The North Face Point Five 2011

The North Face Point Five is a well-proven jacket made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell, and this year it also benefits from some updates to make it even better. Firstly the seams use narrow (8mm wide) taping, to reduce weight and bulk, and to increase the suppleness of the jacket. There’s some improvement to the fit, too, as well as more volume in the hood to fit over a helmet.
The hood is excellent as it also has a wired peak for better vision. There are pit zips like many other jackets here too.
You get just two main chest pockets, while other jackets we looked at have three or four chest pockets.
This is quite a short jacket, though, and that front zip has no external stormflap and only a small internal flap, so I’m not sure how water- or wind-resistant it will be in driving rain. The big advantages of the Point Five are its price and weight (a men’s M weighs just 482g), but if those two factors are not your main priorities there are better options.
The TNF Point Five comes in men’s and women’s versions.

Price £275
Weight 482g (men’s M)
Fabric Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Lining none
Sizes men’s S-XL; women’s S-XL
External pockets 2
Wired hood yes
Side vents yes

Features 3
Design 3
Comfort 4
Performance 3
Value 4
Overall 3

A low-priced and lightweight jacket that benefits from a great hood but you get fewer features than higher-priced jackets, which may or may not suit your needs.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2011