Living in Canada, we get all kinds of weather. Rain, snow, hail, hockey pucks, you name it. Carrying a big bulky jacket around to protect yourself against these elements gets tiring. The North Face figured out a way to resist against Mother Nature in a small, but functional package. The Apex Bionic jacket is a technical and slim fitting shell jacket that is designed with high quality materials to keep you comfortable.
The outer layer of the Apex Bionic is a material that is highly water resistant. I say 'resistant' as I've worn it through heavy downpours and it can get waterlogged over time, but for most showers, it holds up well. It also has no hood, another sign its not a raincoat, but the collar reaches up to almost ear level when its fully zipped up for good coverage. The interior is lined with a synthetic fleece fabric that keeps you cozy. As it is a shell jacket, the liner is not super warm, but with efficient layering, it can work well. I would say the jacket is best used in between 10C to -10C weather, giving it ample time in the spring and fall seasons.
The cuffs and neck are lined with a softer fleece, which is a nice little addition. All the zippers are solidly made, and have a rubber sealed lining to keep whatever's in your pockets dry. My favorite pocket is the 'Napoleon'-style pocket on the left chest. I find it useful to put my mp3 player and have access to it with my shorter corded headphones. Anything small you need access to quickly, you can stuff in there and it'll be safe.
Although not a winter-beating parka, this slim jacket is definitely a solid performer. It won't be seen travelling on the catwalk with its only one or two-toned options, but its practicality gets the job done. The Apex Bionic keeps the weather where it should be.