Step into the Ventrix.

When you're going to the top of a mountain and then back down again in an unreasonably short period of time, bring along The North Face Men's Ventrix Hooded Insulated Jacket to handle the rapid change in weather you're sure to experience. Crafted form an ultra durable, stretchy nylon fabric, this tech hoodie resists rough rock surfaces and snagging branches, while its DWR-coating helps shed moisture if you get caught in an unexpected, passing rain storm. Lightweight, yet toasty Ventrix insulation throughout keeps your body warm in dropping temps, while the key perforations and underarm venting allows excess heat to escape in a pinch. An adjustable hem helps customize your protection against the elements, and the pre-tensioned hood binding and elastic cuffs cinch snugly to add comfort on blustery days.

  • Lightweight, warm, and athletic-geared jacket for the mountains
  • Durable, stretchy nylon construction resists abrasions
  • DWR-finish helps deflect moisture in passing showers
  • Slim fit keeps the warmth close to your core
  • Synthetic insulation throughout traps precious body heat
  • Underarm venting and perforations allow excess heat to escape
  • Multiple pockets throughout stash all of your alpine necessities
  • Reviews
  • Q & A
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Shed the Heat

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

The perforations in the insulation really help keep you from over heating when you're out getting after it. I like trail running in it because I don't have to take it on and off all the time, as I do with other jackets. I also am not worried about it snagging or ripping when I get down in the dirt or brush up against trees.

Light and comfy

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

Very nice jacket with a soft face fabric but yet warm. Going with other reviews I did go with a large when I normally use a medium in North Face coats. Hood is sized perfectly to wear with a hat- not too sloppy. Have only used it for walking around town with the dog. Love it so far!

Thank you so much fort hat review, Mark!

Cool Insulated

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

A solid new option for a mid-weight insulation piece, and a great price point. The jacket breathes well, is soft and comfortable and very lightweight. I typically bounce between a medium and large, and went with a large in this. It feels a little bit oversized for me in the arm length, but is comfortable and I plan to keep it. I'm 5'9" and 190bls.

Thanks for the review, Chris! I have been eyeing this jacket and think it would be ideal for some early morning spring trail running. I am also running Leadville this year and may come in handy. I have been looking at the medium so we will see!

Great jacket

  • Size Bought: Medium

TNF got it right with this one. I typically have not been a fan of TNF performance jackets, but I love this one. I purchased this jacket for early morning runs, but it is so comfortable that it has become my go to jacket for everything. The athletic fit is true to size and eliminates any bulk one would expect from a jacket this warm. The venting works well when worn with a thin base layer and the oversized front zip pocket allows space for your phone. The stretch hoody Is designed well and is easily pulled on/off without unzipping. Highly recommended

Everyday.

    I have had this jacket for a couple of weeks and never want to take it off. It is a trim cut by North Face standards which means it fits just right! I am 6 foot 170 lbs with long arms and wear a medium. The neck and hood are very comfortable. I have not used this as a layering piece yet as we have had a very mild winter in Utah but due to its breathability/vents it would perform the job well. I have too many jackets, and this is my daily go to. Warm when I’m outside and not overly warm when I’m inside. Great job TNF!

    Everyday wear

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

    Gifted, boyf said: "Great jacket for the brisk cold here in Utah. Keeps the warmth in great. Jacket comes right above the butt so it's not a long jacket. Fit is nice. Comfy and very compressible. I got black and it goes with everything."

    Performs Really Well

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

    So at first I was a bit skeptical of how well this jacket could perform since it was so new to the market and other synthetic jackets like the Arc'teryx Atom LT or the Patagonia Nano-Air have long been two of the jackets setting the standard.



    This jacket has earned a spot as my go-to and bumped my other jackets out of the gear closet. I think The North Face hit a home run with this one. And I'd highly recommend taking a look at this over the other options out there. Plus you can get a really great jacket and still save some money.



    I'm super happy with this piece. And I'll probably get the hoodless version to go with it.



