From wet trails to soaked city streets.

Keep the lightweight, packable The North FaceMen’s Venture Parka stashed in your day pack or car and be ready for unexpected downpours or predicted storms. The highly breathable HyVent DT or eco-friendly Hyvent DT EC materials prevents water from permeating through the membrane and the fully taped seams top off the waterproof capabilities. The North Face designed the Venture Parka with an extended back length to ensure full upper body coverage and gave you precise fit adjustment with both waist and hem drawcords.
  • Variants market with a 'T' include the new HyVent DT EC, whose waterproofing coating is made from 50% renewable castor oil, 50% standard polyurethane

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4 5

love it...

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

I went through 4 or 5 jackets looking for a waterproof jacket that would cover my belt line. This fits the bill. I am 6'2 200lb and the Large goes halfway down my rear jean pockets. Even with a pack on it covers my belt line. I get a little clammy when wearing it but its not bad and to be expected when its pouring rain out. It's help up for a couple of seasons of use and I will try to buy again when I need a new one...I went with the tan but will probably go darker next time.

5'11" and skinny (bout 130). What size...

5'11" and skinny (bout 130). What size would fit better small or medium?

What's the difference between the Venture...

What's the difference between the Venture parka and the Venture jacket?

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Thanks for your question. The difference between the Venture Parka and the Venture Jacket is the length of the jacket. Check the Center Back measurements, Venture Jacket to Venture Parka, for reference. I hope this is helpful for you.

Can you zip your fleece northface into...

Can you zip your fleece northface into this jacket?

Unanswered Question

Could somebody/anybody tell me the width...

Could somebody/anybody tell me the width of the jacket laid flat armpit to armpit. Both the medium and the large.

I am 5'8" 42" chest and 40" waist and...

I am 5'8" 42" chest and 40" waist and weigh about 190 LBS I was wondering what size I should be looking at the medium or the large?

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Get the large. I'm 5'10", 42" chest, 36" waist and about 200 lbs. It fits will with enough extra room for a layer of fleece or a sweater but not too big without an extra layer. The medium would likely be too small. I really like the parka.

Can someone explain how this jacket stows...

Can someone explain how this jacket stows in it's own pocket? I've had a very careful look at the jacket (black, not the T-version) and it does not have a two way zipper, and the mesh pocket is attached in multiple points. Pictures would be awesome.

Best Answer Responded on

Hey there, the jacket stows into the LEFT HAND pocket. Reach your hand inside it and pull it out, thus inside out and begin stuffing the jacket into the back of the pocket... when its all in, you will be able to close the zipper, just inside out...

I am 5'9 and weigh 155-160, I am wondEring...

I am 5'9 and weigh 155-160, I am wondEring if I should get this North Face Parka or a North Face Resolve jacket. I heard the parka was longer than the regular jackets. I want my jacket average size, not too long and not short. What size is recommended? Thanks!

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It sounds like the Resolve may be a better option for you. I am 5'8" at 165 and broad shouldered and prefer a large jacket, as it offers more coverage and layering options without being overly bulky.

Happy trails!

i am a 5 ft 8 inch tall male, 185lbs, i...

i am a 5 ft 8 inch tall male, 185lbs, i wear 34 inch shirts,
should i get a medium size or large?

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I would say large....I am 5'9 155lbs to 160lbs and I fit a medium with room to wear layers....

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Just for more information . . . I'm 6'1" and 170lbs (small build). I ordered a large and it swallowed me up. But the parka looked great, so I'm returning it for a Medium.

I'm 5-9, 165 lbs, wear a 40R sport coat...

I'm 5-9, 165 lbs, wear a 40R sport coat and have a 32-inch waist, a 17-inch neck and only 32-inch arms. I want to wear this parka over a 300 polartec fleece jacket that is 28 inches from the top of the shoulders to the bottom. What size should I buy? Medium or large?

4 5

great jacket

I'm 6'2" and 220 lbs, so finding a good waterproof jacket that's long enough to cover my belt line was no easy task but the Venture Parka fits the bill. Great jacket, keeps the water out and packs small and light for any adventures in the woods or europe...would have been 5 stars but it does get a little clammy.

What is difference between the venture...

What is difference between the venture jacket and the venture parka?

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The Venture Parka is longer in the torso and provides more coverage than the Venture Jacket.

What is the center back length or zipper...

What is the center back length or zipper length of the XXL?

