The North Face brand has been creating innovative gear for over 40 years. Their extensive line of performance apparel, equipment, and footwear has helped the world’s most accomplished climbers, mountaineers, extreme skiers, snowboarders, endurance runners, and explorers reach a whole new level. With a reputation of this caliber, we set the bar high with this review. This Fall I teamed up with my wife to put some of North Face’s finest Fall apparel for both men and women to the test.

Check out the interactive video embedded  below to see The North Face Allabout Jacket, Ultra Fastpack MID GTX hiking shoes and Paramount Convertible Pants in-action, as we take them into the elements to see how they stand up against the cold, rain and mud.

Allabout Jacket

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Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 1.29.48 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 1.30.37 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 1.32.12 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 1.27.38 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 1.26.34 PMThe Allabout Jacket has a stylish clean look and is super lightweight. The mesh lining provides smooth comfort while the exterior shell keeps you dry with its HyVent technology. The polyurethane coating that consists of a tri-component, multi-layer formula for waterproof protection, moisture permeability and durability – held true after testing it during this years brisk and rainy fall here in west Michigan. The media pocket is a nice little bonus feature that helps keep your mp3 dry and you – groovingly happy. All and all, it’s a solid rain coat for everyday use and hiking excursions.

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Key Features:

  • Waterproof shell with breathable mesh lining
  • Brushed chin guard
  • Attached adjustable hood
  • Exposed center front zip with storm flap
  • Two secure-zip hand pockets
  • Hem cinch-cord -Elastic cuffs
  • Media pocket -Stowpocket

Review Breakdown:

  • Comfort: ……….9
  • Design: ………..8
  • Durability: ……8.5
  • Value: ………….8

Overall: 33.5 out of 40

 

Men’s: $99 Women’s: $99
Ultra Fastpack MID GTX

Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 1.27.19 PM gtx-reviewThe Ultra Fastpack MID GTX offers excellent support while allowing for more flexibility and strong grip as you hike some serious terrain. These shoes are lightweight, breathable, and waterproof. Perfect for long hikes, steep terrain, and wet ground. There are several technology features that make this boot of high caliber. The Gore-tex waterproof membrane help deliver the highest performance level of waterproof, windproof, and breathable weather protection. Having a mid-cut design with Cradle heel stability technology definitely helped keep our strides aligned. Plus the lightweight Pebax plate put a little extra spring in our step to keep us going on longer hikes. To keep this shoe light, The North Face uses a Gore-Tex Paclite shell that uses a specific membrane with proactive internal layer made of an oil-hating/carbon hybrid – eliminating the need for a separate lining, making this shoe lighter, smaller, and easier to pack away.

Key Features:

  • Mid-cut fastpacking boot with Gore-Tex waterproof protection
  • Upper: Water-resistant, minimal-weight upper material
  • TPU quarter weld for structure
  • Reflective webbing
  • Reinforced toe cap protection
  • Pebax shank and Snake Plate for lightweight protection with energy return
  • Injection-molded, dual-durometer EVA midsole
  • Vibram rubber outsole
  • TPU CRADLE heel-stability technology

Review Breakdown:

  • Comfort: ………………8.5
  • Design: …………………9
  • Durability: …………….9
  • Value: ………………….9

Overall: 35.5 out of 40

Men’s: $150         Women’s: $150      

 

Paramount Convertible Pants

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Key Features:

  • bluesign approved fabric
  • Durable, midweight, abrasion-resistant nylon
  • DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • Pant converts to shorts
  • Two Velcro secure cargo pockets
  • QuickDry
  • Ultraviolet Protection

Review Breakdown:

  • Comfort: ……………….8
  • Design: …………………9
  • Durability:……………. 9
  • Value: ………………….8.5

Overall: 34.5 out of 40

 

Men’s: $75 – $85 Women’s: $75 – $85

About The Author

Digital Editor

Media specialist, fitness junky, and adventure seeker. Geno has a variety of skills that make him a product testing Ninja when it comes to Busted Wallet. Not only is he a black belt in karate, but he kick's ass when it comes to reviewing and putting these products to their limits to make sure they are a great buy for our readers. His career as a Director, Producer, Camera Op, Editor, Animator, VFX artist, and Web Developer have enhanced his keen eye and thirst for quality. There's no better way to showcase his passion for the latest and greatest adventure and high quality tech products than through Busted Wallet.

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