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The North Face Gold Kazoo (2012)

£180.00

The budget price of the The North Face Gold Kazoo doesn’t mean there’s a lack of features or performance. The bag lofts (fluffs up) very well when unpacked and it has trapezoidal baffles to help stabilise the down fill. Unusually the bag also has Climashield synthetic insulation pads on the base where your body comes into contact with your sleep ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Hedgehog XCR

£80.00

Good midsole support, which will be appreciated on rougher ground. Fitwise, they are made around an average last, and they have plenty of padding. There is an odd ridge running down the centre of the footbed, though, and this felt very disconcerting. In action, the very low ankle encourages fast movement but doesn’t offer as much support as most shoes ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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The North Face Jinxy Mid

£45.00

The The North Face Jinxy Mid is a stylish, waterproof children’s shoe with a mid-cut ankle cuff, so it offers a little more protection than a shoe. The upper is well-supported at the heel, and underfoot there is good stiffness to take the knocks out of uneven, rocky ground.  But the mid-cut ankle cuff is still lower than a boot, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Mead 2009

£40.00

The The North Face Mead is a nice stiff sandal, so use it for river crossings and it is going to be ideal. Underfoot there is a reasonably aggressive pattern of lugs that are designed to channel water away, but also there are lugs to give traction on muddy grass, say when crossing a campsite. The footbed is antimicrobial, so ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Momentum II 2009

£55.00

The superb price and weight set the The North Face Momentum II multi-activity shoe apart from others. But it also benefits from a very functional sole unit that is well-cushioned and also reasonably grippy, which makes it ideal for off-road running. Heel support is great too, which again adds to its performance when running. The upper is mesh and very ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Apex Trekking

£90.00

Extremely comfortable with a soft waist band, integral belt and zips and drawcords at the hem. The Apex fabric felt very breathable and did a great job of repelling rain, as well as being incredibly easy to move in. A tad heavy and quite pricey.  VITAL STATSColours: Black, asphaltSizes: 28-38in waist (three leg lengths)Fabric: Apex Universal (nylon/elastane)Weight: 570gWomen’s version: YesContact: ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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: ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face M All Terrain

£150.00

With a top-notch hood and deep storm flap, keeping rain out was no problem and the Gore-Tex fabric was notably more breathable than most. Let down by pockets that were difficult to access with a pack on. Roomy with long sleeves that were a little loose at the cuffs. A perfect hood, though, with excellent adjustment, and the soft two-layer ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Mammatus 2008

£325.00

The Mammatus winter jacket from The North Face weighs just 508g (men’s M); Gore Pro Shell fabric, so top waterproofness and breathability; two Napoleon chest pockets; two huge conventional chest pockets; pit zips for venting; outstanding  hood fit and movement. But not worth the high price tag; main zip lacks external stormflap; large, soft peak easily distorts.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Mountain Guide 2008

£250.00

The North Face Mountain Guide general-purpose jacket is packed full of features. It is made from Gore-Tex Performance Shell, so it is top of the table for waterproofness and very breathable too. There is a mesh lining for extra comfort, while pit zips are provided to allow extra venting. Put the jacket on and it feels very comfortable, with the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Windwall

£70.00

This windproof fleece from The North Face has a snug, good-length body, warm, medium height collar and cosy, well-cut sleeves. The hem is adjusted with a single-hand drawcord and the elasticated cuffs are spot on. The WindWall polyester fleece fabric feels superb against the skin, providing plenty of insulation when used as a mid-layer as well as wind protection as ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Redpoint Optimus

£125.00

This duvet jacket weighs 660g; Primaloft insulation; packs into its own pocket; very comfy cuffs; large hip pockets plus chest pocket; hood fit is excellent. But only warm enough for mild winter use; hood cannot be removed or rolled down.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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The North Face Varius Guide Pant

£90.00

These waterproof overtrousers have all the features you would demand from a waterproof trouser, plus some extras. They have a full-length zip which allows you to get them on and take them off with ease over either muddy boots or even crampons. The side zip is covered by a substantial stormflap to help keep out the rain. The ankle cuff is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Primavera

£190.00

The relatively stylish look of this general-purpose waterproof jacket hides a good selection of features for the hill-walker. The material is Gore’s Performance Shell, so top of the scale for waterproofness and reasonable breathability too. You get a good lining too, which adds a little more comfort as well as controlling any build-up of condensation . To help keep the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Redpoint Jacket

£95.00

This insulated jacket weighs 622g; stows into zipped hip pocket; matt finish rather than shiny; zipped hip pockets are OS map-sized; superb freedom of movement in sleeves; high collar; hem drawcord. But for what you get the weight and price are high; chest pocket is too small for an OS map; elasticated rather than adjustable cuffs; no adjustment at collar; ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Modulus

£400.00

This winter jacket weighs just 586g (men’s size M); Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric offers extremely good levels of waterproofness and breathability; stretch panels; four spacious chest pockets; long pit zips; brushed polyester collar lining; excellent fit and movement on hood. But the price is way out of line compared to similar jackets we looked at; front zip doesn’t get external ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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The North Face El Porto Convertible

£35.00

This is a great sandal for water sports and general use. The straps are synthetic, so they are fast-drying. There are three Velcro strips to allow secure adjustment, and all the straps are lined with neoprene. The straps around the toes are quite wide, so they don’t dig in and also they add a little protection to the sides of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Windwall 2

£90.00

This windproof fleece from The North Face is a lovely feminine design in a soft fabric. The collar is high, although a little loose, and the deep hood adds style and comfort. The relaxed fit and deep handwarmer pockets are excellent. There’s no collar baffle. Really warm and pretty good breathability, helped by ventilation from the mesh handwarmer pockets. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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