Convenient comfort.

The North Face RDT offers total storm protection in a Rain Jacket that's light in your pack and on your wallet. The North Face combined its waterproof breathable HyVent coating with FlashDry technology for complete storm protection with plenty of breathability so your skin stays protected from moisture outside and sweat vapor inside. The RDT Rain Jacket is extremely lightweight and packable as well, so you can just shove it into your pack and forget it until you need it.

  • Waterproof breathable HyVent 2.5 membrane for reliable all-weather protection
  • Flashdry technology decreases dry time while it improves breathability
  • Fully taped seams eliminate waterproof weak spots
  • Athletic fit doesn't interfere with a pack or harness but allows for layering
  • Zippered underarm vents allow you to dump heat quickly
  • Fixed, adjustable hood for added protection
  • Minimalist design for light weight (11oz) and packability
  • Hem cinch seals out drafts
  • Zippered hand pockets for security

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Will an RTD rain jacket fit over a Denali...

Will an RTD rain jacket fit over a Denali fleece jacket?

Is the breathability rating posted in...

Is the breathability rating posted in g/m^2/hr or per 24 hrs? Thanks.

What's the difference between the RDT rain...

What's the difference between the RDT rain jacket and the venture jacket?

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Here's my comparison for these two rain jackets:

RDT Rain Jacket (TNF8429) :
Seams: Fully taped (far better than sealed)
Coating: In addition to the HyVent coating, it also has their FlashDry technology

Venture Jacket (TNF7334):
Seams: Sealed (less than optimal)

Both jackets use a 2.5 Layer HyVent. The patterning on these two garments should be the same.

Jared D.
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2 5

Not Waterproof for Long...

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Let me first say that for all-round use that many people, perhaps most will use this jacket for, it will perform well. A run in light rain, walking around town during a shower, you'll be dry underneath. And you'll keep perspiration down with the venting, which actually does help. So much so that you can feel the ventilation and evaporation of any sweat.
The fit is nice, as is the hood. The sleeves are nice and the velcro by the cuffs is very handy to keeping it snug and not allowing water in, while also allowing you to loosen it up if you've got thick sleeves underneath or if you want some room.
Ok, now to the disappointment. After 30 minutes in a very heavy downpour, the jacket was saturated.
I took it off carefully when I got inside to feel each part so I could distinguish between water that may have gotten in by the hands(didn't happen, but I am still careful for this) and water actually having gone through the jacket.
Hung it inside out and felt around. Was much heavier than when dry(still not too heavy)and was wet on the inside.
Not wet where I could see beads, but wet where you run your dry hand across and you're getting wet.
in the chest and should areas(I run upright) and definitely all along the midsection. Sometimes I wish I could be one of the people testing these products as I do not understand how these are tested and called waterproof.
I have tried many jackets $200 and below and have yet to find something that can handle a heavy rain that one sees when out in nature. Not even 45 minutes, let alone the five to eight hour hikes I do in the rain.
I think I'm getting to then point of facing that waterproof and breathable are not possible, simultaneously.
My rain pants(cheap military rain pants, $15) kept my hiking pants underneath bone dry and breathed pretty well with the pocket holes.
It seems I'll have to try one of those $400 shell jackets and just deal with the sweating because I can't keep trying jackets.

I'm on the fence between this jacket and...

I'm on the fence between this jacket and TNF Venture Jacket. I'm looking for a lightweight, stylish rain jacket that will resist over saturation / getting too wet when the rain gets heavy. I understand that the Venture Jacket is designed to do just that, stay dry in all conditions, but I like this jacket more aesthetically.
That being said, I have a few questions:

How does this jacket compare to the Venture Jacket when heavy rain happens? Does it stay dry for hours, or just for a few minutes? When it gets wet, how long does it stay wet?


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The North Face Venture and RDT jackets both have a 2.5 layer waterproof-breathable HyVent proprietary PolyUrethane coating that offers the same waterproof rating. The jackets will both do well initially in the rain, the DWR coating will bead up water and the coating should last up to 20 washings though in a heavy, extended downpour the coating will begin to wet out. The RDT jacket has a more durable 50 denier fabric with FlashDry technology to facilitate more efficient temperature regulation and moisture management, compared to the Venture's 40 denier fabric. Additionally, the RDT jacket has a PU coated water-resistant zipper whereas the Venture jacket has a standard zipper with Velcro storm flap.

How does the jacket fair against heavy...

How does the jacket fair against heavy downpour or monsoon rain?

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The North Face RDT jacket has a 2.5 layer proprietary waterproof-breathable coating with a waterproof rating of 25 PSI (pounds per square inch). This is the military standard for a fabric to be considered waterproof. With that said, the jacket should keep you dry in normal rain, but extended time in heavy downpour, wearing a backpack, or playing in the snow/rain may wet the jacket out in high wear areas such as the shoulders and cuffs. For a jacket that will have a higher waterproof rating, check out products with a waterproof rating above 20,000 mm. GoreTex membranes are often considered higher quality weather protection than most proprietary coatings, though it does raise the price of the product as well. Check out the Marmot Minimalist Jacket, it has a waterproof rating of 28,000 mm and has a GoreTex PacLite membrane:

3 5

Lighter than expected

I thought I was replacing an older NF jacket that I had used for years but when I received this one the fabric was thinner than I expected. It works fine though, particularly if I layer with a fleece for extra warmth.

4 5

good in unexpected weather

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

On a hike up to Bighorn Peak in Yellowstone, I was caught in a snow storm. As we descended to Black Butte trailhead, the snow changed to rain. The jacket kept me warm, dry and comfortable for the entire hike.

Is this material plastic bag-like? I mean...

Is this material plastic bag-like? I mean is it kind of stiff and makes a "swishy" sound when your sleeve rubs against the body? I'm looking at the The North Face Leonidas Jacket as a possible since the reviews say it is soft - not like plastic or nylon.

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You could say the material of this jacket makes a "plastic bag-like" sound. The polyester ripstop material will make that sort of sound, but is also a great waterproof and breathable lightweight fabric.
Great jacket, and great for your outdoor adventures. And yes, the Leonidas jacket will have a softer feel to it, while still being waterproof and breathable. The different fabric gives it that different, softer feel.

can anyone chime in on how this compares...

can anyone chime in on how this compares to tnf's venture? particularly, is the 'cut'/shape of the jacket the same? i think the venture has a generic shape and has a bagginess to it that is annoying. does the venture have the same issue? also, are the pockets mesh lined - for ventilation?

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It appears to have the same cut and shape of the venture....see picture.

It appears to have the same cut and shape of the venture....see picture.
5 5

rain jacket

this jacket is great,now i got my rain jacket fit great and looks very nice.thanks to north face for making this style and backcountry for there very good prices.

5 5

pretty solid jacket

I use this jacket on cooler damp days. The shell itself is waterproof and sealed very well. This jacket has venting underneath the arms for an easy way to cool off. Adjustable cuffs on the arms and is all in all a solid buy. I use it all the time