4 5

Great jacket - long length not good fit for wide hips

I'm a 5'4" 150-lb. woman who likes her rain gear to fit long and loose, so I ordered a Men's size Medium.

I loved:
- the long length: it covered my bum when standing, and though it's not long enough to sit on, it still goes to the chair when you're sitting, so no rain sneaks down your waistline.
- the adjustable hood, which is big enough to accommodate a ponytail and still keep my glasses dry
- the long pit zips, which really help for venting
- the large mesh pockets, accessible from outside and inside
- the option to tuck the whole jacket into one pocket
- the color (red)
- the straight fit around the body (as opposed to the tapered women's fit)
- the adjustable cord at the waist
- the velcro at the wrists

The only thing that didn't work for me:
- the straight fit hugged my hips too tight and made it ride up. It's definitely made for men (or women whose hip-width is smaller than their shoulder-width).

So I exchanged the Men's M for a Women's XL in the same model (Venture Parka) and am now as happy as a clam. I could've gotten by with a Women's L but it would've been too snug for my liking.

See my review under the Women's Venture Parka for my opinions on the waterproofness, breathability and warmth.

The Backcountry exchange process was extremely easy. I had absolutely no shipping or billing problems at all.

4 5

Great lightweight parka

I have got an m size and it fits perfect. I am 185 cm tall and 104 inches chest and 85 kg. Not too loose not to fit. I can wear a shirt and a softshell jacket under it and it does not feel tight at all. The extra lenght compared with the jacket is perfect for covering below the waist on rainy days, regarding the waterproofnes it works perfectly, but there can put a little warm or sticky, the pit zips vent could help. The pockets are mesh and roomy. The inside pockets are kind of small. The hood adjust perfectly to the head, on the sides and in the back. You can adjust the parka in the waist and the hem. You can get the perfect fit. The cuffs have velcro, and you can stow the parka into the left pocket. I got the brown for 78 bucks, great deal. I have to say that it is only a shell, not to be wear alone, Bottom line: perfect lightweight rain shell

is the bittersweetbrown a dark brown? can...

is the bittersweetbrown a dark brown? can you give an example of the color. Thanks

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Think milk chocolate brown, not dark chocolate brown.

4 5

The description doesn't do it justice

Not only are there adjustable elastic hem and waist drawcords, there are two adjustable elastic drawcords in the hood, making it a perfect fit for anyone. It also has pit zips for those warm rainy days or hikes through a rain forest.

Yes, North Face is a good brand, but I'm not a fan of labels or writing on my clothes, so I only gave it four stars because the logo's on the chest and back and there's even "HY VENT" embroidered on one cuff (these are taped on the inside so they're waterproof) . It's one of the best rain parka shells around though!

5 5

I like to be dry when I walk into the office.

I'm from the Washington DC area and since Decemeber the area has been under a blanket of snow or the cover of rain. In dec I realized that apart from a great pair of columbia snow boots my winter and wet gear was either 20 years old or gone. I purchased this to be my spring/ fall rain gear, and I stayed perfectly dry underneath it thus far. I've worn it out on days when the dc area received a 3-4 inches of rain over a 2-3 day period.

I love all my new northface gear.

Unanswered Question

Looking for raingear that also will work...

Looking for raingear that also will work for biking, is this parka breathable enough?

Write your question here.. I am 6' 1" and...

Write your question here.. I am 6' 1" and weigh 200lbs with a 32-34" waist. My issue is usually arm length. I wear a 36 arm length in dress shirts. Will this coat work for me? I want it to not be short in the arms, but I don't want to look like I have room enough for another adult to fit inside the coat. Also how versatile is this coat. I had an eddie bauer uninsulated goretex shell that I could wear without any other layers from summer to winter until it was stolen. Thx

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John, I'm also 6'1" and weigh 185 -33 waist. my dress shirt is 34/35 and i get away with a medium in the Venture. I could go to large, but the medium is a more tapered fit, and the arm length is fine, so i bet a large would be good on you. this is also a shell jacket like your Eddie Bauer, but it's not gore-tex, so it may not be as breathable as a true eVent or Gore shell. this jacket has pit zips which help a lot for venting. i'm able to wear mine over layers like a merino baselayer and a fleece mid layer no problem. cheers!

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With arms the legnth yours, you def need an XL. I am 5'10 , 200, 33" arms, and the L is only an inch long for me.