The North Face
Alloy Jacket $350
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.