We all know how quickly Winter hits here in Minnesota, which is why today is the perfect day to review an excellent choice of jacket.
The Summit Series, by The North Face, provides a number of superior Winter jackets. TNF is known for its quality product and we can be sure that no item from the Summit line will disappoint. Although there are a number to choose from, this writer’s choice is the men’s Plasma Thermal. The women’s Plasma is just as awesome!
TNF’s lightest cold-whether jacket, the Plasma, comes in a number of colors ranging from Asphalt Grey to TNF Red to Noah Green. Although this jacket is breathable and extremely light weight, just 28 ounces in the men’s version, it is one of the warmest jackets you will ever wear.
The fully adjustable hood allows for excellent comfort and protection against even the harshest elements. The Plasma is waterproof thanks to its HyVent Alpha fabric and sealed seams. Put to the test in this country’s 4th windiest city last winter, the Plasma held its own. This jacket protects against even the coldest wind better than any I have ever experienced.
When the temperature reached -20F last January, I made the mistake of locking my keys in my truck after work. It was late in the evening and very dark. The wind bit through to the bone. With my truck running and the doors sealed tightly, I had no choice but to brave the whether and attempt to unlock my doors with an old clothes-hanger that I was lucky enough to find.
Although it only took about 30 minutes to get my door unlocked, temperatures so low become very dangerous much quicker than that. At the risk of sounding too overly dramatic, it is simply fair to say that I was glad to have my Summit Series Plasma by The North Face with me that night. I was able to accomplish what I needed to get done, despite the bone-chilling wind and the Arctic cold thanks to this jacket. My core and arms were very comfortable and completely protected from the elements.
As with most North Face products, this jacket is a bit pricey, now listed at $349 on their website. However, it is my opinion that you get what you pay for when it comes to things like this. Its extremely light weight, durability, comfort and fit make it second to none.
If you are a cold whether junky or just someone that spends only a few weekends a Winter enjoying the slopes but wants a jacket that will last for many seasons, the Plasma by The North Face is the jacket for you.