The North Face Point Five (2014)

How many pockets do you really need? The The North Face Point Five has two large and well-positioned chest pockets, but no third pocket anywhere – and I would like a third, to be ideal. There are pit zips provided plus a helmet-compatible hood with wired peak, face and volume drawcords. This is a lighter spec list than some jackets and that’s why it weighs only 465g (size men’s L). 3/5

The men’s Point Five comes in sizes S-XXL and the women’s in XS-XL. The men’s L just about covered my crotch but the jacket lacks the extensive scoop tail of some others. The hood was superb and one of the best here, with a stunning fit that allowed it to move freely with my head while the wired peak provided excellent protection. The sleeves didn’t ride up when scrambling either. 5/5

Gore-Tex Pro Shell is used here, as it is in many jackets around this price, and it provided the same high levels of waterproofness and breathability. It’s a 3-layer fabric; a 2-layer fabric with mesh lining is softer, and a lighter jacket will be more flexible, but for durable comfort this is the benchmark option. 5/5

In use
The weight of 465g means when packing the TNF Point Five in your sack or wearing it it feels unobtrusive. But you’re only getting two chest pockets rather than three or even four, so you get less storage space. It is a balance of personal preferences what you prefer, but the great news is the hood is stunning and one of the best in terms of performance. 4/5

You lose on pockets but gain on price, making the The North Face Point Five ideal if you cannot stretch your cash. 5/5

It depends what your preference is when heading to the hills: pockets or low weight? 4.4/5

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2014