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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

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.