The North Face Supernatural Down Jacket Review

The North Face Supernatural down jacket is a phenomenal demonstration of modern jacket technology.  It is wrapped in super lightweight shell of Pertex Quantum 15D nylon ripstop and filled with a 950 fill power water resistant down.  You end up with an incredibly lightweight jacket that is one of the warmest I’ve ever used.  Weighing a miniscule  12.95 oz. (I weighed a size medium) I wouldn’t hesitate to throw this in my pack during the spring, fall and winter months for both an insulation from the nights cold during the winter and a just in case item during day hikes. Pair this jacket with a shell like the Outdoor Research Helium II and you can pretty much survive anything without weighing yourself down.

The jacket features a stripped down set of “extras” keeping all the necessary ones and removing everything you never end up using.  It has elastic around the wrists (no Velcro), two hand warmer pockets, a cinch cord around the waist, elastic around the hood and the ability to pack down into one of its pockets.

One interesting thing about this jacket is the wrist.  The elastic on the end of the sleeve, to keep it from riding up, is actually about an inch or so above the end of the jacket.  What this does is create a puffy tube that extends down a bit onto the top of your upper hand.  It (I’m assuming) is designed this way to minimize the heat lost between the end of a jacket and the start of your gloves but it creates a bit of a problem when you want to do things like wash your hands or scrub out a bowl – anytime your hands get wet the end of your sleeves probably will too.

Conclusion:

A great down jacket for those who want to be warm no matter what but don’t want to carry too much weight.

UPDATE: It appears The North Face no longer manufactures this jacket.

The North Face Supernatural Down Jacket