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There's nothing like having the Guide during nasty storms on the mountain.

When you find yourself caught in the middle of monsoon season, you'll sure be glad you brought along the Men's Varius Guide Jacket from The North Face. The nylon ripstop outer is backed up by a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane to ensure that water rolls right off.  Given that monsoon season is known for pretty crazy temperature swings in addition to rain, it's good that The North Face added underarm zip vents and a removable hood to help you regulate temperature as much as possible. An adjustable wind skirt helps block gusts from blowing up your jacket when you're high on a ridge, and a couple of zippered hand pockets and a Napoleon pocket means that you'll never have to worry about having your snacks close to hand.

  • 70D HyVent 2-layer nylon ripstop
  • Fully taped seams
  • Underarm zip vents
  • Adjustable snap windskirt
  • Removable hood
  • Zippered hand pockets
  • Zippered Napoleon pocket
  • Zip-in compatible with applicable garments from The North Face

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5 5

Excellent rain shell and more!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 7"
    Weight: 180 lbs
    Size Purchased: medium

I've been wanting this jacket for over a year and I'm glad I waited until I lost 85 lbs to make the investment, even though I did get a great price here for about 1/2 off. I needed a jacket that fit me rather than having a lot of extra material like my old XL venture and XXL EB rain shell. Still wear those to the dog park but regular out and about and hiking, needed a new one. Wasn't sure about the weight of the Varius which is a bit more than other shells due to the zip-in capability, snow/wind skirt and lining, but I love it! I wanted a shell that had some kind of lightweight lining so that it would be less sticky with just a t shirt under it. It's often rainy but not often that cold here in Seattle. Love and used the Venture for years but wanted something with a chest pocket, inside pocket. and lining and the Varius is perfect. The hand pockets and collar are lined with soft stuff and that's nice. The hood is removable. The skirt is great for wind which we often have here in Ballard area by the water. I am 5'7" and about 180 lbs (still a tad chunky in the waist) and the medium fits perfect, even with a shirt and fleece layer under, or my primaloft layer. If you are about my size and wanted to wear a thick down jacket or several thicker layers under it, get a large. I have yet to wear it in rain as we have been having an unusually warm and dry winter here, but it's hyvent so I know it will be great. The description above says it's "backed by a gore tex membrane" which I'm not sure it is, TNF website didn't say that (I don't recall it, anyway, and just looked there about 10 days ago, was going to buy it there but the website wasn't working. Now it is not being sold by TNF anymore) but regardless I do not care either way. This is the jacket that had everything I wanted and I'm very pleased. The medium will be great even when I eventually lose the extra 30 or so lbs, but the large would have been way too big in that case so another reason I went for the medium. It's only about 6 ounces heavier than the Venture but has so many more features and is suited to more activities such as those involving snow. VERY HAPPY and Backcountry's service was GREAT.

5 5

Love this jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 180 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

I got this jacket as my daily driver, and has all the bells and whistles anyone would need. I had a north face TKA 200 fleece before I got this jacket and I love that this jacket is zip in compatible so i can adjust the insulation as the seasons change. I also like that it has a removable hood too.

2 5

Declining Quality

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I bought my first Varius Guide Jacket (VGJ) around 2008 and it quickly became my favorite jacket of all time. I bought my adult daughter a VGJ two years later. I noticed TNF had replaced the nice ultra thin fleece lining with a not-as-nice nylon lining. Other than that, it seemed the same quality. I just bought a new VGJ. Now the jacket not only has the less comfortable nylon lining, but TNF has also removed the elastic from the cuffs. My original VGJ had both velcro and elastic. Additionally, the new VGJ balloons around the waist, whereas previously it had a more athletic fit. I returned the product and won't be buying TNF anymore. I suspect that they have decided to cut corners rather than raise prices, as they go after the mass market. Let's face it, there's a reason you see so many Walmart shoppers wearing TNF these days.

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It is true. Quality is just way below my expectation.

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My Varius Guide Jacket is currently "in the shop" being repaired and it's not even a year old. Cheap lightweight zipper jammed so many times that it become unusable. The small velcro tabs on the zipper flaps were coming off. NF is fixing it instead of just replacing the jacket but the returned product and workmanship remains to be seen. I expected WAY better quality from NF. I'm extremely disappointed and will think twice about purchasing any more NF products. This happened to Columbia too when they went mainstream and you saw everyone wearing their goods.

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Ok, so you're basing "declining quality" on not having elastic on the cuffs (which most TNF jackets don't have anymore) and the fit is slightly different. So what? It's a rain shell and as such, doesn't need a fleece lining, you can add fleece (zip in or otherwise) if you NEED it. The cuffs, well I do like some elastic myself but they are just fine without it. The lining is great especially for warm rainy days, fleece would be WAY too hot. The fit? Get the next smaller size, like I did. No big deal. TNF has a lifetime warranty as well, which most companies do not. So Ray, get your jacket back and it will be fine. If not, get your money back. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. No brainer folks. TNF has GREAT products.