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The North Face Arrowood Triclimate - Women's Review

The Arrowood is a great three-in-one jacket for a mild climate.
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Price:  $200 List | $198.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Three-in-one, water and windproof, fleece liner, sleek, form-fitting, lightweight
Cons:  Cold, cold pockets, thin insulation, finicky zipper
Manufacturer:   The North Face
By Liz Williamson ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 12, 2018
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RANKED
#15 of 18
  • Warmth - 30% 5
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 7
  • Comfort - 20% 7
  • Style - 20% 7
  • Durability - 5% 7

Our Verdict

The North Face Arrowood Triclimate is three-jackets-in one. The outer shell is DryVent. It's breathable, waterproof, and does a pretty good job in wet weather, but it isn't as bombproof as some of the other waterproof jackets we tested. The DWR finish doesn't bead water as well. The inner layer is a mid-weight fleece. This jacket is lightweight even when you wear both layers together. It can handle some wet weather but isn't meant for cold winters. If you live in a mild climate and want a versatile jacket to layer, this could be the right one for you.

If you live somewhere that experiences colder winters, check out the best buy award-winning Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Down Jacket. It's highly water-resistant, insulated with 650 fill goose down, and it won't break the bank. The Patagonia Tres Down Parka is the most waterproof option.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


A great jacket for a mild-climate  in between seasons  or someone that is in the market for three jackets in one. Stylish  form-fitting and with an athletic touch  this jacket was great for falls hikes or rainy days.
A great jacket for a mild-climate, in between seasons, or someone that is in the market for three jackets in one. Stylish, form-fitting and with an athletic touch, this jacket was great for falls hikes or rainy days.

Warmth


This isn't a jacket that you want to be wearing when you're unexpectedly caught in a snowstorm. The outer shell is DryVent, which means it's waterproof and breathable. Which is great, but it doesn't provide much warmth on its own. The interior fleece layer does a decent job of keeping us warm, but it doesn't compare to the superior warmth of down insulation. It does an okay job in mildly cold weather, but once temperatures started to drop, we were cold.

The hood and pockets have no insulation, so they don't hold any warmth. Luckily, there is enough room to fit a beanie underneath it. You can always wear gloves, but the outer pockets would be a lot warmer with fleece lining, like the Canada Goose Shelburne Parka, Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Down Jacket, or Fjallraven Nuuk Insulated Parka.

The Arrowood is slightly warmer than the Columbia Heavenly due to its outer shell, which does a better job of keeping us warm in windy and stormy weather. Overall, it's about as warm as the Arc'teryx Darrah. The North Face Metropolis Down Parka II and Gotham II Hooded Down Jacket are both warmer. And the other three-in-one jacket we tested, the Patagonia Tres Down Parka does a far better job of keeping us dry and warm in wet weather. But it comes at a steeper price.

The hood doesn't detach  but we didn't find this to be a problem. There is no insulation in the hood. On cold days  we could feel it but there is enough room to wear a beanie underneath.
The hood doesn't detach, but we didn't find this to be a problem. There is no insulation in the hood. On cold days, we could feel it but there is enough room to wear a beanie underneath.

Weather Resistance


Were are disappointed in this jacket's waterproofing. When we tested it in the shower, water initially beaded up and rolled off, but it eventually started to saturate the outer fabric. The waterproof and breathable membrane works, and the underlayer doesn't get wet, but the DWR (durable water repellent) finish does not shed water nearly as well as the Patagonia Tres Down Parka.

Because of how thin the insulation is, when we were caught outside in stormy weather, we could really feel the wind cut. Especially when compared to a jacket with thick insulation like the our Best Buy winner, the Marmot Montreaux, or the Canada Goose Kensington Parka.

One issue we had with this jacket in terms of style was when we wore all the layers together  the fleece under layer stuck out a bit. It wasn't the biggest problem and we were able to shove it back into the sleeves  but it's something to keep in mind.
One issue we had with this jacket in terms of style was when we wore all the layers together, the fleece under layer stuck out a bit. It wasn't the biggest problem and we were able to shove it back into the sleeves, but it's something to keep in mind.

Comfort


We are impressed by how comfortable we are when we wear all these layers together. Unlike the Patagonia Tres Down Parka, which is a bit constricting in the shoulders, we had no issues with this jacket running small. When worn independently, each layer is comfortable. There's enough room underneath the outer shell to wear a sweater or thicker layer. The fleece liner doesn't offer as much room underneath it to wear a thick layer, but we didn't find that to be a problem.

Whether worn separately or together this jacket is extremely lightweight. The jacket weights a total of 1.3 lbs. It would almost work well for someone that likes to hike or spend time outside hiking. It's easy to separate the layers and even tie the fleece around your waist if you get too hot. If a three-in-one jacket isn't what you are looking for, but you want something just as comfortable check out the North Face Gotham II Down Jacket.

