This jacket is more suited to warmer conditions. It’s also a bit less bulky and lighter in weight than most, although the Windstopper membrane does effectively block out the wind and therefore boost warmth a bit. The brushed lining helps to wick some moisture up into the fabric, but isn’t the softest or warmest against the skin. The fabric is one of the stretchiest out there, and the athletic fit is complemented by great stretch levels. There are no zip vents but the mesh-backed pockets do help. The hood cinches down on to the head well, and the small facial opening keeps out wind and rain.
Fabric: Gore Windstopper
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01539 822155; www.thenorthface.com/eu
*Published in Country Walking magazine, Spring 12