This jacket is hot. If you put it on before you go outside, you will probably start perspiring. In any case it kept me plenty warm standing around beer fest in 10-20F temperatures.The coat is pretty wind resistant but a hard shell over this makes for a set up for almost any cold conditions!
"Poor design for North Face's flagship jacket"
The jacket fits well, has that shiny love-it-or-hate-it finish (which personally, I don't mind). But in an age where the average guy carries with him a wallet, phone, a set of keys, and earphones, a breast pocket would've been very welcome, My second gripe is with the stitching near the collar. I don't know what material they used, but once zipped-up all the way, the stitching on top of the collar is just plain sharp. After a 20-minute walk this morning I had a red cut across my throat. I can only imagine how annoying this must be on a real mountain hike.My third gripe is with the material. Why use such a fragile material? On a recent hike to Telescope Peak in California, I brushed up against a few branches, and the jacket has permanent scratches and puncture marks. Why even call it Summit Series?In summary, having been a big fan of TNF for the past two decades, I think this will, in all likely hood, be my last North Face product. For a flagship jacket, it really just plain sucks
"I was camping in the white mountains and actually fell in a crumbholtz."
I was camping in the white mtn. I fell In a crumbholtz did not realize how deep they were I was stuck in snow over my head and this jacket is bad ass was not even cold except for my feet if this jacket had a matching pair of socks I could of slept there.