The light and soft The North Face Ventrix Jacket.
Both the inner and outer fabric of the jacket has a soft warm feel. The Jacket is insulated with climax MoveFree, an insulation especially developed to provide warmth and freedom of movement for people who love energetic activities in colder weather. The Ventrix insulation is quite deep but it does not feel thick, bulky or weighty, there is quite an ‘airy’ feel about it.
The jacket is designed to be warm but highly breathable. On the inside of the back of the jacket and on the outside under the arm pits are small perforations, these are designed to open up when you are active and close when stationary. The idea is that they provide extra ventilation in the areas that get warmest helping to regulate the micro climate next to your body, an innovative idea that adds to the breathability of the jacket.
The fabric of the jacket contains 8% elastine, this aids stretch so the jacket is able to move more with your body . It gives good cover to the body, and the arms are long enough to not ride up when stretching out for holds. The back of the Ventrix covers the lower back of the wearer well. The Ventrix is a slim fit jacket so it is important to get the right size in order to get the best out of it’s features.
The hem has a cinch cord and the cuffs are elasticated, the cuff elastic is not particularly strong, if you have skinny wrists it leaves a gap but if you are wearing gloves it would be easy to tuck them in. The outer, lower parts of the sleeve are a thicker denier, abrasion resistant giving that extra robustness to the part that is most likely to get knocked especially when climbing.
The jacket is not waterproof, it does have a DWR finish and the synthetic insulation will keep you warm should it get wet.
There is a one way full length centre zip that is water-resistant, two good size hand pockets and a sizeable chest pocket.
There is a hoodie version of the jacket, the hood is fixed with a slightly elasticated face rim.
I think the Ventrix is an exiting innovation in the thermal soft-shell world. I am impressed with the feel and weight of this jacket, it makes a great mid-layer or an outer layer for colder days when you are active. I am not sure how effective the ventilation holes will prove to be though. I think some folk would find them beneficial, especially if you are prone to over heating. A light, warm well balanced jacket that is up to the colder, damp weather of the latter months of the year.
- Ventrix™ received the prestigious 2017 Editors’ Choice award from Backpacker Magazine
- Recognized by GearJunkie as one of their Top Gear Picks for 2017
- Warm, water-resistant jacket with Ventrix™ dynamic-venting insulation
- Ventrix™ is the next evolution of synthetic-insulation technology
- Designed for highly aerobic activity in variable weather conditions
- Slim Fit
- Lightweight, highly air-permeable fabrics
- Laser-perforated under the arms for dynamic venting that balances warmth and breathability
- Higher-denier fabric on forearms for added durability
- Exposed, VISLON® center front zip
- Concealed chest and hand pockets
- Elastic-bound cuffs
- Hem cinch-cord
- Laser-perforated center-back panel with contrast colour underlay