The North Face Redpoint Optimus Jacket - Men's


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Contrary to first impressions, The North Face Redpoint Optimus Jacket isn't just for mountain climbing. This streamlined, helmet-compatible insulated jacket is also great for hiking, skiing, camping, backpacking and snowboarding--especially if you're an outdoor enthusiast who prefers technical outerwear with uncluttered simplicity. The nylon exterior of the Redpoint Optimus Jacket features a DWR (Durable Water Repellant) finish, but it's not entirely waterproof. That's because this lighter fabric is the key reason why the Redpoint Optimus Jacket is an amazingly lightweight, completely compressible and highly breathable outdoor outerwear design. This entire jacket rolls up and folds down to fit inside the internal zippered chest pocket, allowing for easy portability on the trail, road and rails. It's also ideal as a middle layer beneath a waterproof climbing or backpacking shell. The North Face utilized a seamless shoulder construction that eliminates potential pressure points beneath a backpack. The hood on the Redpoint Optimus Jacket doesn't detach, but it does have peripheral adjustment so you can tweak the fit with or without a climbing or skiing helmet.


  • Fabric: 30D 54 g/m², 1.59 oz/yd² 100% nylon treated a with DWR finish
  • Insulation: 100 g PrimaLoft® One
  • Light polyurethane (PU) kiss coat for improved water resistance
  • Helmet compatible hood design with peripheral adjustment
  • Seamless shoulder construction
  • Zippered Napoleon chest pocket
  • Zippered handwarmer pockets
  • Jacket stows in internal zip chest pocket
  • Soft shell cuff
  • Hideaway hem cinch-cord
  • Center back length: 28 in
  • Weight: 740 g, 26.10 oz

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Review Summary

4.4 out of 5

14 Reviews

  • Build quality: 8
  • Ease of use: 8
  • Great design: 8
  • Performance: 6

  • bad zipper design: 1
  • Cost: 1
Comfort: 4.6 / 5
Quality: 4.4 / 5
Durability: 4.1 / 5
Warmth: 3.8 / 5
Fit: 3.1 / 5

14 Ratings & Reviews

from Fremont, CA

A nice and light jacket
February 26, 2011

The first thing I noticed was how lightweight this jacket was. It was so light that I was skeptical that it could be very warm and durable. However, having just come back from a ski trip, I can say that the jacket holds up very well. I wore it through heavy rain and snow, and the jacket has proven to be very durable and entirely water resistant. For such a light jacket, it stays amazingly warm. Overall, I am very happy with this purchase. My only complaint is that the zipper is difficult to align just right, so sometimes it may be difficult to zip up.


Redpoint Optimus
March 15, 2011

Exactly as advertised, athletic fit, compact and light-weight. The zipper isn't the best quality but everything else is pure Northface. This won't keep you warm on a cold February Chicago night but is exactly what you need while making your next alpine approach with the proper layering.


Great Jacket
February 14, 2011

Warm, comforatble, and great range of motion. Got this jacket to replace another old jacket -- this jacket is great. I would highly recommend and buy again.


Zipper poor quality
December 28, 2010

The coat is very light, but the zipper does not function properly. From the first time taking out of the bag, it has been catching at the bottom edge of the zipper start. It should work smoothly,considering the light weight of the jacket, and there is nothing to really snag the zipper. It is simply hard to start and undo the zipper. too bad, nice jacket otherwise.

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

good experience
January 31, 2013

It warm and comfortable. Let me feel very well. The size just fit. Don't need to be return.


Great coat but zipper is difficult
January 20, 2011

I purchased this as a gift for my father-in-law. He is a small man, around 5'2". It was hard to find a coat to fit his small size and this one seems to fit perfectly except it's a little tight if he wears a sweater underneath it. Since the coat is so warm, he can get away with just wearing a shirt under it. The only negative comment I will make about the coat is the zipper. He has a difficult time zipping it up since he has to get it through 2 zippers perfectly before he can pull it up.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5

Great Coat!
December 02, 2012

I wanted a jacket that was light but could keep me super warm; this coat does just that. Very impressed with the jacket and would recommend to anyone!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use

Prism optimus
February 21, 2013

I thought this jacket fit absolutely perfect... It's extremely comfortable, light weight and warm.... Shipped really fast and the process was overall flawless Thanks Altrec

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

December 31, 2011

It keeps me pretty warm for such a light jacket, it stays amazingly warm and comfortable. I bought this jacket for my trips to the mountain -- this jacket is great. I would highly recommend. Overall, I am more satisfied with this purchase

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
from San Francisco, CA

On my second one...
January 15, 2011

thanks to an certain airline's luggage handling - and after shopping around for a replacement, I went back and like the updated one even more than my original (from several years ago). Very light, yet very warm. I can use this as my primary winter jacket, yet find myself wearing it on the couch for hours after I forgot to take it off (it's so cozy). The insulated hood is cut to fit nice and close around the face, making it act warmer than even the PrimaLoft is probably rated for. Super light weight for adding to a bag when traveling or if you want to take it off to carry. Somewhat water resistent, but I add a hard shell over it when planning to be in the rain - which brings me to probably my favorite aspect, and the one that made me go back to this instead of a certain puffy jacket from another brand - the fit is slimmer and fits like it was custom made for me, without the hood being too tight when used or even when just zipped all the way up (which is another issue I had with you-know-who's puffy options). I am 6' 170 a large fits my athletic frame perfectly, but if you much taller or have abnormally long arms, the sleeves may be a tad short for your liking. I never had any problems with ripping or tearing, though I wouldn't pick this as my primary shell to hike through forests either. Exterior Napoleon pocket is endlessly useful.

Comfort: 3 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
from Baltimore, MD
45-54 yrs

nice warm jacket
December 05, 2012

I bought this jacket for my college aged son. It is great for him to walk across campus and stay warm on a cold winter day. He likes it because it isn't as bulky as most winter coats. The only thing he doesn't like is that he can feel the insulation through the sleeves. It would have been more comfortable if he couldn't feel that. Otherwise it is great coat. It fits true to size.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use

Great Jacket, Lightweight, Comfy
January 12, 2011

Fits true to size. It's warm for how light it is. I climb so mobility and light weight are important. This is the second Redpoint Optimus I have bought if that tells you anything. Would recommend to anyone looking for a packable warm alternative to down. The hood is a nice feature.

from Chicago

Great cold autumn jacket
December 20, 2010

Bought this jacket looking for a warm jacket for a colder fall, mild spring without adding too much bulk to my outfit. Definitely accomplished this but if you are looking for something with more warmth for a cold cold chicago type winter might not be for you.

from Eastern Wisconsin

Great, but a bit short!
January 06, 2011

This jacket is light but soft and VERY warm. I'm a 6'3", 135lb. male. The size medium jacket is a little shorter than I might like, but otherwise the fit is great (the sleeves were even long enough for me) and has gotten me many compliments.

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