Monday, May 15, 2017

The North Face: Spring Collection ‘17 Review

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you probably heard of The North Face. This company has been in the business for more than five decades and has earned a lot of recognition and praises. Founded in 1966 by Douglas Tompkins and named for the coldest, most unforgiving side of a mountain. As the name of the company implies, you might think that it probably started somewhere in the high altitudes. Ironically, the company began on a beach. Yup, to be exact in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood with an altitude of 150 feet above sea level. The North Face started as a climbing equipment (mountaineering) retail store and later added outerwear to their product lines. It bears the quarter circle logo that evokes the Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.


The North Face is known for its high quality and undoubtedly outstanding reputation. This is the main reason why I kept on using their gears during trainings and racings. Their products are capable to withstand the most extreme conditions as tested by world class climbers, explorers, extreme skiers, Ultra marathoners and high altitude runners.


Features
·   Dual layered running shorts with longer 10-inch compression liner.
·   Flight series performance running gear race day ready.
·   Inspired by ultra-runner athletes.
·   Athletic, fitted silhouette.
·   FlashDry fibers wick moisture and speed drying.
·   Low profile waistband with drawcord.
·   Ventilated, stitch free compressive liner can be cut to adjust length without unraveling.
·   Secure zip pocket.

The Warp Knit Dual Shorts is one of a kind shorts that will make you wish all shorts be like this. TNF really put their thoughts and thorough design to deliver such magnificent apparel. You may say that all shorts are created equal…well, not really. The Warp Knit Dual Shorts may look like the rest of the shorts but once you put it on, you’ll immediately feel the difference. It has a 10-inch compression liner built into the shorts (no biggy, right?), however, you can trim it down if you find it too long and you wouldn’t have to worry if it will unravel. The material has a soft feel to the skin and a perforated design patterns that allows the air to flow thru and keep you cool and dry. This also helps accelerate the removal of sweat and moisture from the legs, thanks to the FlashDry technology. It allows flexible mobility in every direction and what I like most about this compression is the stitch free design that eliminates the potential cause of unwanted chaffing or hot spots.

The outside material is pure lightweight and breathable. I have tested this many time on the trail and hot muggy afternoon road runs and I have to say that I was completely dry at the end of my run. The waist band has a good stretch and is supplemented with a flat drawcord for additional support and comfort. It has a three storage pockets located at the back with one of those pockets is zippered. I love the idea that TNF designed the pockets closer to the body (for a bounce free run) rather than a pocket style located down the legs. The pockets can hold gels, keys, card and some electrolyte tabs but not an oversized phone.

This shorts sell for $150 (ouch), I know that you could buy at least three shorts with that price but I truly believe in saying “you get what you paid for”. This short is worth every penny and I wouldn’t mind splurging my money on it. It’s a superb apparel that you should try.


Features
·   Engineered knit short sleeves running tee regulates body temperature.
·   Flight series performance running gear race day ready.
·   Inspired by feedback from ultra-runner athletes.
·   Athletic, fitted silhouette.
·   FlashDry fibers wick moisture and speed drying.
·   Engineered ventilation with stitch free construction.
·   Welded and tapered seams.

TNF didn’t stop with the Warp Knit Short, they also created a shirt that goes along with it, the Warp Knit Short Sleeves. Both of these gears do complement each other. The shirt is a fitted silhouette which is somewhat similar to a “semi-fit” that follows the contour of the body. The material is noticeably soft to the skin and has a stitch free construction that doesn’t cause irritation and chaffing. Similar to the compression liner of the Warp Knit Short, the shirt also has perforated design on high heat zones which helps in regulating the body temperature. The Warp Knit Short Sleeve Shirt utilizes the FlashDry technology fabrics that are engineered to accelerate the removal of moisture from the skin and speed up the evaporative process.  This enables you to stay drier, more comfortable and out performing longer in a wide range of weather conditions and environments. The FlashDry fabric doesn’t add weight or bulk and never washes or wears out.

One thing that I need to point out is please read the label carefully on both of these gears when washing. I would suggest that you put them is a mesh bag to prevent it from getting snag on something like velcro equipped gear.


Features
·   Lightweight, breathable running singlet with moisture-wicking FlashDry fibers.
·   Athletic Fit.
·   Body mapped ventilation.
·   Stitch free construction on critical seams for zero distractions.
·   Reflective logo.

The idea of running naked may not be so enticing at all but running with Better Than Naked Singlet is. It’s still Spring but there are occasional days that the temperature is hitting the 90’s. I’m not a big fan of the heat but having the right gears is all it takes to beat it. TNF has this great tank top that is extremely lightweight and breathable…the BTN Singlet. Similar to the two gears on top, the BTN Singlet is also infused with FlashDry technology that enables the sweat to stay away from the skin so you to stay dry as much as possible. It has a body-mapped ventilation for better temperature regulation and stitch-free seams to prevent chafing. The material is soft and light that it doesn’t cling to the body. I love wearing my BTN Singlets during this hot and humid conditions as this allows the air to move freely in and out of my body. It has integrated reflectivity for increased visibility and safety. Best of all, there’s nothing greater than being cool and comfortable while the rest of the completion is struggling in the heat.


Features
·   Lightweight, low profile running hat.
·   FlashDry fibers wick moistures and speed drying.
·   Tailored Fit.
·   Flexible Brim
·   Stretch elastic at back

If you’re a cyclist you might feel at home wearing this type of hat. It does look like and feel like a cycling cap except that it’s deeper and has a longer brim. The Pop Up Running Hat is a unisex cap that is ultra-lightweight and weighs merely nothing. It is low profile that is “tailored fit” so it wraps around the form of your head. It has a very flexible brim (not flimsy) that you can pop up to give you a better sight distance and pops it down to give you the shade you need. Unlike the traditional cap that has some bulk to it, this hat is very minimalist that you can easily store to your backpack or crumpled in your hand. You don’t have to worry about ruining its shape coz it retains its shape. The entire circumference is stretch elastic including the back closure (not Velcro or snap back).

It’s made of100% polyester material that is highly breathable and is rated UPF 30.

My Verdict

There isn’t much question if The North Face is one of the best companies in the sports industry today… because they are! I cannot argue on that. The gears that I have tested exceeded my expectations and I’m really happy with it. Well, this shouldn’t be a surprise at all, their gears are tested and proven by well-known athletes around the world so that they can perform in high level.

The North Face stands behind their products and they offer a lifetime warranty against defects in material and workmanship. So, check their website or retail stores near you and let me know what you think.

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