Don't let that fresh pow slip through your fingers.
There's nothing like indulging in lift-accessed pow turns all day. It doesn't always work out like that but when the forecast lines up, grab The North Face's Men's Chakal Hooded Jacket and race up to the slopes to get in on the action.
The Chakal's DryVent shell fights off snow and rain to keep you dry during heavy storm days. Heatseeker insulation is highly compressible and boasts a high warmth-to-weight ratio, keeping you toasty on the lift while you plop down and catch a ride back up for refills. The powder skirt keeps deep snow out in case you biff it and tomahawk under the chair, and the helmet-compatible hood adds a little extra protection for when the snow really starts to fly.
- A solid resort jacket for ripping up the resort
- DryVent shell repels moisture during storm days
- Heatseeker insulation has a high warmth-to-weight ratio
- Powder skirt keeps deep snow out
- Helmet-compatible hood adds extra protection
- Secure-zip pockets keep essentials dry
- Internal media pocket makes it easy to jam out on the lift
- Q & A
Fantastic Ski Jacket
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Small
Exceptional value (got it on sale for 1/2 off) with the features I'd want.
Very warm with only a minimal base layer; almost too warm until I remembered the pit zips. A couple runs to find the right amount to keep them open and then it was perfectly moderated - until I fell and shoveled a gallon of cold powder onto my chest!
I'm 5'8" 150lbs, 38 chest and the Small fits perfect . I agree the silhouette is large and not athletic looking, and it's certainly not packable, but its lined, warm and has great functionality for drive-up mountain resort.
The only thing missing is for the hood to be removable. Unless it's raining or a wet snow, its just in the way and I prefer the look of a tall collar.
A thumb-hook on the liner would be a nice-to-have, but not a deal-breaker.
Powder skirt snaps up and hugs the hips perfectly.
The main hand pockets are large enough to put my hands in even with gloves.
2 outside chest pockets - my old jacket only had one (which I wanted in my new jacket) and I didn't realize I would use them both as much as I have - usually wallet in one side, and chapstick and locker key in the other.
Included wipe cloth in the left wrist zipper is clever, and also has a hook for a lift pass.
Inside net pocket for goggles is appreciated and seems to be a less common feature nowadays, but I use it for everything from goggles, gloves, water-bottle, beanie and even a burrito once (not all at once).
Overall very happy with it and would definitely buy it again (at $150 anyway; probably not for list price).
Not worth the Cost
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: Med
Its a decent coat but lacks technical features like an integrated gaiter system, removable hood and internal pockets. Seemed fairly thin, you will want to layer appropriately. I returned and purchased another north face jacket that was less expensive, and offered more technical features.
Good bang for the buck
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
Good ski jacket for colder days in the resort. The arms are a bit short for my taste, but besides that the fit is normal. However, the powder skirt is near to useless. It is too loose to do its intended job. I'll have to modify it with some velcro or something.