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 for access whilst wearing a pack, and to double up as vents. The rugged exterior face of the fabric does make it a little uncomfortable for use as a mid-layer, though.
Fabric: Polartec Windbloc soft shell, 84% polyester, 16% elastane
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01539 822155; www.thenorthface.com/eu