The North Face All Terrain (2015)

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Features

Gore-Tex 2-layer fabric with a mesh lining is provided in the The North Face All Terrain, which guarantees high levels of waterproof and moisture management. The jacket has two lower pockets and a third chest pocket, while the body is longer than most. The hood gets a wired peak but can also be rolled into the collar when not in use. 5/5

Fit

This jackets comes in sizes S-XXL for men and XS-XL for women with a longer cut in the body than most jackets that even allowed the size M to provide better protection than the sizes L we looked at. Sleeve movement is not ideal, with cuffs and hem riding up when arms are raised. The hood fit is superb, though, with effortless movement with the head. 4/5

Comfort

The mesh lining inside the 2-layer Gore-Tex fabric makes the The North Face All Terrain a softer jacket than some, with the benefit of extra comfort against the skin. The waterproofness and breathability of Gore-Tex is well-established and so overall this is very comfy to wear, although its weight of 625g (size M) coupled with the extra bulk of that lining isn’t ideal for backpacking. 4/5

In use

The two main pockets are quite low, so with some packs access to them is not ideal (although the extra body length does allow them to be got at below some rucksack belts). The third pocket takes an OS map at a squeeze but would be better if slightly larger. The hood is great though. The weight and bulk are drawbacks if carried in a pack. 4/5

Value

The price is good for a Gore-Tex jacket with reasonable features for the hill-goer. 3/5

Verdict

The The North Face All Terrain is a great general-purpose walking jacket thanks to its length and comfort, but there are lighter and even more practical options. 4.0/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine Spring 2015

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