The North Face ThermoBall Hooded Insulated Jacket – Men’s

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the The North Face ThermoBall Hooded Insulated Jacket – Men’s and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 85 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.6 stars 
Expert Rating: 3.5 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 784

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Fits true to size.
  • Synthetic insulation provides warmth even when wet.
  • Relatively lightweight.
  • Wind-resistant.
  • Stylish for outdoor use and casual wear.
  • Material remains durable, even though soft and lightweight.
  • Packs down small for compactibility.
  • Ideal for wearing as a mid-layer or alone during shoulder seasons.

Expert Reviews

  • The outside has a soft and silky feel, that is found to be quite durable.
  • Standard DWR treatment sheds some water during rainfall, but not meant for prolonged precipitation.
  • Extremely large hand pockets for multiple items.
  • Oversized hood keeps the wind, rain, and cold out of the face and neck area.
  • Thermoball tech that is used is equivalent to 600-fill down, proving to be very warm.
  • Two cinches at the front of the neck area for sizing adjustability.
  • Two-point adjustable hem around the waist.
  • Features a clip-in loop for carabiner use.
  • Hood is fully insulated and roomy.
  • Can easily accommodate a helmet.
  • Elastic cuffs are placed 1.5 inches inside the sleeves, allowing for easy wear with gloves or mittens.
  • Available in ten different colors and patterns.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Many requests for more pockets.
  • The hood is not detachable or stowable.
  • Some reports of the fit being tight in the armpit area when purchasing true to size.
  • Can lose warmth after many washes.
  • Some reports of a boxier fit throughout the torso, and tighter shoulders.
  • Not for stand-alone wear in freezing temperatures.

Expert Reviews

  • Feels larger than other jackets that weigh a similar amount, due to puffiness of the jacket.
  • Lining fabric can get clammy when very hot out.
  • The ability to pack within itself creates an odd shape, and is easier to pack in any free space you have.
  • Not especially breathable for aerobic activities.
  • No chest pocket for easy accessibility.
  • Hand zips are difficult to open with one hand.
  • If you size-up, bulky shoulders and torso could create unwanted airspace, which prevents warmth.


The North Face ThermoBall Hooded Insulated Jacket for men is a good choice for outdoor adventures. The smooth feel, insulated hood, and synthetic insulation of this jacket make it a fine mid-layer or stand-alone jacket in moderate temperatures. However, this jacket is neither the warmest, lightest or most breathable.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2.