The North FaceMaching Hooded Jacket - Men's

Full speed ahead.

Prepare for low temperatures, wet conditions, and a heck of a lot of fun in The North Face Men's Maching Hooded Jacket. This two-layer Gore-Tex shell is waterproof, breathable, and fully sealed to keep the elements at bay so you can shred in peace. Lightweight insulation keeps you warm by trapping body heat, while zippered underarm vents help you regulate temperature after particularly exhausting runs.

A variety of a mountain-specific features make the Maching Jacket a pro on the slopes. A removable, two-way adjustable hood helps seal out wind and snow, and it fits over your helmet so you don't have to sacrifice safety for weather protection. The integrated powder skirt keeps you comfortable by sealing out wind and snow, and a variety of pockets provide storage for easily accessible snacks on the mountain.

  • A resort jacket fit for a full day of shred
  • Gore-Tex shell is breathable and waterproof
  • Underarm vents dump heat quickly
  • Helmet-compatible hood provides extra protection
  • Zippered hand pockets keep snacks close by
  • Media pocket lets you jam out to tunes on long lift rides
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An agonizingly average jacket.

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

When I see a jacket with a $380 price tag, I think, “wow, this jacket must have some nice features!” Let me tell you, that premium pays for exactly two things: the names Gore-Tex and The North Face. This is the most frustratingly bland jacket I have ever worn.

Sure, the Gore-Tex keeps you dry, but no more so than any other jacket on all but the deepest/rainiest days (for which this jacket is worthless anyway; see Powder Skirt rant, below). The fit is astoundingly average and boring. Pocket placement is so standard it makes me weep blood (except for the pass pocket on the sleeve... that's nice!).

In my experience, a good powder skirt makes or breaks a jacket. When implemented properly, it keeps the warm in, and snow/moisture out (PSA: the best powder skirts that I have worn tuck in nicely just below the butt, and are snug—but not too tight!—to prevent sliding up, and traps warm air in and snow out).

Unfortunately, this powder skirt is BY FAR the worst feature on this jacket, and possibly the worst powder skirt in the history of humankind. I am disgusted by the mere thought of it. It sits far too high--right at the top of my pants and slides even further up with movement--to keep snow out (snow has a wonderful one way ticket into my b-crack on pow days), and it's far too loose to accomplish anything even if it was a proper length. Holy crap, it's horrible. I may tear it off simply so I'm no longer plagued by angry thoughts about its wretchedness while I ride down the mountain. The North Face is an outdoor company, right? C'mon North Face, surely you can do much better.

…on the other hand, TNF’s powder skirts have always been hot garbage, so… maybe I shouldn’t really be so offended.

Anyway, if you like spending more money than necessary on utterly normal things, then The North Face Maching Jacket is for you. Enjoy :)

Nice Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: XL

I picked this jacket up last winter and used it throughout that winter and at the beginning of this winter. It is a very clean looking jacket and very functional. The Gore-Tex outer shell on this jacket is EXTREMELY durable and waterproof. The shell also makes this jacket windproof. This jacket only has 80g of Heatseeker in it so for really cold winter days you might need to use a layer underneath (I know warmth is very subjective....but I would say the biggest downside to this jacket is how warm it is which is why I only gave it four stars). I like the durable hood, the wrist/thumb cuffs, all the pockets on the jacket, and the powder skirt. While this is a ski specific jacket, I do not ski but I picked up the black coat and it does have a little bit of grey in it, but I think it dresses up and down very nicely. It is an expensive jacket but I would consider this one of The North Face's 'premium' jackets (you know..the ones you read reviews on the internet about that can last for decades). As a ski jacket I am sure it is great, but for everyday winter activities it is also very good, just make sure you size it so you can put on a layer underneath if you are in cold climates (I live in Minnesota for reference).

Really warm jacket

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

I hate hoods, so having to option of removing the hood was a winner for me. This is a classy jacket for the minimalist that just needs a waterproof jacket with a couple well placed pockets, pit zips for when you overheat on the skin track, and a powder skirt to keep the snow out. This jacket is warm!!! If you overheat easily, this jacket will be too much for you unless you just like standing around in the snow. I have been unfortunate enough to be stuck on the lift when the snow turned to rain, and this jacket kept me bone dry... unless I was sweating on the inside.