The North Face Men's Denali Jacket

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The North Face Denali Jacket
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The North Face Denali Jacket -

The North Face Denali Jacket is pretty much the emperor of North Face fleece jackets, and all fleece jackets in the world for that matter. The redesigned men's Denali jacket features a napoleon chest pocket and horizontal chest pocket, and is still constructed with the incredible recycled Polartec 300 series fleece with DWR to offer awesome protection in a chilly breeze. The North Face Denali jacket has a pair of hand pockets, elastic-bound cuffs, pit-zip vents and a hem cinch cord that combine to create adjustability for personal comfort. If your collection of North Face outerwear doesn't include a new Denali jacket, you're not doing yourself any favors.

FEATURES of The North Face Men's Denali Jacket.
SPECIFICATIONS of The North Face Men's Denali Jacket.

Wash and Care:

  • Machine wash separately, inside-out, using cold water and mild detergent. Rinse twice if necessary. Tumble dry, no heat.  Do not dry clean or iron.

Weather and Wind:

  • Hem cinch cord gives the perfect fit and keeps out the cold and wind.
  • Durable Water Repellent finish fends off light rain showers and snow
  • Abrasion patches on chest, shoulders, and arms block wind and guard against pack straps and ski edges
  • Durable Water Resistant (DWR) finish sheds light moisture


  • Two handwarmer pockets with zip closures
  • Wear the Denali jacket on its own or zipped into complementing parkas from The North Face
  • Designed to zip into TNF shell jackets for added weather protection
  • Features zippered hand pockets and both Napoleon and horizontal chest pockets


  • Media pocket
  • Two chest pockets and two hand-warmer pockets provide plenty of storage for essentials cell phone to ski straps


  • 300 weight Polartec fleece made from recycled material
  • Recycled Polartec® 300 fleece, the thickest of the Polartec classic series, is a bluesign® approved fabric (a standard for environmentally-friendly production methods).
  • Elastic bound cuffs and adjustable cinchcord hem allow you to seal out the weather
  • Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment helps water bead up and roll off the surface of the fabric.
  • Abrasion-resistant, laundered 2-ply nylon (also recycled) on upper body and elbows provides reinforcement and durability
  • Solid fleece fabric is derived from 87% recycled material
  • Recycled Polartec 300-series polyester fleece fabric delivers heavyweight warmth without weighing you down
  • Constructed of Recycled Polartec® 300 Series fleece with DWR and laundered 2-ply nylon abrasion panels.
  • Polartec® 300 Series fleece (87% recycled content in the solid colors and 65% in the heathered) is warm, lightweight and compressible

Lining and Layers:

  • Zip-in compatible, so you can layer it with a The North Face shell for the ultimate cold-busting comfort
  • Standard fit allows for some layers underneath.


  • Underarm zippers for ventilation
  • Pit zippers provide ventilation to help keep your body temperature regulated
  • Underarm vents help you stay comfortable when you’re working up a sweat breaking trail
  • Pit zip vents release heat when you're active
  • Breathable, quick-drying, and machine-washable
  • Pit zips allow for core venting during highly aerobic activities.


  • Elastic-bound cuffs keep your sleeves secure where you like them.


  • Import.


  • 28" centerback
  • Abrasion resistant shoulders and elbows add durability and extend the life of you jacket
  • Contains 83% recycled content by weight (for solid colors)

Straightforward comfort and durability make the North Face Denali Fleece Mens Jacket a best-selling and highly functional jacket that is ideal for winter-weather performance. The Denali comes in a standard fit with a full length zipper and pit zip venting that allow you to control your body's temperature while wearing it. Pockets galore are in the Denali as it features a Napoleon chest, horizontal chest and two hand pockets on the jacket. This jacket is also zip in compatible with complementing The North Face garments for those bone chilling cold days. The abrasion resistant shoulders and elbows make the North Face Denali Fleece Mens Jacket a highly durable fleece jacket that you are sure to love.

Shipping Restriction: This item is not available for shipment outside of the United States.

