Northface Redpoint Vest with PrimaLoft – product review

Northface Redpoint Vest and Campbell’s Soup

Sometimes the best motorcycle gear is not motorcycle gear…like this ski vest from Northface. Just before our spring trip into the mountains of Pennsylvania where it was still wet and cold I purchased two of these from Eastern Mountain Sports (one for Diana). Being that it was spring I figured I could get a good deal on left over winter gear and I was right. I got these for about 30% off.

The great thing about the vest is that it will increase your warmth with PrimaLoft technology but you won’t feel like the Michelin Man since you don’t have extra layers inside your sleeves restricting your movement. This vest is water and wind resistant. I credit these vests with making our Spring trip to Mansfield, PA and our Fall trip to New England bearable. Worn inside a high quality insulated leather jacket you can challenge Mother Nature on a cold and windy day. Top it off with a good rain jacket and you can survive a monsoon. Add a neck warmer or balaclava and you’re ready for some winter riding. You don’t have to wear the neck warmer on your head like I do to keep my bald head warm at rest stops; but I do recommend the handy dandy microwaveable Campbell’s Soup At Hand that you heat up and sip right out of the package (see above picture taken at a gas station near Stockbridge, Massachusetts).

If you want to take it off and stow it in the saddlebag they pack easily and take up little space. Like most vests you benefit from two to three more pockets including a neat little Napoleon chest pocket. Click here for more information. This also comes in a womens version that looks identical except it is slightly fitted for a women’s figure. I like the extended neck coverage. Short of buying an Aerostich vest for a small fortune or an electric heated vest that you plug into your bike with wires and cords this is the bombdiggity man!

Northface Redpoint Vest

8 Responses to “Northface Redpoint Vest with PrimaLoft – product review”

  1. Jay,

    It’s funny, some of the most obvious and simple things are right there in front of us, and all we have to do is open up our eyes and pay attention.

    Guess I’m not always that great at paying attention. My daughter and wife both wear vests. I never could wrap my arms around why. I always figured if cold enough for a vest, cold enough to want warm sleeves as well. I’ve never thought of wearing a warm vest for keeping your core temperature up without restricting your arm mobility under a biker jacket.

    This is like a V8 moment. DUh!

    I’m seriously gonna have to try it.

    Thanks for the tip!

  2. Keeping your core temperature up is very important but the really big challeng is keeping your fingers warm. I don’t have heated grips or heated gloves and don’t have the answer for this one yet.

  3. I think Jay hit on all of the things I like about my vest, except that it is nice to throw on over a layer or two of thermals when running back & forth in the morning from hotel room to bike without having to fully gear up. (Or standing around for an hour watching half a dozen grown men try to figure out how to load a bike onto a trailer-LOL)

    My only negative would be that I wish it were not quite as long. Mine comes down a good 5-6 inches below my leather jacket, and is then a bit snug around the widest part of my hips. (When Jay says the womens version is “slightly fitted,” the emphasis is on the slightly!) Just about 2-3 inches shorter and it would be perfect!

  4. We suspect Diana’s vest is really a Men’s medium vest with a Women’s tag on it and not the real womens version of the vest… but who knows. If it is the real womens version than there is no difference between the two.

  5. Nice vest! I have to tell you, I love my neck warmer. I call it my Neckie, and it stays in the saddlebag ALWAYS! Now that it’s winter, I have used my Neckie twice and I don’t know how I survived winter without it! 🙂

  6. I love my neckie too. I have another neckie that has a thin balaclava attached to it. Diana doesn’t like stuff around her neck so she isn’t into the neckie. But I’m with you Ann!

  7. Neck warmer…my most important cozy cloth. Thanks for the review. Keep the core warm and your ass stays rosey!

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