The North Face Men's Massif Vest
Good quality down west
I bought this for my mother and she likes to wear it. It is warm and has a nice fit. It also seems to be good quality.
03 February 2014
Best Christmas present ever
I received this item as a gift from my fiancÃ©e, this Christmas just gone by. From the soft, lightweight feel of the wrapped package, I suspected the presence of a cotton t-shirt, or to be more specific, a selection of 3 cotton t-shirts. Imagine my surprise upon unwrapping the package on Christmas morning to find the North Face Menâs Massif Vest staring back at me. Initially, I must say, I was a little taken aback. Having never previously owned a âbody-warmerâ jacket, of any description, I was sceptical at first at the prospect of donning such attire, especially with my impending trip down to the local watering-hole, for some Christmas drinks, on the agenda the following day. But as soon as I put my North Face Menâs Massif Vest on, that scepticism disappeared and in its place came an overwhelming sense of excitement. From the moment I laid eyes on itâs âPrussian Blueâ body with wine red zip & interior, it began to alter my opinion of the body-warmer as a practical clothing item and a fashion item. I have since felt compelled to wear it almost non-stop, such was the comfort, warmth, feel and sense of utter trendiness (I realise the irony that the word âtrendinessâ may not be indeed a âtrendyâ word to use) that came over me. Wearing this vest has been an uninterrupted, satisfaction-filled ride which has pushed me right to the limits of Menâs fashion. In one fell swoop my appearance has since transformed dramatically, from the âcasual hoboâ look to a more desirable âresplendent fashionistaâ vibe. I endeavour to return to Snow+Rock as soon as my annual January financial constraints have lifted and I once again have the spending power available to me to buy impulsively on some matching clobber, to enhance my new look.
Fashionable? Without Doubt.
Visually stunning? Absolutely.
But does it do its job? Is it practical winter wear?
Lets find out!
From the moment I first held the vest in my hand, itâs lightweight attribute immediately grabbed my attention. Itâs warmth-to-weight feature is an important feature which is advertised with this product, and is a feature that I was very keen to see in action. I might just be the only adult in the country right now that is eagerly awaiting a big-freeze, just so I can take this bad boy for a test drive, so to speak. If âThe North Faceâ were to ask me âWhat do you think about our Massif Vesto?â, I would have to quote the Sultans of Ping F.C. and reply, âI like your Massif vesto, Iâll put it to the test, thoughâ. If said âSultansâ had this vest, they most certainly would not be asking âWhereâs me jumper?â, as they would be more than sufficiently insulated already. While not at big-freeze levels yet, there has been a notable decrease in temperature of late but my trusty vest is standing up to the elements superbly, providing me with core warmth in wintry conditions so far. Warmth retention and comfort are two of the most important factors to look out for when choosing outerwear. This item meets and exceeds those requirements with plenty to spare.
Living in Ireland, late 2013 has also given me plenty of opportunity to sample the âDurable Water Repellentâ feature of this garment. The DWR feature of the vest beads up water on its surface to stop it soaking into the fibres. In this technology-driven age, this is an essential requirement. Between the two hand pockets on either side (one left, one right) and the craftily concealed internal stow pocket, there was ample space to store my smartphone and other electronic devices, without fear of unwanted dampness. This feature has promotes quicker drying times, and my vest is soon ready for re-wear after returning from a rain-sodden venture.
The ideal Christmas gift, packed with its âlofty 700 fill goose downâ, one could only have felt more Christmas-themed if covered in multiple sets of fairy lights while sporting a big bright star on his/her head. Perhaps one day, I may even take a trip to âThe North Faceâ factory so that I may see first-hand the thorough testing procedures that each lot of âgoose downâ is subjected to at the production stage. Being employed in the engineering industry has allowed me to develop appreciation for such product testing procedures, and the idea of seeing the âloftinessâ, âmoisture resistanceâ and âability to gain loft after compressionâ tests genuinely appeals to me.
This was far and away the best gift that I received this past Christmas, way better than that 3-pack of multi-coloured socks that I got from my aunt (who sells socks in 3âs anyway?). Out of 10, I would give this product a grand total of 9.9/10. I am deducting 0.1 marks due to the fact that I wasnât made aware of this product earlier in my life, such as during my trip to Budapest in February 2011. What better way to brave the elements of a bitter Hungarian winter than with a Hungarian goose down filled jacket? Unfortuantely, I wasnât allowed that opportunity, due to the unavailability of your product at the time. I hope you can understand and forgive me for this marks deduction.
14 January 2014
This is a fantastically warm and versatile gilet.
I've always rated North Face products after purchasing a ski suit a few years ago. This vest is such a tactile product. If you buy one you will not stop stroking it. I work outdoors a great deal and even on the coldest days this vest keeps me amazingly warm. Nice deep pockets keep hands toastie and a huge internal pocket for phone/wallet etc.
14 January 2014
my all weather friend
The North face vest is a really good,comfortable fit. The down which they have used is very efficient whilst not being too heavy. this means that although the vest is very warm, it is easy to wear and to move about with, for example when i play golf. not only that - it looks really good and i feel good when i wear it.
12 February 2014
Generous fitting jacket
Generous fitting jacket, great quality with 10 yr guarantee. Nice choice in colour good price
22 January 2014
Hubby is smitten with this present, and it look's so stylish. A great choice and it serves it's purpose, practical and really warm.
04 November 2013
Exactly how the website stated
This product was exactly how the website described, very informative and I had no need to go to other review websites before ringing the store and getting the guy to order it in for me. Best customer service I have witnessed, including the fact I work in retail, the gentleman in the store managed to locate and order in next day the last one available in my size in the country. Already recommended this store to a friend who works outdoors and enjoys skiing holidays.
20 May 2013
A stylish gilet
I'd been looking for a gilet for quite some time but wanted something a little different to the normal colours you see around. When I saw this grey vest with contrasting blue lining I knew this was the one for me.
The vest is nice and light and keeps you warm without being bulky or restricting. It's great for walks in spring weather but also looks good around town.
I'd definitely recommend this product.
11 March 2013