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The North Face Thermoball Hoodie (2014)

£170.00

FeaturesWhat a difference a hood drawcord makes – and that’s what sets the The North Face Thermoball Hoodie apart from others. You also get elasticated cuffs where the elastication is tucked inside so the cuff is neater and potentially less draughty. The two main pockets are happily OS map-sized; but, like most, access is obscured when a hipbelt from a ...

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The North Face Storm Shadow (2014)

£85.00

The North Face’s Storm Shadow is designed as a next-to-skin or mid layer fleece. To provide maximum comfort it’s a close-fitting top that’s extremely air-permeable while offering superior ‘wicking’ (moisture-removing) performance. All this makes it ideal when used under a waterproof jacket or when worn on its own during highly aerobic activities, or for scrambling or walking in non-windy environments.  ...

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The North Face Hybrid (2014)

£45.00

Despite coming in at the lowest price-point of all the base-layers here, the Hybrid boasts some pretty impressive technology. The fabric is mapped out according to the body’s hot and cold spots so that the underarms, for instance, are ventilated while the sides are insulated. Under test, it did a fantastic job of regulating my body temperature at a comfortable ...

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The North Face Alpine Project Hybrid Hoodie (2013)

£170.00

The guides at Glenmore Lodge (the Scottish National Outdoor Training Centre) will be wearing the The North Face Alpine Project Hybrid Hoodie during summer 2014. It has been designed as a versatile layer and it’s made from a thinner version of Gore Windstopper than other jackets in our test, which puts it in the mild spring/summer/autumn bracket rather than being ...

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The North Face Iodin Jacket (2013)

£100.00

Brand new for spring 2013, this is a lightweight and really stretchy jacket. The fit is simple and flattering, with hidden hem adjustment in each pocket for fine-tuning the fit, and fuss-free cuffs that rely on stretch for adjustment - they pull up really well, but check the fit because if they’re too long they’ll slip down over your hands. ...

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The North Face Radish Mid Layer (2012)

£155.00

A very durable option for hard mountain use, the The North Face Radish Mid Layer has reinforced shoulder and hip zones for increased protection from rucksack straps and weighs a very reasonable 410g (size UK12). The material is a wind-resistant, polyester hard-face stretch fleece with a micro-check brushed inner side (think tiny grid-like squares of fleece) that trap air to ...

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The North Face Alpine Project WS (2012)

£225.00

This jacket is more suited to warmer conditions. It’s also a bit less bulky and lighter in weight than most, although the Windstopper membrane does effectively block out the wind and therefore boost warmth a bit. The brushed lining helps to wick some moisture up into the fabric, but isn’t the softest or warmest against the skin. The fabric is ...

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The North Face Super Zephyrus (2012)

£160.00

More of a hybrid than a true insulating number, the The North Face Super Zephyrus falls somewhere between a mid layer and an insulated jacket. It features a combination of Polartec Powerstretch panels and sections of PrimaLoft insulation. Because of this it’s obviously much thinner than the others on test, but then it is meant to sit closer to your ...

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The North Face Diez (2012)

£230.00

This is a classic down mid-layer-style of jacket. There’s no hood so it won’t keep your head warm, but it does mean the down is less likely to get wet in a wintry shower. It has a shortish cut, built to fit under a shell layer. The lightweight Pertex shell fabric offers some water resistance, although it can’t be relied ...

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The North Face Hybrid Long Sleeve Zip Neck (2012)

£50.00

A tight fitting, athletic top built for high-energy activities, and as such may frighten off more casual users. The tight fit ensures that moisture is lifted quickly away from the skin and sent to the outside. Body-mapping has also been used to provide a little extra insulation in key areas. Best of all is the seamless construction, which means a ...

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The North Face Cipher

£140.00

A very lightweight soft shell with no fleece lining, the Cipher feels more like a windshirt than a mid-layer. The fit is quite relaxed, with stretchy, forgiving Gore Windstopper fabric that is very easy to move around in. The fit at the cuffs and hem relies on elastic, which keeps adjustment simple and saves weight, but won’t fit everyone. There’s ...

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The North Face Warm Long Sleeve Zip Neck

£39.00

This is a wonderfully soft and snug-fitting base-layer. It’s extremely lightweight too, at only 100g. In fact, the warmth feels almost invisible. The cut is long, and the arms and body easily cover the wrists and hips. It comes with a zip neck for great versatility, and the stretchiness in the fabric means the cuffs pull up easily to the ...

