The North Face Apex Elixir

Very light, the Elixir feels more like a windshirt; it’s also cut from a very stretchy fabric (10% Elastane) which further exaggerates this lightness. Against it, it doesn’t offer much insulation as a mid-layer. On the hill, in mild conditions, it excels; keeping a reasonable amount of precipitation at bay and breathing wonderfully, but when the going gets a bit cooler, it’s left wanting. The pockets will take an OS map, and also offer venting, and the cuffs are Velcro-adjusted.

Sizes: S-XXL Fabric: Apex Aerobic
Weight: 395g
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01539 738882;

First published in Country Walking magazine, September 2009