The North Face Apex Bionic Vest - Men's

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From a mountain ridge to the rock wall, keep your core protected from chilly springtime wind gusts, with The North Face Apex Bionic Vest for men. Windproof, water resistant and highly breathable, this durable soft shell vest features TNF™ Apex ClimateBlock technology to shut out the elements while still allowing interior moisture to escape, providing temperature-regulating warmth and versatility wherever you seek adventure. The fleece backer adds warmth and durability while front pockets shelter cold hands from the chilly breeze. Lightweight and packable, the Apex Bionic is easy to store and transport for added insulation when you need it. From trail running on a muddy April morning, to multi-pitch climbing in Idaho and getting in spring glacier runs on your skis, the men's Apex Bionic Vest will keep you protected so you can stay out longer.

Specifications

  • Fabric: 90D 351 g/sq m (10.3 oz/sq yd) plain weave polyester TNF™ Apex ClimateBlock
  • TNF™ Apex ClimateBlock fabric wind permeability rated at 0 CFM (fully windproof)
  • Fleece backer
  • Napoleon chest pocket
  • Two hand pockets
  • Velcro® adjustable cuffs
  • Hem cinch cord
  • Standard fit
  • Length from center back: 27 in
  • Average weight: 550 g, 16.2 oz

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Review Summary

4.9 out of 5

41 Reviews

Pros
  • Performance: 6
  • Build quality: 5
  • Great design: 4
  • Ease of use: 2

Cons
  • Cost: 2
  • none!: 1
  • not conducive to anything active: 1
Quality: 5 / 5
Durability: 4.8 / 5
Comfort: 4.7 / 5
Warmth: 3.8 / 5
Fit: 3.1 / 5

41 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 2 / 5
MajorDuc
from Montana
55-64 yrs

Great all season equipment
May 04, 2011

I believe that I will end up using this vest more than any other shell that I own, and that covers 4 hard shells, 3 soft shells and 4 high end fleece vests. It has a nice fit, athletic but not as form fitting as TNF Flight series, so a large fits comfortably over a chamois shirt and I have a 44" chest, athletic build tending towards stocky. Windproof, highly water repellent, great for temps into the 30's if you are moving, layers easily under other layers for extra dialing in just the right amount of insulation. Definitely a keeper!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
Carthave
from Sausalito, CA
35-44 yrs

You will never go wrong with this vest.
August 09, 2011

This is my second TNF Apex Bionic Vets in 6 years. I am extremely happy that my second one is as good as my first one. One change is that the length of the collar is a little higher. It's a change that is growing on me. I use it around town and for layering in very cold conditions on the mountain. I am on the shorter side (5' 8") but I have a 41" chest because I work out a lot. The medium fits very well and still has room for layers underneath.

Pros: Great design, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
Raypat
from Philadelphia

July 27, 2011

North Face doesn't disappoint!! This vest is multifunctional ,high quality, and good looking! Fits true to size- I like my stuff to be more fitting and this vest does the the trick! I use this for late fall golf, in the winter under my snowboard jacket as a layer, and an all year round just out and about.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
TXLonghorn345
from Austin, TX
25-34 yrs

Great Product - very versatile
December 29, 2010

I bought this product as a Christmas gift for me and I loved it! I can wear it with hooded sweater shirts, sweaters, and pretty much anything else. My item arrives very quickly and I was very satisfied overall with having purchased from Altrec. Would recommend both the vest and the Altrec to others.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Comfortable
May 21, 2009

Fits very well, easy to move around in, overall this is a great buy for a vest.

Nice Vest
May 14, 2009

Wish it had an inside pocket otherwise, great vest fits nicely.

Raypat
from Philadelphia

July 27, 2011

North Face doesn't disappoint!! This vest is multifunctional ,high quality, and good looking! Fits true to size- I like my stuff to be more fitting and this vest does the the trick! I use this for late fall golf, in the winter under my snowboard jacket as a layer, and an all year round just out and about.

