The North Face ThermoBall Insulated Jacket – Men’s

We’ve read the reviews on the web for The North Face ThermoBall Insulated Jacket and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

Peak Score: 84 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.7 stars   
Expert Rating 3.0 stars 

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Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Warm and packs down small
  • Provides good protection from wind
  • Totally blown away at how warm this jacket is
  • It is breathable
  • Perfect three season jacket
  • Stitching more sturdy than Patagonia Nano Puff

Expert Reviews

  • Burliest shell fabric of any similar jacket
  • Good weather resistance with capable wind breaking abilities
  • Effective durable water-repellent treatment
  • Packs easily into its own pocket and has a clip in loop

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Runs a little large and bulky
  • Needs a proper stash pocket on inside
  • Could use a little more insulation
  • Stitching can come apart

Expert Reviews

  • Bulky shoulders and torso, so size down if this is a concern
  • A little heavier than some similar jackets
  • Less athletic fit than the Patagonia Nano Puff


This is a very popular jacket that is more durable than similar jackets, is easily packable into its own pocket, and has a unique quilting pattern that reduces cold spots. It is does a good job of protecting from wind and has an impressive water repellent treatment. Some people have found the fit to be a little bulky but this is a personal preference.

Product Updates:

For 2018, the baffle pattern has been updated in order to decrease cold spots in the jacket.


There is a video of this jacket by Moosejaw, but it has a lot of yelling and is a little obnoxious. Nonetheless, it provides a good video example of what the jacket looks like. You can check the video out here.

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