The North Face Heathen 2008

Making the most of Gore-Tex Pro Shell, the The North Face Heathen jacket packs a real performance punch above its weight of only 398g. The material offers superb levels of waterproofness and moisture control, while the functional design is good for walkers. There are just two chest pockets, which easily take maps and can be accessed while wearing a rucksack without problems. There are pit zips in case you overheat , along with Velcro-adjustable cuffs and a hem drawcord to lock out draughts. The hood has volume adjustment at the rear, and it fits and moves well with the head. So great fabric and generally a good set of features make this worth considering for hill-walkers, scramblers and backpackers. But the The North Face Heathen’s price tag is far too high for what you get as there are plenty of lower-priced options that are similar or even better in terms of features. The white zips detract from the quality of this jacket too, as they look somewhat tacky. The hood peak is perhaps a little too large especially as it is not stiffened either.

Outer 3 layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 398g (men’s M)
Made in Thailand
Stores in the UK 61
The price of the The North Face Heathen lets down this otherwise reasonable jacket, which is great in terms of features and fabric.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008