OUTDOOR North Face Vortex Triclimate Review

Published on June 22nd, 2015 | by Mark


North Face Vortex Triclimate Review

Read on for our North Face Vortex Triclimate Review. The Vortex Triclimate is a 3-in-1 cold weather climate coat that is put out by The North Face. Even though it is designed for the ski slopes, this jacket is also good for commutes in the city, as well.

The Vortex Triclimate has six different pockets over both layers of the coat, allowing for a large amount of storage capacity. And as the coat is a 3-in-one coat, the sleeves can be removed from the outermost layer, and the inner lining can be removed and worn on its own.

This review will cover the following areas:

  • Warmth
  • Weather
  • Ventilation
  • Features
  • Style
  • Value


The Vortex Triclimate is a warm coat. It is designed to take on sub-zero temperatures when all layers are worn at the same time. So when you’re racing down the slopes or commuting to work between those tall monolithic buildings…you will be protected from the cold and the blistering wind.

The Vortex Triclimate is also go for wearing during the cool of late autumn as well. Just take off the outer layer, and the inner down layer is perfect to keep the cool off you in Late October and into December.

The Vortex is made of material that blocks the convective and evaporative heat from leaving you. That means that your body heat is retained in the coat longer, helping to keep you warmer. And the puffiness of the coat, blocks radiative and conductive transfer of heat as well.

So when you are wearing the Vortex Triclimate, you will never have to worry about being too cold. There is enough coat here to take care of your autumn and winter needs.


The Vortex Triclimate will do a great job protecting you from the weather. The Vortex is made from a North Face proprietary material called HyVent. This material protects as well as Gortex. So you will be guaranteed the weather protection of Gortex-manufactured products when you wear the Vortex Triclimate made with HyVent technology.

The Vortex also has long sleeves and cuffs as well. This feature keeps the coat sleeve from breaking with the gloves. So you won’t end up with warm hand and warm arms…but cold wrists. Your whole arm will be protected from the cold.

And Vortex has a larger hood that is capable of covering ski helmets. The larger hood can be cinched down over your helmet. This keeps your head warm, even while you keep your head protected from potential injury.

So, when you’re wearing the Vortex, you will be protected from the weather. The snow and rain will be kept off of you as you enjoy the great outdoors.


The Vortex Triclimate has a great ventilation system. The reason is because it is multi-layered. If you need more protection, then you can wear all three layers, and if you need more air-flow, then take a layer or two off.

Most people wear one-layer ski coats and then layer up underneath it. This method of layering cuts down on ventilation. The reason is that you have to take off the coat and strip layers in order to cool off or get the right amount of warmth.

You don’t have to worry about that with the Vortex. Just take off layers of the coat as needed, and you’re good to go. This feature provides the best of ventilation options.


The best feature is that the Vortex comes with a goggle pocket and lense cloth.

That’s right, the Vortex comes with a goggle pocket. When you are resting from the slopes in the lodge, you will need a place to keep your goggles. And the Vortex comes with a pocket for your goggles.

The Vortex even comes with a lens cloth. Now you can wipe the snow off your goggles on the trail. And with the cloth included with the coat, you never have to worry if you have remembered the cloth. It is always with you.


The Vortex Triclimate also a stylish ski coat.

When you are wearing the Vortex, you will blend in with the other people in the slopes. The Vortex has no major extreme style or design concepts that will make you stick out like a sore thumb. So when you wear the Vortex, you will blend in with everyone around you.

And even better, the inner layer jacket looks good, too. The inner jacket has the look of a typical light down filled coat. The some of the competitors’ inner layers look rather square and box-like. So you will look much better wearing this coat’s under layer as compared to the competitors’ inner layers.

So no matter what the situation, you will always look good and not stick out when wearing the Vortex Triclimate.


The Vortex Triclimate is extremely inexpensive for everything that you get. The average price is $280. Most of the competitors are going for between $500 and $900. And for that $280, you get all the features listed above in the review. This is an absolute steal.

And one of the other coats have Velcro sleeves (and this is one of the more expensive competitors). The Velcro doesn’t stay in place, allowing the wrists to get cold. The bottom line is if you are going to pay the high dollar, then the coat should keep the whole arm insulated. The Vortex doesn’t cost nearly as much and keeps the whole arm covered.

So when you buy a Vortex Triclimate, you are getting a great value for your dollar.

The only “bad” thing

The only bad thing is that the layers are linked by zippers in the main part of the coat and snaps in the sleeves. The snaps may have a tendency to start tearing and the threads holding the zippers may start to fray.

This may have been a one off quality issue in one coat that was tested by Ski Jacket Reviews {Outdoorgearlab}. They said that this was the only coat they tested that frayed in this way. Even if it is, the coat is still a good value for the money paid.


Overall, this North Face Vortex Triclimate Review shows the attributes of an overall good product at a good price. Even the weak linking parts are a small issue compared to the value that you get from the Vortex (and it was only a one-off in a stress test of the product). I highly recommend Vortex Triclimate overall. Stay Strong.

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