The North Face Impulse 1/4 Zip Shirt-123328 - Men's

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Sometimes you get the itch to go fast and light, sometimes you just want to hang. Whatever your inspiration you'll blow away the nay-sayers while wearing The North Face Men's Impulse ¼-Zip Shirt. A technical, lightweight go-to layering piece, this performance shirt features convenient storage pockets, mesh ventilation panels and thumbholes that keep sleeves in place and wrists protected. Strategically placed mesh venting, wicking fabric, and flat-locked seams provide the optimum in moisture management and comfort, while glow-in-the-dark zip pulls assure you're seen in a fading light. From North Face's high-performance Flight Series, the Men's Impulse 1/4 Zip Shirt was designed for multi-sport athletes who like to be on the move. This North Face performance shirt offers UPF 30 (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) protection.

Specifications

  • Body Fabric: 198 g/sq m (5.8 oz/sq yd); 88% polyester, 12% elastane
  • Panels: 160 g/sq m (4.7 oz/sq yd); 100% polyester oval double knit with Sanitized Silver® anti-odor treatment
  • Body mapped for increased comfort and temperature regulation
  • Flat-locked seams
  • Wrapped seams
  • Left bicep zip security pocket
  • Monkey thumbs thumbholes
  • Glow-in-the-dark zip pulls
  • Drop-tail hem
  • Wicking
  • Reflective logos
  • Flight Series® collection
  • Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) 30

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Review Summary

4.6 out of 5

46 Reviews

Pros
  • Build quality: 3
  • Great design: 3
  • Lasts forever: 3
  • Performance: 22

Cons
  • Cost: 2
  • Bad design: 1
  • doesn't shed moisture: 1
  • heavy when wet: 1
Comfort: 4.8 / 5
Quality: 4.7 / 5
Wicking: 4.6 / 5
Durability: 4.3 / 5
Fit: 3.3 / 5

46 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Wicking: 4 / 5
MNRunner
35-44 yrs

Great fit and breathable
October 31, 2011

I recently purchased this 1/4 zip top for running outside in the cool evenings. So far I'm very happy with this top. It breathes well and its light weight. It seems to be a high-quality product as well. I would recommend this to others. The only small downside for me is the lack of reflector strips, but that's not a huge issue.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Wicking: 4 / 5
surfsalterpath
top1000Contributor

from salter path
45-54 yrs

comfort yes
December 05, 2010

my go to yoga shirt easy to doff easy to don great lounging around short too gotta get me another

Pros: Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5
CarlV
from SF Bay Area
25-34 yrs

Great for layering!
November 20, 2011

This shirt is great as a base layer when worn under a soft shell jacket. I haven't had to resort to opening my jacket's upper inside arm-to-flank vents to regulate my core temp. The fit is on the athletic side which I appreciate; no bagginess at the waist like most shirts!

Pros: Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Wicking: 4 / 5
Garrison
from Sandusky, Michigan

Wicks, But Doesn't "Unwick"
February 16, 2013

Bought this for use as a mid layer. Nylon mesh T-shirt, NF Impulse shirt, Brooks Essential Jacket. Fit is just a little on the large side, but so am I. I'm a heavy sweater, even in cold weather, and while this product wicks the moisture well, it doesn't shed it. It just takes forever to dry. And it is not light when wet. When I get back from a 5 mile run, I can wring the water out of it, hang it up to dry and 5 hours later it's still damp. That being said, it does keep me warm, and with the mesh base layer it's not clammy. Just don't plan on using it again the same day. Works marginally better as a top layer in runs 30-40ºF.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Wicking: 3 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
ZakT

Smart Purchase
December 05, 2010

Works great as a light base layer and is not too heavy. It is great for running and has held up very well.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5
RutherfordtheRunner
from Atlanta, GA
35-44 yrs

Great for casual or active outdoors
December 27, 2011

I bought a 1/4 zip impulse for those brisk evening jogs in the fall or winter. Upon first receiving, admittedly i wasnt that impressed. It appeared thin and not substaintal. After getting home later in the evening, i tossed on a t-shirt and the gear and then went for a jog. It was ~45 degrees outside and the pullover did a great jog keeping me warm and wicking away moisture. I enjoyed the monkey holes and the overall fit. I still think there is more upside to TNF in some of their other gear; however, i was left pleased in the end.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Great value, Cons: preceived quality
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5
acadialover
from middle of nowhere, ny
35-44 yrs

excellent
May 25, 2012

Product very comfortable. fits well, love the thumb holes, great for skiing. Would highly recommend this product. Great length in the arms for those with orangutan arms.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 4 / 5
DaNorfFace

September 17, 2011

Great buy. Fits well, stays in good shape after washing. True to size, and looks sharp. Excellent for the gym or to wear for a casual evening out, too.

