The North Face Super Zephyrus Hoodie
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $90
Excellent synthetic insulated jacket, usually in my pack for cold weather despite its weight.
- Excellent fit
- Blocks wind
- Good insulation
- Small size
- Sleeves extend over hands
- Average weight
- "Unfashionable" with hood zipped
- Low breathability
- Thin outer layer is weak
This is by far my favorite jacket. Having grown up in upstate New York, I'd spend at least half each year wearing one, so that's not a statement I make lightly. I generally run hot and find that this jacket's good down to the mid 20 degrees or so. It's water resistant but I wouldn't rely on it in any prolonged rain. It has good middleweight insulation, cuts strong winds. The thumb holes in the stretch nylon at the end of the sleeves keep your hands warm.
This jacket makes intelligent application of multiple materials. The front and back panels are comprised of horizontal baffles with nylon outer material stuffed with Primaloft artificial insulation. The sides of the jacket and armpits use stretchy nylon material, keeping the tight cut from being restrictive. The hood is cut such that when fully zipped up it wraps around the neck under the chin forming a tight insulation around the head.
The interior is a thin layer of fleece material in the sleeves and neck area, the main torso is all nylon where you'll be wearing a shirt. The jacket's insulation while not being spectacularly light is fairly compact, and it layers well with an outer layer on top.
The jacket is not particularly adjustable, so it's important to find it in the correct fit. In the wrists and arms the material stretches somewhat, so a bit of slack won't be a major problem. Also the cut of the jacket is pretty trim, this is probably uncomfortable for people who have a bit more girth.
This jacket is decently sturdy but mine did catch and rip on a staple in a phone pole. It was minor damage that was easy to seal up. I wouldn't rely on it to resist sharp rocks, gravel, or other sharp environmental hazards. In thick brush it has no problem.
After having this about a year, I've let it replace having gloves and a hat outside over the winter except on the coldest days. It rides in my pack whenever it's cold out, despite weighing a pound the amount of insulation it provides is easily worth it.
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Made with a wind-resistant fabric in key areas, The North Face Super Zephyrus hoodie is an essential alpine tool for layering or aerobic summit pushes. Insulated with 100g of PrimaLoft(R) One, which has an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio. PrimaLoft(R) One patented microfiber insulation mimics the physical and thermal properties of goose down, but continues to insulate if wet. Hybrid construction protects the torso with wind-resistant ripstop nylon and places stretch fleece panels on the sides and underarms for enhanced mobility. The North Face Super Zephyrus hoodie also features stretch cuffs with thumbholes for extra coverage. Zippered hand pockets are placed out of the way from your climbing harness or pack straps.
The North Face made the Super Zephyrus Hoody for folks who don't just head into the backcountry to aimlessly mill around and loiter. The Super Zephyrus is made for highly aerobic activity in harsh, cold environments. The super-breathable insulated body with stretch panels at the sides and hood fit you like a second skin, only warmer, tougher, and more forgiving.
Free Shipping. The North Face Men's Super Zephyrus Hoodie DECENT FEATURES of The North Face Men's Super Zephyrus Hoodie Fabric wind permeability rated at 2 CFM (0 CFM is 100% windproof) Attached, partially insulated, bound hood Polartec(R) Power Stretch(R) panelled into sides, hood and hem for comfort and mobility Reverse-coil zips Two alpine pockets Bound cuffs with thumb loops The SPECS Avg Weight: 740 g (26.10 oz) Body: 20D 40 g/m^2 (1.2 oz/yd^2) 100% nylon ripstop with polyurethane (PU) kiss coat Side Panels, Mid Hood and Partial Hem: Polartec(R) Power Stretch(R) Insulation: 40 g PrimaLoft(R) One Length From Center Back: 27.5in. This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
Built for traveling long skin trails and shadow-covered powder stashes, The North Face's Super Zephyrus Hoodie uses highly compressible, water-resistant PrimaLoft One insulation to warm your core. A durable layer of nylon ripstop with a light PU coating keeps wind and moisture away while Pontetorto fleece paneled into sides, hood and hem move excess heat while adding mobility.
- Mountain Gear