The North Face Plasma Thermal Jacket-123056 - Men's


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Designed for frigid mountaineering and climbing endeavors, The North Face Plasma Thermal Jacket for Men is a waterproof, breathable, seam-sealed jacket with exceptionally lightweight insulation.

Featuring PrimaLoft® One, this durable winter jacket has an exceptional warmth to weight ratio that eliminates the bulk that can inhibit your mobility on the mountain. Part of the Summit Series, the Plasma has been athlete tested in the world's most extreme environments. Featuring molded cuff tabs and an optional hood with a laminated brim, this protective piece of gear keeps the elements at bay so you stay dry and comfortable no matter how unpredictable the weather. The pit zips offer cooling ventilation for steep climbs and the plethora of pockets make it easy to store necessities. With a performance fit and hard-charging durability, The North Face Men's Plasma Thermal Jacket will have your back season after season.


  • Fabric: 40D 151 g/m² (4.4 oz/yd²) HyVent® Alpha—100% nylon
  • Insulation: 100 g PrimaLoft® One
  • Waterproof, breathable, seam sealed
  • Fully adjustable, removable hood with a laminated brim
  • Napoleon chest pocket
  • Internal security zip pocket
  • Pit-zips
  • Two hand pockets
  • Nonabrasive molded cuff tabs
  • Hideaway hem cinch-cord
  • Alpine fit
  • Center back length: 28.5 in
  • Weight: 810 g, 28.57 oz

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Review Summary

4.7 out of 5

33 Reviews

  • Ease of use: 9
  • Great value: 8
  • Build quality: 4
  • Great design: 4

  • Cost: 5
  • bad zipper: 1
  • lining is not durable: 1
  • sized differently: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 4.8 / 5
Durability: 4.5 / 5
Water Protection: 4.5 / 5
Warmth: 4.2 / 5
Fit: 3.2 / 5

33 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
from Boston
45-54 yrs

One of the Best on the Block
January 17, 2012

truly one of the best items on the block - you can't go wrong with this selection. I've live in New England for 30 years and one thing I've learn always be prepare for the winter. having a great jacket that meets style and quality is my #1 appeal.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
Warmth: 3 / 5

from New York, NY
25-34 yrs

Awesome Jacket
January 17, 2012

So, I had some doubts because of the other summit series jackets out there and wondered if this would be warm enough for those cold/mitery mix days in Manhattan, as well as dense snow/wind days outside. I am glad that I was wrong here. Overall, this jacket is stylish, lightweight, warm, and really fun to wear. It was windy and 15 degrees out on my first weekend witht his jacket and I was totally warm on my upper body. The hood/zip up gave me plenty of protection and the wind could not penetration even at some really windy spots (87th and 3rd ave is one). Overall, I really recommend this jacket and even bought one for my wife based on the great reviews. Yes, our friends did give us hard time but they all saw the value in the jackets on that day and she also loves it! On a side note: The zippers really seem cheap compared to the non-summit North Face Jackets and get easily caught. I can see this being an issue in the future so I hope that they are not. Only time will tell. The women's verson of this jacket has the nice double sided/better quality zippers so that is my only complaint. Again, we'll see if this is a major issue later on. Lastly, the fit is a bit large. Yes, I know it's made for layering, but the large is a bit long on the sleeves for me and a bit bulky. However, it is by far less bulky than the other jackets I have tried. I am 5'11, 185 lbs, 43" Jacket, 34 waist, 16.5" neck, 34/35 sleeve, broad shoulders/chest and got a large. Perhaps I should try a medium? Another Note: I am usually an in-between size on most items and need some items tailored. So considering all that, a Large seems pretty fine but I will go and try out a medium at a local store here. Hope that helps.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: zippers get stuck easily, slightly big
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Washington DC
25-34 yrs

Plasma Thermal Jacket
February 12, 2012

Very comfortable jacket with an ideal compromise of size and warmth. not too bulky yet quite warm. I have been using it in New York and DC urban winter and it's held up quite nicely. Would definitely recommend !

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5

December 27, 2011


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

Really warm, but cool!
January 20, 2008

This jacket rocks! Not only does it keep you really warm, but it looks amazing. Just the right amount of pockets and the hood comes off when you don't need it. Did I mention who amazing I look in it? I would definately recommend this jacket to friends, 'cause I know they notice that I got it and want it too. I picked a great jacket that's sure worth the money and it perfect for any winter activity.

from Toronto, Canada

Men's Plasma Thermal Jacket for Canadian Winter
January 12, 2011

I am using this jacket in Toronto, Canada. I use this mainly in the city for regular activities like commuting to work, shopping, etc... It is very light and comfortable jacket for driving around doing your regular activities. But when I had to stay over 20 minutes waiting for a bus in -10C weather I felt really cold even when I layered with a thermal wear and a fleece. This is a great jacket but not for staying out in very cold weather (under -10C) without doing any activities. May be more layering may help but you have to buy next size up for that and that is not comfortable when you don't do layering. I am thinking of buying another down jacket for those really cold days. Probably the Galaxy.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
from New Jersey, NJ
35-44 yrs

