The North Face has discontinued the Vortex Triclimate. See our full Ski Jacket Review for other available options.
The North Face Vortex Triclimate is a carefully designed 3-in-1 style jacket. It keeps us warm, protects us from foul weather, and delivers an excellent multi-purpose package at a reasonable price. The North Face started out as a climbing clothing and equipment company, but has adapted smoothly to the gravity-powered market. The Vortex jacket offers all the expected ski feature niceties, and then some. In our testing no significant durability concerns came to light and comfort matched all but the best in our testing. Fashion is neutral, blending in as easily in the lift lines as the apres scene. In our test inventory, the Vortex compares best to the Columbia Whirlibird Interchange. These jackets stack up shoulder to shoulder in ventilation and weather resistance. The North Face Vortex is far more comfortable than Columbia's offering. The overall comfort is the primary attribute that tipped the scales in favor of awarding the Best Buy award to The North Face Vortex Triclimate.