We finally had some winter weather last week, and rather than be annoyed, I’m excited because it means more snow for skiing! I’m chomping at the bit to take my new North Face Fuseform Down Jacket onto the slopes, but the good news is: I’ve been wearing my Thermoball Hoodie a TON.
The North Face Thermoball Hoodie
The Thermoball hoodie (mine is High rise grey) is awesome for a number of different reasons, one of the most important in my book– it’s lightweight. Because we live near the water, we often get a cranking wind. The wind adds some serious chill, and I love having the Thermoball hoodie to take the chill off.
After I’m warmed up (or out of the wind!), I can easily tie the hoodie around my waist or stow it in my hydration pack (it’s highly compressible). I’m still amazed by the Thermoball insulation. A synthetic alternative to down, it’s just as compressible, giving a thin profile without sacrificing warmth. The best part? It insulates even when wet (perfect for winter runs with precipitation)!
The North Face Thermoball Hoodie comes in a wide variety of colors (12) and retails for $220.
The North Face Fuseform Dot Matrix Hooded Down Jacket
The Fuseform technology used in this lightweight ski jacket will keep you warm on the slopes, without feeling like the stay puff marshmallow man! The insulation is 700 fill goose down. There are zippered hand pockets, elastic cuffs, and a hem-sinch cord.
The Fuseform jacket is perfect for the slopes because it’s water resistant, filled with water-resistant down, and windproof. It also has a great, stay-put hood to keep your head warm when you aren’t wearing a helmet. The North Face Fuseform Dot Matrix Hooded Down Jacket comes in 3 different colors: starry purple (the one I have and LOVE!), kokomo green, and TNF black and retails for $399.
If you are looking for a light weight outer layer for winter running, I would definitely check out the Thermoball hoodie, and if you’re hitting the slopes the Fuseform is great (there are also a number of other excellent options at The North Face).
30 Something Mother Runner received a North Face Thermoball Hoodie and a Fuseform hooded down jacket for the purpose of this review. All opinions and writing are 100% my own.