North Face Krakatoa Half Zip Hoodie

Manufacturer Description

Providing no excuses to hit the trail, this new performance fit half-zip hoodie features highly wind and water-resistant stretch knit fabric with DWR (durable water repellent) fabric at exterior for added weather-resistance. Super packable and lightweight, hoodie includes binding at hood and cuffs for a precise fit. Cinch at rear hood provides next-to-skin coverage during forward motion.

Features

  • Performance Fit
  • Fabric: 66 g/m2 100% polyester
  • Incredible ultralight wind- and water-resistant stretch knit with an acrylic coating
  • Minimal construction for ultralight running
  • Adjustable hood with edge binding
  • Binding at cuffs
  • Zipper hip pocket
  • Glow-in-the-dark zip pull
  • Hem cinch-cord
  • Drop-tail hem
  • Flight Series collection
  • Size Medium
    • Weight- 141 g (5 oz)
    • Center Back Measurement – 71 cm (28 in)
    • Pit to Pit Measurement – 54.5 cm (21.5 in)
    • Sleeve Length – 89 cm (35 in)
  • Retail – $125

YMMV Review

Design ★★☆☆☆

When you first pick up this piece you realize just how thin this fabric is. There is not much to it, it weighs nearly nothing but has a nice stretch and feel to it. It is soft to the touch and has a acrilic coating to help with weatherproofing. This helps the jacket block out most wind as well as shed a light rain.  Unfortunately this also helps this jacket trap in water vapor and sweat. I found that I sweated a lot in this hoodie. Even running on windy days around freezing I still had issues with sweat build up. I generally do not have this issue so this was suprising. The Krakatoa Hoodie has a deep venting chest zipper that helps with temperature control. While I felt like this helped some, when I opened up the zipper too much, the hoodie would open up too far so it was barely hanging on the outsides of my shoulders. The jacket does have stretchy, breathable side panels which help but do not eleviate the heat problem.

Both around the hood and the wrist cuffs there is elastic.  I found both worked well. The hood was nice while on but when you took it off and the wind kicked up, the hood would blow all over the place and even hit me in the cheeks. Not exactly what I had in mind.  There is also an elastic draw cord at the bottom hem.  This can be adjusted to the wearers preferred fit. There is a small zippered hip pocket which is a good size for and iPod or gel. You can use it for a phone ore something heavier but it will bounce around a bit.

Fit ★★★½☆

The fit on the Krakatoa Hoodie is pretty good.  There is ample length in the arms and the torso.  The stretchy fabric and panels help it move with you.  The hood is tight fitting and works well when worn.  I am 5’11” and 160 lbs and the medium fit me well.  Not tight but not loose either.  According tho the North Face this is their performance fit.  Overall I liked the fit of the hoodie, only negatives would be the hood when not worn and the zipper when fully opened.  Both of these are described above.

Overall ★★☆☆☆

Overall I was really excited about this piece.  It is super lightweight and packable.  But as often happens, function is not what is to be expected.  I think this can be a great day hiking or climbing top when you need to pack a small “just in case” layer.   If you are someone who does not tend to overheat when running or other active pursuits, this may work well for you.  I think it could be a winner if there was more of the breathable panels, mainly in the forearms and underarms.   But this is my preference.  The Karakatoa reatils for $125 wich also might be a bit steep for what you get.  You will need to determine this for yourself.  I really like the blue color, look, and features of the jacket.  Unfortunately it did not like me as much.  As in all my reviews, your mileage may vary.

Pros

  • Wind Resistant
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Traps moisture
  • Hood flaps around in the wind
  • Price

About the author

I am an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, hiker, climber, skier and many other activities that would make this list too long. I started Your Mileage May Vary Reviews in Early 2011 to combine two of my passions: sports and gear.

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