The North Face’s Gonzo may be the jacket-of-choice for King of Afterbang Tom Wallisch, but it’s a good fit for cord rippers, park rats, and powder hounds, too.
The Gonzo doesn’t discriminate—whatever your steeze, this jacket has you covered like jam on toast.
The TNF moved into freeskiing they’d abandon their hard-nosed mountaineering mentality for flashy graphics and secret stash pockets.
But my fears were kiboshed after demoing the Gonzo. TNF sticks to what it knows: Creating outerwear geared to battle Old Man Winter. The Gonzo features waterproof HyVent technology, which will keep you dry in showers at Shawnee Peak as well as champagne at Chamonix.
In addition, an adjustable hem system along the waist and fixed hood lock in heat when weather turns for the worse.
What’s best about the Gonzo? It doesn’t overdo it. The jacket is insulated but has room for my Jeff Gordon crewneck if temperatures dip. For warmer spells, the jacket has pit zip vents and is light enough that you won’t be dripping coming off the hill.
The Gonzo’s snappy colors and off-center zipper acknowledge its freeskiing influence, but some of its cooler features are the easy-to-use internal media pocket and sleeve pocket with detachable goggle cloth.
With freeski style added to TNF’s classic winter toughness, the Gonzo jacket is built to look fresh in the liftline and shred fresh down it.
Shell: HyVent® 2L Proweave
Lining: Taffeta mesh
Breathability: 625 g/m²/24hrs avg
Adjustable hem system
Model is 5'10", 170 lbs wearing size medium
Waterproof, breathable, fully seam sealed
Adjustable fixed hood
Pit-zip vents, Zip chest pocket with internal media port
Zip handwarmer pockets, Internal goggle pocket, Internal stash pockets
Snap-away powder skirt with gripper elastic
Clip-in integration system
Hook and loop adjustable cuffs
Buddy lift clip
25 PSI minimum after 20 launderings
Contrasting asymmetrical center front YKK zip
Non-boring, bright color blocking
Contrasting North Face logo at chest and back
Insulation: No Insulation
Waterproof Rating: 20000mm
Venting: Pit Zips
Zip-In Compatibility: True; clip in integration with North Face pants
Seam Sealing: Fully Taped
Powder Skirt: Yes
Hood Type: Fixed Hood
Lining Material: Taffeta
Pockets: 2 zippered handwarmer, 1 chest media, 1 goggle, 1 internal stash
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