The North FaceThermoBall Full-Zip Insulated Jacket - Men's

Synthetic that steals the best properties of down.

Snowshoe through the Rockies this winter in lightweight, toasty comfort with The North Face Men's ThermoBall Full-Zip Insulated Jacket. PrimaLoft ThermoBall insulation mimics the look and feel of down, trapping warmth to keep you cozy, even in extreme temperatures. It even compresses like down, so you can stow it in a pocket and take it with you wherever you go. And because it's synthetic, the ThermoBall stays warm, even when you get wet during backcountry ski session through powder.

The ThermoBall features a nylon shell that's durable enough to be worn on its own and slides easily under other layers. Its cuffs have an elastic binding to keep your sleeve from riding up your arms, while the adjustable hem tightens to prevent drafts. Pockets keep your hands warm when you reach the lookout point, and can be zipped closed to keep essentials secure on the return trip back to the car.

  • An insulated jacket for versatile outdoor protection
  • Durable, water-resistant shell for long-lasting use
  • ThermoBall insulation mimics down for intense heat, even when wet
  • Stand up collar offers extra protection
  • Adjustable hem and elastic cuffs seal out drafts
  • Zippered pockets keep essentials secure
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Warm and light

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

Nice insulated jacket for all-purpose. cold day in the office or summiting a nearby mountain over the weekends, I always choose this jacket. It's extremely light considering how warm you feel in this. Best choice for layering up in cold days without bulking. I love the fact it collapses into an internal pocket.

Love this down jacket

    Versatile jacket is good from 30 degrees to 60 degrees in our Midwest fall and spring seasons - when you never know what you’re going to get. Athletic fit, but ok for layering.

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    Is this a weight jacket?

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    Would an XL be my best bet? I'm 6'2'' and weigh 225. Please confirm.

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    Will this zip into a Triclimate TNF jacket?

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    Is this jacket machine washable?

    Yes. I wash mine all the time with warm water, under a gentle cycle. The DWR finish will probably come off-unless you use a specialty cleaner like Nikwax. I use the little detergent balls and toss this in with some microfiber towels to aide in re-fluffing this jacket during the dry cycle. Oh, and you can dry it with low heat. Its loft bounces back to normal much easier than any down jacket I've ever owned.

    Does it have pit zips?

    No, no pit zips. Sorry.

    Zion Approved

    Purchased the XL with plenty of room for layering.

    Zion Approved

    what temperatures does this jacket handle? (rough guess is fine) and is it good for an outer jacket for skiing in relatively dry ski conditions? (ie not snowing or raining)

    I run a hair cold, but heat up fast. I'm comfortable sitting still wearing just this and a cotton t shirt in roughly 40-50 degree weather. If I'm setting up camp/unpacking or arranging pads/brushing holds/putting shoes on, I have to unzip it or take it off. With a R1 fleece underneath I'm solid down to the 30's just chilling as well.

    I don't have an answer for your second question :(

    Erick - I have used this jacket snowshoeing in light dry snow and it was perfect. I was a lot more wet on the inside from sweat than on the outside from any precipitation. Even at the end of the day when there was a fair amount of moisture in the jacket, it still kept me plenty warm.

    Hi what size you recomend me in this jacket im 5.6' and i weight 183. let me now thank.

    Get a medium. I'm 5'5 165 and medium fits great. I can still wear a light fleece or long sleeved shirt underneath too.

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    Hi! I'm 6'3" and 185 pounds. I'm muscular, but nothing crazy and I've got a short upperbody compared to my long legs. I don't like baggy jackets but I would like to fit a college sweater under the jacket without it looking way too tight. I must be able to move in it and on a side note I have really long arms aswell. What would be my best fit?

    Hi I am a 5`9`` height and 176 lbs rather muscular, but not that much, should I get a small? I dont like baggy stuff

    Get a medium. I'm 5'5 165 and medium fits great. I can still wear a light fleece or long sleeved shirt underneath too.

    I actually tried these on in a store and was surprised to see how well a small fit on me. (5'10" 195lbs.--athletic) If you are going to use this as a midlayer underneath and not anything much underneath you may want the small. My only advice is if your waist is above 34" definitely size up. 32 waist is good with small.

    ThermoBall Full-Zip Insulated Jacket

    Hi, Im 6'3" and 160lbs. What would be my the best fit for me? I think a medium looking at the size and fit.

    Hey James,

    At your height and weight, I'd avoid getting a Thermoball since the fit won't be on par for your build.

    Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

    Jared D.

    Expert Gearhead


    A medium good for me, being 5'8" 155? Buying as a second layer on top of base, under shell for snowboarding. Also can anyone give a size reference when packed, will be tossing in my pack for winter hikes.

    A medium is probably a good size for you, especially as a second layer. Slightly smaller than a nalgene bottle when packed into its pocket. However, you can still compress it a lot more; so if you need it to occupy an even smaller space, you can make that happen.


    I'm looking at a middle layer for layering. I'm 6' tall and weigh about 235. Just wondering if this would layer well under my Columbia rain jacket.


    This would be a great mid layer to fit under a rain jacket or a ski jacket. It is very light, warm, and low profile. Take a look at the sizing chart to find the best suited size for you

    How's the breathability on this jacket (say as compared to fleece or down)? Looking at it as a midlayer for skiing.

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    Not bad. It's not waterproof, so that allows your body to breath better than other materials. For skiing you would be just fine. High-exertion activities will make you sweat a bit more--especially in warmer temps. But, if you get too warm, you can take it off and stuff it (literally) in your pack with no worries.

    I love you THE NORH FACE !!

    I love you THE NORH FACE !!

    Hi, I'm 5'10" 160lbs , Chest:96CM , Waist:81CM, Size S OR M?Thanks

    I am 5'10" 155 lbs, and the small was perfect. I suspect that's the one you'd want.