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Australian Geographic Outdoor - - Contents -

THE NORTH FACE has re­leased a po­ten­tially gamechang­ing outer shell that com­bines the soft, flex­i­ble, easy-wear­ing feel and ap­pear­ance of a soft-shell, with the ro­bust­ness and wa­ter­proof ca­pa­bil­i­ties of a hard shell jacket.

This Apex Flex GTX jacket is a first of its kind jacket that com­bines a soft-weave, outer fab­ric with a breath­able wa­ter­proof mem­brane – Gore-tex 3L – and stretch knit backer for op­ti­mum flex­i­bil­ity.The soft-knit in­ner fab­ric also en­sures body heat re­ten­tion, and is com­fort­able against the skin.The gar­ment is fully seam-sealed and 100% wind­proof as well. Other fea­tures in­clude an at­tached (fully ad­justable) hood, hand and chest pock­ets, pit-zip vents, ad­justable cuffs, hem cinch-cord and an av­er­age weight of around 680g com­plete the high-end gar­ment.

This is ex­cit­ing news for ad­ven­tur­ers; in the past there’s of­ten been a de­ci­sion to make re­gard­ing whether to take the soft-shell for windy con­di­tions (and hope it doesn’t rain) or the hard shell for the ul­ti­mate pro­tec­tion, al­beit with a com­fort, noise and warmth hand­i­cap. Or you had to take both, adding weigh and bulk to your pack/duf­fle/bags. An outer shell that is su­per com­fort­able and boasts max­i­mum ver­sa­til­ity in re­gards to the con­di­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties it can be used in, is a big win-win.

The North Face Apex GTX re­tails for $450. Stay tuned for a com­pre­hen­sive gear test in an up­com­ing is­sue of AG Out­door.

See www.thenorth­ for more info.

Fully ad­justable hood, ath­letic fit and Gore-tex 3L mem­brane make for an outer shell for all ac­tiv­i­ties.

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