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The North Face Canyonlands Hoodie - Women's Review

A simple and lightweight sweatshirt-like jacket that's comfortable to wear, if lacking in a few details
the north face canyonlands hoodie for women fleece jacket review
Credit: The North Face
Price:  $99 List
Manufacturer:   The North Face
By Maggie Nichols ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 29, 2022
70
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RANKED
#5 of 13
  • Warmth - 25% 7.0
  • Comfort - 25% 7.0
  • Versatility - 20% 6.5
  • Breathability - 15% 7.0
  • Layering Ability - 15% 7.5

Our Verdict

The North Face Canyonlands Hoodie is a lightweight sweatshirt-style fleece with a simple design that has a lot to love. It's soft inside and smooth outside, with an easy shape for layering over and under other garments. A full-length wind guard helps seal the main zipper and micro-fleece lined pockets add extra warmth for your hands. Those pockets are raised several inches from the bottom of the jacket, which better accommodates backpack hip belts and climbing harnesses. The sleeves and torso are a bit shorter than similar models of the same size and the fabric is slightly less stretchy as well. Despite these and a few other missing features, we still found plenty of uses for this simple lightweight sweatshirt fleece — and we appreciate its lower relative cost!
REASONS TO BUY
Soft interior
Pockets are high enough for hip belts
Robust wind guards on zippers
Easy to layer
REASONS TO AVOID
Shorter torso and sleeves
Less stretchy
Stiff zippers and wind guard make hood awkward

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Pros Soft interior, pockets are high enough for hip belts, robust wind guards on zippers, easy to layerVery stretchy, comfortable thumbholes, extended coverage, packable, very breathable, great warmth-to-weight ratioVery warm, impressively wind resistant, casual look and feel, plenty of color optionsInstantly cozy, soft and fluffy, affordable, lots of color optionsVery cozy, warm, oversized fit is relaxing to wear, comfy kangaroo pocket, hood drawstring, unique side ventilation
Cons Shorter torso and sleeves, less stretchy, stiff zippers and wind guard make hood awkwardChest pocket looks bad, oddly long cut, light colors are see throughChest pocket isn't overly useful, not breathable, difficult to layer overNo pockets, challenging to layer, not breathable, less wind resistantNot a great performance piece, bulky and difficult to layer over, no secure pockets
Bottom Line A simple and lightweight sweatshirt-like jacket that's comfortable to wear, if lacking in a few detailsThis lightweight fleece features good technical performance and coverage, a great warmth-to-weight ratio, and a reasonable priceA comfy standalone model that's warm, great to hang out in, and comes in a wide variety of colors and patternsA simple pullover with a classic design that's cozy, relaxed, easy to love, and affordableAn oversized fit adds relaxation vibes we can sleep in, with fluffiness inside and out and wide sweatshirt cuffs
Rating Categories The North Face Cany... Outdoor Research Vi... Patagonia Lightweig... Columbia Benton Spr... Kari Traa Rothe Hoodie
Warmth (25%)
7.0
6.0
8.5
8.0
7.5
Comfort (25%)
7.0
6.5
8.5
7.5
7.5
Versatility (20%)
6.5
7.0
6.5
6.0
4.0
Breathability (15%)
7.0
9.0
4.5
4.0
5.5
Layering Ability (15%)
7.5
7.0
3.5
4.0
3.0
Specs The North Face Cany... Outdoor Research Vi... Patagonia Lightweig... Columbia Benton Spr... Kari Traa Rothe Hoodie
Type Lightweight Lightweight Midweight Midweight Midweight
Main Material 96% recycled polyester, 4% elastane 94% polyester, 6% spandex Recycled Polyester Polyester Polyester
Cuff Construction Elastic cuff Same fabric as jacket Spandex binding Elastic cuff Elastic sweatshirt cuff
Weight 10.6 oz 8.9 oz 12.3 oz 10.4 oz 14.1 oz
Hood Option? Yes No No No Yes
Number of Pockets 2 hand 1 chest 1 chest None 1 passthrough
Features Chin guard, elastic hood hem, full length wind guard Thumbholes, flat seam construction, UPF 30, moisture wicking, off-shoulder seams, no armpit seams, chin guard Extended collar, comfort stretch Comfort stretch, extended collar 2 side zips for easy on/off, drawstring hood, chin guard

Our Analysis and Test Results

The North Face Canyonlands is a lightweight fleece with a sweatshirt-like feel, full zipper, and a hood. It's made of 96% recycled polyester and 4% elastane and has two zippered hand pockets. It features a full-length wind guard, chin guard, and elastic hood hem.