    Breathability:

    This was the part of the jacket that made me the most curious since I haven't found too many synthetic jackets that perform too different from one jacket to the next. But I decided that the best option for the jacket would be to head out with the dog and go for a run on some local snow covered trails. This way I could build up a sweat and see how well the jacket performed. I was definitely pretty soaked and it wasn't like the jacket was wicking moisture away mega fast but it was pretty impressive to see moisture on the outside of the jacket while I was running and even though I was sweating, I never felt like I was over heating or melting. That was the big part I liked. When it gets warm, it felt like the jacket dumped heat real well.



    Wind:

    It's not windproof. But for a layering piece, I don't need it to be and I don't expect it be. If I had to list a "con" about the jacket, it might be that. But being upset about that would be like being mad that your Ford F-150 doesn't get the fuel mileage of your Toyota Prius.



    Sizing:

    I'm wearing a Large in this jacket. Normally I go between a Medium and a Large for jackets/shirts. The Medium does fit me but is real snug throughout. Larges are normally big on me but this Large fits perfectly (see photos). I'd say the description of this being a "slim" fit is pretty accurate. I might modify it and call it a "slim/athletic" cut. The issue I have with most other brands "Larges" are that they feel like they're cut for someone with a much bigger waist. So the shoulders/sleeves normally fit really well for me. But the waist feels like I have a ton of room. I've got a Patagonia Nano-Air in a size Large and seldom wear it because it's so much bigger in the waist/mid section area and I had the excess material.



    Jacket Comparison:

    Arc'teryx Atom LT - 60grams of insulation for $259

    Patagonia Nano-Air - 60grams of insulation for $299

    North Face Ventrix - 80grams of insulation for $219.95



    It may look apples to oranges for the 60 vs 80 grams of insulation but I'm not sure why someone would want to pay more for less?



    My Measurements:

    Height - 6'

    Weight - 180lbs

    Chest - 42.5"

    Waist - 32/33"

    Jackets - sometimes Medium, sometimes Large

    Bottoms - always Mediums

    Performs Really Well

    Awesome everyday jacket

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

    Pros:
    -Super soft and flexible fabric which makes it comfortable enough to wear all the time.
    -Zips high enough to cover your neck and chin against cold and soft against your neck and chin.
    -Flexible - the fabric stretches and makes it super comfortable.
    -Not too bulky and thin enough to wear indoors and not bake.
    -Sleeves are slightly tapered to the wrist which makes it feel not bulky
    -Looks super cool
    -It breaths to keep you from overheating and fits well under a shell for skiing
    Cons:
    None really other than runs a little large. I'm 5-9, 150# and the medium was a little big but the small might be a little too small.

    Overall a super cool jacket.

    Jacket or Hoody? You decide

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

    This is a fantastically lightweight jacket that is soft, breathable, and still warm. It's been my go to hoody when the temps drop but isn't really cold yet. The fit is much slimmer than I was expecting from The North Face, and I would say this is the best fitting piece of north face gear I own. Overall, just a great versatile piece that won't disappoint.

    Excellent Insulated Jacket that breathes

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

    I've had my Ventrix Hooded Jacket for a couple weeks now and it's been great; in fact, it's exceeded my expectations so far. Here are my initial impressions:

    1) Versatile - I've worn this jacket for everything from hiking to grocery shopping

    2) Breathable - For high-aerobic activities like hiking, the Ventrix is fantastic because it keeps you warm without overheating. Because it is so breathable, it is susceptible to wind, but that is a fair and understandable trade-off. Layer a shell over the top to block the wind, and you're all set.

    3) Comfortable - I really appreciate how soft and stretchy the fabric is - it's quite similar to the Nano-Air. The Slim fit is noticeable, and suits me well. I am typically right between a medium and large from TNF and the Ventrix fits perfectly in size Large.

    So far, so good!

    Great Jacket, Runs Small

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

    I got this as a present for my son who wears a Large pretty much across the board, but am returning because it fit quite snugly, especially across the shoulders and chest. If you want room for a light layer or lots of mobility, recommend sizing up. That being said, I'm definitely ordering an XL replacement, because in every other respect he LOVED the jacket -- the feel, the light weight, and the venting (he'd been looking for something for his bike commute).

    I wish it would have fit!

