The North Face Diad

This lightweight waterproof jacket from The North Face is really very light, and a good fit in the body, although the short cut won’t appeal to everyone. The hood is quite tight for space though, even with three-way adjustment, and the Hyvent fabric is also quite rustly. The DIAD (Do It In A Day) sets its stall out to be minimalist and it does it well. However, for general walking use it’s a little too light and flimsy and probably won’t last as long as some. You can’t knock the weight or pack size though.

Verdict: A featherweight jacket that’s definitely designed to stay in the pack as much as possible. Perfect as extra protection for a soft shell, or for emergency use in high summer.

Colours: Five including molten red/alloy grey, baltic blue/alloy grey and black

Sizes: S-XL

Fabric: 100% nylon ripstop HyVent 2.5 layer

Key features: Fully adjustable hood, Napoleon pocket, Velcro adjustable cuffs, hem drawcord, magic seam construction

Weight: 230g

Women’s version: Yes

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