The North Face debuted the Mountain Jacket in 1985 with high altitude hiking in mind. In fact, the designers tested it on Mount Everest. Since then, it has become the go-to everyday outerwear piece for outdoorsman, adventurers, and average Joes alike with its water- and wind-repellent outer layer and easy packability. Now, after 30 years on the market, the reliable classic is getting a worldwide revamp for the spring/summer 2015 collection.
The brand launched four new models — the Heritage Mountain Jacket, Rage Mountain Jacket, Seasonal Mountain Jacket, and Limited Mountain Jacket — based on the original design. The collection, currently only available in Europe, features new fabrics and colors, such as a Gingham-lined shell with the classic waxed outer and eight color options.
Since these won't be available in U.S. stores for a while, North Face has put a few new twists on the American model. "As an update in Spring 2015 we made a version of the jacket with FuseForm technology," says TNF snowsports and outdoor manager Lindsey Sines. "The lighter areas on the shoulders, cuffs and back of the sleeves is a nylon that is 200 percent more durable than the rest of the jacket, and it’s a seamless transition from one to the next."
FuseForm utilizes advanced manufacturing techniques that make it possible to weave two material properties into a single fabric. This allows the jacket to be stronger, lighter and still keep you warm and dry out in the most remote places — or just during your commute.