The North Face Point Five VG (2013)

The North Face’s Point Five VG is built around Gore-Tex Pro, and in our test it was the lowest-priced Pro jacket we received. The design is fairly standard with two chest pockets, pit zips and hood, but all these features are very well-designed. The body is not as short as some, but you can get longer jackets, so it is of average length. There is an exposed water-resistant front zip, which is not one of the chunkier designs, but it is perfectly good. Inside you get a flap to manage any leaks, which, although not as well-designed as some others, is perfectly good enough. The two chest pockets are large enough for maps and well-positioned for good access when you’re wearing a pack, but you do not get a third chest pocket, which is a pity. The hood is exceptionally good and certainly better than I would normally expect from The North Face as it has a wired peak plus great fit and movement. When scrambling there is good movement in the sleeves to prevent cuff or hem lift. Overall the The North Face Point Five VG is a good jacket in terms of design and at 452g (size L) it is a great weight – but I’d prefer a third chest pocket, and to maintain the current weight and price I’d choose to ditch the pit zips. But you may like it as it is.

Weight 452g (size men’s L)

Fabric 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes XS-L

External pockets 2

Can hood be rolled down? yes

Side/pit vents yes

Website www.thenorthface.com

Verdict

The TNF Point Five VG is the best-priced Gore-Tex Pro jacket in our test, and if you can live without an additional third chest pocket it is the ideal choice for hill and mountain walkers.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2013

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