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Stay dry, lighten your load and push through the weather in comfort.

Flexing more than a few key features like breathable fabric, underarm zips and supreme packability, The North Face Men's Venture Jacket stands apart from the its rainwear competitors. And what's a rain without weatherproofing? Hyvent 2.5L fabric and seam sealing offer a level of waterproofness that fends off everything from light drizzles to serious downpours. Now you're beginning to see why this jacket was awarded Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice in 2011.

  • Hyvent 2.5-layer waterproof breathable fabric keeps you bone dry when it's raining and allows sweaty moisture to escape from within
  • Underarm zips provide vital ventilation to help you stay cool in muggy, hot or humid conditions
  • Jacket packs down and stows into its own hand pocket for ultimate packability
  • EC-specific Hyvent fabric uses recycled material to make up a portion of the waterproof membrane
  • Hood drawcord system is hidden in order to offer a more streamline fit and finish
  • Brushed chin guard eliminates chaffing at the chin

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5 5

Great Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Great for the price just replaced my first one after over 10yrs of wear. This is a great light weight rain jacked at a great price usually on sale.

I am about 5'8 in height and weigh 198...

I am about 5'8 in height and weigh 198 pounds. For the North Face Paramount Convertible pants I wear a Large. What size would you recommend for this jacket?

Responded on

Sleeve-length and Chest measurements are typically a much better way to size a jacket. Height and weight can vary hugely with build, so it really depends on how you carry your weight. I would take your chest and sleeve-length measurements, then size off of those.

5 5

About this Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Most of the time I work as a photographer traveling Colombia.
Always use this kind of jackets for quality in design and materials.
It is lightweight, durable and very comfortable, you can use it in a full day of rain or into the jungle without feeling fatigue climate.

Backcountry service generates such confidence would not hesitate to use it consistently.
By mistake I ordered my jacket in a larger size, When I contact Backcountry they helped me immediately.

Thank you and congratulations for such marvelous customer service.

4 5

Great spring jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I wear the jacket when ever I think it might rain or when it windy outside. I'm a college student so I do a lot of walking to and from class and I really like the lightweight/pit vents of the jacket. All in all great jacket for spring weather where you never know when it might rain.

2 5

Buyer beware: fit is 'odd'.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

Well, I received the jacket today and I was excited to try it on for size. After reading the reviews, as well as the sizing chart, I decided to go with a medium. I am 6ft 1, 180lbs with an athletic build...the length of the jacket barely hit my hips, the hood did not reach the top of my head, and the arms were incredibly short (although I sized a small/medium in sleeve length). I asked my wife how it looked and she simply burst out laughing.
I am returning the jacket tomorrow and will instead purchase the Patagonia Torrent. I ordered the women's version of the Patagonia for my wife and it fits her wonderfully, so hopefully the men's version will be true to size as well.
Although the jacket seems to be of great quality, I will no longer purchase NF jackets...they just never seem to fit (I had a similar experience with a winter jacket). I know if I ordered a large, it would look like a trash bag on me.

Responded on

I'm not in any way attempting to discredit your knowledge of sizing, however I was pleased with my fit.
I too and 6'1" and hover between 175 and 180. I have a fairly long arm length and smallish torso, so sizing is always a problem for me.
I tend to go with a large in most items because it's large enough to fit something under like a fleece, but slim enough it isn't baggy. I hope some one reading this doesn't feel discouraged in their purchase of this jacket because I thoroughly enjoy it. Although I try not to be a North Face Brand junky, They do have quality items, and this is one.
Dust storms to rain storms to snow storms, I've used this and have been happy with my results.

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Any time I read a review that radically counters my own experience and then I see a recommendation by name for a different product I'm always skeptical. As a heavy weight lifter (6' 3" 245 lbs.) I bought the XXL and there's nothing odd about the sizing. It fits so well I bought an identical match because I like the white so much. Great fit. Great TNF quality. Awesome Backcountry service.

Responded on

I was able to try on a large version of the jacket at a local retail store and, as predicted, the fit was 'baggy'. I am in no way a representative of another company, I am a student. I was merely giving my review in a review section, and I am skeptical of someone who takes the time to criticize a review. I constructed a 'glowing' review of the Patagonia on Backcountry, but nevertheless, there are people who dislike the jacket...and that's fine.

5 5

Awesome North Face rain/shell jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

If you are looking for a great lightweight shell or rain jacket then look no further. Everyone knows that North Face makes quality gear. This is a jacket that will get a lot of use in your arsenal as it's a excellent shell for layering or perfect for those rainy days. Great looking and fitting jacket with pockets in all the right places for your stuff.

Does it have a hood?

Does it have a hood?

5 5

Keeps the wind off

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I've worn it at high altitude w winds blowing 25 mph+ and i was completely comfortable. It's a nice addition to my gear bag

5 5

No regrets

I purchased this jacket for myself and, so far, have no bad things to say about it. It does its job and fits perfectly. Besides, I could not find it in these colors anywhere else.

is this jacket thick/heavy? i was looking...

is this jacket thick/heavy? i was looking for something more lightweight

Best Answer Responded on

a general rule of thumb for modern jackets is that 2 and 2.5 layer jackets will be lighter and more packable. 3 layer jackets will have improved durability but be thicker and heavier. that's a good starting place.

does the hood to this jacket detach or...

does the hood to this jacket detach or stow away?

