The North Face Ventrix Hooded Insulated Jacket - Women's
The North FaceVentrix Hooded Insulated Jacket - Women's

Start and stop insulation.

Between steep approaches to the climbing wall and fast-paced ascents up the skintrack, moving quickly in cold mountain weather requires an insulating layer that remains breathable when you're hear rate is up and insulates against the cold once you finally stop to catch your breath. The North Face's Ventrix Women's Hooded Insulated Jacket does both with its highly air-permeable material that rapidly allows body heat escape when you're scrambling up steep scree or powering through kick-turns and near-vertical bootpacks. Perforations in key ares, like the underarms and chest, add to the jacket's breathability, so you don't have to deal with constantly shedding and adding layers at the belay ledge or top of the skintrack.

  • Active insulation keeps you warm while climbing or ski touring
  • Ventrix synthetic fill is air-permeable to let heat escape
  • High denier fabric on arms withstands wear from rock and trees
  • Laser-cut perforations in key areas increase breathability
  • Bound cuffs and hood help trap body heat once you stop to rest
  • Slim fit layers well under a shell when the weather turns foul
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great Layer OR Stand Alone

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

The North Face Ventrix Hooded Jacket is one of my new favorite jackets. Its the perfect layer for Skiing, hiking, and casual everyday wear. Its super easy to layer over but when its not too cool its the perfect stand alone piece. Its breathable warm and Oh so soft to the touch. It does have a slim fit, but fits true to size just keep in mind bulky underlayers are tough. The perfect mid-layer for winter and shoulder seasons.

Is this real life?

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

I purchased this for my wife and this is what she had to say:
Move over, Atom LT and Nano-Air... TNF is coming atcha with some breathable insulation fuego. Historically, I haven't been a huge fan of The North Face cuts/designs, but the slim cut, sleeve-length, and smooth, minimalist construction of the Ventrix have absolutely won me over. The jacket doesn't feel quite as silky as the Atom LT or as marshmallow-y as the Nano-Air, but so far, I'd say it simultaneously breathes AND insulates better when you start working up a sweat in addition to repelling water more steadfastly. The hood is fantastic––not comically oversized, but generous enough for a hat or low-profile climbing helmet. It's quite low-bulk and packable, but perhaps a touch loftier than the Atom. I'm 5'9" and 140lbs, and size M was just the right size for my long torso and gangly arms.

For me this fit great

    Colder in Utah we need this, its warm and great for any use!

    Sweat. Smile. Repeat.

      What makes this jacket my favorite for runs along the Oregon Coast? The perforated venting system.
      At a recent collaboration with The North Face, I had the opportunity to test this jacket out on a trail run along the Northern California Coast. With temperatures dipping into the low 50's, the jacket's venting system pulled the sweat away from my body and released it to the surface level-keeping me cool. After the run, that same venting system, closed the vents trapping the warm air inside- keeping me warm. It's like this jacket reads minds. It knows when to open the windows, or crank up the heat. The post-run chills I've grown accustomed to never showed up. For my next active outdoor pursuits, I'm taking this jacket. Plus, the fabric feels like snuggling up inside your favorite sleeping bag.