Rock/Creek Outfitters

Straightforward comfort and durability make the Men's North Face Denali Jacket a best-selling, highly functional jacket ideal for winter-weather performance. In North Face's endless persuit for greatness the Denali now uses 100 percent bluesign approved fabrics for the entire garment. Besides being environmentally friendly, the Denali Jacket is a durable jacket made for all around cold or brisk weather. With abrasion reinforced shoulders and elbows you can keep from wearing the jacket out too quickly, while also keeping yourself very warm and cozy when the temperatures drop. 2008 Polartec APEX Award


The North Face Denali Jacket is a comfy, versatile fleece for every winter day. Zip it into your coat when it's 10 below at the football game, or wear it alone when you're shoveling out your car. Polartec 300 series fleece is the warmest in The North Face's line which makes the Denali the perfect jacket for our favorite season.
A favorite among outdoor enthusiasts, The North Face Denali Jacket provides comfort and warmth in cool to cold weather. This classic men's fleece jacket has abrasion-resistant fabric overlays at the shoulders, chest, and elbows to increase durability. The North Face Denali Jacket is made from recycled Polartec 300 series fleece and has a variety of pockets to keep essentials within easy reach.

Berg's Ski Shop
Get your North Face® Denali Jacket with extra savings..... Free shipping and no sales tax! The Classic is now Eco friendly! The Denali is the ultimate all-around fleece jacket for any cold weather adventure. All the features you could want in a fleece jacket and it's the warmest. Great protection from the cold by itself or a great layering piece for really cold weather. Most of our staff have had one of these jackets or vest most of their lives and they are the best! They last forever and keep you warm...oh and they look really great as well!

The North Face Denali Jacket for Men is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. This jacket provides comfort and warmth in cool to cold weather. The Denali features abrasion-resistant fabric overlays at shoulders, chest, and elbows increasing the durability in high-stress areas. This durable jacket is made from recycled Polartec 300 series fleece and uses 100% bluesign approved fabrics -- a standard for environmentally-friendly production methods.
The North Face Denali Jacket features an eco-friendly recycled Polartec 300 Series fleece water-repellent body. Four zipper pockets add secure storage while pit zips provide ventilation. Nylon abrasion-reinforced at shoulders, chest, and elbows for exceptional strength. The jacket is made of 100% bluesign approved fabrics. Machine wash. Imported.  
Manufacturer style #: AMYN.

A favorite among outdoor enthusiasts, The North Face Men's Denali Fleece Jacket offers straight-forward comfort, warmth and breathability in cool to cold weather. It's the first piece you'll grab when the temperature dips. Abrasion-resistant fabric overlays at shoulders, chest, and elbows increase durability in high-stress areas with a functional fit to withstand years of use. Made from recycled Polartec® 300 series fleece, this eco-friendly classic jacket helps prevent the flow of materials to landfills; eliminating waste and saving valuable resources.
Already a classic, The North Face's warm, versatile Men's Denali Fleece Jacket is now constructed entirely from recycled and Bluesign-certified materials. You can enjoy its four-season fleecy goodness even more knowing it required less fuel and produced fewer greenhouse gases before getting to you.

Rocky Mountain Trail

The Men's Denali Jacket is perfect for those cool days when your out on the trails or just around town.
This classic fleece jacket provides comfort and warmth in cool to cold weather. This jacket has had success of keeping people warm and comfortable for a very long time, and will continue to do so. Abrasion-resistant fabric overlays at shoulders, chest, and elbows increase durability in high-stress areas. Also comes with pit-zips to ventilate your heat. This durable jacket is now made from recycled Polartec 300 series fleece... it's sure to be a favorite.


The North Face Denali men's jacket is a straightforward, comfortable, all-around fleece for winter climates. Wear it as a mid layer or outer layer, depending on conditions.


Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Nothing can boast technical legitimacy like the classic Denali from The North Face. Now made from recycled fabrics, this 300-weight Polartec fleece jacket is great for any cold-weather adventure.

Fiber Content: 100% polyester fleece, nylon overlays.
Country of Origin: Imported
A favorite among outdoor enthusiasts, this classic fleece jacket provides comfort and warmth in cool to cold weather. Abrasion-resistant fabric overlays at shoulders, chest, and elbows increase durability in high-stress areas. This durable jacket is made from recycled Polartec 300 series fleece and uses 100% bluesign approved fabrics -- a standard for environmentally-friendly production methods.

Product Specifications:
• Average Weight: 727 g (25.7 oz)
• Centerback: 28 in.
• Fabric: abrasion: laundered 2-ply nylon (bluesign approved fabric)
• Fabric: body: Recycled Polartec 300 Series fleece with DWR (bluesign approved fabric)

Massey's Outfitters
An iconic fleece jacket carefully designed to provide comfort and warmth in cool to cold weather. Abrasion-resistant fabric overlays at shoulders, chest, and elbows increase durability in high-stress areas. Constructed with recycled Polartec® 300 series fleece that uses 100% bluesign® approved fabrics – a standard for environmentally-friendly production methods. FEATURES
Standard fit.
Zip-in compatible.
Abrasion-reinforced shoulders and elbows.
Napoleon chest pocket.
Horizontal chest pocket.
Two hand pockets.
Elastic-bound cuffs.
Pit-zip vents.
Hem cinch cord.
*3XL only available in Recycled Black and Recycled Charcoal Heather Grey.
The North Face

An iconic fleece jacket carefully designed to provide comfort and warmth in cool to cold weather. Abrasion-resistant fabric overlays at shoulders, chest, and elbows increase durability in high-stress areas. Constructed with recycled Polartec® 300 series fleece. Made with 54-83% recycled content (pre- and/or post-consumer sources), the material in this product helps divert waste from landfills and saves valuable resources.

