No-brainer protection in the ever-changing mountain weather.
- Summit Series construction means that the garment is designed with input from The North Face adventure athletes and is made to be used in during pursuits in harsh environments
- The Pertex Quantum fabric is the lightest fabric ever used in The North Face’s Summit Series and provides protection from wind and light rain
- Jacket fits into its own chest pocket and packs down to the size of an energy bar
- Once compressed, the jacket has a loop that clips to a carabiner
- Elastic hem, cuffs, and hood seals out the fickle weather as you put up the tent or search for a dry overhanging cliff
- The jacket’s alpine fit doesn’t impede your moves as you repel down a soaked rock face
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How does it run in size? I'm 5'10...
How does it run in size? I'm 5'10 160lbs.
The North Face products run true to size, and from reading the reviews from others who have worn this it sounds like this particular jacket also runs true to size.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
For emergency chill stopping and lightweight drizzle protection this is the best. It isn't a full-on rain jacket and it looks a bit silly because it is translucent, a bit shiny, and typically wrinkled. The material has surprised me with its durability. If you are function over form then this is a good piece of kit so long as you plan for the limits of the design.
The NF Verto in my layering line up.
NF Verto on the AT
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Verto jacket is awesome. It pretty much lives in my climbing pack, where multiple times its saved me while my friends get soaked. Its not the ultimate jacket for insane onslaughts of rain, but for everyday afternoon sprinkles, you will no longer have to make a decision between your rain coat and a few PBR's- you can bring both.
Has anyone used this jacket for running...
Has anyone used this jacket for running in rain? How is it? Is there vents to let out heat?
leaving it halfway unzipped will allow for some venting, but not a lot. this jacket is a last resort "OH SH*T" piece of apparel. I wore mine on a climb where it poured rain on us, and this jacket did nothing I was soaked through. This thing kills it for beefing up your warmth when layered over top, and for protecting from the wind.
Getting ready to head out with my Verto
My Verto on the AT
A great piece of kit
The Verto does a great job at blocking wind, however, on the flip side, it is not as breathable as some other wind shirts. Due to this, I can carry this wind shirt over my Houdini when the temps are colder and it works great. The DWR on the jacket works as expected, which is also a good thing. As well, my large weighs in at 2.9 oz... that is sweet! :)
I got this in a size large, and it fits me as I want it too. It has a baggy fit in the chest area, which allows me to layer my R1 and a Montbell UL Down Inner under it if I need to without compressing the down in my jacket. I love that they simply used an elastic cord in the waist hem, lightweight, simple and it works. However, the elastic wrist cuffs are not so great, at least for me. They are a bit big, but I can live with it.
My biggest gripe is the hood. I am glad it has one (I wouldn't have a windshirt without a hood) but it is not well designed. It has no brim and no adjustments, so, unless I am wearing a brimmed hat, the hood is quite annoying since it does not fit my head and I find that when I turn my head I am looking inside the hood. For this, I give it 4 stars rather than 5.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Yeah I know, your heading on an adventure and you've got to stay light. I know that the sun is shining and what could go wrong right? Well the clouds come in quick and now it's kind of cold. Boom..... Thank goodness you brought the verto, heck it weighs less than a cliff bar and it just saved your ass.
Seriously thought I bring this thing on mulipitch climbs all the time, because it stuffs into it's pocket and clips to your harness, weighs nothing and is remarkably warm. Plus the Sublime Green is super fun.
Verto for Sure Yo.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Recently local outdoor sporting good store done yearly warehouse sales and picked up black one for $60. They hard orange one too and had some difficult choosing one but none the less , I love it. I got it for my girlfriend too.
MC Hammer's jacket from "U Can't Touch This"
I've never sought out a ultra light wind jacket as I always used my rain coat to cover those bases until recently. I splurged on this little ditty, and am pretty stoked thus far. Ultimately this jacket is pretty much a one note pony, but who cares because it plays that note like Kenny G's circulating breath http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozeQfOdapIU.
But really this thing is great for ultralight hiking, a wind breaker for belays on long climbs, and for a little extra warmth on that day where you couldn't decide whether or not you should pack that extra layer. You'll also look like a back up dancer for Hammer in the process.
I liked this jacket so much, I got another in Monarch Orange....
I keep this little guy in my car for emergency use and then also always take it when I go climbing or hit the trails. With it being so compact and light weight there is no excuse not to have it with you. While climbing in the Donner, Ca area a small 30min storm came in out of no where and I had this stuffed into my chalk bag, I'm glad I did. I have also thrown it on as a windbreaker on colder days and it worked really well, especially for how thin it is. The fit on it makes it very flexible and comfortable to move.
My only two complaints are; the black looks like a trash bag and the hood can get in your way. I don't care about the look so much, but be prepared to hear about it every where you go. My wife always has to make sure to tell me. :) As for the hood, it fits fine over a helmet when climbing but if you're not wearing one the wind tends to blow it in your face and it can get annoying while placing gear or whatever. I usually just end up tucking the hood into the back of the jacket.
It appears this thing has been discontinued....
It appears this thing has been discontinued. Anyone know if TNF plans on releasing a second version in 2012? There are still a few available on ebay but if they are going to be improving it, I might as well wait.
I hope they do....Because I will be getting one if they do!
Why I can not buy this jacket in Switzerland???...
Why I can not buy this jacket in Switzerland??? I like to buy this one!
Backcountry has agreements with producers that limits where they can ship items. Usually it is because another retailer has licenses for that country. Unfortunately that means that my favorite outdoor retailer is not able to ship to some countries.
This jacket is really in a class of its own. You cannot compare to a gore-tex windbreaker, as it is so much lighter and thinner, and performs almost as well. I love it, as its really useful to layer over a warm fleece on a windy day.Although the extremely thin Pertex Quantum fabric used is really cool, you cannot expect it to be as strong as say a nylon windbreaker. I put a small hole in it with a key on accident, and there is a small rip at the back about 5 mm in length, but that is the only wear and tear noticed so far. I think the jacket looks incredibly cool(I got it in TNF Black), but as many people have pointed out, it does kind of look like a trash bag. But after a while they really appreciate how cool it is. I have washed it numerous time on delicate setting in warm water, and then dried on delicate setting, and it has shown no signs of wearing or fading from the wash. All in all, an incredible jacket for anyone looking for a lightweight windbreaker.
The North Face Verto Wind jacket
Here is a look at my Verto. Check out my full report on my blog: