The North Face Venture Half Zip (2013)

Every gram counts if your overtrousers are in your rucksack all day, but when you are wearing them you still want good performance – and the The North Face Venture Half Zip provides this at a good price. The trousers’ half zip will allow you to get these on over your boots more easily than trousers with no zip, while a Velcro adjuster at the cuff gives a little more control. The waist is elasticated and has a basic drawcord. The fit is reasonable too, but the downside is that these are made from a 2.5-layer fabric, so they will be clammier than mesh-lined or higher-priced 3-layer trousers.

Material 2.5-layer Hyvent nylon ripstop

Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-L (women’s)

Weight 231g (men’s L)



The North Face Venture Half Zip trousers are the best choice for lightweight performance in our review.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2013