The North Face Jakson Jacket

Nov 1, 2011
Outside Magazine
The North Face Jakson

The North Face Jakson    Photo: Courtesy of The North Face

THE SELL: A reinvented vest for backcountry skiing and layering. THE TEST: The Jakson functions like a puffy vest, heating the core with synthetic PrimaLoft insulation while adding protection by way of a stretchy, wind-permeable collar and sleeves. The result is a versatile jacket that focuses heat where it’s needed but allows steam to burn off during sweaty ascents. Stitched-on webbing loops for positioning avalanche transceiver straps kept backcountry devotees happy; resort skiers approved of the Recco reflector; and everybody appreciated how the trim fit made for cozy layering. THE VERDICT: Warm, versatile, and fairly priced, the Jakson is an everyday utility piece. 1.1 lbs

Breathability: 4
Weatherproofness: 3

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