Responded on

The hood is neither detachable or stowable but can be rolled to collar height.

5 5

Amazing, keeps ya dry!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Been using this jacket for about a year now and I must say I love it. Bought it as an alternate to wearing something heavy like my winter parka during those wet summer months we sometimes get in UT. This past summer was ridiculous with rainfall and I may have drowned without this jacket. Wonderful for tailgating, hiking, or taking the dog for a brief adventure. The large was a bit roomy leaving me enough room to layer when needed but without the excessive baggy look. I definitely recommend this jacket to someone looking to stay completely dry in a wet environment.

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What's the breathability like on this jacket. I'm a Search & Rescue K9 handler...and I need to "off-gas" a lot of moisture when training or an actual call-out here in Southern Oregon. (?)

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It's been pretty breathable for me though I have never worn it for longer than a few hours at a time while working up a sweat. Day hiking or walking the dog in the rain, the jacket has easily vented out any humidity/moisture for me so far.

5 5

Great lightweight jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Great jacket! Light and easy to pack. Does great in the wind, I've hiked a few 14ers in Colorado with it when the wind is blowing and it does a great job of not letting it get to you. Been in down pours too and it kept me dry (I did try and find tree cover just to be safe). Great for backpacking though, I've had no problems with it at all.

5 5

A Rain Gear not to forget

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Light, breathable and colorful. Great for light to medium moderate rain fall. A must have when you go trekking in the back-country.

5 5

Great jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Great shell jacket. Perfect for light rainy days on my subway work commute or on day hikes. Obviously not a heavy jacket for colder days but if lightweight waterproof protection is what you are in the market for I would recommend this one. Nothing fancy, just straight functionality. I wear a L and I'm 6'0 if you need a size guide

4 5

excellent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This jacket is very comfortable and looks great. I'm 5'10 and wear and M comfortably. I have used it in all weather and has never let me down. It is also very resistant.

The Venture Jacket in Hawaii

The Venture Jacket in Hawaii

I am 6' 0" and wear a L in this jacket in case that helps anyone gauge sizing.

5 5

Incredible

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

First of all this is an outer layer jacket, if you need to be warm you will need some layers under it to do so. This jacket is meant to keep you dry in the rain and it does an awesome job of doing that. I used this on my mount Whitney summit and it kept me dry through a 2 day thunderstorm. I can't say enough about this jacket. It is super light and works amazingly, I was totally dry while wearing it.

I want to also thank the amazing costumer service who upgraded my shipping for free to make sure it got here in time for my attempt to summit Whitney. They were greatly helpful and very kind.

Incredible

Anyone use this jacket as a ski shell? I'm...

Anyone use this jacket as a ski shell? I'm looking for a shell to ski in that I can put layers under - just wondering if this would work

Best Answer Responded on

You could use this as a ski shell but I wouldn't recommend it. Its a good rain jacket but the material is pretty thin...so it packs small for hiking/traveling, so I don't think it would hold up well with all the wear and tear that (at least my) ski jackets have to put up with.

Responded on

alex is correct that the material is thinner and has a less durable feel. and you do stand a better chance of tearing it on trees, rocks, and ski edges. in general, it makes less sense to use in bounds. however, you could make an argument that the lighter weight and packability would make it a reasonable choice for touring.

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Have had this jacket for about 1 year now. It works great for me as a ski shell (~10 days of skiing). I still have an old TNF GoreTex XCR shell, but the Venture is even lighter and I prefer the minimalist sense of it. I run a bit on the hot side, so don't need much insulation. Skied in this jacket with temps down in the single digits (8F). It is not completely windproof - high mtn winds at 12k ft at Breck will get through so I add arm warmers or one extra layer (long sleeve wicking t-shirt) for my arms. Also wish it had a chest pocket, but have managed fine without it. Hood does a nice job as well. The jacket packs into a side pocket for stashing away in a backpack when hiking as well which I find convenient. Enjoy!

Have had this jacket for about 1 year now. It works great for me as a ski shell (~10 days of skiing). I still have an old TNF GoreTex XCR shell, but the Venture is even lighter and I prefer the minimalist sense of it. I run a bit on the hot side, so don't need much insulation. Skied in this jacket with temps down in the single digits (8F). It is not completely windproof - high mtn winds at 12k ft at Breck will get through so I add arm warmers or one extra layer (long sleeve wicking t-shirt) for my arms. Also wish it had a chest pocket, but have managed fine without it. Hood does a nice job as well. The jacket packs into a side pocket for stashing away in a backpack when hiking as well which I find convenient. Enjoy!
5 5

great jacket!

  • Fit: True to size

i always carry the venture with me.
very usefull when starts raining and did not expected.