The North Face Apex McKinley Jacket

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Weight 700 g / 24.7 oz
Shell Fabric 90D 341 g / sq m (10.0 oz / sq yd) 94% Recycled Polyester, 6% Elastane TNF™ Apex ClimateBlock
Pocket Fabric 90D 142 g / sq m (4.2 oz / sq yd) 87% Polyester, 13% Elastane 4-Way Stretch TNF™ Apex Aerobic, DWR Finish



The North Face makes the Apex McKinley from their…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $150 retail; sample provided by The North Face for review

The North Face makes the Apex McKinley from their proprietary Apex ClimateBlock fabric. It’s a recycled polyester softshell that’s treated with a durable water repellent (DWR) finish. 

The North Face lined the jacket with a soft fleece to provide more protection and heat retention. It’s a nice feature, but tends to make the jacket a little difficult to pull over long sleeve shirts and sweaters.

Despite that one drawback, The North Face Apex McKinley delivers outstanding style and performance. It’s a do-anything jacket that works around town and outside for just about any activity – hiking, camping, fishing, cross-country and spring skiing, you name it. The softshell fabric delivers both wind protection and waterproofing.

If you’re looking for a softshell jacket to take you into the fall and thru the winter, the Apex McKinley is an excellent choice.

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Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Description of The North Face Apex Mckinley Jacket The North Face Apex Mckinley jacket bares the name of the highest peak in North America but would never hold itself to just one mountain. Like a loyal companion this Apex Mckinley jacket combines 100 wind resistant fabric with a slight stretch fabrication creating a softshell piece that navigates the slopes of every mountain cutting through wind like Bruce Lee cuts through advisaries... with ease. Break wind FeaturesPerformance fitTNF Apex ClimateBlock fabric wind permeability rated at 0 CFM 100 windproofFleece backerBrushed collar liningBonded patch-on Napoleon chest pocket with polyurethane PU zipsTwo hand pockets with polyurethane PU zipMolded, adjustable cuff tabsHem cinch-cordSoft shell made with recycled TNF Apex ClimateBlock for wind-blocking protection and thermal fleece backing for extra warmth

- US Outdoor Store

Named after the highest mountain peak in North America, the Apex McKinley Jacket is a new soft shell full zip made from recycled TNF Apex ClimateBlock fabric to cut through crisp, windy days on the mountain. Made from 100% wind-resistant fabric,

- Teton Village Sports

Stand up to gnarly, windy conditions with The North Face Men's Apex Mckinley Softshell Jacket. Whether you're on pitch five or hanging around town, this windproof jacket's fleece lining and stretchy shell fabric provide just enough warmth and weather protection. And with its recycled Apex ClimateBlock fabric, the Mckinley Softshell also has a soft spot for the environment.

- Backcountry Outlet

While The North Face might have created their windproof Men's Apex McKinley Jacket for climbers and alpinists, this fleece-backed soft shell outerwear garners significant support from runners, hikers and cyclists. Unlike some windproof shells that are unlined and loose for inner layers, the water-resistant Apex McKinley Jacket for men has a soft thermal fleece backing and a close athletic fit. It's ideally suited for breezy days that aren't frigid, but still cool enough for outerwear. The vertical openings on the handwarmer pockets are long enough to give you access to small essentials even while wearing a backpack or climbing harness. While completely windproof, The North Face Men's Apex McKinley Jacket is only water resistant--but that's probably to ensure that you enjoy enhanced breathable comfort while climbing, running and cycling. The molded cuff tabs at the end of the sleeves are fully adjustable and the hem cinch cord allows you to adjust the fit, so you can keep the cold air out even in gusty wind conditions.

- Altrec Outdoors

The North Face Apex McKinley Jacket


The Apex McKinley Jacket has been discontinued. It last appeared in The North Face's 2011 product line.


The North Face Apex McKinley Jacket is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen October 14, 2013 at Rocky Mountain Trail.

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