The North Face Makalu Insulated Jacket - Women's

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Built to scale 8000 meter peaks, The North Face Women's Makalu Insulated Jacket is like a coat of armor for the alpinist or ski mountaineer. The durable exterior shell is made of waterproof and breathable HyVent® Alpha fabric. Inside, a layer of synthetic Primaloft insulation delivers warmth even in damp conditions. The attached hood is helmet compatible and the handwarmer pockets are positioned so they won't interfere with a climbing harness or the hip belt of your pack. Scaling the seven summits or sledding with the kids in the backyard, The North Face Makalu Insulated Jacket for Women is up to the task.

Specifications

  • Shell fabric: 30D 75 g/sq m; HyVent® Alpha Shell
  • Insulation: PrimaLoft® One
  • Waterproof, seam-taped nylon shell
  • Fixed, fully adjustable helmet-compatible hood
  • Zip handwarmer pockets are hipbelt and harness compatible
  • Interior pocket-accessed bottom cinch
  • Center back length: 28 in
  • Weight: 1 lb 4 oz, 565 g

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Review Summary

4.7 out of 5

3 Reviews

Pros
  • Build quality: 2
  • Great design: 2
  • good for petites: 1
  • Performance: 1

Cons
  • runs oddly small: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
Fit: 2 / 5

3 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
CoolAuntie
from SF Peninsula, California
55-64 yrs

A Winner for Petites
February 01, 2013

Initially I ordered the NF Apex Grace Bionic for my Christmas gift, wanting a coat/jacket that would offer both warmth and rain protection. The fit of the Grace Bionic in my regular size was laughable. It completely overwhelmed me. Sizing down would not have made it any better, the sleeves extended about a half foot beyond my fingertips. At the recommend of the NORTH FACE customer service person, I chose the Makalu. Couldn't be happier. Fits like it was made for me. I'm 5'3" with a 34DD chest and petite, 129 pounds. The medium is perfect on me with room for layers underneath. I wore it with only a short sleeved tee on a cold day (50 degrees SF weather) and was cozy. There are great pockets for your gear, IPod and shades for me. The hood is deep and functional for wet weather. It's a keeper. One wish? North Face, think Petite. One compliment? Altrec customer service people. The sweetest! Thanks for your help!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, warm and rain resistant, good for petites
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
vanessa001
from New York, NY
35-44 yrs

Great winter jacket
February 22, 2013

Great jacket. Slim fitting, true-to-size, no frills, very well filled with a light fluffy insulating material, which makes it incredibly warm, yet packs very small. With the jacket zipped on, and a light insulating layer, I had full range of motion in my arms and shoulders. I am a 5'9", 140lbs female with athletic build, and size small fit perfectly, nicely snug around the hips. Unfortunately, I was looking for a ski jacket, and this one did not meet that criteria. Of course, you can use it for skiing - but I expected features like underarm zippers and snow-skirt option, and as much as I loved this jacket, I could not justify keeping it. I decided to keep the North Face Bistarr jacket instead. At any case, I highly recommend this jacket, even though it did not meet my particular needs!

Pros: Great design, Build quality
Comfort: 3 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5

from New England
18-24 yrs

Great jacket but cut oddly small
February 06, 2011

This is a really nice jacket, but it has an odd cut. I'm 5'9" and 140 lbs, and M is my usual size in TNF jackets, but it didn't fit this time. I actually wondered if I had gotten a mis-labeled size S by mistake. The sleeves and body length were both too short, and the neck was so tight that I could not comfortably zip it shut. It was a little tight in the body as well. If you order it, I suggest sizing up. Otherwise, I really liked it. It's extremely lightweight but very warm, with a nice feminine cut. I would have preferred interior cuffs or gaiters in the sleeves instead of just the velcro closure. The hood is not removable.

Pros: Performance, warmth-to-weight ratio, Cons: runs oddly small

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

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