Pros: Performance, Ease of use, Great value

I wear this everywhere
December 08, 2007

From fall to spring I have this vest on almost constantly. Anything 15F and over, I wear a sweatshirt under it and it's perfect. When it's less than 0F, I put a jacket over it. I wear it inside in cool buildings, as a spring jacket, ski jacket, and just about anything else. In short, I wear it everywhere and very rarely do I need anything else.

Lightweight heaven
December 28, 2009

This is a perfect vest for cooler weather or layering under a jacket on cold, snowy days. Great fit (6' 195lbs=large), that allows for maximum mobility, yet stays close to your body to keep your core warm and toasty. The outer shell will keep the wind from blowing through like other fleece vests and it's water resistant as well.

Very nice looking and perfect to wear under a North Face shell.
January 05, 2010

I purchased the Apex Bionic vest for my Father-in-law for Christmas and he loved it. My husband, kids and I all wear North Face (lots of it) and as usual the quality and fit is great.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
Stumpy
from Bristol, RI
25-34 yrs

Great Vest!!!
November 19, 2010

Ordered this vest online wasn't sure how it would fit or how the color would look. Once I recieved it, I tried it on and loved it. the fitis true to size and I loved the color. Have worn it everyday since.

Pros: Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
JinGer
from Oklahoma City, OK
45-54 yrs

Fantastic Vest
November 19, 2010

I absolutely adore this vest. I use it on a daily basis, whether it be running errands to playing golf with my pals. Would recommend for its agileness as well as its warmth! 10/10!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
ENZO916
from Elk Grove,California
25-34 yrs

great product
March 12, 2012

love the styling, great product, would recommend to a person who loves a casual vest for everyday use. It fits perfect and the color seems like it wont fade.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
DUBLIN

September 01, 2011

great vest. warm with good fit. seems slightly smaller in chest than other north face small sized items, which may or may not be an issue depending on what you are wearing under it.

Pros: Build quality
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 3 / 5
BogotaCooler
from Bogota, Colombia
25-34 yrs

Great item!
April 18, 2011

I bought this because I recently moved to Bogota, Colombia and it is cold here everyday, but not cold enough like in DC in winter. I've been wearing it for the past couple of weeks and it's been amazing. It's light enough for one to use it daily and it basically makes you feel warm enough so that you can move around a lot. It's really comfortable and it looks great with just about anything. I really recommend this item to anyone looking for a nice, lightweight vest for a cool weather.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: none!

I love this vest. I wear this everyday
September 18, 2009

It is lightweight and is warm for both the fall and winter. It is the best! My first north face.

The perfect mid-layer!
April 16, 2009

Every other mid-layer I used was too hot or too cold. This is perfect! The lack of arms and insulation are key. Works great without a shell when it's warm and sunny too, since it breaks the wind so well.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FlightMedic
from Michigan
35-44 yrs

Great Vest Light Weight and Warm !!
November 25, 2010

I bought this vest last spring and it has been great. The vest is very light weight and yet still keeps me warm and yet keeps the wind out. Since I bought last years modle it does not have the zipper on the front like the new style. A few of my coworkers have also bought them and all are very happy with TNF quality. This also has a draw string waist so the wind does not come up under the vest LOVE it !!

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
guardian
from I live in Western Colorado 75 miles from Aspen
55-64 yrs

Great Purchase
December 17, 2010

I was very happy to purchase the North Face Apex Bionic Vest. The fit was great and it stays in place without moving around. It is very sharp looking. It is very warm and an excellent choice when you are engaging in physical activity such as bicycle riding. It would not be of much use in really cold weather, but it is not designed for this. It was a little pricey, but I feel you get what you pay for and don't regret buying it at all. I will probably buy another one in a different color one of these days.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost

Unique Styling
November 06, 2007

Very minimalist--great product---make more colors I'll buy them all

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
NY22

Great Vest!
December 01, 2010

great quality vest and fast shipping! highly recommend! am going to order in another color!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance

looking good
April 09, 2010

Overall this piece has treated me well so far. Only had it for a couple of weeks but it's been a great addition for the unpredictable days of spring in the Mid-Atlantic. Wish it had a chest zip pocket. That's my only complaint.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
SFabc
top250Contributor

from SF, CA
45-54 yrs

versatile vest
October 25, 2011

Excellent vest which can be worn in cold/wet or warm weather. Wear it with a t-shirt in a mild day or as a layer under a jacket in chilly days are all your option.

