The North FaceStretch Thermoball Insulated Jacket - Men's

Stretch it out.

Hike through the Adirondacks this fall in lightweight, toasty comfort with The North Face Men's Stretch Thermoball insulated Jacket. The water-resistant, nylon construction not only offers the stretch you're looking for when the hike takes an more active turn and you're suddenly scrambling over boulders, but it also keeps you protected when unexpected rain starts falling through the trees. PrimaLoft powered ThermoBall insulation delivers packable and lightweight warmth for brisk days exploring the changing leaves of upstate New York, while two front zippered pockets stash your wallet and phone for easy access.

  • Packable, warm jacket for versatility in the cold
  • Stretch taffeta fabric offers flex and water-resistance
  • Lightweight insulation ensures your core stays toasty
  • Regular fit makes for ease of movement while allowing layering
  • Front zippered pockets keeps essentials safe
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Perfect for cool, not COLD days

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

I bought this as a gift but all reports are that it does its job in cool/almost cold weather. A shell over top would seal out the wind a little and make it a little warmer in the colder temps. The stretch is nice. It gives it a little roomier feel when moving around.

Looks nice... if only it kept you warm

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

I bought the hooded version of this jacket from a different store, and had my hopes up big time. When it arrived, I was astounded and thought "wow, that's amazing. It looks like there's no insulation". Then I put it on and thought "wow, it feels like there's almost no insulation". Finally I wore it outside and realized "wow, it FEELS like there's no insulation". We had a cold front move in the week I got this jacket, so it was perfect for testing. It kept me warm between 40/50 degrees. Below 40 degrees, I needed to layer underneath. By the time it hit 15 degrees, I abandoned the down jacket for a fleece and hardshell. What's the point of a down jacket that you can only use in the late spring?

Truth be told, my Patagonia "better jacket" fleece is much warmer than this "down" jacket, and it's less bulky. This is the first Northface product I've ever bought, and probably the last.

1) The Thermoball is NOT a down jacket. It is synthetic insulation.
2) It is not designed for temperatures below freezing. It is a lighter weight and more casual jacket. Its unlayered optimal temperature range is probably between 40-60F. With a wind-resistant layer over the top it could probably go down to about 30F.

It’s not a down jacket, is Prima-loft, a synthetic insulation. In any case, is helpful to hear that is wasn’t warm for you. I’m looking for a down alternative but I don’t want to sacrifice insulation in the process.

Too slim

    Usually wear medium in all north face gear, which usually is a nice fit not too tight not too baggy. This jacket seems to be made to a much slimmer cut than normal in the arms as well as body. Returning for a large but worried it might be too long and/or bulky around shoulders as others have noted.

    Just Perfect

      Kept me warm the entire winter! I was able to play sports in it without any rips or cotton coming out. I recommend this !

      Great jacket but runs small

      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: large

      Had to return and get another style (thermo ball with hood) which ran much more true to size.

      My go to fall and winter jacket

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

      This is my go to piece for when the weather starts to cool off. The synthetic fabric tends to regulate temperature well and is very easy to wash and care for. I have had mine for two years now and it is still going strong. Sleeves seem to be a little on the short side, but that is a huge plus for outdoor activities where you need to have your hands free.

      Love it!

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

      Been searching for this coat everywhere! Glad to have it found it - perfect for freezing weather and also great for weather in the mid 40s. Will definitely be purchasing another color soon!

      Great Jacket

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

      I have used it all winter from casual everyday wear to backpacking in harsh climates. When combined with a rain jacket, this combination will keep you very warm and dry. It has kept me warm down to about 20 degrees by itself with only a t-shirt underneath. It is very light and weights as much as a regular t-shirt. This jacket will keep you warm still even if it is soaking wet. It also packs down pretty small in it's own pocket. I highly recommend this jacket to those looking for a synthetic filled jacket with equal warmth and weight when compared to a 600 fill goose down jacket.

      Thanks so much for this review, Dakota. Your contribution helps our community a lot!

      great

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: large

      i use this as an insulation layer under my shell and it does the job perfect. it is a little baggy so next time i am going to go down a size but for now it works perfectly.

      Still really want to like it , but...

