The North Face is following the lead of many outdoor companies and offering some of their staple products in new, environmentally friendly materials. The updated ThermoBall Eco Triclimate jacket is constructed of some (but not all) recycled fabric. The inner liner and the insulation of the jacket are both 100% recycled! Many of the actual features of the jacket remain the same as the previous model, but you can compare the two below. The Eco version is pictured first.
The review to follow is still our telling of the previous, non-Eco model.
Hands-On Review of The North Face ThermoBallTriclimate
This low-end jacket is a decent choice for around town winter use or for hitting the slopes.
The ThermoBall Triclimate 3-in-1 jacket is a basic, no-frills model.
The ThermoBall Triclimate's shell is The North Face's DryVent 2.5L shell material. This has a rubbery feel, like a traditional rain jacket and we suspect it will keep moisture out from the outside, but may not breathe very well resulting in moisture on the inside. We prefer insulated jackets with more breathable shell materials like the Arc'teryx Tiya. We did experience a draft through the front zipper when we were traveling downhill at high velocity as well. Unfortunately, the hood is not helmet compatible, and we could not zip the jacket all the way up when the hood was up without a lot of discomfort, and the hood did not go over the whole helmet.
It is very tight and uncomfortable to zip the jacket up all the way when the hood is up, and the hood does not completely fit over our helmet.
Comfort and Fit
The ThermoBall Triclimate is a very comfortable jacket with a relaxed fit. There is plenty of room for our medium sized testers to wear extra layers under the medium sized jacket. We think the inner jacket's materials are soft and comfortable. The Nina and the Primo Down are also very comfortable jackets.
The Triclimate's inner jacket has a cozy, soft material.
This jacket is pretty uninspiring in the style department. We like the red heather color and bright, contrasting zipper but otherwise, there's nothing that makes the ThermoBall Triclimate stand out. It is a pretty boxy shape, and we prefer the form-fitting shape of the Tiya and the steezy cut and colors of the Billie Coat.
The ThermoBall Triclimate has a roomy fit for moving around in.
The ThermoBall Triclimate is in the middle of the pack regarding warmth. It is not as warm as the Patagonia Primo Down, the warmest jacket we tested. On hot days you can remove the inner layer and ski with just the shell material, and it is roomy enough that you can add a layer underneath on cold days.
The ThermoBall Triclimate 3-in-1 jacket has a boxy fit with room for extra layers.
As we mentioned, the ThermoBall Triclimate's shell material is rubbery and does not appear to be very breathable. It does have pit zips that vent into the first layer of the jacket but not through the inner jacket, and the pit-zips are small. We prefer the Patagonia Snowbelle 3-in-1's large pit-zips even though they do not vent through the inner layer either, and the Flylow Billie Coat has huge effective pit-zips for ventilation.
The Triclimate's shell material is lined with a rubbery coating.
The Triclimate falls flat in this department and has no ski specific features, not even a sleeve pass pocket. Because the two layers zip together, you can not access the inner layers handwarmer pockets, and the shell itself does not have any interior pockets. This was a disappointing metric for this jacket. We love the Billie Coat and Orage Nina's ski features. If you're looking for a well equipped 3-in-1 ski jacket, the Snowbelle will cut it.
There is no access to interior pockets, and no ski specific features in the Triclimate.
This is a decent all-around winter jacket that you can also take out skiing. If you want something that is versatile for different temperatures and precipitation this 3-in-1 style jacket is a good compromise.
Retailing for $300 the Triclimate is at the lower end of the price spectrum, in this review and is a decent value considering you get two separate pieces. However, we would save cash and get the Armada Stadium ($260), a much more stylish and high performing ski jacket. Or, spend $100 less for the Whirlibird, another 3-in-1 jacket that has much better ski features.
The ThermoBall Triclimate has a Napoleon pocket for your phone.
The North Face ThermoBall Triclimate came in the back of the heap in our tests because of its lack of ski features and its boxy style. It functions just fine as a winter jacket that will keep you dry, but it's not our top choice.