Review by Anna
Update 11/14/2017: It would appear that this jacket is no longer in production. This review will remain active in the case you find one to purchase used and would like some information!
Bottom Line: I would buy this jacket at full price
Manufacturer's intended purpose: Running, Nordic Skiing, Snowshoeing
Actual Weight: 8.6 oz / 243 g
Mfg Retail: $150
This jacket has been my go-to lightweight mid-layer for years. Despite my attempts to find a suitable replacement, I keep going back to this jacket and still regularly use it. this review is of the 2011 model of this jacket-- the current update is still relevant to this review.
I ordered my regular size, a Medium, and it fits great. It is a tighter fit, but not restrictive, which is perfect for a light mid layer. I can easily layer this under any shell or puffy coat. It also slides easily over any base layer I happen to be wearing-- and does not bunch up like the OR Deviator Hoodie.
I have had this jacket since 2011. It shows hardly any wear. The cuffs are still in amazing condition, stitching is holding strong, zipper still zips every time. I have a few stains on it because I have a habit of dropping food on myself. I also got too close to a fire and melted a place on the neck from some rogue sparks. Not holding up to attempted burning and my mess is clearly a defect in the durability of the material. Kidding. I think this jacket is officially “Anna-Proof”.
I have worn this as an outer layer hiking, working in the Alaskan bush, skiing (Backcountry, alpine, cross country… you name it), climbing, really anything and certainly not for some of the manufacturer's intended purposes. The fabric has held up amazingly. Whatever materials TNF used to make this jacket, they nailed it.
This is a very lightweight insulating layer. Under a shell or puffy, this jacket adds a significant amount of warmth.
This jacket does not have much to it. There is very thin insulation in the core area. It really does not take up too much space in my pack. I give it a 7 because it does not stuff into its pocket or come with a stuff sack. Probably because packability is not one or the main goals of this product as it is made to be a running top.
This jacket is not waterproof or exceptionally breathable. I always end up with a wet spot on my back when wearing it with a pack. It does offer some wind protection, however. Its purpose is as insulation and it does an excellent job at that.
This is a pretty straightforward jacket. Pocket-wise, there are two regularly (where you would expect pockets to be) placed pockets for your hands that zip. The zipping of the pockets is nice to keep things from falling out when using this as an outer layer skiing or climbing. Also, I love the thumb loops and integrated hand pouch, or whatever you call it. The thumb hole is placed far enough down that my hand is covered to the base of my fingers. There is a pouch on the backside of your hand, above the thumb hole that you can tuck your hand into if you get cold. It is like having built in mittens! Brilliant! This feature does make the arms a little long. I often fold the sleeves up when I want to use my hands normally.
Manufacturer Warranty (?)
Luckily, I have never had to invoke TNF’s warranty return services. However, they offer a lifetime guarantee for their products used normally that fail from manufacturer defects. I would guess the warranty process would be fairly straightforward. It would appear that you just print off their warranty form and send it in with the product for repair.
I have pushed this jacket well beyond its intended service and purpose for years. It has taken any abuse I have thrown at it like a champ. It is reasonably priced to begin with and if you find one on sale, there is no reason not to add it to your repertoire.