The North Face Gotham III jacket is a reliable performer at a lower-than-most price tag. A proprietary material, DryVent (previously named HyVent), provides waterproofing and breathability throughout the shell, which is insulated with 550-fill goose down for winter warmth. Snow and rain stay out without creating a build-up of moisture inside the down insulation. For a casual jacket not geared toward athletic performance, it has a decent weight under three pounds. This jacket has some useful features with five external pockets, one internal for media, and a removable faux fur trim on the hood. Best of all is an integrated neck gaiter, which our testers loved as an extra layer of neck, chin, and nose protection.
The Gotham III, pictured above, replaces the Gotham II in The North Face lineup this winter. The updates, detailed below, do not appear significant. With the "II" all but disappeared from major retailers, the retailer links on this page will direct you to the latest version.