Straightforward comfort and durability updated with a convenient media pocket make this best-selling, highly functional jacket ideal for cold-weather performance.

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Abrasion panels:100% nylon.
Avg. length:26 in.
Back length:Hip-length
Back length (in.):30 inches
Battery Heated:No
Breathability Rating:N/A
Center Back Length:28 inches
Chest Measurement:42 in
Exterior Material:Recycled Polartec 300 Series Fleece with DWR
Fabric:Polartec recycled polyester fleece/Polartec polyester fleece
Fleece Weight:Heavyweight
Hood Type:No
Insulation Type:None (Shell)
Insulation Weight:None
Length from center back:28 in.
Make it Custom:Custom Denali Jackets
Material:Body: Recycled Polartec® 300 series fleece with DWR, Abrasion: 2-ply laundered nylon
Model #:AMYNLE4-S
Removable Liner:No
Shipping Restriction:This item is not available for shipment outside of the United States.
Sleeve Length:38 in
Snow Skirt:No
Taped Seams:None
Waterproof Material:N/A
Waterproof Rating:N/A
Waterproof Zippers:Yes
Weight:26.66 oz / 756 g
Wind Protection:No
abrasion:laundered 2-ply nylon (bluesign® approved fabric)
body:Recycled Polartec® 300 Series fleece with DWR (bluesign® approved fabric)
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The North Face Denali Jacket Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Yes, the Denali is a bit cheesy in these days of windproof, breathable, soft shells, but as a utility layer it can not be beat. There is no other heavy weight fleece jacket with 4 zippered pockets, reinforced shoulders and elbows and pit zips.
This is replacing another Denali I have had for 20's been back to TNF for trim replacement and has worn so thin that I'm surprised it hasn't fallen apart.
As an outer layer it's great alone for hiking, sailing, biking, etc in milder weather. As a layer it's great under a shell awesome for all but the coldest, windiest, cloudy days.
Under a spray top it works perfect for mountain lake sailing where days start cool and calm, ramp up to gale force, t-storms roll in cooling things 50 degrees and then back to sunny and calm for derigging and beers. Reach under the spray top and unzip the pits and air things out without losing a boat length.
The reinforced elbows don't readily absorb beer from the bar. The reinforced shoulders won't get cut from ski edges.
I wanted to find something equal to replace the old one but couldn't find anything nearly equal. It was awesome when Backcountry had black on sale and I was actually online to find it. Black (almost) NEVER goes on sale. Thanks Backcountry!
Similar to's not a date, it's a sport...The Denali isn't sexy, but it's a great multipurpose 'tool'...

johp1030667 at on 12/31/2013

Good zip-in insulating layer.

Purchased this as an insulating layer to use with one of my North Face shells because it's the warmest zip-in compatible option in fleece. For that purpose it works well. When I go hunting, the Denali with my shell over it keeps me toasty. (I use a NF Khumbu with another shell. It's the same weight fleece and also zip in compatible, the main difference is the nylon panels on the Denali)

There are occaisions when I do wear it by itself, such as in my sleeping bag on really cold nights or at work in the morning before the building warms up.

As many reviewers have mentioned, it's not windproof. It doesn't claim to be. If you want a wind proof jacket, look for one which advertises that as a feature. Yes, there are better options for a stand alone jacket. However if you're looking for a warm fleece that's zip in compatible with North Face shells this is a good choice.

