The North Face

Al­loy Jacket $350

Gripped - - THE RACK -

The Al­loy Jacket rep­re­sents the evo­lu­tion of soft shell jacket con­struc­tion. Many com­pa­nies use dif­fer­ent soft shell/hard shell fab­rics for im­proved breatha­bil­ity with­out com­pro­mis­ing weather pro­tec­tion, North Face takes this con­cept to the next level by in­cor­po­rat­ing dif­fer­ent lin­ings in the jacket. This con­struc­tion en­sures climbers have ex­cel­lent warmth in crit­i­cal lo­ca­tions of the body with­out the bulk of­ten as­so­ci­ated with tra­di­tional fleece-lined jack­ets. For ad­di­tional pro­tec­tion from wind, rain and snow, The North Face uses a taped water­proof/breath­able hard shell fab­ric on the hood and shoul­ders. This com­bi­na­tion pro­vides an op­ti­mal level of weather pro­tec­tion in mis­er­able con­di­tions while still of­fer­ing the breatha­bil­ity climbers ex­pect in a soft shell. Other in­ter­est­ing fea­tures in­clude lam­i­nated panels on the shoul­ders which pre­vent un­wanted pack shift when climb­ing or ski­ing as well as a hel­met-com­pat­i­ble hood with an ex­cep­tion­ally well-de­signed stiff­ened brim. North Face po­si­tions the hand warm­ing pock­ets above the waist en­sur­ing ac­cess while wear­ing a har­ness or pack and also pro­vides a ver­ti­cal chest and arm pocket for stor­age. This is a rugged gar­ment that is suit­able for climbers seek­ing max­i­mum weather pro­tec­tion in hos­tile climb­ing con­di­tions.

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