The North Face Verto Jacket is an ultralight, weather-resistant shell. When I first tried it on I was worried about the durability of the fabric (it is almost as thin as a plastic bag), but after having worn it for awhile it still looks brand new. I even took it through some heavy brush and it came out perfectly fine. The fabric is Pertex Quantum. Pertex is a pretty interesting company that produces some very high quality fabrics for a number of companies. When I say that this jacket is ultralight that is exactly what I mean. It comes in at a tiny 3.2 ounces! The Verto can easily fit in your back pocket. The jacket conveniently stuffs into the chest pocket and packs down to the about the size of two Clif bars. While the Verto is not completely waterproof it will handle just about everything other than a heavy downpour. It performed beautifully at 10,000' facing sleet and 40 mph winds. Despite being so thin and light, the Verto insulates by holding in warm air. This jacket was designed for alpine climbing, but it is still incredibly versatile. Wear it on your morning jog, biking to work, rock climbing, out on a day hike, or even wear it as a bug jacket (mosquitoes and other biting insects can not get through nylon). One of the other uses I found for the Verto was to wear it over my puffy jacket as a protective layer. There is no excuse to leave this jacket at home when heading outside! My only complaint would be that the hood is not climbing helmet compatible. The $120 price tag may seem a little steep, but you will be amazed at the many uses you find for this jacket!
The Men's jacket comes in TNF Black, Monarch Orange, and Sublime Green.
The Women's jacket comes in TNF Black and Magic Magenta.
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