The only issues we have with this jacket in terms of comfort is that the pockets are thin and have no insulation. There is also no fleece liner in the pockets, a feature that most jackets have that help keep your hands warm in cold weather. So, if you like this jacket, you may want to bring gloves when you go outside!

Front view of the outer shell. Athletic  sporty and form-fitting  this jacket is a great option for a mild-climate or in between seasons.
Back view of the outer shell. It's form-fitting  but not restricting. We liked how it fit and looked.
The fleece liner is lightweight  comfortable and looks great. We loved wearing this layer on mild fall mornings. We wouldn't recommend wearing it in the snow  but it is a nice under layer for the right environment.

Style


Simple, athletic, and sleek, the Triclimate is a sporty jacket. As such, its great for running around town it, going to the gym or going for a walk. The smooth outer shell is simple, compared to the Fjallraven Nuuk Insulated Parka, which has a waxy coating and Italian faux leather. The exterior is comparable to the Arc'teryx Patera and the Arc'teryx Darrah. If you are looking for a jacket that is going to be warmer, and you aren't concerned about it being waterproof, check out the Patagonia Down With It Parka.

The only issue we really had with this jacket in terms of style, was when we wore both layers together the fleece liner poked out of the sleeves. It's not the biggest deal, just something to keep in mind.

The main feature of this jacket would have to be it's three-in-one option. The outer shell and fleece under layer zip together  creating a lightweight waterproof jacket perfect for a mild and wet climate.
The main feature of this jacket would have to be it's three-in-one option. The outer shell and fleece under layer zip together, creating a lightweight waterproof jacket perfect for a mild and wet climate.

Features


The Arrowood Triclimate Jacket's most important feature is its three-in-one construction. The outer shell is waterproof and breathable. The interior layer is a fleece zip up. They zip together to create a mildly warm winter jacket, but it's not a coat intended for below freezing temperatures.

The outer shell has two exterior pockets. They aren't lined with fleece like the Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Parka or the Marmot Montreaux. There are no internal cuffs in the sleeves, like the Rab Deep Cover Parka or the Fjallraven Nuuk Insulated Parka. This small and subtle feature works wonders in cold weather.

The inner liner is a fleece zip up. It's a great layer for mild weather, but when worn by itself it doesn't compare to the warmth of the puffy down layer, that the Patagonia Tres Down Parka offers. The Arrowood fleece liner has two exterior pockets.

Both layers only have a normal main zipper, not a double sided zipper. We didn't find this to be a problem because of the jacket's short length. If the jacket reached mid-thigh or above our knee, a double-sided zipper would come in handy.

The outer shell and fleece under layer connect for a snap at the wrist. We did have a style issue with this because the fleece liner poked out from underneath the outer shell.
The outer shell and fleece under layer connect for a snap at the wrist. We did have a style issue with this because the fleece liner poked out from underneath the outer shell.

Durability


We didn't have any durability issues with this jacket during the months that we tested it. The thick and smooth outer shell did a reasonable job repelling water and handling weather. The DWR coating isn't the best, so we recommend refinishing it early and often.

There is minimal stitching on the outer shell, so we don't foresee snags as a major issue. The same can be said of the inner fleece layer as well.

Best Applications


This is a great option for someone living in a mild-climate like Portland, San Francisco, or Seattle. The outer shell is waterproof and does a pretty good job in wet weather, but it doesn't compare to the Patagonia Tres Down Parka. The three-in-one option is great for someone in the market for a waterproof shell and a nice fleece jacket. If you are looking for the same style jacket with a smooth, waterproof outer shell check out the even warmer and more waterproof Arc'teryx Patera.

We had no problem wearing this jacket on a crisp fall day. The outer shell is stylish and waterproof. We weren't worried about getting caught in a light snow or light rain in this jacket!
We had no problem wearing this jacket on a crisp fall day. The outer shell is stylish and waterproof. We weren't worried about getting caught in a light snow or light rain in this jacket!

Value


With a price tag of $200, this jacket is a little expensive for what it offers. Yes, there is a waterproof shell, a fleece liner, and when worn together you have a warmer jacket, but it's not that warm. It may be a great value for someone that's in the market for a mild jacket, but if you are looking for a winter jacket, we recommend keep looking.

The Patagonia Tres Down Parka is a better option if you are looking for a warmer and waterproof option. If you live in a climate that tends to get primarily snow over rain in the winter, the Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Parka.

Conclusion


Overall, the Arrowood Triclimate is a good option for someone in the market for a mild winter jacket. This jacket isn't intended for heavy rain or snow storms, but for the right environment, it's great. The waterproof outer shell blocks wind, rain, and is breathable. The inner fleece liner does a great job keeping us snug when temperatures stay above freezing and is also nice to wear by itself.


Liz Williamson