The Brigandine is leading the charge of The North Face's new Futurelight technology so you can lead the charge up long backcountry ascents. TNF spent years developing Futurelight to be a truly breathable form of waterproofing, so when you pair it with this jacket's backcountry-friendly design and pocket layout, you've got the perfect piece for skintrack climbs and big-mountain lines.
- Backcountry ski shell designed for hard-charging mountain missions
- Futurelight technology is fully waterproof and highly breathable
- Hyper-articulated fit gives you free movement up and down the hill
- Underarm vents allow for more airflow in warmer conditions
- Helmet-compatible hood shields your head from wind and snow
- Pockets at the collar hold a radio for guides and patrollers
- Zippered chest pockets have a loop for a radio or beacon
- Hand pockets feature gear loops and an expandable design
- Two-way front zipper lets you access a harness on technical ascents
- Elastic thumbhole cuffs create a comfortable seal against the cold
- Item #TNF05GP
- Q & A
Great Backcountry Shell
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Small
- Height: 5'6"
- Weight: 130lbs
I've used the Brigandine Futurelight jacket on a couple trips (one backpacking and one skiing) and have enjoyed it a lot so far! The first trip I took was for a solo backpacking trip up Mt Timpanogos before the snow fall, and the second was just to do a little afternoon ski session with some friends the weekend after. I like the jacket a lot because of it's aesthetic and design. There's a lot of room to move around, the high cowl kept my face protected from the wind, and it's still a very breathable layer. I used it while trekking across a snowfield in crampons, at the summit of Timp, and boot packing and skiing fresh fall powder.
By itself, the jacket is pretty spacious, but with a baselayer and a mid layer, it fits perfectly. I also enjoy the longer length that covers your butt when sitting! There's a ton of handy pockets and loops on the jacket, particularly the radio pocket at the collar. I didn't make use of it this time around, but it will definitely come in handy for future backcountry ski excursions where we'll be using radios!
Lastly, I like how sturdy the jacket material feels. My other backcountry shell is made with a softer, stretchier, material which feels slightly more maneuverable, but less durable. I'm not worried about scrambling up rocks or brushing against trees with this jacket.