Sudden showers and alpine squalls beware; you’ve met your match.

The clouds collide and another downpour pummels your hiking party. Nice try, rain; this time you’ve met your match and its name is The North Face Leonidas Jacket. Inside the waterproof breathable HyVent 2.5-layer shell the weather is nice enough for you to keep hiking out of the alpine until the lightening subsides.

  • Sealed seams, PU zippers, and the HyVent 2.5-layer fabric block out the rain as it gushes from the sky
  • Underarm zip vents let you dump body heat in the muggy, post-stormy weather
  • The performance fit ensures that you stay mobile for your climb, hike, or bike ride back to the trailhead
  • Adjustable hood surrounds your head and features a laminated brim so it doesn’t flap uncontrollably when a big gust of wind comes
  • Hand pockets give you a place to warm up your wet and wrinkled appendages

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5 5

TNF Leonidas Men's Rain Jacket

I walked the Camino de Santiago from St. Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees mountains to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, 800 kilometres or 500 miles in all in October 2011. The weather got really wet, windy and as we got closer to our destination in Galicia. My Leonidas jacket performed admirably, kept me dry at all times while many of my fellow pilgrims endured very uncomfortable conditions in comparison. The jacket is light and quiet (not creaky) and soft and flexible. Great product.

5 5

Great jacket

I've used this jacket in some shocking conditions during multi-day hikes and mountain biking, the jacket performed great.

Sits well on the torso, has a fantastic cuff and hood system, best I have used. Soft feel to it as well, not the usual harder gore-tex feel we are all used too.

Not sure how it will last for years to come as it feels fragile, but so far have been through some preety think bush and no problems.

5 5


The jacket is awesome. Didn't use it heavy rain till now. A few days on the to work and it does his job perfect! (sorry, english is not so good)

Hey, peeps. I'm wondering if anyone can...

Hey, peeps. I'm wondering if anyone can tell me the measurements of the XXL? The usual: chest, sleeve-length, drop form neck to hem. Thanks!

Does it have a 2-way zipper?

Does it have a 2-way zipper?

If I buy the Leonidas in my regular size,...

If I buy the Leonidas in my regular size, will my MH compressor fit comfortably under it? Or, do I have to size up? Thanks

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Size up, it's a fitted jacket. It's meant to be a light rain jacket, not a winter shell.

Excuse the ignorant question, but will...

Excuse the ignorant question, but will this layer well with TNF Apex Elixir Jacket? And would that work well for midwest winter weather? (I don't need to be super-warm but I like to keep the snow out and when indoors, take off just the outer layer)

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I would consider trying it on in a store first. I personally have a hard time fitting anything but a light weight base layer under this jacket because of the "athletic fit". For a person who is my size (5'8" 175lbs) the arm holes are a bit snug if I try and layer too much. Great jacket for what it is though.

5 5

Sweet and Light Jacket

There isn't must more that i can say but i love this jacket. It goes with me on every hike. It smashes up pretty small. It works great in the wind as well as the rain. I am 6'2" so i got an XL so that i can put some layer under. This size fits me very well. I would recommend this jacket.

Sweet and Light Jacket
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A really good review of the jacket.

Reviewer title: Warning: You will buy this if you try it on...

5 5

Excellent Jacket

Great light jacket it works amazing well on pouring rain, super light, really soft to the skin great fit and the helm its really cool even if you are not wearing a helmet.

I apologize if my English is a bit rusty but its not my native language.

Survived a huge storm thanks to it and my chest and back where the only thing that was dry after it.

Excellent Jacket
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Your english is perfect. Thanks for the helpful comment.

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I live in the Windy City and had on this jacket with just a sweatshirt under it. I could not believe the protection the jacket offered on a 41 degree VERY windy and raining day and no hat I might add. NO PROBLEMS!!!!! Walked a parking lot and to the store and never felt the wind, which was WICKED. I would recommend this coat, period.

5 5

Great tech - Highest Quality

I LOVE this jacket! I don't usually spend this kind of money on a jacket but this one is worth it. Made with precision and every attention to detail. Haven't fully broken it in yet but can't wait to do so!

5 5

Really nice jacket

I love this jacket. Light, packable, and soft. Its stretchy and quiet, not crunchy like other light weight rain jackets. It has a nice alpine / athletic cut so its not boxy like other shells. Best of all- the hood, skirt and sleeves are elastic-band so there are no cords. Best fitting hood I have worn since my old sequel storm king.

is this jacket made for a giraffe?

is this jacket made for a giraffe?

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It's a mountaineering jacket. It zips up high to protect from the elements.

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i was joking. it just looks extra long.

Would this be more breathable then my...

Would this be more breathable then my Arcteryx Alpha LT? I'm looking for something not as bomber as that shell. More of a summer, alpine piece. I love my Alpha LT, but those Gore-Tex hard shells are only so breathable. This seems like it still might fight off the wind and the rain, and give me a little more breathability.

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This jacket is going to be pretty much the same as your Arc'Teryx Alpha LT, just with slightly different fit. Since you want something as a summer, alpine piece, try a softshell that suits your needs (with or without hood, insulation, etc). Softshells are much better at keeping you cool during aerobic activity without losing much waterproofing (though they rarely perform as well against downpours as a good hardshell like your Alpha)

For example:


Happy trails!

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I don't know anything about the jacket you have other than what you could read in whatever description on whatever website.

Having said that, this is the most comfortable jacket I've ever tried on. The fit is slim/athletic and is stretchy. The hood, it's a dream and fits like a glove. If you have a large head, I'd be skeptical on getting a helmet underneath it.

I had the hardest time deciding between this and the Blue Ridge Paclite jacket. The only reason I went with the Blue Ridge is because of the rip stop material. Truthfully, I'll probably eventually purchase this one as well, I really can't get it out of my head how comfortable it is and it meets my windproof/waterproof requirements.

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I hope I'm not too late to be helpful, but there is absolutely no way that this even comes close to comparing to your Alpha LT or any other Goretex Pro Shell in breathability or any other function. All of the other design and material aspects set aside the reasons this will not be as breathable is because this HyVent 2.5 has 300,000-500,000 pores per square inch whereas Goretex like on your Alpha has over nine billion per square inch. You're right in that hard shells are only SO breathable - this is where construction comes in. Eventually sweat condenses since even the most breathable waterproof material is still a modified plastic bag, the question then is what happens with that condensed sweat. In theory a material like HyVent 2.5 is more breathable than a three layer material because the moisture vapor goes straight through the waterproof breathable material without having to go through something else, but it's still going to condense. With a three layer Goretex Pro Shell like your Alpha this condensation can be wicked through the membrane by the third layer, but this jacket, lacking the third layer, will instead let that condensation continue to condense and drip down your back, impacting breathability and reducing comfort.
I hope this answers your question about breathability - if you have any other questions please let me know.

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Your LT may be more breathable, but this might be more comfortable because of the stretch nylon.

Is this also windproof?

Is this also windproof?

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yes, the hyvent shells blocks wind as well as water.

hope this helps...