THE NORTH FACE SUM­MIT L2 FUSEFORM GRID FLEECE 1/4 ZIP HOODIE

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OUR TAKE The L2 FuseForm’s close fit, low weight, and bestin-test breatha­bil­ity let us fo­cus on mov­ing for­ward when chilly alpine starts turned into tough, sun-drenched as­cents. The North Face’s FuseForm tech places lower-pile Po­lartec Power Grid in the up­per torso, where you can over­heat; sec­tions of higher-pile fleece ev­ery­where else are then joined with it in a seam­less con­struc­tion, which re­duces weight. “Over a mid­weight base­layer it was all the in­su­la­tion I needed start­ing out in the teens, but once I took off my shell, even light breezes kept me from over­heat­ing," said one tester after a sunny, mid-30s ski tour in Alaska’s Chugach Range. THE DE­TAILS Po­lartec Hard­face on the ex­te­rior helps ad­dic­tional lay­ers slide on and off smoothly and re­sists dam­age from heavy packs and skis. Bonus: Thumb loops are confy even un­der gloves. "After a TRAIL CRED sweaty climb, a light breeze dried the L2 FuseForm quickly, ward­ing off chills so I could en­joy the views of Prince Wil­liam Sound, " our Alaska tester reports $200; 14.1 oz. (m's M); m’s S-XL, w’s XS-L; thenorth­face.com

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