North Face Aconcagua Jacket (2010)

North Face Aconcagua Jacket

I'm not usually surprised when a new jacket comes out of the box, but the North Face's women's Aconcagua down jacket did make me look twice.

What got my attention? The hard-to-spell Aconcagua has the look and feel of vastly more expensive jacket. You'll notice the satin exterior immediately. This gives the jacket's appearance a soft but noticeable sheen as well as making it feel downright lush against your skin.

I've never thought of The North Face as specialists in the style department, but that may be changing. The cut of the women's Aconcagua nicely hits the spot when it comes to being softly—but not garishly—feminine. This is a ladies' jacket, to be sure, but it announces itself not via puffy doodads, but by the smartly flattering way it fits a woman's torso.

Strong evidence in this regard was the way Roxanne took to it. The Aconcagua seemed to leap atop her favorites list with casual elan—an impressive feat, given the tres-chic outwear collection already in her closet.

Where might we find the Aconcagua Jacket?

You can use it as a ski parka (though it is not a sport-specific design) by day and a going-around-town jacket at night. And even if you happen to be in fancier parts, like say Aspen or Maybe even New York City(!), the Aconcagua holds its own as a subtle and oh-so-comfortable fashion statement.

550-fill down makes this warm but not bulky. The finish is water-resistant, so snow and even sprinkles won't give it the usual drowned-rat down look. Inside you get a soft and cozy brushed fleece interior. It's not technical mountaineering wear, but we're still calling this one highly recommended.

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