Gear in Review: The North Face Women's Desolation Thermoball Jacket

28th February 2017 | Heather B. Fried

Gear in Review: The North Face Women's Desolation Thermoball Jacket

OnTheSnow reviewed this North Face mid layer, which is available during the 2016/2017 ski season.


The North Face is a solid, staple snowsports brand from which we've come to expect warm, well-made products at reasonable price points. This killer mid-layer is no exception.   

Favorite Features

A lightweight, packable performance layer, TNF's Desolation Thermoball has just a hint of stretch for a fantastic fit. We love the hybrid design that stuffs PrimaLoft® ThermoBall™ insulation where it counts for optimal warmth and performance. The cavernous zip hand pockets were a total surprise! You'd never expect to find that much space in such a streamlined style. Bonus: the entire jacket packs into said pocket for backcountry/cramped car/carry-on convenience. 

On-Snow Performance 

Designed to be worn in combo with a complementing Steep Series jacket, we had zero issue layering under an unaffiliated insulated jacket. The result? A bulletproof barrier against single digits before windchill even entered the equation. It moves, it breathes, and it does so well in these conditions, we've got nothing but the utmost confidence it will also rise to the occasion under a shell on warmer days. 


Born to flatter and move, this streamlined style sports TNF's relaxed ergo fit and resides on the generous side of true-to-size, accordingly. You're going to want to wear the Desolation Thermoball out on its own, and the brand encourages that with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment. 

Room for Improvement

We're reaching when we say we wish this gem were offered in a few more colorways, which will really only justify a closet full of them. If you're partial to hoods, then TNF offers similar styles; we won't miss the hood when wearing it as a mid layer.   

Gear in Review: The North Face Women's Desolation Thermoball Jacket

Price & Purchase

This performance layer runs $199 via the brand website: The North Face.  


Manufacturer Description

For technical layering at its best, this highly breathable, insulated hybrid backcountry jacket is specifically designed to be layered under our Steep Series jackets. The durable exterior has four-way stretch at the shoulders and underarms for improved freedom of movement where you need it. Integrated transceiver security loop at the shoulder for easy access.


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