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs large

      I am in the process of returning mine for a second time. The first return was due to the stitching problems (Stitching that wasn't actually sewn in, to be precise.) in the insulation after one week of use. With the second jacket, the zipper in the right pocket started coming off the track after 3 weeks. I will definitely not be asking for a third one. As for fit, I normally fit quite well in an XL. This jacket in XL is huge on me. Sleeve length is good, but I have longer arms. You definitely need to wear a layer under it or over it. If your plan is to wear it by itself out in any sort of cold I would recommend trying a size smaller than you usually do. I really wanted to like this jacket but just can't due to its price and overall build quality. It is a $70 jacket, tops. 6 Stars for Backcountry though. They have been on top of this from the beginning and gave me some good suggestions regarding alternatives.

      Great Jacket

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

      I own quite a few jackets and this is definitely one of my favorites. I love how it stretches to my movements. Backcountry customer service were some of the best people I've ever dealt with.

      Dad is in love with it

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

      Me and my dad can't stand wearing big bulky coats up skiing, but it's nice to have something to layer with under your shell. Got him the thermoball for Christmas and he's in love. The amount of stretch is really surprising and makes a huge difference, especially when being active like skiing or hiking. A little thinner than we originally expected, but it does an amazing job at keeping you warm for how thin and light it is.

      nice slim fit coat

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

      I bought a size small for my son who is 5'9" and around 135lbs. It fits great. He can wear a fleece or thin sweatshirt underneath. I like it because it is very slim fitting and lots of the other coats he tried on were not. He has a very narrow, slim build so other coats were too sloppy on him. It's not super warm but with a fleece underneath it works well in the 25-35 degree weather we have been having.

      Save your money

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: XL

      At first this was a great jacket, but 2 months in and the stitching started to come undone on the arm. Now I have to send it to The Northface and hope that they will cover it under their warranty, otherwise the stitching will get worse and it will be $160.00 down the drain.

      Amazing Technology and True to Size

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

      When I first got this it was so thin and light I thought there was no way it would be warm. I put it on over a t-shirt and went outside in 15 degree weather and was amazed to find I was quite toasty. I have worn a North Face Apex with thermal lining for about 8 years and love it still but wanted something a little warmer but not so warm I'd sweat in the car or grocery store etc. This IS warm enough that you may have to turn on the AC in the car sometimes (in winter) or may get too hot in stores etc...I did. But perfect for freezing temperatures and bearable inside for short periods unlike a super fat down jacket. Stretch version is awesome (moves with you so comfortably) and is more matte than regular shiny thermoball (which my stylish wife likes). And contrary to other reviews I am 5'11 195lbs, muscular build and the large fits perfect! Not too slim and plenty of room for a sweater underneath. All in all I feel like some kind of superhero with an electric heated (though a cushiony soft) armor. Also sheds water like a ducks back...beads up and doesn't even penetrate in light, brief rain. Love it. One (the only?) negative is that the jacket is so light that it is hard to zip the pocket with one hand without the whole jacket just coming up. You kind of have to hold it down with a few fingers while the other fingers work the zipper. I'm spoiled with the zipability of my apex pocket but this is just a small annoyance. Pockets are nice and deep.

      Nice Slimmer Fitting Jacket

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

      Love this jacket. I wear this when going out on the town and don't want the hooded jacket. I have a regular thermoball hooded jacket that I wear to work almost everyday but this is a nice changeup from that. Not as baggy as the regular thermoball but I really like the slimmer fit. Like the flat color as well.

      Not enough warmth (thermoball Vs Down)

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

      I was comparing this against my other A&F down jacket . I am not really convinced with the warmth its giving when i tried with an outside temp at 41°F.
      The fit and look is definitely much better than the actual version thermoball jacket.
      I used it for casual purpose for couple of times and can feel cold patches on the arms .

      You pay for what you get

        It runs small but its a quality coat

        Great looking watch

          I got this for my husband for those more dressy days. It's great for that. Very nice but not too flashy

          Sweet coat

            This coat is perfect for every day but also good enough for those crazy cold days. My brother in law borrowed my husbands and loved it. He has just spent 2 yrs in a very hot humid country and coming home to freezing weather he was very happy to have this coat. Love the thermoball technology way warm but not too puffy. Great coat.