Yuki Threads Northbound Jacket | Review

It doesn’t get much better than all-mountain functionality made from 100% recycled materials

Why We Chose The Yuki Threads Northbound Jacket: 100% recycled materials, practical, stylish and great all-mountain functionality.

Price: $399


Hailing from the ‘Land Down Under’, Yuki Threads are as Australian as they come (minus the cork hats, cans of Castlemaine XXXX, and spiders the size of your face). They were founded back in 2010, when co-founders Mitch and Lani were in the middle of doing back to back seasons between the Mount Buller ski resort, in eastern Victoria, and Japan.

The vision that brought the company into existence centred around the idea of bridging that often gargantuan gap between mountain and street. It was a vision of a 100% Australian owned snow apparel company that cared about its customers, and the world as a whole. One entire decade on from that initial vision’ it’s clear that the Yuki Threads dream is alive and well. Take the excellent Northbound Jacket, for example. It’s in our Ski 100.


There’s a green-fingered environmentalism at the heart of this jacket that we really, really, like. It’s made of Bluesign approved 100% recycled polyester, and its insulation (40g in body, zero in the arms) is 100% recycled polyester – as are the microfibre sections used in the pocket linings and internal collar. The lining of the jacket is also 100% recycled nylon. Basically, if it’s a material on this jacket the likelihood is it’s recycled. It can get boring banging the sustainability drum all the time but, seriously, this stuff is important. Keep up the good work, Yuki Threads.

Underling the jacket’s environmental credentials is the fact the jacket has an eco-friendly DWR C0 coating. What this means is that the water repellency treatment it went through was free of harmful PFCs. PFCs can be harmful to nature and people. They’re bad news.

“Hailing from the ‘Land Down Under’, Yuki Threads are as Australian as they come”

With a waterproof and breathability rating of 15k / 15k, the Northbound is clearly made to handle more strenuous mountain conditions. The good waterproofing level means that, if you’re a long way from shelter, it’ll be able to stand up to extreme weather punishment. It also means that it’ll keep you dry if you’re charging through the nipple-deep powder you often dream about, often watch on Instagram, but only very rarely get to experience. 

The very decent breathability level, meanwhile, means you’ll have no problems doing a bit of casual ski touring in this (especially as the arms are free of obstructing insulation). Jackets with low breathability ratings, of course, suck for such activities because the sweat you inevitably produce has nowhere to go. In those scenarios, you can end up feeling stuffy, sweaty, and uncomfortable quite quickly.

To make matters worse, this build up of sweat moisture can result in you feeling cold (dangerously so if you’re out for a long period of time). Fortunately, for all concerned, that’s not an issue here. 15k breathability is good. 


Right, let’s start with the subject of fully taped seams. Afterall, the waterproof fabric used in a jacket is essentially meaningless if the seams aren’t protected. That’s nothing to worry about here though because the clever clogs at Yuki Threads have remembered to tape over those tiny holes created when everything’s getting sewn together. It’s pretty basic stuff these days but the basics, no matter what else has happened in the world of ski outerwear, remain fundamental. 

“There’s a very good chance you’ll love the Yuki Threads Northbound Jacket”

Elsewhere on the Northbound Jacket, there’s a removable powder skirt, lycra cuffs with thumbholes, and underarm zippered vents with mesh for when you’re really pushing it on a warm spring day. There’s also tailored arms for an ergonomic fit, and an elasticated in-pocket bottom hem adjuster with cord locks. This latter feature, in particular, is great for helping you to optimise that ‘locked in’ and ‘protected from the elements’ feel.

The jacket also has YKK Zippers, an adjustable hood with a cord lock at the back, and more pockets than you’ll know what to do with (two chest pockets, two patch pockets, a media pocket and a lift pass pocket).


Care about the environment? Care about sustainability? Care about recycling? Care about being protected from the elements when you’re in the resort, at the park, or out in the backcountry? Care about Australian enterprise? If you answered yes to any of the above, there’s a very good chance you’ll love the Yuki Threads Northbound Jacket. We know we do.

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