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

January 11, 2011

My boyfriend loved this shirt. He wears it all the time because it keeps him warm but it's not very heavy so he can wear in under sweat shirts and jackets.

surfsalterpath
from salter path

nice layer or only shirt
April 14, 2011

Easy on/off. Comfortable. Wish NF/altrec had more color selections. Easy clean. I am liking all these new performance fabric options. Used to be an all-cotton dude.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5
GearedUp
35-44 yrs

the anytime pullover
September 09, 2012

This shirt is perfect for any activity. I use it primarily for sleeping. It is a perfect night shirt. I am 6'0", 195, and I get the XL and I am quite comfortable in it. It is a bit big on me but I don't use it to "wick" anything away. If I did that the large would be perfect. I like things loose in the chest (and belly). The sleeves are snug and comfortable enough though to gently roll them up my forearms and they stay perfectly. This is a terrific pullover for any occasion and for any body type.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Great value
EricP

My favorite long-sleeve shirt
December 06, 2010

This shirt is great! In fact, I'm looking to buy another one because I like it so much. Despite being a very light piece of clothing, it has always kept me warm during runs in near freezing temperatures. I'm 5'9" and 160 pounds and a medium fits perfectly on me.

dailyrunner
from Chicago, IL

Men's Impulse 1/4 Zip 2010
February 28, 2011

I have both 2009 and 2010 impulse 1/4 zip. There are some subtle differences. The 2010 impulse seems a little bit smaller than the 2009 impulse, but still true to the size. The chest pocket of 2009 is moved to the arm. It feels strange and thick if you don't use it for your mp3 player or keys. The chest zip of the 2010 is 2" shorter. I found it as a drawback if you want to cool down your body quick. Overall, I like the style and would recommend it.

HornedFrog
from Dallas, TX

Durability
March 01, 2011

Have been using this jacket to run in and for camping. It is great with temperature control, not so great on durability. The material that the back and underarms are made from our a little fragile. The material will snag easy, not sure if it was from the backpack or maybe from the velcro on a jacket that I wore on top of it. Highly suggest buying this if you are looking for a layer to wear while running or hiking. It breathes great and keeps you warm, but does not make you over heat. Fits great. I ordered a Med and am 6' 155 lbs. Ordered one for my wife too.

FitClothes: 4 / 5
Garrison
from Sandusky, Michigan
55-64 yrs

Wicks, But Doesn't "Unwick"
February 16, 2013

Bought this for use as a mid layer. Nylon mesh T-shirt, NF Impulse shirt, Brooks Essential Jacket. Fit is just a little on the large side, but so am I. I'm a heavy sweater, even in cold weather, and while this product wicks the moisture well, it doesn't shed it. It just takes forever to dry. And it is not light when wet. When I get back from a 5 mile run, I can wring the water out of it, hang it up to dry and 5 hours later it's still damp. That being said, it does keep me warm, and with the mesh base layer it's not clammy. Just don't plan on using it again the same day. Works marginally better as a top layer in runs 30-40ºF.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Cons: heavy when wet, doesn't shed moisture

Love it; never disappointed
February 22, 2009

I have many NF layers but none with the kind of stretchy comfort that this provides. For something that isn't made of fleece, it keeps me quite warm. Also provides a simple extra layer for running outdoors when it is cooler, and without heat/perspiration retention. Way to go, NF, once again!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 4 / 5
Honolulu
45-54 yrs

Hubby happy
January 18, 2013

Bought this for my hubby for Xmas and he loves this impulse shirt. Perfect fit and looks great. So hard to buy for men so thrilled that I got a thumbs up!

WIUltraRunner
from Kenosha, WI

Came back to buy more
March 07, 2011

As an ultramarathoner, I spend long hours running outside. As a Wisconsinite, more than a few of these hours are spent at temperatures below freezing. I just got this top a few weeks ago and I've been kicking myself for only getting one (so now I'm back to get another one or two)! The fit is fantastic, it's lightweight and breathable, and it performs well on its own down to about 27 degrees F. Colder than that, it's a great midlayer under a jacket. My only negative is with the arm pocket; it's a little difficult to open with one hand and something the size of a cellphone is going to shift around a lot. Otherwise, it's a good spot for keys, money, ID, etc.

