New for this spring, the Blue Ridge is an absolutely top-notch lightweight waterproof and more than capable of coping with a typical wet British day on the hill. It’s lovely and light, and the Gore-Tex Paclite fabric proves as breathable as ever when you are working hard. The hood’s good – deep, adjustable and it swivels with the head – but the peak could definitely use more reinforcement. Cut-wise, this jacket is quite short, but the drawcords at the hem do a good job. The sleeves are a decent length, too, with good Velcro tabs for adjustment. For pockets, there are just two large handwarmers. These are well-placed and mesh-backed, so double as vents, and will easily take a map or guidebook.
Fabric: Gore-Tex Paclite
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01539 822155; www.thenorthface.com/eu
Review from Country Walking magazine, May 2012