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The North Face Dryzzle Futurelight Jacket - Men's


Why We Like The Dryzzle FUTURELIGHT Jacket

We want The North Face's Dryzzle FUTURELIGHT Jacket in our packs in case the weather turns on the trail. Lightweight, waterproof, and highly breathable, the Dryzzle uses The North Face's new FUTURELIGHT technology to help prevent heat from building when we're charging up steep trails. We don't mind keeping it in our packs either, thanks to its super packable design that takes up hardly any space at all.

  • Packable rain shell to keep you covered up on rainy mountain days
  • Air-permeable FUTURELIGHT membrane won't feel clammy as you hike
  • Waterproof construction shields you from relentless rain
  • Adjustable hood cinches in for snug protection against the wind
  • Laminated storm flap stops wind and water from creeping in
  • Adjustable cuffs and hem help seal out unwanted weather
  • Lightweight design makes it easy to pack down small in any bag
  • Item #TNFZ9J8

Responsible Collection
[membrane/laminate] FUTURELIGHT (3-layer), [face fabric] recycled polyester, DWR coating
fully sealed
Center Back Length
2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest
Claimed Weight
Recommended Use
backpacking, bouldering, casual, hiking, sport climbing, trad climbing
Manufacturer Warranty

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 3

Futurelight=good; the jacket=meh

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
True to size
Size Bought
5` 10"
200 lbs

Let me start with the good. Futurelight seems like an amazing product. It is extremely comfortable, in stark contrast to GoreTex Paclite which can feel like you're wearing a trash bag. This jacket was intended to replace an Arcteryx Beta SL and, in terms of breathability, it is no contest. Futurelight appears to be the real deal. Also, Pompeian Red looks great. Unfortunately, the design of the Dryzzle jacket itself is less impressive, feeling as though it was designed to be more walk-around-the-city-in-the-rain than hike-into-the-wilderness. In terms of sizing, it felt like I was wearing a tent—and not because I bought the wrong size. This could be a good thing if you are going to be using it as a shell over a bulky mid-layer but when worn by itself the jacket feels huge. Most of the zippers are not waterproof including the main zipper that opens and closes the jacket. Instead, they are covered by flaps. This design may be just as effective as a waterproof zipper without a flap but the look feels dated to me, reminding me of my very first GoreTex jacket purchased in 1990. The Dryzzle also lacks articulated arms; a tapered hem that is higher in front and lower in back for greater mobility; and higher side pockets for easier access when wearing a pack. All are features of my Beta SL that I've come to appreciate over time. In the end, even if I could have lived with the Dryzzle's bulk, its straight hem, and its side pockets, I couldn't live with its aesthetic. But the future seems bright for Futurelight.

Agreed. The tech is great but build/velcro/zipper is not worth the steep price.