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The North Face ThermoBall Triclimate - Women's Review

This is a basic, no frills jacket at a decent price.
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Price:  $299 List | $104.97 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, 2 jackets in 1
Cons:  No ski specific features, not stylish
Manufacturer:   The North Face
By Jessica Haist ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 23, 2018
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  • Weather Resistance - 20% 7
  • Comfort and Fit - 20% 7
  • Style - 20% 6
  • Warmth - 15% 6
  • Ventilation - 15% 5
  • Features - 10% 5

Our Verdict

This 3-in-1 jacket ticks most of the boxes of things you'll need in your ski jacket, but no bonus features included. The North Face ThermoBall Triclimate is a no-frills jacket that will keep you warm and dry on the slopes, and even has an inner jacket that you can wear around town that is soft and cozy. It does not have many ski specific features or other bells and whistles. It is a decent product with a decent price tag. If you're considering this jacket, we also highly recommend looking at the Columbia Whirlibird III Interchange, which is $100 less and, in our opinion, better suited for skiing.

New Colors

The North Face ThermoBall Triclimate jacket receives new color options for this season, like the one pictured above. Outside of the aesthetics, nothing about this jacket has changed.

October 2018


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Pros Inexpensive, 2 jackets in 1Stylish, quality materials, lightweight, useful ski featuresStylish, form fitting, good ski features, comfortableStylish, great ski features, inexpensive, more versatile than an insulated ski jacketInexpensive, warm, stylish
Cons No ski specific features, not stylishExpensive, afraid the potential lack of breathability could affect the down insulationExpensiveHeavy for ski touring, no insulationFits a bit snug around the hips, non-removable powder skirt
Bottom Line This is a basic, no frills jacket at a decent price.This super warm and comfortable jacket has all the features you need for a cold day at the resort, and looks good too.A high performance ski jacket that is stylish but comes with a high price tag.This super stylish jacket wins our Top Pick Award for style, and has an affordable price tag!This resort ripper will help you shred the slopes with style and ease, at a great price!
Rating Categories ThermoBall Triclimate Primo Down Jacket Arc'teryx Tiya Flylow Billie Coat Armada Stadium
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Specs ThermoBall... Primo Down Jacket Arc'teryx Tiya Flylow Billie Coat Armada Stadium
Weight (in pounds) 1.65 lbs 1.89 lbs 1.65 lbs 1.56 lbs 2 lbs
# of Pockets Shell: 3, Liner: 2 2 hand, 1 chest (with internal media), 1 sleeve, 1 internal stash, 1 internal drop-in 2 hand, 1 sleeve, 1 internal zip, 1 internal drop 2 hand, 1 chest, 1 sleeve, 1 internal 2 hand, 1 chest, 1 sleeve, 1 indernal drop-in
Main Fabric Shell: DryVent 2.5L (95% polyester / 5% elastane), Inner: 30D 100% nylon 2-layer, 70D 100% recycled nylon GORE-TEX N70p GORE-TEX with 3L tricot technology 3-layer nylon Dobby Intuitive fabric 100% Nylon
Insulation PrimaLoft ThermoBall synthetic insulation 800-fill-power Traceable Down insulation Coreloft synthetic insulation (80g/40g) N/A 80g Polyfill in body, 60g in sleeves
Waterproofing DWR DWR DWR 20k/20k waterproof breathable membrane DWR
Unique Features Removable ThermoBallâ„¢-insulated inner jacket RECCO reflector, Touch Point System embeds cord locks in the hood and hem, media pocket with cable routing RECCO Reflector RFID pocket, headphone port Sleeve pocket, internal goggle pocket, wrist gaiters
Hood Option? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pit Zips? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cuff construction Velcro Velcro Velcro Velcro Velcro with wrist gaiters
Ski features Helmet compatible hood Powder skirt is detatchable with webbing to connect to pants, google and pass pockets Powder skirt, goggle pocket, helmet compatible hood Removable powder skirt, helmet compatible hood, Pass pocket Powder skirt, pass and goggle pocket, jacket/pant interface

Our Analysis and Test Results

This low-end jacket is a decent choice for around town winter use or for hitting the slopes.

Performance Comparison


The ThermoBall Triclimate 3-in-1 jacket is a basic  no-frills model.
The ThermoBall Triclimate 3-in-1 jacket is a basic, no-frills model.

Weather Resistance


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.
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.
The Triclimate's inner jacket has a cozy, soft material.

Style


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 has a roomy fit for moving around in.

Warmth


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.
The ThermoBall Triclimate 3-in-1 jacket has a boxy fit with room for extra layers.

Ventilation


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's shell material is lined with a rubbery coating.

Ski Features


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.
There is no access to interior pockets, and no ski specific features in the Triclimate.

Best Application


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.

Value


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 ThermoBall Triclimate has a Napoleon pocket for your phone.

Conclusion


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.


Jessica Haist