The North Face ThermoBall Insulated Vest - Men's

The geese will thank you.

Even though it doesn't look like it, The North Face made its Men's ThermoBall Insulated Vest without plucking a single feather off of a goose's back. PrimaLoft's synthetic ThermoBall insulation mimics the round clusters that make up down insulation in order to combine the benefits of down with synthetic. That means that this vest feels just as warm as 600-fill down insulation, weighs as little as a down vest, and still retains its warmth in wet weather like synthetic. The ThermoBall also compresses into one of its zippered hand pockets, which is excellent news for backpackers, skiers, and climbers. Its nylon shell is sure to keep this vest strong through many years of adventures.

  • Nylon shell
  • ThermoBall insulation
  • Elastic cuffs, Hem cinch-cord
  • Zippered hand pockets
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Slim fit and comfy

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

The small ribs on this puffy helps it keep the slim fit, or at least keep my belly appearing slightly slimmer. I'm an all around large in anything that North Face makes with sleeves, but I fit perfectly in the medium vest. I have large shoulders, lats, and pectorals.

Very nice, toasty

  • Size Bought: Medium

Grabbed one of these to bolster my layering system and couldn't be happier. I like the fact that I can add it under my wind shell or hardshell and still have plenty of room in the arms of my jackets. Have used it down to about 18° F with a long sleeve powerwool base layer and BD coefficient fleece (very light fleece) and was plenty comfy when static (no wind). I'm impressed with the NF thermoball insulation.
Got the medium (5'"9", 175 ish) and fits well. Plenty of room for layers under and can easily get a shell over it.

Versatile and light

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

Great vest. Warm, weightless, comfortable, doesn't take up much room packing. Works as a pillow when stuffed into its own pocket.

Best in the Vest!

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

Great vest, super warm and cuts the wind, excellent core layer. I got a large and it fit great considering I wear a large in about everything. Can't go wrong w/ this purchase.

gave as a gift, but great

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

Great warmth and great mobility. I gave it as a gift but they love it.

Great Vest

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

The vest is extremely light, packable, and warm. I would say it has a taller narrower fit, which I find most favorable. It makes a great ski layer and does well when wet.

The best.

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

Honestly, the most versatile, warmest, lightest, and durable garb I have. I wear it all the time no matter what I'm doing. Working in the office, fishing, skiing, backpacking, going to a football game: you name it. Spend the money, it is well worth it. I got the medium because the large was just a little to big. the medium fits my slim frame really well and I wasn't interested in wearing it over the top of my jackets. I wanted it fitted so that I could layer up with it. I love this vest!

Dad Approves

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

Here is some feedback on a gift given for my father. Pretty intense stuff but nothing less than impressed.

"I received a North Face Thermoball vest last week and I have found the garment to be extremely light weight and well constructed. After owning several Spyder thermal vests, The North Face vest is lighter in weight and better in warmth. It is so light, it does not feel as you are wearing it.

My daughter had given me the TNF Red with the black logo and zipper and it coordinates well with the gray and black color winter garments I wear, including The North Face thermal pants. It contains a high quality zipper that functions smoothly regardless the temperature.

I really am impressed with the durability of the Thermoball nylon and fabric. I have a North Face black Thermoball Full-Zip Jacket I have owned for a year and have been very pleased with it's weight, texture and dark color. It still looks as good as the day I first wore it.

The Thermoball material beads moisture and the quilted pattern has a futuristic look and feel. I have received numerous compliments on the Thermoball vest occasion I wear it"


The end.

Great for cool active days

    This vest fits nicely and is a perfect layer for active days when it is cold but you will warm up quickly while moving. Adds enough warmth you could get by with a lightweight puffy on top when you are not as active. It has a slightly roomy fit so you can wear it on top of some fleece layers if need be.

    Unanswered Question

    what are the dimensions of the Men's ThermoBall Vest for instance the length and chest dimensions.

    Dad uses this to golf on cool mornings

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

    I bought this as a gift for my dad and he loves it. It keeps his torso warm on cool spring mornings when he is out playing golf and doesn't restrict his swing. He also wears it in place of a light jacket at night. Even though my dad isn't heavy, the fuller cut looks good on him and it isn't too tight. He also likes the fact it will compress down into one of the pockets which makes it easy to fit into his golf bag.

    Great Vest

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

    Purchased:
    Red, Large

    My uses:
    Extra insulation, stand alone jacket

    Pros:
    Did help keep me warmer in the dead of winter than my jacket alone. Very lightweight.

    Cons:
    Not slimmer fit.

    Parting thoughts:
    Wished it was a little thicker, might help against wind when using as standalone.
    Will look into getting the full jacket this fall.

    Great vest BUT HAS ZIPPER PROBLEMS

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

    I love these vests, I have 3 of them. That said?..I brought two of them ( never worn) to Breckenridge for a ski trip in March. The high rise grey (which I call white) zipper on the left pocket kept hanging and getting stuck. Unfortunately, it is now stuck to the point that it will not go up or down and the only way to get it loose is to probably rip it. I love TNF products but have had zipper problems in the past. I am returning the vest for a refund. YOU CANNOT GO WRONG WITH BACKCOUNTRY. THEY ARE THE BEST AT WORKING WITH YOU.
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    Love it...I bought two...

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

    huge fan of the Thermoball...the first vest proved so versatile, I bought a second!! Cant fault it. Use casually and under shells on warmer days, or high excersion days...fit - no issues, warmth is exceptional.
    ONLY Criticism: NEEDS a chest pocket...on all such jackets...whether the pullover (which has them), but for cell phone etc...chest pockets would make a great product better.