Innovation For
the Modern Day Explorer

For over 50 years, The North Face has provided
an authentic solution to the real needs of athletes.

Our Technology

  • DryVent
  • FlashDry
  • GORE-TEX
  • WindWall
  • ThermoBall

ThermoBall™

The New Synthetic Alternative to Down

The North Face™ developed a partnership with PrimaLoft® to offer a new synthetic alternative to down. ThermoBall™ is a revolution in insulation technology. Unlike traditional, continuous-filament synthetic insulations, the small round PrimaLoft® synthetic fiber clusters closely to mimic down clusters; trapping heat within small air pockets to retain warmth.

Benefits

  • Lightweight
  • Phenomenal warmth in cold and wet conditions
  • Packs neatly into zipper pocket (not all styles)
  • Insulates even when wet
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GORE-TEX®

Waterproof

The North Face® partners with GORE-TEX® to deliver the industry’s most innovative and highest performance waterproof, windproof and breathable weather protection. GORE-TEX® fabrics lead the industry in providing durable waterproof, breathable protection. The GORE-TEX® membrane is completely impervious to rain, sleet and snow, while allowing perspiration to pass through it from within. Tiny pores in the GORE-TEX® membrane allow perspiration to escape while preventing water from entering.

Benefits

  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Protection in rain and snow
  • Ideal for snowboarding, skiing, and climbing
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DryVent™

DryVent™ fabrics are engineered to be fully waterproof, windproof and breathable. The outer face of the textile is treated with a durable water repellant finish that helps form droplets and repel water from the surface. Each multi layered textile is engineered to allow water vapor to pass through from the inside to the outside.

DryVent™ fabrics are engineered in a variety, weights, textures and performance characteristics that allows us to provide maximum protection, performance and comfort for the user across all our active and lifestyle waterproof, breathable clothing and accessories.

All DryVent™ clothing and accessories are fully seam sealed and designed with specific features that are relevant to the user’s specific activity needs and conditions. All products that are fully taped, waterproof and breathable will be branded DryVent™.

DryVent™ 3L

DryVent™ fabrics using a 3 Layer construction are primarily used on high performance technical styles that are designed for the most extreme user in their activity segment. These textiles are designed to be extremely durable and breathable and are used for longer durations in severe conditions. These types of fabrications are specified for use in our most technical clothing and accessories.

DryVent™ 2.5L

DryVent™ fabrics using a 2.5 Layer construction are primarily used for highly active, fast and light pursuits, where light weight and packable is an essential requirement of the user. The inner layer is finished with a functional dry touch print that helps raise the fabric from the skin to provide comfort and enable the quick transfer of vapor through to the outside of the fabric. These fabrics are generally designed into unlined clothing and accessories for maximum light weight, packable, waterproof and breathable performance.

DryVent™ 2L

DryVent™ fabrics using a 2 Layer construction are our most versatile and used across all our categories. These fabrics are designed into clothing and accessories that are normally lined with a secondary fabric for extra comfort and increased warmth. These lined products can also be designed with fixed insulation for ultimate warmth and versatility and can be found in a wide range of looks and finishes.

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FlashDry

FlashDry™ fabric technology is engineered to act like a second skin against the body, pushing moisture to the surface of the fabric and eliminating it as fast as possible, keeping the user dry, cool and comfortable during high aerobic activities.

FlashDry™ fabrics are engineered to repel and resist wetting out to help provide quick drying performance that keep the user dry and comfortable after water activities.

FlashDry™ Cotton fabrics are engineered to offer enhanced moisture management and dry time versus that of regular cotton fabrics. These fabrics have the comfort of cotton while providing enhanced moisture management performance.

FlashDry XD™ offers moisture management and dry time benefits, but is also engineered with increased abrasion and snag resistance for extreme durability (XD) and performance in the toughest conditions.

FlashDry XD™ fabrics are engineered to provide quick drying and easy care benefits, but is also engineered with increased abrasion and tear resistance for extreme durability (XD) and performance in rugged conditions.

