First Look – The North Face Polar Hooded Jacket
Whilst summer isn’t ordinarily the time to think of winter warmwear, 2012 might be the exception. This funky hooded jacket from The North Face is a sleek, hybrid, body-mapped soft shell that combines the warmth of a puffy, the moisture transport properties of fleece, and the protection of a soft shell. The body is made of new Polartec® Power Shield® High Loft² soft shell fabric that’s both 25% warmer and 25% lighter thanks to a revolutionary new lamination technique. Just what you need for a Summer day on Snowdon.
A new version of Polartec® Thermal Pro® is used in the sides, underarms, and hood to insulate without inhibiting breathability and moisture vapour transport. Unlike down or classic synthetic insulation, this version of Polartec® Thermal Pro® is highly stable, so The North Face was able to pair it with a much more open, breathable fabric on the inside to significantly improve moisture movement and eliminate the vapour barrier phenomenon of most puffies. The result is the warmest, lightest, most compressible soft shell on the market.
Keep an eye out as we hope to bring you a review once it becomes cool enough, though we’ve not been that far off. I think late July is a personal record in wishing for snow.
The North Face Polar Hooded Jacket should be making it’s way to an outdoor store near you, priced at a ‘birthday and Christmas present’ price of £280.
- Beta hybrid fleece construction maps key hot
- cold zones and optimizes fabric placement for function and comfort
- Smooth mesh liner in sleeves, hood andchest wicks moisture
- High-pile fleece in shoulders and back trap warmth without inhibiting mobility
- Sleek, fixed, fully adjustable helmet compatible hood swivels with head for a natural, unobstructed view
- Zip chest and handwarmer pockets
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siDave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.