Incredibly light and versatile would describe this jacket well. The North Face Thermoball Micro Hybrid Hoodie has a level of warmth that makes it an essential layer to have for that post run recovery beer on a late spring evening or when hiking. The jackets combination of a warm padded central body with light sleeves and hood give it that added dimension to a gilet.  With a very light pack weight (294g) and small pack size it’s an essential piece of kit to pop into your pack. Even when its wet it provides superb warmth.


Out of the box – Key Statistics

  • Average weight – 294gms
  • Shell – 15D 33g/m² 100% nylon
  • Insulation – 9.5g/m² Primaloft® Thermoball™ synthetic insulation
  • Size – XS/S/M/L/XL
  • Active fit
  • Aerobic side panels and sleeves
  • Drop hood
  • Secure zip hand pockets
  • Internal elastic hem and bound cuffs
  • Stowable in hand pocket
  • Available colours – Persian Orange, Quill Blue, Rosewood Red, Snorkel Blue, Acid Yellow, TNF Red and TNF Black all with Asphalt Grey panelling


RRP – £155.00

Field Test

I have been constantly surprised at how this jacket responds to the various conditions its been thrown into, from a cold spring morning walk or standing around at 3AM at an aid station its done the job and you can’t ask more than that. First and foremost I like the lightness (294g) and its small pack size. It’s been a piece of kit included in my pack when run commuting most days this spring.

Now what about this jacket? The quilting on the body keeps you really warm and the strategic paneling means the filling does not move around and so it does a very good job at keeping you nice and toasty. The paneling is in fact very well designed as it is structured and shaped around the various moving parts of the torso. The fit is trim, which means that you get the benefit of that warmth in exactly the right places without those potential cold spots that you can get on other jackets that don’t fit so well. As well as the quilting for the main torso section you have the synthetic material for the arms, side panels and hood that makes this jacket a hybrid. It’s this synthetic option that gives you more breathability when you are hiking from a full quilted down jacket or gilet. It does a great job at keeping you warm but also allowing you not to overheat when doing some strenuous hiking.

There are two external zipped pockets and one internal zipped pocket that doubles up as the stow pocket. The two external zipped pockets are set back so are not visible externally and are large enough to pop a phone or folded map. All the zips on this jacket are tagged and are easy to grip with gloves on.


The internal zipped stow pocket

The hemmed side panels and cuffs enhance the trim fit of this jacket and for those who get a little cold around the neck the jacket collar comes right up and so eliminates any drafts. The synthetic hood does a great job of protecting your head against any strong chilly winds.


Hemmed cuffs

Stowing the jacket is dead easy, you just fold the jacket in on itself into the internal zipped pocket, simple. When it’s stowed its about the size of an A5 piece of paper and around 5cms deep and it can be squeezed even smaller if required.


Jacket stowed and same size as A5 sheet of paper

A versatile and lightweight jacket for that extra bit of warmth when your doing a strenuous activity.

All images copyright – Ian Campbell Photography

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