The North Face Downpour 2009

The Downpour general-purpose jacket from The North Face uses Gore-Tex Performance Shell; very good hood with wired peak rolls into collar; main zip has double stormflap; soft lining adds great comfort in collar and shoulders; pit zips; two Napoleon chest pockets. But 886g (men’s L) is very heavy; hip pocket access is obscured by rucksack hipbelts.

Verdict:  The North Face’s Downpour is a very comfortable general-purpose jacket, but the weight and pocket access let it down when hill-walking


First published in Trail magazine November 2009