The North Face Venture

This multi-activity jacket weighs 362g (men‘s size M); extremely waterproof fabric; mesh pockets and pit zips add valuable venting; pockets easily take an OS map; double stormflap over main zip; excellent hood movement; cuffs and hem don’t ride up. But hood peak is soft and could obscure vision easily; higher price brings more breathable fabric; no reflective piping; hood cannot be rolled down and secured.

Verdict: A good jacket, but when climbing, biking or running a rollaway hood would be useful.