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The North Face Ice Jacket

rated 5.0 of 5 stars

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photo: The North Face Ice Jacket down insulated jacket

Great jacket, warm, only worn it a couple of times. The first was out of the shop as it was a really cold day and the jacket I had wasn’t cutting it as it was too cold to have it on so I decided to buy a new jacket and keep warm. The thing I like about this jacket is it doesn’t take much to get warm and keep warm, due to the choice of fabrics and linings. The removable faux-fur rim I keep on it as I think it’s another layer of insulation; also it would keep the snow and rain away from your face.

The only thing I find that could be better on this jacket is a rear scoop at the rear of the jacket to keep your lower back really warm, but keeping the clinch cords at the hem tight will do the job as well, if you don’t like this the McMurdo would be the way to go. Other than that the 8 pockets will keep allot of your gear, although the sleeve pocket may not carry much in my opinion. I would say this jacket is a good investment.

Fabric: [body] 400D x 500D 6.18 oz/yd2, HyVent™ 2L 100% nylon oxford. [lining] 50D 1.9 oz/yd2 plain woven nylon.
Fill: 550 Goose Down
Price Paid: £188

Phenomenal jacket.


  • Tough heavy duty shell material
  • Thick down insulation


  • None

Nice jacket. I would compare this jacket to a classic Carhartt coat, but this North Face jacket is even better. Very tough shell material, thick down insulation. Unfortunately I believe the North Face discontinued this jacket.

Also I hear a rumor that the North Face took the McMurdo Parka and lightened the outside shell material. Too bad because the North Face and the other overpriced mountaineering companies already make plenty of worthless lightweight down and synthetic fill jackets.  

Anyway, this Ice Jacket is an extremely nice, tough, and warm jacket. If you can find one...they don't make them like the used to. Cry....

I bought this jacket when I was on NYC, by 2008 (IIRC). Coming from a warmer city, I had to warm myself. And this jacket was, hands down, the cream I could get from paid price. Even without an insane Black Friday discount, it was well worth its full price. It’s a perfect companion to match NYC's winter season.

It has plenty of pockets for more stuff you should carry, multimedia pocket and headphone cables guides included, has a decent vent so you are never sweating inside, and all internal fleeces are very well placed so you always feel like wearing an already warmed jacket. And the gloves clip is very well thought.

Although slightly heavy, you shortly get used to its weight. I really love it!

Price Paid: $38+taxes (insane 90% discount), reg price $380

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