The North Face Pursuit (2014)

The The North Face Pursuit is a lightweight jacket at 364g (size M), and it’s made from 2.5-layer HyVent fabric. Like other 2.5-layer fabrics it tends to show condensation a little more easily than 3-layer fabrics or jackets with mesh lining, but the benefit is low weight and bulk. The Pursuit costs more than some other lightweights, but the fabric is rated as having a higher waterproofness and breathability specification so it should provide better performance over the long term. This is also one of the few jackets in Trail’s test to have pit zips for extra airflow. The style is averagely short, like many lighter jackets, but there’s enough room underneath to wear a mid layer such as a fleece. There’s good movement in the sleeves, making it ideal for scrambling, while the pockets are well-placed to avoid obstruction from rucksack hipbelts and they’re big enough for a trusty OS map too. Those pockets are mesh-lined, though, so they won’t keep the water out as well as sealed pockets. Also that front zip isn’t the most water-resistant design, although it does have a gutter inside to channel away any leaks. The hood of the The North Face Pursuit fits and moves with the head exceptionally well, although a better peak would be a good addition in the wind and rain.

Weight 364g (size men’s M)

Fabric 2.5-layer HyVent

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes XS-XL

External pockets 2

Can hood be rolled down? no

Side/pit vents no



The addition of pit zips and use of a higher-specification fabric set the The North Face Pursuit apart from some other lower-priced lightweight jackets, although it still has its shortcomings in terms of design.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine Spring 2014