The North Face All Terrain Jacket (2013)

The TNF All Terrain is made from Gore-Tex, so in terms of proven waterproofness and breathability it is a great jacket. However it does only get two external pockets, so when hillwalking it offers less opportunity than other jackets in its price range to stash a map, guidebook, GPS receiver or compass for on-the-move access to these items – and that is what lets it down. The jacket length is similar to others, being slightly shorter than would be ideal to stay dry without having to don a pair of overtrousers. The main problem though is that the position of the two base pockets is easily obscured by rucksack belts, so they are not easily used when hillwalking with a rucksack. The jacket is quite comfortable though as it has a mesh lining and there are pit zips to further improve condensation control. Also the front zip gets an external stormflap to keep rain out. There is a third chest pocket inside the jacket, but as you have to open the jacket to access this, you’ll get wet in the process if it’s raining. The hood of the The North Face All Terrain Jacket is pretty good thanks to a stiffened (but not wired) peak plus good fit and movement with the head to allow good vision. On me the sleeves tended to ride up quite easily, so the movement in the sleeves is not as good as other jackets in this price range.

Weight 653g (size M)

Fabric 2-layer Gore-Tex

Lining mesh

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes none

External pockets 2

Can hood be rolled down? yes

Side/pit vents yes

Website www.thenorthface.com

Verdict

The North Face All Terrain Jacket’s pocket design and sleeve movement are not ideal for the hillwalker compared to other similar jackets in its price range.

Review by Graham Thompson

Just missed out on being in Trail magazine November 2013

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