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The North Face have been making high-end outdoor gear since 1966. The North Face specialise in expedition tents - in base camps all over the world, you are guaranteed to see the familiar logo. They have also been making good jackets for years and have started manufacturing new designs at a rapid rate (not great for us - we have to add them all to Buachaille!).

The North Face's main areas of expertise are as follows:
  • The North Face Approach Shoes - The North Face aren't famous for approach shoes (or footwear in general), however, they are increasingly trying to move into this sector. Their offerings range from walking shoes (such as the Hedgehog XCX) to more technical trail running shoes (such as the Resilience).
  • The North Face Waterproof Jackets - The North Face have a massive range of jackets for walkers, climbers and general outdoor use. At the lower end of the price range, we have the Venture Jacket which is a lightweight waterproof suitable for low altitude summer use (similar in nature to the Berghaus RG1). In terms of mid-range jackets, we have the Circadian which utilises paclite material to minimise weight. The North Face also make top of the range mountaineering jackets suitable for 4 season use (for example, the Mammatus). Many of the North Face's jackets are TriClimate in nature - this simply means they have an integrated fleece jacket which can be zipped in/out as required (effectively giving you 3 jackets in 1).
  • The North Face Down Jackets - The North Face and down jackets are synonymous - only Mountain Equipment and Rab can compete (and on a smaller scale, PHD). The Nuptse down jacket is one of the most popular outdoor products ever made (due, in part, to the fact it's also popular with the non-outdoor crowd). Aimed at the top end of the market, the North Face also produce the Catalyst which is lighter and warmer but almost twice the price. Most TNF down jackets are also available as Bodywarmer Gilets (for example, the Redpoint Vest and the Nuptse Vest).
  • The North Face Walking Trousers - The North Face provide a wide range of hiking trousers starting at £20 right up to £120. The Meridian range offers a good choice of entry level pants. If you need a more technical walking pant then the Apex Trekking Pant may be more suitable. For professional performance, look no further than the TNF Apex Alpine (braces included!).
  • The North Face Waterproof Trousers - We've been a fan of North Face waterproof pants for a while - the cheaper models in particular offer good value for money. For example, the Resolve are a decent pair of waterproof trousers for less than 50 quid. If you require 4 season use, you would have to consider moving up to the Guide Varius and for hardcore mountaineers out every weekend in all conditions, the Mountain Pant is as durable as they come.
  • The North Face Baselayers - The North Face don't appear to have gained a huge amount of traction in the baselayer market yet - at the moment it's all still Helly Hansen, Berghaus and Icebreaker. When looking at North Face base layers, remember that the Flight Series is lightweight (i.e. suitable for summer walking and running) while the Summit Series is heavier weight (i.e. designed for higher altitude activities).
  • The North Face Gloves - The North Face do some things better than others and gloves definitely fit into the 'good' category. The ubiquitous Pamir Glove is a great windtopper glove at a modest price - great for wearing when starting those long walk-ins during the colder months. In terms of waterproof mountaineering gloves, the Montana range is similar in design (but perhaps less durable) to the high-end Black Diamond gloves but at half the price.
  • The North Face 1 Man Tents - More famous for larger tents, the North Face only have a few 1 person offerings at present including the 2 season Solo 12 (the lightest North Face Tent available) and the more robust 3 season Particle 13.
  • The North Face 2 Man Tents - The North Face 2 person tents are extremely popular. For general 3 season camping, we have the well designed Tadpole 23 as well as the newer and lighter Spectrum 23. In terms of North Face 2 man expedition tents, the Mountain 25 is completely bombproof.
  • The North Face 3 Man Tents - If you haven't noticed yet, North Face tents follow a useful naming convention. The 2 digit number following the model name describes both the size of the tent as well as the recommended number seasons it can be used in. For example, the Moraine 33 is a 3 man tent suitable for 3 season use whereas the VE-25 Silicone can be used in 5 seasons (i.e. in all seasons at high altitude).
  • Large North Face Tents - North Face manufacture one of the most sought after and expensive large base camp tents. The Dome tent costs over £ but let's face it, it's not going to let you down.
  • The North Face Synthetic sleeping bags - TNF have a smallish range of synthetic sleeping bags - the best being the 3 season Cats Meow which is fairly light for a synthetic bag.
  • The North Face Down sleeping bags - Although not particularly renowned for their down sleeping bags, the Blue Kazoo is proving quite popular due to it's low weight and small pack size - great for remote camping trips.
  • The North Face Daypack Rucksacks - Along with their Down Jacket and Gloves, we really rate The North Face rucksacks on durability alone. For general purpose day packs, something like the Jester 28 is difficult to beat. For a more technical hiking/walking rucksack, the Terra 35 is an ideal size for day walks. In terms of mountaineering rucksacks, the Prophet 35 is an expensive but beautiful rucksack - it's light, stylish and suitable for 4 season use at any altitude.
  • The North Face Multi day Rucksacks - If you need a larger version of the Prophet for weekend camping trips, TNF also produce a 45 litre version - the Prophet 45. For a slightly larger, less technical weekend rucksack, the 60 litre Crestone is a good choice.
  • The North Face Expedition Duffles / Rucksacks - If you ever fly to somewhere mountainous, you can always bet on seeing some Base Camp Duffle Bags coming round the baggage carousel. These bags are the first choice for expeditions due to their durability.
  • The North Face Hydration Rucksacks - The North Face provide a range of camelbak type rucksacks for walkers, bikers, runners and adventure racers. The most popular of these are the lightweight Megamouth 18 (good for AR), the versatile Hammerhead 12 and the women specific TNF Mako 12.

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