The North Face Mountain Guide 2008

The North Face Mountain Guide general-purpose jacket is packed full of features. It is made from Gore-Tex Performance Shell, so it is top of the table for waterproofness and very breathable too. There is a mesh lining for extra comfort, while pit zips are provided to allow extra venting. Put the jacket on and it feels very comfortable, with the hood fitting particularly well and the stiffened peak providing a good level of protection for the eyes. There are four external pockets on the chest, so it is easy to access them and store items on the move. There is also a snowskirt inside this jacket, making it ideal for winter sports. Sleeve movement is also spot on, making this good for scrambling for example. In fact this jacket generally feels great for hill-walking and backpacking. But the The North Face Mountain Guide’s weight of 760g (men’s M) is very heavy if you have to stash the jacket in your rucksack. Also the front zip has no stormflap and the snowskirt cannot be removed. The main drawback though is the price, given that there are more affordable jackets with more breathable fabrics and similar features.

Outer 2-layer Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Inner mesh
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 760g  (men’s M)
Made in Far East
Stores in the UK 348Verdict: The North Face Mountain Guide jacket is heavy, and a high price for what you are getting, but has reasonably good features for hill and mountain users.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008