The North FaceKilowatt Jacket - Men's

Electrify your training sessions.

The North Face Men's Kilowatt Jacket charges your runs whether you're tackling trails or sprinting down sidewalks. With a water-resistant hood and structured shoulders, the Kilowatt is an excellent companion when the weather gets a little rainy. The North Face placed brushed fleece panels at the sleeves, cuffs, and hem to ensure warmth in the colder seasons. This jacket also features thumbholes to keep your sleeves from riding up and a media port in one of the zippered hand pockets for musical convenience.

  • Fabric resists abrasion, wind, and water
  • Midweight fleece sleeves, cuffs, and hem
  • Water-resistant hood
  • Thumbholes
  • Media port
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Perfect hoody for urban adventures

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

I do 20-30km of walking around my city each week. It's Winter here in NZ and this hoody has been the perfect outer layer. It's an athletic fit (slimmer fitting than other The North Face garments I've tried) so it doesn't flap around but there's just enough room to layer two layers underneath if required. The full length zip is great for temperature regulation. The pictures of the garment are misleading: The "TNF Black Heather" is in fact a medium grey colour, while the sleeves are indeed black. The torso and hood is made of a softshell fabric which does indeed block wind and is water resistant (keeps off light rain, at least so long as the DWR finish lasts).

Bottom line: It's so good I'd buy another in the "Climbing Ivy Green Heather" colour, if Backcountry had it in stock in my size. Not that my current one is showing any signs of wear, would just like to vary the colour I wear.

Fits large

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Large

This fits large. In particular the sleeves are very long, even allowing for some extra length to incorporate the thumb holes. Also, the photo on this website is misleading. Dark Grey / Black appears very dark but is in fact a fairly light grey colour. Other than that it seems ok.

Color was not the same as picture

  • Fit: True to size

The picture made it appear all black but is actually heather gray.

Good Light Weight Jacket

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

Great lightweight jacket. Perfect 3 season jacket, almost all weather thrown at it. Perfect to jacket to throw on to go on a run. Fit is true to size.

Great all around hooodie

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Very functional piece that blends a lighter fabric in the arms that breathes well with a stiffer more wind resistant core. The core material is a bit stiff but serves as a great wind shell. Not quite as comfortable as a soft sweatshirt but more functional. Good looking color combinations. I have had two of these!

Great jacket for running

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

This is a fantastic jacket for cold weather running. I've worn it on runs down to 10 degrees and was perfectly comfortable with just a long sleeve wicking shirt underneath. In trickier conditions with a lot of wind, it does a good job of keeping you warm but not too warm while running into the wind. If you get too warm going with the wind, just unzip it a bit and you're good to go. The build quality is just that, quality. The thumb holes have extra stitching to prevent tear outs on either end and there's a headphone cable tie on the inside flap to prevent movement. My one gripe is that the pockets are near the bottom of the jacket instead of on the chest which can cause something in them to bounce against you as you run. Would definitely buy again.


Thanks so much for the review, such great info! Please feel free to reach out if you ever have a question.

Good active jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

One cold day I decided I needed another active jacket in my quiver of gear, so I chose to give The North Face Kilowatt jacket a try.

The jacket is basically a hybrid of a softshell and a hoody. The body and hood is water-repellent, wind-resistant, while the sleeves are breathable knit fleece. The result is a jacket that stands up to less-than-ideal weather conditions but remains breathable when the activity level turns up.

But how does it work in real life?

THE LIKEY: I found the jacket to be ideal for numerous mid-to-high intensity actvities, anywhere from shoveling snow to a chilly run on a winter's morn. The body and hood keeps snow and light rain away, and the breathable sleeves aid in keeping you dry as well as warm. The hood is very roomy, and will accommodate a helmet with no problem. The thumb holes are a nifty addition as it provides some wearing options. There is also a media port in the handwarmer pocket and a neat little clip along the zipper for headphones.

THE MEH: The hood is pretty large, even for my big melon. And it's not adjustable, which means you'll be rocking an Assassin's Creed look if you're not wearing a helmet or beanie. I found the sleeves to be a bit long as well, but that is most likely to accomodate the thumbholes. In addition, since they're fleece, they will get wet and the wind cuts right through, although they will dry quickly and you probably won't notice too much with a baselayer.

THE TAKEAWAY: This is a great jacket for active pursuits in cold (but not ice planet Hoth) conditions. Weather resistant, breathable and comfy to boot. Definitely a jacket that will see regular use.

Good for its intended purpose:

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

Running in cold and windy temperature.

Range of motion unimpeded.
Relatively light.
Quality materials, solid construction.

Very good clothes

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: M

When I found this jack for the first time, I think this is the north face design one of the most good-looking clothes, immediately send photos to girlfriend, but girlfriend said not good-looking.I don't care about his argument, immediately bought it.

Facts prove my idea is correct, this jacket is really nice and stylish, put on after the girlfriend also changed, say very good-looking.

My height is 174 mm, 67 kg body, buy is M Size, fits well, give you a reference.

Finally, the advantages and disadvantages


1. The waterproof ability is very strong

2. Beautiful

3. Have a lot of heads of outdoor equipment


1. No waist is designed, it's a pity

2. The sleeves can not waterproof, rainy days or have a problem

Very good clothes

my SO's 176cm, 69kg, got a chest of 98cm, what size should he ware? i can't decide between S and M


It's definitely tough to guess on sizing for online but you'll probably want to go with a size S on this one-- let me know if you'd like some help setting up an order!

Lara LaBar



  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

great movement, works well in cool breezes(not cold). I use it more for climbing/approach stuff since its not too bulky and has some water resistants. Kind of an awkward jacket looking thing but it is very versatile.

18 Year Old Son Thrilled !

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: extra large men's

So excited that this jacket finally came. It was delayed due to weather and my son was going nuts waiting to see it ! It finally arrived Wednesday & HE LOVES IT ! He usually wears Patagonia but think he likes this brand just as much !