Although much of Britain has enjoyed a belated taste of summer, outdoor brand The North Face is looking to the colder months ahead with a new jacket it claims combines the properties of a soft-shell, fleece and puffy jacket all in one.
The Polar Hooded Jacket is described by the company as a sleek, hybrid, body-mapped soft-shell that combines the warmth of a puffy, the moisture transport properties of fleece, and the protection of a soft shell.
The innovative design was good enough to merit one of Polartec’s Apex design awards, and the jacket uses the new Polartec Power Shield High Loft² soft-shell fabric that The North Face said is both 25 per cent warmer and 25 per cent lighter thanks to a revolutionary new lamination technique.
The Polar Hooded Jacket features:
- A beta hybrid fleece construction which maps key hot cold zones and optimises fabric placement for function and comfort
- Smooth mesh liner in sleeves, hood and chest to wick moisture
- High-pile fleece in shoulders and back to trap warmth without inhibiting mobility
- Sleek, fixed, fully adjustable helmet compatible hood that swivels with the head for a natural, unobstructed view
- Zip chest and handwarmer pockets.
A new version of Polartec Thermal Pro is used in the sides, underarms, and hood to insulate without inhibiting breathability and moisture vapour transport. The North Face said: “Unlike down or classic synthetic insulation, this version of Polartec Thermal Pro is highly stable, so The North Face was able to pair it with a much more open, breathable fabric on the inside to significantly improve moisture movement and eliminate the vapour barrier phenomenon of most puffies.
“The result is the warmest, lightest, most compressible soft shell on the market.”
The jacket weighs 746 g and will sell for £280 when it hits the shops.