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The North Face Warm Long Sleeve Zip Neck

£39.00

This is a wonderfully soft and snug-fitting base-layer. It’s extremely lightweight too, at only 100g. In fact, the warmth feels almost invisible. The cut is long, and the arms and body easily cover the wrists and hips. It comes with a zip neck for great versatility, and the stretchiness in the fabric means the cuffs pull up easily to the ...

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The North Face Catalyst 2011

£199.00

The The North Face Catalyst weighs 528g (size L); 800 fill power goose down; Pertex Quantum fabric; ideal as a spare insulator in warmer weather; stuffs into its own pocket; more hardwearing shoulder and sleeve outer fabrics for durability. But hood does not get a volume adjuster and it is not removable; not as well-insulated in the body as others ...

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The North Face Gritstone

£149.00

The Gritstone is a traditional close-cut, short, soft shell style in a medium thickness fabric. It keeps the warmth in and the wind out whilst retaining some stretch. The hem cinches and Velcro cuffs help adjust the fit, although there is no cinch on the soft-lined collar. The chest/hip pockets are a good size and sit high on the torso ...

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The North Face Kishtwar 2010

£239.00

The Kishtwar is part of The North Face’s Summit Series and it’s designed for highly aerobic endeavours in foul weather. The Polartec Power Shield Pro fabric has the benefit of being far more water-resistant than standard Power Shield. DesignThe TNF Kishtwar is a very practical, mountain-orientated design. There are two chest pockets placed high on the body, plus a Napoleon ...

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The North Face Stretch Boulder 2010

£55.00

The North Face’s Stretch Boulder shirt is practical yet attractive and made from Vapourwick, which means it should cope well with the heat. It also comes with venting at the back to keep you cool, there’s a hidden zipped pocket in the seams and it’s made of 100 per cent recycled material. Sleeves can be long or short thanks to ...

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The North Face Stretch Softwool Quarter zip base layer

£65.00

The Stretch has the typical soft and stretchy feel of merino wool, and it performed with all the usual characteristics to make a very functional, versatile and comfortable base-layer that is hard to beat. The fit is casual and the fabric provides a useful amount of insulation when needed, yet never really feels too hot. It has a high collar ...

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The North Face Apex Elixir

£90.00

Very light, the Elixir feels more like a windshirt; it’s also cut from a very stretchy fabric (10% Elastane) which further exaggerates this lightness. Against it, it doesn’t offer much insulation as a mid-layer. On the hill, in mild conditions, it excels; keeping a reasonable amount of precipitation at bay and breathing wonderfully, but when the going gets a bit ...

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The North Face Flight Series Zip 2009

£30.00

The North Face Flight Series Zip base layer weighs 83g (men’s S); closer fit; supremely comfy; incredibly light; well-fitting; antimicrobial treatment; good wicking action; close-fitting with a decent length and cut; comfy seams; very fast-drying; good price. But it’s frighteningly fragile-feeling; synthetic fabric pills easily so not likely to be especially durable. (01539) 738882; www.thenorthface.com

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THE NORTH FACE SEAMLESS LONG-SLEEVED ZIP-NECK 2009

£40.00

Review: The polyester/elastane fabric is wonderfully stretchy so it doesn’t feel at all restrictive, making it about perfect for performance if a little figure-hugging for casual wear. This top worked well, drawing perspiration away from the skin quickly and providing a decent amount of insulation. The long zip made it easy to spill some heat when necessary. VITAL STATSColours: Four ...

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The North Face Apex Bionic

£100.00

A perfect fit and we really liked the snug high collar, which was very reassuring in really horrible conditions. The inner fabric is luxuriously soft – great against the skin – and, although it actually feels quite thick when you pull it on, it stretches well so doesn’t obstruct movement too much. It has a drawcord hem, which traps heat ...

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The Nortgh Face Windwall 1

£70.00

The zipper is on the wrong side (right instead of left) which made it difficult to do up quickly. Otherwise fitted fine, and comfortable overall. A simply styled jacket that did the job well. One of the lightest, too. It has two big pockets, which doubled as vents, and a really comfy lining. Keenly priced and looks smart. VITAL STATSColours: ...

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The North Face Valkyrie 2008

£170.00

The Polartec Windbloc fabric used in this soft shell jacket is extremely wind- and water-resistant due to a membrane laminated into the fabric. The fabric is also hard-wearing, making it ideal for scramblers and mountaineers who like to rub shoulders with rock. There is also some stretch in the fabric, which is again perfect for mountain use. There are two ...

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The North Face Elixir

£90.00

Spot on for size and the stretchy fabric makes it a delight to move in. Perfect cuffs, with Velcro and elastic. Breathable, very windproof, and with venting pockets and cuffs that pull up, it is easy to adjust temperature on the move. Not the best for handling heavy rain

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