• Available sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • Weight 370 grams
  • Cost $300.00

The North Face Women’s ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket

Puffer Jacket


Rating: 9.5 / 10
Value for Money 2.4 / 2.5
Comfort   2.4 / 2.5
Weight 2.3 / 2.5
Durability   2.4 / 2.5

The North Face Women's ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket Review

The North Face Women’s ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket would easily be my favourite and most used outdoor jacket. I wear it ALL the time. You only have to check out the photos of me on the Australian Hiker website, on Facebook and on Instagram – I really am wearing this jacket ALL the time! That goes to prove the versatility and comfort of this jacket – there’s probably no more to say….  Of course, that would be the shortest gear review ever if I stopped there.

This jacket forms a key part of my layering system.  Depending on the weather, I will have one to three layers underneath and if its really cold, my Marmot PreCip Nano Jacket as an outer shell.  It doesn’t get more complex than that! I will be comfortable, warm or toasty depending on the temperature and at no time feel ‘bulky’.

I do feel the cold and this is as close as I will ever get to going ultralight. For me, a lightweight thermal jacket needs to:

  • Do what I want it to do with limited compromise
  • Be reasonably durable but also lightweight
  • Be comfortable
  • Look good
  • Represent good value for money.

The North Face Women’s ThermoBall is all these things.  It is a synthetic jacket and that means it will keep you warm if it gets wet and will dry more quickly than a down jacket. It is super lightweight and stays light when wet.

At full price it is a pretty typical price for an insulating jacket at AUD $300 RRP but look out for the sales particularly if you don’t mind last season’s colours. Having said that, when I divide the number of wears so far against the full price, I would be down to about $1.25 per wear with many more ‘wears’ left!

This jacket folds away into its own pocket. And at night I stuff the jacket inside my Long Sleeve Crew Top to create a pillow – works like a treat!  I have washed this jacket several times now and I never have to worry about whether it will withstand the harshness of the washing machine or the clothes drier!

I love, love this jacket – it provides warm without weight. It is tough and doesn’t snag or ‘pill’.  All there is left to say is – buy one!

North Face Thermoball Womens Jacket front view Gardenia White colour

Women’s ThermoBall Jacket Black colour

We Like

  • Super lightweight, insulated jacket will keep you warm in three seasons
  • The ThermoBall™ synthetic insulation retains loft and warmth, even when wet
  • Close to the body, active fit means no bulk
  • Its made of stretch fabric which provides greater mobility
  • Secure-zip hand pockets so you won’t lose important things
  • A range of comfort features including internal elastic cuffs, hem cinch-cord to keep you toasty when you need
  • Stowable in pocket for easy packing
  • Its water-resistant so there’s not need to rush getting the rain jacket out

We Don't Like

  • Hmmmm – I really am stumped! I could say cost but if you wear it often or buy it on sale, that won’t be a problem

Buy One

You can purchase The North Face Women’s ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket online from The North Face Australia, Wildfire Sports, or from Wild Earth

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Best Uses

  • Great choice for your layering system
  • A good three season jacket
  • For the ultra-lighters

Wearing the Thermoball Jacket during a cold winters day. This is the ideal jacket when you get an extreme range of temperatures, just change the layering underneath


$300.00 AUD RRP  Keep an eye out for the sales

Other Versions

  • Available in a range of colours
  • The North Face produces a range of jackets in varying weights with the ThermoBall being one of the lightest
  • Also available in vest, hooded and parka versions

Northface are obviously doing something right because when we travelled through Bhutan in 2012 there were a lot of rip off versions around


This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by Australian Hiker

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