Pros: Great design, Lasts forever, Performance, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
alimountainman
from Canadian Tx
25-34 yrs

Awesome VEST
November 10, 2010

This vest not only looks good but also keeps the core very warm!!!! AWESOME VEST!!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
tinchuu
from Mar del Plata, Arg
35-44 yrs

best north face vest
October 17, 2010

I love it. It is lightweight, very confortable, and the best for north face products. I use it everyday in my work, inside place, my office, and feel so nice. Many times when i run in a cold day, i use it too. I am thinking in buying one more, but with a different colour. I would strongly recommends it.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
ComfortShoes: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
SamS
from Chicago, IL
25-34 yrs

Great product
October 06, 2010

Its a well fitting vest. I wear it as an inner layer when it gets too cold under my winter coat. Its wind-resistant but not really cold resistant.

Pros: Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Findley

Nice-looking, solid performance vest
November 12, 2010

I've been wearing the Apex Bionic Vest for a week now in mid-November Wisconsin weather, which is getting colder and windier. So far, the jacket is exactly what I wanted. Keeps the wind out, and is surprisingly warm given that it's simply a vest. I'm 6'0 and 170, and the medium fits perfectly. It's fairly slim but not tight, and it should fit under most other jackets and softshells for that extra bit of warmth as it gets even colder. Very pleased so far. Can't speak to the durability yet, but it seems like a fairly tough garment so I don't expect to have any problems. I'd recommend it for fall and early spring, and as a layer in winter. And given its warmth, it should be good on its own, over a fleece, during more aerobic winter outings (I plan on using it for snowshoeing). It's warm and blocks the wind, and is pretty sharp-looking to boot.

Pros: Performance, Great value, windproof, warm

Comfortable, Light and Sharp Looking!
March 29, 2010

Love the vest and will be wearing it a lot. It is very comfortable and light. It's made of a nice material that feels very durable and doesn't attract every single piece of lint. You will get compliments at how nice looking it is too. Worth the money rather than buying another name brand that doesn't hold up or isn't the same quality. You will be pleased with the vest.

ComfortShoes: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
MarketingMan
from The Adirondacks in Upstate New York
25-34 yrs

North Face Apex Bionic Vest
September 16, 2010

What else can I say about another great North Face product. Well, I had to have this vest! I bought it last week - and have worn it almost every day since. It is just the right weight. It is cut very generously for wear over a shirt or sweater. Pockets are in the right locations, and the collar is cut at the right spot so that it is neither too short, or too tall. I am wicked psyched that this exceeded my expectations. I would definitely recommend this vest to anyone that is looking for a soft shell vest that is good for most weather scenarios. Thanks!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance

WORTH THE MONEY!
December 07, 2009

LOOKED AROUND AT OTHERS BUT THIS WAS CLEARLY THE BEST.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
amc2010
from Washington D.C.
25-34 yrs

Great Purchase
December 27, 2010

I bought this for my father-in-law for Christmas, and he absoluately loved it! Since we're in a four season state, it's great for all the types of weather we get here.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
woody22
from Arlington Vermont
55-64 yrs

Very good quailty
October 15, 2010

This was my first purchase of a North Face [Men's Apex Bionic Vest] clothing item, I was impressed by the quality of workmanship, no loose or hanging threads, a smart and visually appealing design. Lite weight but warm enough to wear when the temps are in the 30s. I choose an XL as my weight is 190 and I am 5'10" tall.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 2 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 3 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 3 / 5
DCGuyFromChi
from Washington, DC
25-34 yrs

