The North Face Stretch Diad

A slight variation on the standard waterproof, the Stretch Diad, as its name suggests, uses a stretchy fabric that really helps the jacket to move with you when you reach up or out. This in turn allows you to choose quite a snug-fitting size that remains comfortable and helps force out sweat vapour. It’s designed for fast and light outdoor activities, so the cut is fairly athletic. The reinforced hood peak works well at deflecting rain, but a slight niggle comes courtesy of the collar, which, although lined with a soft material, isn’t quite high enough to bury your face in when it’s cold on a mountain top. The hood cinches can also be a bit of a pain to adjust, as they’re so well tucked away.

Fabric: HyVent
Weight: 321g
Women’s version: Yes
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• Review from Country Walking magazine, May ’11