Would I reccomend this to a friend? Depends on what they want to use it for.
Rough Rider at REI on 02/02/2013

The good:
This Fleece was the coolest thing for years. By now it's a well known classic. This fleece is well made with plenty of pockets, vents and so forth. Snaps into other TNF jackets as insulation. Very durable. This jacket will not fall apart.
The Bad:
For the money... you are getting a basic non wind blocking fleece. At almost 2 Benjamins, I'd put my money toward a more technical windblocking fleece or softshell with better weather resistance.
I've owned both full jacket and vest versions of the Denali over the years. A great well made fleece. However, next go around, I will opt for a more technical fleece. Basic fleece jackets can be bought for much less.
Buy it if you are using it together with other TNF jackets as an integrated layering system. Buy if it's on sale. Or, just buy it if you don't care how much it costs and want a well made durable fleece jacket.
Runs large. Me: 5'11" 180-185. I own a Medium. Arms feel good; but, the main jacket body is big.

shaun Moyes at on 08/30/2013

Classic for a Reason

This is a very warm and comfortable jacket suitable as a hybrid shell or a thermal layer. The Nylon panels on the shoulders which come half-way down the chest and back shed moderate rain well, while the DWR finish on the fleece pile effectively mitigates light precipitation and mist/spray. It is cut roomy enough to fit over base layers or trail shirts, but is not too bulky to layer under a shell. The elastic sleeve cuffs keep their grip through much use and many washings, and the zippers move smoothly, even when caked with dirt. The hand pockets are well placed. The two chest pockets running in different directions allow for easy access in any position or while wearing a pack. The two main shortfalls of this piece are the lack of a wind blocking laminate and the absence of internal pockets. It would be especially nice to see an updated version with an inside pocket for an MP3 player or phone with routing for earphones or hands free sets.
A. Stephan at REI on 10/10/2010

Classic and comfortable

This fleece from North Face is very comfortable and warm. I've owned mine for about 4 years and it wears very well. I agree with the other reviewer on its strengths and weaknesses. I really wish it blocked wind better, as I've worn it snowshoeing and I've been chilled. I would advise always having a windproof outer layer with you when doing activities in the winter w this jacket. I do agree that it repels light rain and snow relatively well, but it isn't meant for this function. I like wearing it around town quite a bit. I think the jacket is a bit bulky for backpacking in all seasons except winter. I've taken it on late summer backpacks in the Colorado Rockies and that was a mistake. It simply weighs too much to justify do that in the future.

Overall, it is a great jacket. I look forward to owning it for a very long time to come.
REI Denver Addict at REI on 10/10/2010

An addition to my triclimate jacket

Plan to use with my Vortex Triclimate coat. The inner liner that came with it seems good for really cool days, but for cold New England days or during storms, I wanted the added warmth of the Denali fleece.

I sometimes need an XL because of sleeve length but not this. The L is plenty long. Kind of a strange fit as some spots seem to fit tightly. Under the arms, across the middle shoulders and down the sides. The under the arms is definitely because of Pit Zips adding bulk under your arms where the zippers are sewn in. Across the shoulders, I am still not sure about, maybe just needs to break in.

Otherwise it is what you expect. I was skeptical about North Face as just being fashionable outer wear, but after trying a few of their products, including running gear, I must admit I am impressed with the quality.
Guido at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 11/11/2012

Mom bought me a Denali Fleece Jacket! :)

I'm usually a hoodie type of guy but 3 days ago my mother and I went out shopping. She wanted to buy some sandals at REI, she then saw the Denali Jacket rack. She glanced at me and started to pick one out for me! She picked the black one, I tried the small but it was just right but she commented that what if I want to wear a hoodie underneath it. So she picked out the Medium. Surprisingly, it fits well too! I have no idea but I am type of person who walks around town, hiking's, exercising, jogging. That's what I'll use it for.

I do have a question is that, will it response well to rain? :) Thanks everyone.
CHRIS91226 at REI on 11/11/2011

My seventeen year old son is very hard to buy for. He is very tall and very thin and doesn't usually like to wear brand name anything. He didn't ask for this particular item but I bought it in hopes that he would give up wearing his two hoodies to school and actually wear something warm. This was the perfect gift! It is warm enough to put another hoodie under and still be warm. I live in the Midwest and we have pretty harsh winters and my son walks about 7 blocks back and forth to school. This is the perfect gift for a teenager. It maintains his "coolness" without actually having to put on a coat.

joyp742714 at on 12/29/2013

I got an older version of this jacket years ago. I've worn it every single winter, and almost every time I've been skiing as well. I actually love wearing this Denali Fleece under my outer Oakley shell. It has perfect loft keeping me completely warm. Its also nice to have vents on an underlayer, so you can customize your air flow even more. I also wear this jacket almost everyday during the winter. Great durability, you absolutely get what you pay for. The price is high but worth it.
This fleece fits well, but its loose fitting. So it'll feel like it runs large.

