accommodate how you would like the garment to fit. I am 6ft 1" tall and have an average build - the large fitted me perfectly, both body length and arm length were perfect.  

The North Face - Thermoball™ HOODIE review

Any issues? 

The only thing, and I am clutching at straws here, is the quality of the zips, I have struggled to zip the pockets single handed due to the zip puckering. But other than this small niggle there is nothing else I can pick up on!  

Conclusion 

This is a great jacket - you could call it a ‘jack of all trades’ but that wouldn’t do it justice, it can be used for many pursuits from hiking in the hills to a trip down to the shops. It can be used as a stand alone jacket or a mid layer for extra warmth. The fit is very comfortable, the jacket is very warm and the weight is very light. Highly recommended.  

The North Face - Thermoball™ HOODIE review

About the author

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Tom Vaux
Published on: 19 Oct 2015

Tom is passionate about cycling and outdoor activities of all kinds. His main focus is on racing Time Trials, but also races his road bike and mountain bike, from closed circuit criteriums to gravity enduros!