Great jacket, very pleased!
December 31, 2012

I selected this jacket to purchase because it meet all my requirments in what a jacket of this level should have: warmth, waterproof, molded cuffs, detachable hood, storm flap over main zipper, etc.. I am extremley please with this jackets performance, design and quality, it fits perfectly and is true to size.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
from Washington, D.C.
35-44 yrs

Best jacket
March 19, 2013

Bought this jacket in December and it's my every day jacket for work and weekends. It's very lightweight and keeps me warm and dry during snow storms, skiing, and rain. Better than the big down jackets that I bought in the past. I bought the gray so I can wear it to the office over professional attire. Already got many friends and coworkers to purchase the same jacket.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
from Michigan
18-24 yrs

Great Jacket for Cold Weather
November 13, 2011

This is a great jacket for the cold. It's lightweight while very warm. Perfect for an active lifestyle. I recommend this jacket for anyone who's living in extreme cold weather.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5

from chicago
35-44 yrs

The Perfect Winter Jacket
November 24, 2010

I live in Chicago. So, I'll leave it at that. The wind can cut right through you and when mixed with rain, sleet, or snow, it can be brutal. This jackets pima loft one filling is incredibly light and easily compressible and just as warm as down if not more so. The Alpha Hyvent waterproofing is breathable and water-tight all at once. The zippers are water-proof as well. The real greatness of this jacket is in it's incredible warmth without the heft. Nothing is worse in the city or on the slopes than a big puffy jacket. This plasma jacket weighs next to nothing. I was truly astonished at its toastiness, and if i get too hot, I drop the pit zips. I will say that the zippers are a little sticky. Though I think this is a small sacrifice in North Faces' attempt to make stonger zippers (a past problem.) I've spent more and less, and I have to say that this jacket is the best i've ever put on.

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

Warm, waterproof and light-weight
March 14, 2010

I have a North Face flight series light jacket (300gr) with 900 down which is amazing, but not waterproof. I looked for one to feature the same light weight and warmth but also to be waterproof (not just resistant). This Plasma Thermal is just great. While it is slightly heavier, it's only marginally so, and the insulation is also in the hood - nothing like keeping your ears toasty as well. Highly recommended. I was also very surprised from the quick shipping and delivery of Altrec. It took only two days from ordering to actually get it.

Holds up to the elements
May 25, 2008

Great jacket. I've had this for two winters now in central PA. Keeps me warm and is lightweight so it does not feel heavy. The Primaloft insulation is toasty and comfortable. This was my first TNF jacket and it is worth the price. I have not been to the mountains hiking in this, but I would expect that it would still keep me warm.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
from Northern Minnisota
45-54 yrs

January 05, 2013

I love this jacket! The fit of this jacket it is amazingly comfortable. Very light, yet warm and wind resistant! Glad I bought it! I definately recommend this jacket.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
from New York
35-44 yrs

Excellent Jacket
December 05, 2012

I have had it a short time but it is so lightweight it is hard to believe how warm it is. I am so happy to not have a big bulky jacket for the winter. Couple that with its' waterproof quality and it is a true winner. Seems very durable and it is easy to use zippers. I highly recommend.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance

Extremely pleased.
October 19, 2010

I am very happy with my recent purchase of a ski jacket (Plasma Thermal - black) made by The North Face. I bought the jacket because of the fluctuating weather and I'm glad I did. Already I've gotten a lot of use out of this jacket in varied weather conditions. For a jacket that weighs so little, and is not bulky by any means, it is extremely warm. In fact, if you typically give off a lot of body heat make sure to wear this jacket only in cold weather because it retains heat very well. All in all the jacket is great and the ordering/purchasing process was absolutely seamless. This was my first time shopping at and I will definitely shop here again - especially considering that I was particularly impressed with their wide selection.


Outstanding Jacket
February 20, 2011

Overall, this is the best winter coat I have ever purchased. It is very lightweight, comfortable, and warm. The size I purchased is an XL, and it fits perfect (I'm 6'2", 230#, athletic build). I like the hood and how it folds up and down, and it holds its shape so my hair doesn't get messed up too much. My biggest complaint is that the zipper doesn't move up and down freely all the time. It has a tendency to get slow/stuck sometimes, especially at the bend by the neckline. You just have to straighten the zipper before moving it through the bend. I really like this coat!

Very functional jacket for all conditions
November 11, 2009

This jacket is multi functional for all winter conditions, rain, snow or wind. The zipper could be better.....


