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You're trusting your guide to pick out the best route, the best pace, and the best campsites to keep you safe. Trust The North Face Women's Varius Guide Jacket to protect you from the elements.

  • HyVent membrane provides waterproof breathable protection so you stay dry inside and out
  • Fully sealed seams block moisture from working its way in through the stitching
  • Underarm vents let excess heat out so your body gets plenty of fresh air when exertion starts to raise your body temperature
  • Storm skirt keeps the inside of your jacket snow-free if you go down in the pow
  • Adjustable cuff tabs won't let snow sneak up your sleeves
  • Hem draw cord seals out the elements
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Northface Women's Various Guide Jacket

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it

I was extremely disappointed with the lining of this the kodiak blue jacket which is very visible on the hood. It is some urban, psychadelic camo-looking material. There is no way I would wear something like this. On the web site the hood lining appears to be solid darker color. That would have been very satisfactory.

The perfect all weather jacket

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

As a college student living in a town where the weather is as unpredictable as our football team, this jacket protects from wind, rain, and snow. It's thick enough to be a windbreaker and insulated enough for a cool rain. Zip in a Denali fleece and you have the perfect snow/winter jacket. Interior security pocket is large enough for any smart phone. The front Napoleon pocket is good for tissues or cards and money. Zipper sticks a little but, it's the only downside! Love this jacket and recommend it to anyone battling everyday weather.

Love it!

    Fits pretty true to size. I'm 5' 8" and muscular, usually wear size 2-4 in dresses and I ordered a small. I still have enough room to wear a small sweatshirt or longsleeve underneath. The jacket has zippable vents at the underarms and a zipper on the front to attach a vest (although I'd probably size up if you're planning on wearing a thick/down vest). It really helps break the wind too.

    Women's Varius rain jacket

      Living near Seattle I needed a good rain jacket. I shopped around a lot and the Varius fit all my requirements. I like the big hood that I can pull out over my face when it's windy and rainy, like today or fold it back a little if it's not needed. I get a lot of complements on its two tone color and fit. The only thing that I don't really love about this jacket is the Velcro wrist adjustments. They stick to other fabric if they are not completely covered. But it is nice to be able to adjust the cuff size. I didn't want something heavy as it is not really needed everyday here like today it is windy, raining hard off and on but the temp is 51. I wanted the option of a zip in if needed. The Varius is not available at the usual retail outlets. I had to shop around to find it locally. I would recommend this jacket as a good choice for all around wind and rain protection

      Very nice jacket, Runs small

        Well I only gave it 4 stars because it runs a little small. I bought it for my wife for christmas as an outer shell to a large WOMEN'S DENALI THERMAL JACKET (that fit perfect)The Large varius was too small(even without the Denali liner). The denali zips in perfectly, but varius guide runs smaller than the denali. The varius guide really feels like nice materal & seems well made, and really looks nicer in person than it does on the computer(the colors are much better). I'm really bummed that it didn't fit, but I exchanged it, & can't wait to see how the XL fits. The return through back country was absolutely painless (thank you back country). I'm really looking forward to giving the XL 5 stars (we'll see)

        I have to second these remarks. I have a Denali fleece in M and bought a M Various hoping to zip in my Denali. The zippers match up, but the Various runs smaller in width, so the Denali bunches inside. I'm returning the M Various for a L, hopefully this will solve my bunching problem!

        An update to my post above - I received the L Varius jacket and the M Denali zipped into the jacket perfectly. For those of you looking to zip a Denali into this jacket, I would definitely recommend going a size up in the the Varius.

        Correction on my review.

          Bought this as my wife needs a new waterproof shell. There are so many different types out there, but this one was a nice design. Also learning that it's also zip-in compatible was a huge plus. All the jackets and vests (north face) zips in! I posted earlier that it didn't. I tried again, and it zips in perfectly. So for those who are looking for a good shell, try the Varius Guide.

          Will the Nuptse down jacket zip into this...

          Will the Nuptse down jacket zip into this shell? And do they need to be the same size? I've got a Large Nuptse but have read that the Varius runs a little small, and I'd like an XL Varius if'll work with my Nuptse.

          I am not sure how to choose a zip in liner...

          I am not sure how to choose a zip in liner for my Varius guide jacket. I don't need anything heavy but sometimes need a light added layer on really cold days. Are all the vests zip in compatible?

          All the vests that my wife owns zip in. (Nuptse, and Thunder) The trick is to make sure the zipper mates completely as far as it goes. There are two zippers on the shell, the one that attaches to your vest is inside and bigger than the main shell zipper. What helps is, wear the vest with the front open and attach it. Hope that helps.