5hamiltons
from Jefferson City, MO

Great running jacket!
February 25, 2011

I bought this for my husband for the colder months when he likes to run outside. He says it is exactly what he was wanting. The pullover is lightweight yet warm enough to run in colder temperatures.

snowman10
from florida

love my northface running gear
April 14, 2011

the impluse is perfect on my early morning runs and also when i do 5k and 10k races ... it's very light, keeps you dry, keeps you warm on cold days run without overheating and the fit is great. i would recommend this product :)

jmitch12

January 08, 2011

Great and light weight, i would recommend for any running activities. I really like the wicking material.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
Run12345
from Seattle

Nice shirt
December 13, 2012

The main reason I got this shirt was to wear under my Stormy Trail jacket. I was looking for a shirt with thumb holes as I don't like to wear gloves when I run. Having the sleeve cover the back of my hand is perfect. The shirt has nice venting on the back and arms so I don't over heat. The sizing is on the large side. I'm 5'11 and 172 Lbs. and I went with a Med. The arm pocket has a hole on the inside for my head phone cord, a nice touch.

Pros: Great design, Build quality
itri

Great running shirt
December 18, 2010

I bought this shirt for my boyfriend after I read the great reviews. He saw it in the North Face Store and loved it. He's been wanting a running shirt that has the thumbholes. I was nervous because he has long arms, but it's great. It is thinner than I thought it was going to be but I think it'll actually be perfect.

MedStudent

No Regrets Buying This
May 04, 2011

I wear this to run in all the time. I love that it is light enough to run in and still keeps me warm in the cold weather. I have no regrets buying this and I'm strongly considering buying another one.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Wicking: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
Wjarv

Nice product, a little short for taller people.
November 29, 2012

Nice lightweight shirt. Primarily used for running, hiking and biking on fall and winter days. I'm 6'0 and size L is borderline short on body but will fit as long as you don't shrink it.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5
Rearls
from Pasadena, CA

Excellent TNF product
March 25, 2013

I bought this to use as a base layer while running in cool weather. It works as described and looks good. I usually wear it under a running jacket, but have used it on its own as well. It is my favorite running base layer.

Pros: Great design, Performance

Excellent for winter trail runs
January 31, 2010

Have worn this shirt with a short sleeve compression underneath for 25-40 degree trail runs: very comfortable, didn't cause me to sweat yet kept me warm enough. Nicely fitting so it doesn't get snagged on branches, rocks, etc along the trail. I was hesitant to put anything in the chest pocket (e.g., energy gel) however doing so hasn't resulted in wear on the shirt nor has it caused irritation.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5
blandino

September 23, 2013

nice, i use this for running, and it fits very good with my body, excellent product

Pros: Great design, Performance
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Wicking: 4 / 5
Chriser
from Chicago, IL
35-44 yrs

March 27, 2012

Not bad...feels a little cheap compared to most of their stuff. Feels very lightweight compared to most TNF clothing. Pretty good for the price though.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use, Cons: Low performance
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5

35-44 yrs

North Face Impulse excellent!
April 01, 2012

This shirt is extremely comfortable and the fit runs slightly large. I'm 6'0, 205 and a large is perfect. This shirt is medium weight and can be worn as a casual shirt with jeans or performance shirt. Excellent style and would highly recommend it!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Great value
Shoop
from Columbia, MO

The North Face Men's Impulse 1/4 Zip
December 06, 2010

This is another one of North Faces Great products. Very comfortable and nice. Looks great in white and hand thumb covers work good on the slopes!

ChicagoRunner

March 31, 2011

Has a nice fitted feel. Collar does not stand up unless zipped. Sleeves are a good length. Makes a nice layer for winter running underneath a heavier outer layer on colder days.

TitaniumTodd
from Macon, MO

Love It
February 17, 2011

What a great fitting light weight top. Wicks away moisture, fits great and good looking. SO glad I purchased it. It is the perfect weight for activity.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5
RUNNINGSURVEYOR
35-44 yrs

January 07, 2012

As always I'm very happy with the quality of a North Face product. Good true to fit size. I love the extra length in the sleeves. Its a good shirt to wear either for running or as a midlayer for the cold winter days.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
Andybolo
from Quito
18-24 yrs

excellent product
August 20, 2012

is a very comfortable shirt ..... perfect for walking or running out, i also use it when I go cycling and feel very fresh. I like the way it fits your body, and the quality is very good

Pros: Great design

One of my favorite shirts.
November 11, 2009

As a hang glider pilot many times it's 80 degrees at takeoff but can reach temps in the low 40s at altitude. I'm warm and toasty in the air but dry prior to takeoff.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
darkstar290
from Pittsburgh, PA
35-44 yrs

TNF - Quality and Performance
April 23, 2013

I purchased this half zip initially for mountain biking and now I use it for running as well. Very happy with the wicking properties. I am glad I was able to find it at Altrec in XXL. I am a fairly big guy and the pullover fits great.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, wicking