A keeper
January 06, 2009

A very functional jacket. Warm and windproof without bulk. Lightweight and waterproof.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 2 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5

18-24 yrs

super lightweight
April 21, 2012

Very light weight coat. keeps you super warm with very little weight. Not bulky at all. Has pullstrings to keep you snug and warm. Very thin lining which ripped on mine (on the inside). The insulation is coming out from the seams slightly. Otherwise super light weight and surprising very warm and wind resistant. Water repellent but not water proof after long exposure to rain.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost, lining is not durable
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from CA
25-34 yrs

Good Jacket
February 18, 2012

The jacket wear fit and good looking.It's nice.I think that you're best choice for outdoor jacket,because that is very comfortable, smooth, and warm inside. Top-notch materials.

Pros: Great design, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
from Madison, WI
Under 18 yrs

Best Jacket I've Bought
February 04, 2012

This jacket keeps you so warm and the pit zips are awesome. I would recommend this jacket for anyone who spends a lot of time in the snow wether its skiing, snow boarding or just being out side in the snow. If you start getting to warm well doing these things just use your pit zips and you stat to cool off. The North Face Plasma Thermal is the best and the pit zips are an amazing extra.

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

Functional, warm and light-weight
December 27, 2009

A very functional jacket. Warm and light-weight. Windproof and waterproof.

from Chicago, IL

Great Jacket
January 17, 2011

I live in Chicago where the winter is cold, windy and full of snow and rain. This Jacket is great. Warm but really light. So light you won't believe it will keep you warm....but it does. Very warm with just a t-shirt on. Great Coat. You won't regret it.

from NY

warm and comfortable, lightweight
December 10, 2010

very comfortable jacket. and warm so far this winter. haven't used it in wet weather yet, but it seems like it would be good. the jacket is really lightweight and moves well. really comfortable. the materials don't seem very durable, but its a great jacket for around town.

from Peoria, Il

Great Coat
December 19, 2010

This coat is warmer than it looks/feels. No one would believe the lightest coat would provide this warmth.

October 27, 2008

I've had this coat for 2 winters here in Arkansas. Here it is windy and cold during the winter. This coat keeps you warm while keeping the wind out. I've been rained on once in this coat and it kept me dry and warm the whole time. This coat is also very stylish. I wear it into work every day in the winter over my dress clothes. I highly recommend this coat to anyone who wants to stay dry, warm without having to wear an oversized / heavy parka.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 3 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
from Chicago, IL
18-24 yrs

Good Chicago Jacket
March 24, 2012

I bought this jacket to serve my commute to downtown Chicago. I take the crowded "el" train, and needed a jacket that would allow me to be comfortable in small spaces while still being really warm to battle the nasty Chicago winters. This jacket serves both of these purposes, and is also extremely light weight for the warmth it provides. ONLY bad part about the jacket is the horrible zippers. The right hand pocket zipper has already broke and I have only had it for one winter. I knew the zippers were not of great quality before buying the jacket, but this jacket was by far the best for the uses I needed.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: bad zipper

A wonderful jacket with certain limitations
December 19, 2010

After lots of research i bought the Plasma thermal. My first purchase of a "real winter coat". The primaloft insulation is great...and the jacket is quite warm, as well as completely waterproof. It's restrictions in my opinion are, that it isn't as warm as one might need. I was wearing it in 20 degree weather, and without layering, would have been cold. I suspect that in the single digits or below, you would need several layers to remain warm. It is a technical shell designed for those being active at high climate...(skiing, snowboarding) i needed more of an arctic tundra jacket that would keep me toasty in below zero for extended periods of time So, am going with a Marmot Parka. Should you buy the Plasma thermal, you won't be disappointed, but know it does have some limitations and restrictions. Overall, i would recommend it.

from Grand Rapids, MI

All around great coat.
December 27, 2010

This is the perfect all around coat. Not too heavy, not too light. It fits very nice and is the first coat I grab when going outside for anything. If you are going to be outside for an extended period you'll want a little more underneath to keep warm. I don't think they intended this coat to be the one you wear trekking for long times through the snow but it is perfect for casual outings, quick shoveling, and driving. I love it....and the hood has a little bit of insulation too. I have only one concern and that was the zipper on mine was a little sticky. If it persists I am sure they will repair or replace.

do not buy
November 20, 2007

I bought this jacket and the ling started to fall out after the second week of usage. The zipper is terrible and it is not warm enough.

from Montana

Good jacket
March 03, 2011

I have had this jacket for a couple months now. Have worn it snowshoeing a few times. It's a good jacket, lots of ventilation, and just the right amount of insulation to keep you warm when you need it. It is sized differently than some of my other jackets. I usually wear a large- but I had tried one on at a local store and found that the medium fit the best.

Lightweight warmth
August 19, 2007

This jacket is fantastic for active cold weather adventures or spending a cool night under the stars up in the mountains. Comfortable and incredibly warm for it's weight.

Amazing Jacket!
January 24, 2010

I got it for Christmas and the first place I wore it was in Vermont. All I can say is WOW! It kept me quite warm and is great during rain. It is not as big as I expected, but that's what I love about it. It's still very warm without the bulk. Highly recommended!

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