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For those of you that have a North face jacket...

I just bought a brand new North Face Free Thinker Jacket... and for those of you that is familiar with this jacket, you should not be surprised to know that i am broke now.

I am looking for a pair of pants that is compatible with this jacket.

I think North face jackets have some sort of zipper connect setup to connect the jackets to the pants?? I am not sure because i bough jacket online and it is the first North face jacket I've ever bought.

Are there any other brand of pants that will fit with the north face zipper system or am i screwed and have to save for another 4 years so i can afford the north face pants?

Thanks for all the help guys.
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Volcom does pant-jacket zippers as well. You don't really need pants that zip to your jacket, it still won't let any snow in, you just don't get to feel like a three year old in a one piece.
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OH! By the way, i am a brand new snowboarder so i have a lot of questions that might be common knowledge. I did search the forum first to make sure i don't double post same questions.

Yeah you are probably right. But i just like to have the option i guess.

So North Face jackets do have a zipper system vs Burton with a button system? Is this correct? The North face website is kind of vague on that and i have never owned a north face jacket before.

Its good to know that volcom have the same system. So volcom pants and north face jackets are compatible then? Thanks for all the help.
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So North Face jackets do have a zipper system vs Burton with a button system? Is this correct? The North face website is kind of vague on that and i have never owned a north face jacket before.

Its good to know that volcom have the same system. So volcom pants and north face jackets are compatible then? Thanks for all the help.
First and foremost, welcome to the wonderful world of snowboarding. Congrats on seeing the light. As for your jacket debacle. I would say the best thing would be to shoot off an e-mail to North Face or call them and inquire about pants compatible with your jacket.
I think that you're taking Inky's comment out of context. He said that Volcom had a similar system to Northface, but I would doubt that its compatible (companies lose money when it comes to compatibility). But like it was already mentioned. You're better off just buying whichever pants you like unless you're going for that one-piece look.
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Yes I love snowboarding now. Been going 4 weeks in a row! Just picking up carving now. I dont really care about looks much, Im looking for pants to zip up with my jacket so I wont get snow in my back. So I am just wondring about other north face jacket owners, do you all buy north face pants to zip together? Or do u know of other brands (hopefully a little cheaper) that will also zip up with north face jackets?
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Awesome purchase! I was looking at that jacket before settling on the Bizzo jacket instead!

I just took a look at the Free Thinkers description and it doesn't look like they state there's any jacket to pant function.. best to get in touch with them

The North FaceMen'sJackets & VestsMEN'S FREE THINKER JACKET


I believe Pant-A-Lock is the name of their pant to jacket system. I know the Bizzo has that in their description as well their Fargo Cargo pants (which actually is VERY affordable at under $150)

Good luck!
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Thanks, I cant wait for it to arrive, I am very happy with my buy,a good friend of mine works for a major online retailer and got me the jacket for 260 Shipped out the door.

I read this in the description: "Zip integration powderskirt Adjustable hem system " and "Buddy lift clip Imported Summit Series® collection is harness and pack-compatible" I though this means this can zip with pants.. maybe im wrong hahaha... Again im new to snowboarding,so not too knowledgeable on the snowboarding jargon yet. I guess if it doesn't zip to any snowboard pants... Any body have any ideas on some good gore-tex not too expensive and well made snowboard pants hahaha ?!?!?
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I personally use Burton AK Stagger pants.. always lots of lightly used ones available for cheap online if you look!
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I personally use Burton AK Stagger pants.. always lots of lightly used ones available for cheap online if you look!
Wow those pants are pretty cool, i might get me some of those. How do they fit? form fitting or baggy? So if i want to spend around 150 to 175, Burton snowboard pants is the best way to go?
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$150-175 you'll be able to find USED AK pants if you spend the time. They fit a bit looser, which is not. Not "gangster baggy." For brand new, I'm couldn't tell ya which Burton pants to get.

For $150-175 though, I'd recommend the TNF Fargo Cargo pants. Comes in nice colours (assuming they still have stock since it's already March..)

Or 686 pants. A lot of people love 'em, I've owned a pair in the past and they were quite durable (for me at least)
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