Great Layer, Good Construction
October 18, 2009

I own several North Face products and this is one of my favorites. It is suitable for cool weather and is very light weight. Comfort is high and it fits snugly but is not overly tight. It also works very well as a layer with a heavier TNF fleece/Windwall. Construction is very good, fabric is high quality. I use this routinely for my evening walks and weekend bike rides. Highly recommended.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5
Sweny01
from Nicoma Park, Ok
55-64 yrs

North Face Shirt
January 04, 2012

Great Shirt. If your looking at North Face products this is one you should consider. My wife says it looks great on me and I've even asked her to buy me another one in a different color.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Cons: Cost, their a little pricey but it is a north face.
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5
hawkkc
from Overland Park, KS
55-64 yrs

Great Lightweight Layer
January 27, 2012

I waited a little while before writing this review so I could give it a more honest review. This works great as base layer. It is a little lighter than I expected when I originally ordered but I have come to like it very much. I have worn it under a shirt with a golf windbreaker and have been comfortable playing to around 40 degrees. Many North Face items are a little snug on me so I usually go a size up. Not in this instance. I am 6'2" and 240 lbs and the XL is more than big enough. The sleeves are long and the thumb holes help keep the sleeves from riding up. Overall a great purchase.

Pros: Build quality, Great value
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5

from Canberra, Australia
35-44 yrs

Great running layer for cooler weather
July 26, 2012

This is terrific piece. Have only used in cool weather thus far, but it breathes extremely well and any moisture / sweat that does build up seems to dry super fast. Sleeve length is good; thumb loops are great - simple yet effective. 6'3" tall 205lbs "light" and 37" waist - large fits just right. Could (just) get a baselayer on underneath if really wanted, but I generally use this as a baselayer in its own right. Athens Blue is a VERY bright blue.

Pros: Great design, Great value
stuckinthemidwest30

great top layer
August 26, 2008

This North Face top layer is a really good warm up or great for slightly cold weather. It breathes well, is snug fitting (without feeling tight) and does not impede movement. The fabric (whatever it is, maybe you can understand the fabric description above) IS very nice, and feels super light weight and comfortable. I use this for mountain biking when the temps are mild to chilly, and it is perfect for that. This is another great North Face product.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 4 / 5
Flab

Much better than running in a sweat shirt
February 26, 2012

Everything it was advertised to be. Usually wear an extra large shirt (6'2" 210lbs) but got the Large. Still long enough and not to tight. Keeps my hands and arms protected from the cold. I wear running gloves with the arms pulled over the gloves. I use it in 20 to 30 degree weather and this shirt lets me get warm then does a good job of keeping me dry. I wear a running short sleeve tee shirt under this shirt. It looks good enough to wear casually but I like to keep my running stuff all in the same pile. So far I have been washing and drying it on the gentile cycle and that seems to work.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
Hose
from Mpls
25-34 yrs

Impulse Running active shirt
November 08, 2012

I've had this now for a few months and I'd say I'm mostly satisifed with my purchase. It does exactly what it's supposed to do! My only complaint is that it runs a little big. I normally wear XL in North Face products but this is quite baggy on me.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
JESTshopper
from South Dakota

Size difference
January 23, 2011

I wear a men's size medium in 98 percent of my shirts/jackets but this medium is slightly larger than I would prefer (I am a 5'10, 150lbs man). The arm size is perfect, but the fit is loose through the stomach area. You might consider a size smaller or try on for size at a retail store before purchasing online. Also, the collar lays flat when the zipper is down, so it looks sloppy and moves around when jogging/running. Other brands like Nike use thicker material in the collar so it stays "stiff" and in-place when the zipper is down. The material is superior quality and repels moisture as it should. It is comfortable and the colors are nice. I prefer similar 1/4 zips from other brands vs. The North Face because they fit better than this particular jacket from The North Face. Overall, I love The North Face for other products, but I would shop other brands before purchasing this 1/4 zip jacket.

hammockcamper7

great layer all around
December 25, 2009

This shirt is a great base, single or over layer, for any conditions or activities. I have one to cycle, and just got one for my brother to layer for snowboarding. Wicks very well and adds the right amount of insulation and protection. Also, pockets in a performance shirt like this are a definite plus.

Runnerdu
from Washington D.C.

Great Pullover!
April 01, 2011

I've been searching for months for a durable and functional pullover for running in the Fall/Winter months. My search is over! I ordered the North Face 1/4 Pullover in 3 different colors. I'm 6'5 and the XXL is a great fit for me. The sleeve are nice and long and the body of the pullover is spacious and perfect in length. The best future of this pullover is the zip pocket on the sleeve! I can't tell you how long I've looked for that feature in a pullover. It's great for keys, money, iPod and MP3 players. I will definitely purchase a couple more of these before they are discontinued.

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

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