North Face Redpoint Jacket - Women's ReviewPrice: $149 List Pros: Stuffs into hand pocket and has biner loop, warm and really practical for the price, 50 percent recycled insulation.
Cons: No big inside pockets, no cozy material in pockets, on the heavy side.
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A first I wasn't so sure about this jacket. It seemed really basic, kind of crunchy, and without any special extras like cozy material in the hand pockets. However, this turned out to be a jacket that I reached for most often because of its functionality. This jacket stuffs into one of its hand pockets and has a little carabiner loop to clip to a harness. The Nano Puff jacket does that as well, but the Redpoint Jacket is thicker and warmer. I started bringing this with me on multi-pitch ice climbs to curl up in when belaying. It was easy to bring along, quite warm, and I never had to worry about it losing its loft if it got wet.
This jacket is insulated Primaloft Eco, even though the hooded version of this jacket is insulated with Primaloft One. It is refreshing to have companies concerned about making items with reused materials instead of new material, and as a consumer it is nice to support this. The fibers are not quite as fine as in other types of insulation, so it is not quite as soft and does not stuff as easily as other jackets, but it still seems comparably warm. The insulation in the Mountain HardWear Compressor is also made out of this 50 percent recycled material.
One of the Redpoint's best features is that it stuffs into a pocket, but since it is a thicker jacket, it doesn't stuff in there very easily. I find myself jamming and cramming and straining to get the zipper pulled, while other jackets such as the Patagonia Nano Puff stuff into themselves very easily. The Redpoint is unique because rather than stuff into an interior pocket, which tends to be the norm, it stuffs into one of the hand pockets, which means one of the hand pockets is bigger and has a lot of extra material floating around. This isn't a disadvantage in any way, it just is a noticeable difference, and the design doesn't seem as streamlined as the Nano Puff.
My personal favorite use for this jacket was on multi-pitch ice climbs since it could be clipped to my harness, was on the thicker side, and was decently water-resistant. The Redpoint is very versatile and it would be a great basic layer for any other cold-weather activity.
The Redpoint is the most affordable jacket that stuffs into itself. The MontBell Thermawrap, which stuffs into a sack, is much thinner and even less expensive. For the price, you get a very functional and warm jacket with the Redpoint.
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