User Review: The North Face Men's Sentinel WindStopper Jacket
Price Paid: $100
After four years with a generic windproof fleece and a North Face Denali (Polartec 300), I was looking for something that combined the benefits of both jackets. The Denali, being very comfortable, wasn't lightweight nor was it wind resistant. Simply put, it wasn't a versatile jacket that my activities (lots of biking, some hiking, and frequent travel) require.
I compared the Sentinel Jacket to the Apex Bionic, also from TNF, before I made my purchase. While both are great jackets, I opted for the Sentinel because of its style and longer (torso) cut, which I find particularly useful when I'm crouched on my road bike. Besides this, I don't think you can go wrong with either jacket for general use.
Compared to the TNF Denali Jacket, the Sentinel is lighter and doesn't seem quite as warm. However, when used in windy conditions, this jacket actually keeps you warmer than the Denali! The only drawback I could identify was that the Denali has two exterior pockets for storing doodads (maps, keys, etc.) The Sentinel has a more refined exterior look, but I don't think it will take abuse as nicely as a "regular" fleece like the Denali.
Overall, I am very happy with this jacket. It's a great light jacket to wear on shorter day excursions and can serve as a somewhat more refined outer layer (versus the Denali, which screams "outdoor-type") for evenings when you're travelling. I feel as comfortable wearing this while lounging around the city (SF) as I would walking down the streets of Paris.