The North Face Thermoball


Walk rating

25 November 2013

Price: £150

+ Excellent cut with a reassuringly high collar. Padding is kept in place with diamond-shapes (rectangles for men), which also let the jacket move and flex. Two large inside pockets. Lightweight and stuffs down neatly into one of the zippered hand pockets. Hooded version available.

– So far, so good. 

VERDICT: The popular synthetic Primaloft has been taken a stage further with this terrific jacket (it claims to offer the equivalent of 600-fill power). The result is the best of both worlds – the compressibility of down with the wet-weather insulating performance of synthetics.