The North Face Alpine Project WS

Jun 1, 2012
Outside Magazine

BEST FOR: Climbers and hikers in need of moderate protection. THE TEST: There wasn’t much this shell couldn’t do. On an alpine climb it layered over a fleece during the chilly approach, deflected wind on an exposed ridge, kept us from overheating on difficult pitches, shrugged off a summit shower, and then, when it really started dumping, slipped smoothly under a raincoat. Hood-to-tail stretchy Gore Windstopper fabric provides the protection, and three pockets (two for hands and one on the chest) zip open for ventilation. Our only beef: the hood barely fits a helmet and doesn’t cinch down as snugly as the Marmot. THE VERDICT: Our go-to shell in the mountains until it starts to pour. Could easily double as your backcountry ski jacket. 18.2 oz


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