Neither Here Nor There
October 20, 2011

I would like to say that I love Altrec, and always try to order from them first. To the vest: I typically love TNF products, especially the Apex series, but the Apex Bionic vest missed the mark. I was expecting the material to offer more of a stretch, but it was very rigid and stiff. I should preface that I ordered the Apex Bionic vest in "Black," which I believe is from last season, and I heard after-the-fact that the material used for this season's Apex Bionic vest, such as "TNF Black," were less rigid. So, reviewing the vest in "Black," I cannot imagine the Apex Bionic vest from last season being conducive to anything active. Further, it does not look particularly crisp, so it is not a great casual piece either.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Cons: not conducive to anything active
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
captMG
from Rice Lake, WI
45-54 yrs

Nice Vest
April 30, 2012

Nice vest, I bought it to replace a fleece on both sides vest that is starting to show it's age. I think this vest will hold up much better and hold it's shape as well, I think this is a best combination of adding warmth but not too warm and is thin enough to use it in layers if you need to. I did not know if this vest would be worth the money but I think it is, I just bought it so not sure about the durability of it.

Pros: Build quality, style, fit and finish, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
CitySlicker11
from New York, NY
18-24 yrs

Perfect for city commute or walk in the woods
December 19, 2010

I bought this Apex vest because I already have and love the full Apex Bioic jacket but when I would take the subway during early late spring or early fall I found it to be to warm. The vest works perfectly to fix that problem. The vest still gives me the warmth I need for the core without making me sweat in the subway. I find it perfect for any day that is cold enough you need to wear something without making you overheat. I found I needed to get a smaller size then normal because I didn't want it to be too loose on me. Great buy, comfortable, warm and it looks real good too.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Tumbleweed
from Arkansas
45-54 yrs

Perfect for work or play.
November 24, 2010

This vest is a great addition to any wardrobe. I bought it for my son to wear on cool mornings when a full jacket is not needed. I am very pleased with the look and quality. Great Product!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, can dress it up or down

Classy Look
April 17, 2009

What surprised me about this vest is that it that it has a very polished, sharp, look which is surprising for a casual vest. It is light enough to keep on inside if necessary.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
tweh
from Austin, Texas
45-54 yrs

Great Vest!
January 04, 2011

My daughter and I "shared" the first Apex Bionic Vest that I bought from Altrec last Christmas. I originally purchased this for my older son - but, it was a little too tight on him - so we "inherited" it - We have liked it so much (and were tired of sharing) that I purchased another one this Christmas (in another color). We like it big (I wear it running or with leggings when I am out running errands) - typically I am a Women's 6 or so (I'm 5'8" 135 lbs - and my daughter is slightly smaller) - a men's medium may seem big - but, for the fit we are looking for it's great. I love the material and it has worn so well - despite the constant wear and tear. It repels the wind very well and it is extremely versatile - it looks great for a workout and my high school daughter wears it to school. I highly recommend it and will probably get a third one sometime soon!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
PATSFAN
from JOHNSTON, RI
25-34 yrs

NORTH FACE VEST
December 16, 2010

ABSOLUTE QUALITY! ALTREC.COM IS HIGHTLY RECOMENDED. WILL DO ALL FUTURE SHOPPING WITH THEM. THANKS!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Sierradog
35-44 yrs

Great Vest!
June 16, 2011

I love this vest plain and simple. It fits great, looks great and is stylish. While I have only had it for a short time I wish I had purchased this when I first saw it months ago. I recommend this product.

Pros: Great design, Build quality
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
chessman
from UK
35-44 yrs

Perfect for cycling
October 20, 2010

Now that the Autumn has set in, I find this the perfect top to wear when I'm cycling in to work - breathable, but protects my core from the wind and general cold. But would be equally well used as an inner layer under a shell out hiking, or even to the office Great fit- I normally take a large, and that is the size which fits me perfectly with this. I looked at a lot of vests, and do not regret choosing this one.

Pros: Great design, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
Live2Run
from Boulder, Colorado
35-44 yrs

A real performer
November 24, 2010

This is a very well made vest with a lighter weight non-bulky fabric that really delivers.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size small, size medium, size large, size extra large and size extra extra large: s, m, l, xl, xxl.

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