Adam Rosenberg at on 10/29/2013

I've had this jacket for about six years now, and it still looks as good as the day I bought it. It's fairly warm, durable, and made of high quality material. It's a little broad in the shoulders for me (6'1, 180 lbs., wear a 40in. blazer, have this in a Medium), and it does not cut the wind at all. While the latter can be expected, I feel there are other fleeces (Patagonia) that offer a fleece jacket with more protection from the wind. Overall it's a nice fleece jacket, but I prefer my Patagonia fleece over this one.

Ben at on 08/27/2013

Negative Reviews:

Excellent but one minor flaw

This jacket is everything you would expect out of a northface jacket. Super soft and keeps you warm when you need it and wont have you sweating when its not that cold out. There is only one "flaw" if you will. there are zippers under the arms for venting if you are warm or indoors. the only downside is that the inside sleeve of the jacket was not designed all that well with regards to the zipper. There is almost a Velcro like feel around the zipper that if you are not wearing long sleeves will scratch and itch your arm to an extent that will no longer wear it without long sleeves. This rating may seem low and i would tell you that if the under arm vents were not there i would rate this at 5 stars. It's a good idea but If i'm wearing a t-shirt i cant just throw it on and run to the store or gas station because i find myself itching my arm the whole time. It is just not comfortable.
MathewL at The North Face on 11/19/2013

Way Over Rated

This is an OK jacket if you are wearing it to drop off the kids at football (soccer) practice, because every other parent and kid will be wearing one. However, if you want a much better jacket for the same price, hands down go and buy the Mountain Hardwear Windstopper Tech Fleece jacket. It fits better, is much warmer (thanks to being lined) and the pockets are of a better design. The thing I really hate about the Denali jacket are the sleeves- the wind blows right through them, as they are unlined fleece. I guarantee you will never go back to North Face once you try Mountain Hardwear.
Kelly Van Rijn at REI on 04/04/2011

Bad Design changes from 2012 on this jac

Unfortuantely, North Face has updated this jacket for the worse. The Denali always had a long zipper vent under the arm with two zipper heads. Now the zipper is much shorter which creates a bulky seam right under your arm. Add to that, with only one zipper head, it makes it hard to adjust the vent opening / closing. The sleeves on the Men's Medium are also about 2 inches longer than one I just purchased a few years ago. Really disappointed.
NikeJacket at REI on 11/11/2013

Not what I'm looking for

The denali is a great jacket if there is no wind. If you plan on wearing it in your car or in a building it keeps you warm. If you wear it outside it doesn't do much for you unless you have a windproof shell to put over it. It works well for day to day use but I would never bring it on extended backpacking trips. It is much too bulky to carry on my back for any extended trips.
Jestes at REI on 01/01/2012

Poor engineering of pit zips

I purchased this to use alone or under my North Face Parka for skiing and winter warmth. The intent was to replace the fleece that came with the jacket but has lost some loft over several years of great service. The pit zipper of the new jacket pressed into the inside of my bicep and pinched the nerve.
membersince88 at REI on 11/11/2013


The slightest breeze renders this jacket ineffective. The zipper puckered and in the first year 4 teeth in a row broke in the chest area. There are many better products out there for the money. This is a major disappointment.
donr100 at REI on 12/12/2011

Neutral Reviews:

denali fleece

hello i live in tacoma WA i bought the denali fleece originally because it looked nice and i asked somebody they said it was super warm too i took it caming early september brought that as my jacket very disappointed with the results was not warm not windproof felt hot in the store but outside not so much i have had tons of northface products this one well made comfortable and looks nice zipped into a shell works amazing just recommend using only as a zip in
JRoboski the sneaky russian at REI on 02/02/2012

Everyone in the world has one . They are cool I guess if you want to be part of that crowd . These jackets do not breath at all and are decent enough for warmth for around 40-45 but would not reco for layering for serious Mountaineering. They also don't dry fast and are bulky and heavy . Besides that they look decent enough for tooling around with the rest of the wannabes .

mario sarrica at on 12/19/2013

good, just good

Overall this jacket isnt too bad but it seemed to taken off more as a fashion jacket then its initial intended use. I purchased the apex bionic shortly after this one and have hardly worn it since. It doesnt retain heat nearly as good but yet cost more.
John, Just John at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 11/11/2010

Not Windproof

This jacket should not be worn in temperatures below 40 Degrees. Also, it is not windproof. Moderate wind goes through the fleece sleeves, making it necessary to wear a long sleeve shirt under the jacket.

Good jacket, but not for cold weather.
Hardtail Rider at REI on 03/03/2012

High collar: Sexy. Short waist: Dorky.

Would someone tall and powerful please tell North Face to make tall sizes for all us tall people in the world.
NYC Tall Writer at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 02/02/2013