The North Face Redpoint Down Jacket
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The new, improved Redpoint jacket features a waterproof hood and seamless yoke and shoulders, improving its water resistance and durablility. The North Face have added a light PU coating to improve protection against rain and Primaloft insulation guarantees warmth, making this an ideal multi-purpose outdoor pursuits jacket. Available in sizes S - XL.
The North Face Redpoint Down Jacket Reviews
Reviewed by Gordon McIntosh (Glasgow) on 2006-02-22:
General comments: I have always been quite sceptical about carrying a down style jacket due to the weight, bulk and of course the cost of a fairly expensive jacket just to sit in the bottom of your sack "just in Case". I am just back from a couple of days in Skye where I tested this jacket after buying it. I found it to have an excellent weight to warmth ratio and in all honestly when folded dowm and compressed didnt take up that much room or way much. I found the jacket to be a good length as sometimes I can find them short due to my height. The cuffs are a fairly snug fit and tou can bury your neck in the collar. So far I have ben wrong with all my Judgements!
Pros: weight to warmth ratio
Reviewed by tim poole (Aberdeenshire) on 2006-03-28:
General comments: I have recently invested in this jacket to supplement/compliment my TNF Nuptse down jacket.
I wanted another down jacket that was not as insulating as the Nuptse (which is too warm to use whilst doing anything strenous), and the edpoint seemed to fit the bill.
Having now used it several times now the weather has improved slightly, I can say I am extremely happy.
It is warm enough to keep off early morning chills or for quick sandwich stops, but not that warm that as soon as you start walking again you need to take it off - which you do with the Nuptse.
It has been caught in several rain showers, some of which were reasonably heavy and the rain has beaded off, so the PU caoting seems to work well thus far.
The stow pocket is bigger than on the nuptse, and so the jacket stows no problem. It is also very light and packs down small, so takes up no room at all in the pack.
The only negative point for me, is that the external chest (napoleon) pocket is too small to comfortably take a map and there are no internal pockets ,however a small niggle that is soon forgotton.
Pros: Lightweight and packs down small, good warmth to weight ratio.
Cons: No internal pocket, external chest pocket too small.
Reviewed by Neal Glover (York) on 2006-11-19:
General comments: I bought the Redoint jacket as I needed something to wear under my waterproof layer in the thick of winter that was warmer than a fleece. Never having liked the bulk of down filled jackets like the nuptse etc I thought the primaloft filling would be far better. The jacket was perfect under the Shell jacket and the added warth over a fleece was a great bonus in the lakes and scotland over last winter. Sometimes if anything I was too warm but never really see that as too much of a problem.
also when the weather is dry, take the shell off and wear the redpoint on its own. One of the most comfortable and lightest jackets I have ever bought.
Pros: Light, comfortable, very packable (into its own left hand pocket) warm.
Great price. Napolean pocket very handy.
Cons: left hand pocket has too much material for the size of the pocket as this is needed for packing the jacket into, not a major issue though
Reviewed by Daniel (Birmingham) on 2007-06-26:
General comments: Like others, I was looking for an all round insulating jacket, one which was more suited to traditional (rainy) british weather than a down filled one.
The synthetic insulation in the Redpoint jacket is not as warm as a full on down jacket, but it is very thin and light, and compresses down to about the size of a grapefruit, making it excellent to pack "just in case"
Over the year I've had it, it has coped superbly with the weather, easily shrugging off prolonged exposure to rain on the lake district's tops, and warming me up when the high up winds bite through you in the alps.
On top of all that, its pretty smart looking! If I was to buy one again, though, I'd think hard about the Redpoint Optimus, which is the same jacket but with a hood, for really cold weather.
Pros: Warm, weatherproof, packs down very small
Cons: no hood