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

Stylish, warm and light!

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

This jacket looks super cool and keeps you warm. For reference I am 120 lbs. and 5'7 and I got the eggplant in a XS. The S would have fit but I wanted it to be a little more snug. (I don't really care for layering) Great purchase.. totally recommend!

My Favorite Puffy

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

The North Face's Ventrix is one of 2017's best gear released. Most puffy jackets have 60 grams of insulation, but the Ventrix is stuffed with 80 grams of Heatseeker synthetic insulation. It has both warmth and weight comparable to your favorite down sweater. Not only does it keep you warm, but it has micro-vents in the back and under the arms, plus has additional durability on the front of your arms. It regulates temperature really well and I used it all fall spring and winter. I got both the hooded and non-hooded version. The hooded version is warmer, but the non-hooded is also great to have. I used it as both a stand-alone jacket down to the low 30's and as a mid-layer underneath my ski shell on really cold days in the 20's or below. I love and highly recommend this jacket!

Loved it so much bought it for the GF

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this jacket for all climbing and backcountry skiing needs, the girlfriend started borrowing it too much so I bought her her own!

Great jacket

    This is such a great jacket. It is warm when needed, and ventilated when needed as well. I would wear this jacket all day everyday if I could!

    Insulated but breathable

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

    I bought this jacket for my wife before we went to the PNW. She loved it. It provided enough insulation to keep her warm but breathed enough so she didn't overheat. It also did a good job of keeping her dry in light rain and from the spray from the ocean while we were walking the beach.

    Great for Iceland's diverse weather

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

    This jacket was perfect for March hiking in Iceland, keeping me a perfect temperature regardless of the weather. I'm 5'8" and a size 8/10, and I got a large so I could layer. It's slightly fitted, but that approach worked. During hiking, we encountered temperatures ranging from the low teens to mid-40s, along with high winds (50 mph plus) and rain, yet I was always comfortable and dry. This lightweight jacket packs a big punch.

    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.

        what size did you get?