GORE-TEX®

Waterproof

The North Face® partners with GORE-TEX® to deliver the industry’s most innovative and highest performance waterproof, windproof and breathable weather protection. GORE-TEX® fabrics lead the industry in providing durable waterproof, breathable protection. The GORE-TEX® membrane is completely impervious to rain, sleet and snow, while allowing perspiration to pass through it from within. Tiny pores in the GORE-TEX® membrane allow perspiration to escape while preventing water from entering.

Benefits

  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Protection in rain and snow
  • Ideal for snowboarding, skiing, and climbing

What is Gore-Tex® Fabric?

The North Face incorporates 3 specialized fabric technologies in our products:

GORE-TEX® Performance Shell
Waterproof GORE-TEX® Pro Shells
Waterproof GORE-TEX® Paclite® Shell

GORE-TEX® Performance Shell

This fabric is designed to provide superior comfort and durable waterproof protection in a wide range of outdoor activities. The GORE-TEX® revolutionary patented membrane technology is specifically engineered to form an impenetrable barrier against wind and water while maintaining breathability. GORE-TEX® Performance Shell fabric is used in a two-layer construction for a lighter and softer feel and in three-layer construction for a heavier-duty alternative.

Benefits

  • Breathable
  • Waterproof and windproof protection
  • Versatile for skiing, cycling, mountaineering and snowboarding

GORE-TEX® Pro Shell

GORE-TEX® Pro Shell is engineered with the most rugged, highly breathable fabrics, making it ideal for extended exposure to extreme conditions. These fabrics are designed to perform at an elite level in order to meet the demands of outdoor professionals and serious enthusiasts alike. The advanced waterproof membrane used by GORE-TEX® Pro Shell fabric incorporates increased breathability characteristics, allowing the user to enjoy longer exposure to harsh conditions without losing vital body heat.

Benefits

  • Extended Durability in Extreme Conditions
  • Extremely Waterproof and Windproof
  • Enhanced Breathability
  • Ideal for Outdoor Professionals and Serious Enthusiasts

GORE-TEX® Paclite® Shell

Introduced in 2009, this exclusive Paclite® membrane is laminated to lightweight, strong nylon textiles to produce garments that are extremely breathable, compressible and durably waterproof. This membrane contains a protective black layer that is made of an "oil-hating" (oleophobic) polymer and carbon that allows perspiration vapor to pass through, but prohibits body oils, cosmetics, salt water and insect repellents from altering the waterproof qualities of the membrane. Extremely compressible, this fabric packs extremely small.

Benefits

  • Durable Wind- and Waterproofness
  • Extremely Breathable
  • Lightweight, Packable and Versatile
  • Lighter and Smaller to Pack Away than other GORE-TEX® Products.
  • Ideal for Hiking, Cycling, Running, and other sports where weight and space are critical.
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WindWall®

WindWall™ fabrics are engineered to greatly reduce the effects of wind chill while providing the flexibility and breathability to stay comfortable without overheating.

WindWall™ soft shell products are engineered in fully Windproof and Wind resistant options. Our fully windproof options are our most protective, virtually waterproof and windproof they maintain a comfortable level of breathability in colder weather conditions. Wind resistant options are the most versatile, enhanced with stretch and reduced external air permeability, both breathable and water resistant, making it ideal for a wide range of activities and weather conditions.

WindWall™ shell products provide lightweight, wind resistant protection that packs small for on-the-go versatility.

WindWall™ fleece products retain the comfort and breathability of traditional fleece, but have been engineered to reduce wind chill for enhanced warmth.

All Products that comply with our WindWall™ standards will be branded WindWall™ and will clearly call out windproof and wind resistant on the appropriate product hang tags.

ThermoBall™

The New Synthetic Alternative to Down

The North Face™ developed a partnership with PrimaLoft® to offer a new synthetic alternative to down. ThermoBall™ is a revolution in insulation technology. Unlike traditional, continuous-filament synthetic insulations, the small round PrimaLoft® synthetic fiber clusters closely to mimic down clusters; trapping heat within small air pockets to retain warmth.

Benefits

  • Lightweight
  • Phenomenal warmth in cold and wet conditions
  • Packs neatly into zipper pocket (not all styles)
  • Insulates even when wet

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