The North Face Leonidas (2013)

The The North Face Leonidas feels incredibly soft, thanks to the use of a 2.5-layer HyVent fabric, which is PU-coated with a Drytouch print on the inside to break up any molecules of condensation. The fabric also has 4-way stretch, so this jacket feels very comfortable and when you do get condensation, it feels less clammy than 2-layer fabric but not quite as nice as 3-layer fabric. The design is comparable with others in our test, so you get a front zip without an external flap. It does have a small internal flap, although the zip isn’t as water-resistant as others, so isn’t the best for really driving rain. The two chest pockets of the The North Face Leonidas are very large and ideal for maps or other items and hand protection. As they sit quite high they can also be accessed easily while wearing a rucksack hipbelt. The pockets aren’t mesh-lined, so they do help keep you dry, while ventilation is available via the pit zips. The hood has volume and face drawcords and fits closely with excellent movement, while the wired and stiffened peak provides excellent protection in wind and rain.

Fabric Hyvent 2.5-layer
Lining none
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes XS-L
External pockets 2
Stowable hood no
Side/pit zips yes
Weight 315g (size L)
Website www.thenorthface.eu

 

Verdict

The weight and features make the The North Face Leonidas ideal for many hillwalkers, although the front zip may not offer the weather resistance of other designs and the 2.5-layer fabric is clammier than 3-layer.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2013