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 keep you warmer, and allow moisture to wick away quickly. The TNF Radish Mid Layer is the only jacket in our test with no side pockets, so there is no chance of obstruction with a hipbelt during alpine activities, and the chest pocket is large enough for a pair of gloves, guidebook and/or snack. The North Face’s FlashDry technology should also make this jacket dry quickly. The ‘Ninja’-style hood fits well and moves well with the head, and the zip stormflap is wide with comfy brushed fleece at the chin and upper chest. The fit is great – sporty and slim with stretch panels at the sides and under the arms, and a drop tail and arms long enough to accommodate climbing and scrambling. The only downside is the stretchy thumb loops, which others may find perfect but I found a bit tight, with a bulky seam between thumb and forefinger.
Pockets 1 chest
Material 92% polyester and Pontetorto Fleece with FlashDry Technology
Thumb loops yes
Men’s version yes
The North Face’s Radish Mid Layer is a fantastically hard-wearing, quick-drying and warm fleece with great features for walking, scrambling and alpine climbing.
Review by Claire Maxted
First published in Trail magazine October 2012