The North Face Venture (2012)

To increase its green credentials, the main fabric in the The North Face Venture uses 50 per cent castor oil rather than 100 per cent petroleum in its membrane, thus reducing its environmental impact. The fabric does not control condensation quite as well as higher-priced jackets, though. The jacket weighs little and packs down into one of its pockets. The design has a main front zip with a double external stormflap to keep rain at bay. There are then two pockets, which are mesh-lined, so they are very breathable, but not very waterproof. These pockets extend to the hem and access is easily obscured by a rucksack belt. But they are very large and they’re good for stashing maps or gloves. Under the arms there are pit zips for additional venting too. Put the The North Face Venture on and the style is quite short, but there is good movement in the sleeves. The hood fits quite neatly although the face drawcords can easily flap about in a breeze if you haven’t zipped the main zip fully to the top to trap them inside the jacket. The hood does not move with the head as easily as others though.

Weight 342g (men’s L)

Fabric HyVent DT

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes XS-XL

External pockets 2

Wired hood no

Side/pit vents yes

Website www.thenorthface.com/eu

 

 

Verdict

The The North Face Venture is a short and lightweight jacket that would be good for fast and light hikers, but the pockets and hood are the not the best design for hillwalkers who don’t value weight saving so highly.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine Spring 2012