The North Face Thunder Micro Jacket

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Great for active use, use mine mostly for strenuous…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $270


Great for active use, use mine mostly for strenuous hikes and layering up for winter fishing. Great as a shell when not wet out, use it most cold days for everything from strenuous activity to walking the pups.


  • Warmth
  • Layering
  • Compact
  • Breathes fairly well
  • Warmth-to-weight
  • Lightweight


  • A little sensitive to moisture IMHO

This jacket is an excellent layering piece, and stands alone well in moderately cold conditions as an outer layer. The fit is pretty athletic, making it great for layering, but the arms are long and riding up is not an issue. Waist clinches pretty easily, would maybe add a neck cinch like my old MHW Compressor Jacket had.

First truly put it to the test last February while in a fly fishing tourney in which temps were around 22-27 degrees, Cap 4 base layer and basically a rain shell (now discontinued Patagonia deep wading jacket) with "dolphin cuff" cuffs over it (these cuffs keep water out and from running up/down your sleeves for the most part, a huge must-have when your hands go from in the water to above your waist in moments... If you're catching a lot of fish, that is :).

The guides on my rod froze up repeatedly, but I stayed toasty in waist-deep water all day. It's also a piece I keep with me on most hikes that could get frigid, still trying to I figure out of I like this or my Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody more... And then Thermoball from TNF came out a season after I bought this, though I've heard mixed reviews on it, regardless of its accolades in print.

It's down, so you're going to have a bit of trouble when it's wet, and I'm not sure whether I have the treated down or not (maybe have the old version?). The flash-dry pits are a great touch when active as well. I wish it shed light precipitation/wet snow a little more and shed feathers a little less (seem to always be a couple of tiny guys coming out right near the main zipper), but have been pretty surprised that the exterior hasn't ripped, was sure I would look down to find gaping holes a time or two (especially when I was doing some serious brush clearing after a recent ice storm fell several large branches/limbs in the area, our trees aren't meant to handle that where I live now) but never have.

Really love that the cuffs come down farther than most, about an inch past the elastic wrist over the hand, thought some might find this annoying opposed to the traditional elastic cuffs on similar pieces (like the nano puffs, for example) that work maybe a little better under a shell as those don't come down as far.

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On Sale. Free Shipping. The North Face Men's Thunder Micro Jacket FEATURES of The North Face Men's Thunder Micro Jacket Backcountry skiing Water-resistant down treatment keeps moisture at bay 800 fill goose down offers superior warmth yet remains extremely compressible FlashDry(TM) panels on underarms enhance comfort Slimmer down chambers capture and maintain more warmth Zip handwarmer pockets are generous and easy to access Stuffs into its own handwarmer pocket SPECIFICATIONS of The North Face Men's Thunder Micro Jacket Avg Weight: 395 g (13.93 oz) Fit: Active Body: 20D 40 g/m2 (1.18 oz/yd2) 100% nylon micro-ripstop Underarms: 225 g/m2 (6.64 oz/yd2) 85% polyester, 15% elastane double knit with Flashdry(TM) Insulation: 800 fill goose down This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.

- Moosejaw refers to the men's version

The North Face Thunder Micro jacket for men is a down-filled, technical classic that keeps you warm and comfortable while backcountry skiing and alpine climbing.

- REI refers to the men's version

Freezing with a pair of crampons or skis under your feet is never fun. Get The North Face Men's Thunder Micro Jacket and never sacrifice warmth for space again. Its FlashDry technology at the underarms pushes your sweat away from you while you hike up the mountain and disperses it quickly for lightning-fast drying. When you get to the top, the 800-fill down insulation warms your torso, and this down is water-resistant so you don't have to worry about losing the warmth if it gets a bit damp. The nylon micro-ripstop shell breathes and resists abrasion so you can wear this ski-touring in winter and backpacking in early spring. The Thunder Micro has an alpine fit to reduce bulk as much as possible without restricting your movement. It's so compressible that you can stuff it in its own pocket and clip it to your harness for easy access at the top. Two hand-warmer pockets have a lot of space, and you can even access them with a harness or pack on.

- refers to the men's version

800-fill water-resistant ProDown retains loft longer than untreated downFlashDry(TM) panels under arms enhance comfortSlimmer down chambers with deep baffles capture and maintain more warmthZip handwarmer pockets are generous and easy to accessStuffs into its own hand pocket Specifications Fabric: 20D 100% nylon ripstop with FlashDry(TM) fiber 35 g/m_ (1.02 oz/yd_)Average Weight: 350 g (12.5 oz)Length from Center Back: 25Source: ImportedGuarantee: Lifetime Warranty

- River Sports Outfitters refers to the men's version

Updated with slimmer down chambers featuring water-resistant ProDown, this cool-weather classic retains warmth in cold, wet winter conditions. Underarm panels featuring FlashDry technology to dramatically improve drying time and breathability where it counts. Alpine fit silhouette hugs the body for a sweater-like fit.

- The North Face refers to the men's version