Just In - The North Face Aero Jacket
Scoop look at TNF"s 2010 technical mountain soft shell designed with Anker and Chinn.
Posted: 16 November 2009
Just in for review is The
North Face Aero Jacket
, a full-on technical Gore
Windstopper soft shell
designed with the help of top North
sponsored climbers and not actually due out until spring 2010
We want to tell you about it now though, because it's prime evidence
that The North Face really can produce excellent, technical
outdoor kit when it wants to. The Aero was apparently co-designed with
top climbers Conrad Anker and Jimmy Chin and, as a result, it's a very
technical, high mountain soft shell bristling with neat touches.
The fabric feels incredibly soft, stretchy and comfortable in a second
skin kind of way and that's helped by a cut that's very close and neat
- not the boxy norm we often see from TNF, though it is cut fairly
short for harness compatibility. Interestingly, the company says that
despite the soft feel of the face, the fabric is designed for decent
durability and pack and abrasion resistance.
Two touches we really like are the built-in mitts with thumb loops that
feel strangely reassuring and warming and a super-close fitting alpine
hood that should sit neatly under a helmet providing wind protection
for the neck and some insulation for the head. We like hoods on soft shells because, quite simply, they extend their useability envelope by adding head prtection without needing to don a hard shell.
Cuffs, hem and hood are all adjustable and the zips are reverse coil
for added weather protection and neatness. There are two chest pockets
and two hand-warmer ones.
Every so often, The North Face hits the bullseye full on and the Aero
Jacket has that sort of feel to it and we're really looking forward to
it over the next few months, hopefully in the high mountains where
Windstopper's weather resistance will pay dividends and relative dryness with help its breathability.
More TNF information at www.thenorthface.com
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