Rated 1 out of 5 Listen to the other reviews, I didn't
I owned a version of this coat that came out in 2008 and it was the best coat I ever owned. I came to Bean to buy another and even though I saw the negative reviews I bought one anyway. There is a reason this is on clearance.
As other reviewers have noted the back panel is smaller so when you try to lift your arms it is extremely tight and the coat rises up very far. The arm holes are also cut very high and dig in. The hood is also unusable. Even after adjusting it I had to flip the brim up and it still came down to my eyes. I am of average build and thought these issues wouldn't bother me, but they do.
Just read the other reviews and do yourself a favor and don't buy this coat. It may seem like a good deal at this price, but in the end you'll end up unhappy and out the money to send this poor excuse for a coat back.
December 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wasatch Great Ski Jacket
I purchased my North Ridge jacket in 2011 and have worn it for two seasons on the slopes of Park City. I wear a thin base layer with a down vest and then the North Ridge jacket and stay more than toasty warm. The only times I feel cold coming through the arms is in sub 15 degree temps with stiff winds. The jacket is light weight with good movement and tons of pockets. The powder skirt is a nice addition and it sheds water nicely--also has waterproof zippers which is great. I don't use the hood much so it would be nice if it was removable instead of catching snow on snowy days. I paid $200 at the time which I think was a great deal considering the competition.
October 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by daviddcb Even this critic likes the Northridge coat!
purchased this jacket on clearance and am very happy with my purchase. It has all the little technical details that make it a quality jacket! Like other reviewers said, it does have a bit of a sheen, but you have to be looking for it to see it.
Just wore the jacked for the first times in inclement weather and it really does keep you warm although it only feels like a thick raincoat. The black thumb holes on the wrist cuffs really get you toasty while shoveling.
The are only 2 negatives about this coat is that I purchased it b/c I didn't want a 3 in 1 jacket due to the sleeves slipping back in when you pull your arms out and the black cuffs tend to do that. The other is that the collar doesn't have a hide-a-way zipper pocket for the hood, but just use the drawstrings from the hood and the collar to keep the hood from falling on my head every time you lean down.
March 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Skimush Spectacular Jacket for Skiing
I am very pleased with this coat. It is very warm, yet breathable. I have skied in temperatures ranging from -4 to 35 and have no complaints. The hood fits perfectly over my helmet. The two side vents on each side make it easy to cool down after long laps through Bracket Basin at Sugarloaf. The front zipped pockets are very convenient as well. A great coat.
February 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by NHSNY The Best Jacket Ever
This is a terrific jacket, comfortable, warm and flexible for skiing. It's good looking with the black flex spots in the arms. Really happy with it.
February 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by since1972 Great coat
I purchased this for my adult son who works at a ski hill. He is outdoors in - 15 - 40 degree weather for 8+ hours a day. And then he snowboards.
This jacket not only keeps him warm, but is flexible, cleanable, and looks great.
January 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ranthonyson excellent jacket
This is exactly what I was looking for as an all-around winter jacket. I won't be using it for skiing, since I have some others for that, but I will be using this for walking the dog, running errands, etc. It is warm, but still reasonably light. Size medium fit me fine at 5'7", 150 lbs. The only improvement I can think of would be the addition of a two-way zipper.
January 9, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by VTSnowman Missed the mark by a hair...
This would be a great jacket except for the fit. I normally wear a large in a jacket (I'm 6'), and tried that size, but found the shoulders uncomfortably tight. I assumed this meant I needed an XL, so I returned the LG and traded for the XL. That jacket had the right amount of freedom in the shoulders, but now I also had a lot of extra jacket around my midsection which I don't like.
If the fit was right this jacket would be a home run. It's very warm.
January 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Diehard Great jacket!
I had the Snowfield jacket for 2 years...great value but I wanted a couple more features. Zipper broke and LLBean's bulletproof guarantee refunded me...The search was on for a new jacket. The fit is as described. I'm 5'10", 175 lbs. Jacket falls nicely at hips, plenty of room across back for movement, not bulky. Love the features! The snow skirt which when not in use, tucks/snaps conveniently out of the way! Velcro cuffs are great - plenty of room to accommodate any type of gloves. Insulated hood is warm and roomy with infinite adjustments. Did I mention that it's warm? Went tobogganing with my kids (sunny but -3F). Wore dry-fit long sleeve and pull over fleece - medium weight...worked up a sweat in no time but still stayed toasty with the Primaloft insulation! The side vents helped to cool off too! Can't say enough about this jacket. Bring it on Old Man Winter! :-D
January 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by VinceQ North Ridge Sport Jacket - great for skiing
Just used my new North Ridge for a week in Breckenridge, CO. Great jacket that was plenty warm even when the temps hit -2 Farenheit. Jacket has tons of great, usable, high-tech features that simply work. Just the right amount of pockets and ventilation and slightly trimmer fit means the jacket is not catching on lifts or ski gear. I also liked having a jacket that didn't scream, "look at my 'insert expensive name brand'". Very high quality - perfect. This will be my "go to" jacket for some time.
January 4, 2013