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.
The North Face ThermoBall Triclimate - Women's ReviewPrice: $299 List | $149.47 at Backcountry
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Inexpensive, 2 jackets in 1
Cons: No ski specific features, not stylish
Bottom line: This is a basic, no frills jacket at a decent price.
# of Pockets: Shell: 3, Liner: 2
Main Fabric: Shell: DryVent 2.5L (95% polyester / 5% elastane), Inner: 30D 100% nylon
Manufacturer: The North Face
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Our Analysis and Test Results
This low-end jacket is a decent choice for around town winter use or for hitting the slopes.
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 or the Orage Nina. 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.
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 ThermoBall Triclimate is in the middle of the pack regarding warmth. It is similar to the Mountain Hardwear Barnsie in insulation but 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 an additional layer underneath on cold days.
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.
This jacket is pretty uninspiring in the style department. We like the red heather 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.
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.
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 drop an extra $50 and get the Nina, 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 North Face ThermoBall Triclimate came in last place 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.
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