Performance Comparison


the north face canyonlands hoodie for women fleece jacket review - though not a standout, we still enjoy many aspects of the...
Though not a standout, we still enjoy many aspects of the lightweight Canyonlands Hoodie.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Warmth


Though it's a lightweight sweatshirt fleece, the Canyonlands still packs impressive warmth for its thickness and weight. The full-length wind guard behind the main zipper helps a lot, but even the fabric itself does a solid job of holding in body heat. The fitted hood has a tall chin cover, facilitating burrowing on cold mornings, while still having enough space and stretch to fit over a beanie. The sleeves and torso lack a little bit of coverage, as both are shorter than most — particularly noticeable when we're moving around.

the north face canyonlands hoodie for women fleece jacket review - the sleeves are long enough for everyday activities, but expose our...
The sleeves are long enough for everyday activities, but expose our wrists with big movements.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Comfort


The soft interior of the Canyonlands feels great against our skin. It's fairly stretchy, but not nearly as much as some others — and we notice it, particularly in our lessened shoulder mobility. It has standard seams across the tops of the shoulders and in the armpits rather than relocated seams to better facilitate comfortable motion and prevent chafing. Its slim straight shape offers a relaxed fit, but one that may not work on curvier body types. The two zippered hand pockets are also a bit small, as they stop three inches from the bottom, leaving a section of the jacket that can be secured under a hip belt or harness.

the north face canyonlands hoodie for women fleece jacket review - the inside of the canyonlands is very soft and cozy, while the...
The inside of the Canyonlands is very soft and cozy, while the outside is smooth and pleasant-feeling.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Versatility


Like just about every fleece we tested, the Canyonlands is not water resistant. It quickly soaks up light precipitation, eventually transferring it to our base layers. Though this happens faster than in some of the midweight models we tested, it takes longer for us to get wet underneath while wearing the lightweight Canyonlands than most other lightweight fleeces we tested. We're impressed by how wind resistant this little jacket is. Not only the fabric itself impresses us, but also the presence of wind guards effectively seals every zipper against errant breezes. The size Small weighs 10.6 ounces, which is on the light side of average among models we tested. It's not extremely packable but carries noticeably less bulk than many others.

the north face canyonlands hoodie for women fleece jacket review - the canyonlands pockets end several inches above the bottom hem, to...
The Canyonlands pockets end several inches above the bottom hem, to leave room for wearing a backpack hip belt or climbing harness.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Breathability


The Canyonlands holds no surprises when it comes to breathability. It's a lightweight sweatshirt made of mostly polyester. The full-length zipper allows for plenty of ventilation, though the proportionally heavy hood isn't our favorite when unzipped. The pockets are lined with microfleece, which adds warmth rather than breathability. The sleeves are also on the tight side for pushing up comfortably.

the north face canyonlands hoodie for women fleece jacket review - the canyonlands hood is proportionally rather heavy, so we prefer to...
The Canyonlands hood is proportionally rather heavy, so we prefer to wear it zipped up. A full length wind guard is an effective barricade and even the pockets have small wind guards on the outside.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Layering Ability


This modestly stretchy, relaxed-but-slim lightweight hoody can be worn over other layers, though its fuzzy interior texture tends to catch on the sleeves of other shirts when layering. It can also be worn under other layers without adding too much bulk. The external surface is smooth, making it quite easy to throw a coat on as needed. The slightly short sleeves and torso also easily fit under most outer layers without sticking out.

the north face canyonlands hoodie for women fleece jacket review - the canyonlands hood isn't as tightly fitted or as protective as...
The Canyonlands hood isn't as tightly fitted or as protective as some of the others we tested, though it still works in a pinch.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Should You Buy The North Face Canyonlands?


The Canyonlands offers simple comfort and a straightforward design for a lightweight sweatshirt, at a more reasonable price than many others we tested. If you're on board with simplicity and don't need something extra warm, hyper-stretchy, or littered with clever features, the lower cost of the Canyonlands adds to its value.

What Other Fleece Jackets Should You Consider?


If you like the idea of a lightweight sweatshirt but desire a bit more breathability, packability, and cozy comfort, the Patagonia R1 Air is our favorite fleece. To keep that sweatshirt vibe but get more warmth, protection, and comfort, the Arc'teryx Kyanite is an excellent choice.

the north face canyonlands hoodie for women fleece jacket review - though it's not our favorite sweatshirt fleece, we still like a lot...
Though it's not our favorite sweatshirt fleece, we still like a lot about the lightweight Cayonlands, including its more reasonable price tag.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Maggie Nichols
 
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