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THE NORTH FACE BRIGANDINE FUTURELIGHT™ JACKET

Getting wet is a persistent issue in the Pacific Northwest. We go storm skiing on the regular, and touring is a big part of the scene here too. It can be hard to find a balance between waterproofing and breathability in outerwear. I’ve discovered that often I’m either getting soaked from the outside in, or from the inside out. But recently I’ve been using The North Face Brigandine Futurelight™ Jacket, and with it I’ve been enjoying the deep days with stellar, sweat-free results.

ABOVE A detailed macro shot of The North Face’s nano-membrane.

The North Face Brigandine Futurelight™ Jacket utilizes The North Face’s new Futurelight waterproofing technology. Futurelight™ gear boasts an innovative “nano-membrane,” an extremely thin layer of fabric that is porous enough to let air escape and recirculate to regulate body temps. The North Face makes the nano-membrane by employing 200,000 nano-spinning nozzles to shoot out their custom polyurethane solution. Get a better understanding of the nano-membrane through the video below.

On top of the next-level waterproofing and breathability, The North Face Brigandine Futurelight™ Jacket looks stylish and comes with all the pockets you’ll need for your cell phone, keys, snacks or what have you. The chest pockets are situated so that they can be easily accessed with a backcountry pack on, and the jacket’s pockets are outfitted with YKK Aquaguard zippers to keep those essentials dry.

When it comes to performance, The North Face Brigandine Futurelight™ Jacket delivers on all fronts. The biggest problem some skiers will have with it is the price tag, but when you consider that The North Face gear is some of the most durable out there, this issue works itself out in time. Still, I understand that $750 USD might just be too much for some skiers to put into one purchase.

In conclusion: Between its extremely effective waterproofing and breathability, stylish look and plentiful pockets, if you’re willing to cough up the cash then you won’t be disappointed with The North Face Bringandine Futurelight™ Jacket.

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