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Large

    I was super excited to get this jacket after reading all the great reviews on it. However, when I got it the sleeves and torso were just too short. The quality on the jacket looked great and like other reviews have said, the pockets are sizable and it seemed like it would hold up to water quite well. With all that being said, definitely still consider this jacket. Just make sure that you try one on if you think that you might be in between sizes!

    Versatile and breathable

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

    Hands down the best North Face jacket I own. I was hesitant because of the high ticket price, but I'm so glad I went ahead and ordered it. I travel a lot for work, and typically via air, so I was looking for a jacket that is both packable and warm. I also get hot easily, so breathability was a must. Since it was a slim fit, I decided to go with a M. It fits looser but doesn't hang on me or anything. If I want to, I can layer with a dress shirt and a sweater underneath the jacket. I've worn it a few times now, and each time, I'm just amazed at how breathable it is. I don't overheat or sweat when I wear this jacket, even if I go inside to a store with the heat on. Absolutely love this jacket.

    My Favorite Jacket!

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

    Alright this jacket is the bomb. I was so impressed when I got it, because its so slim and thin but ridiculously warm and protective. It breathes so well and the material is incredibly waterproof. I walked out in 35 degree weather and raining and with it zipped up and the awesome hood on it felt like a dry day of 70 degrees. GET ONE, you won't regret it. The pockets are huge and so convenient. Especially the chest pocket, amazes me everytime I put something in it. so durable and very abrasion resistant as well!

    Super versatile!

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

    I've had this jacket for about a month now and I'm loving how versatile it is! I've worn it bike commuting in temps in the 30-40 range, climbing, hiking, fishing, and it's my go to casual jacket. It has a nice slim fit that looks good as an outer layer but would also work well as a mid layer in cold temps. Besides the breathability, one of my favorite features of this jacket is it's burly materials. The body of the jacket is made with a 20D material, which provides a good balance of weight and durability, while the forearms are made from a heavier 30D material making them more durable. I'm really looking forward to testing this thing out this winter as a touring piece!

    I wanted to keep it

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: S

    I wanted to keep the jacket, it's a pretty nice jacket, but i'm 5'6 and athletic and the small was too tight under my armpits and the medium was too baggy around the midsection.

    Great active midlayer w/o the high price

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I got this and put it on, ran through some light workouts and the quality is there. DWR combined with nylon body fabric makes it repel light rain or moisture. It breathes really well, once you get going and work a sweat, the back of the jacket actaully stretches as you move and releases heat without getting you cold. The price point is also there and you are getting a great midlayer that dares to compete with a Arc'teryx Atom or say a Patagonia Nano air. I wear a Large and I also wear a Large in all my jackets. I have a Arc'teryx Atom AR and a Proton AR. the fit is very similar. I would recommend this jacket if you are looking for a awesome jacket/midlayer to keep warm but you can take around on hikes, backcountry tours, or runs. Something that breathes well enough to keep up with your demands. Feel free to contact me if you have questions about this.

    can you comment on the breathability, and fit as compared to the patagonia nano air? Im really looking for a jacket that breathes really well and fits nice and slim. Thanks!

    John, yes the fit is slimmer and it compares to a Nano Air in sizing. The size you wear in a Nano Air will work for the Ventrix. The Jacket breathes well and I did get to use it for resort snowboarding and it is warm but breathes to the point where I did not have to shed this layer at all. Sounds like this jacket fits your needs. It does have some venting in the pit area and between your shoulder blades on your back that help with this.

    How does the Ventrix compare with the Proton AR in breathability and warmth?

    I would say the Atom breathes a little bit more, for best bang for buck, the Ventrix is the go to. If you want something that breathes very well, check out the North Face Ventrix in the Summit Series. If you need help setting up an order, I can help. Feel free to email me.

    Perfect skiing mid-layer

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Bar the Coldest days, this jacket will be a perfect mid-layer come ski season. I often prefer Synthetic insulation to down for its heat retaining capabilities when wet, and this jacket is no exception. It fits slim, I am 5' 10" and 163 and the Ventrix fits perfectly, if it was any slimmer it would be too tight. if you like your jackets a little looser definitely size up.

    What size did you get? I’m basically your size. Large or medium?