There’s almost an exciting feeling when the warm season gear gets traded out for the cold season equipment, of course some pieces of equipment are able to be used for more than one season. For me, one item that comes to mind is my North Face Anden Triclimate® Jacket.
Winter’s finally here in the northern hemisphere and the paddles have been put away and the ski’s and snowshoes are coming out as the snow is beginning to accumulate and people are looking for ways to continue to enjoy the natural landscape.
It’s incredible how technology is improving the gear we use and wear these days. North Face Anden Triclimate® Jacket is no exception, weighing in at only 700g, this incredibly comfortable classic three-in-one jacket pairs a waterproof, breathable “HyVent®” shell with a removable, zip-out lightweight fleece liner jacket.
If you haven’t heard of HyVent® before, the North Face describes it as a waterproof, breathable technology utilizing a polyurethane coating that consists of a tri-component, multi-layer formula for waterproof protection, moisture permeability and durability. HyVent® technology has been lab and field-tested to ensure the best possible durability and function while also maintaining an optimum level of breathability.
The outer is a relaxed fitting shell jacket which is a waterproof, breathable, seam sealed, two-layer shell with an attached, fully-adjustable hood. Truthfully, if I had any complaints it would be about the hood, which I find sometimes a bit too large, but I never adjust it and merely use it when the snow is coming down hard or if the snow turns to rain.
The jacket itself has a center zip with stormflap and snap closure as well as covered, secure-zip hand pockets which are a decent size and easily fit in gloves or spare bits of gear like a camera lens. The sleeves have Velcro® adjustable cuff tabs that help to get a nice fit and seal around the wrists.
As for warmth, the jacket is one of The North Face’s Triclimate® Jackets, the removable 100-weight fleece inner jacket provides ample insulation to keep me warm while out in the snow being active. If I’m sitting around outside, I may just add another layer underneath.
As I’ve mentioned, this jacket weighs only 700g, so it’s very lightweight and surprisingly warm. As a three season jacket which offers protection in rain and snow it’s a piece of gear that I’ll be wearing from now until the warm days of summer. I think it’s ideal for hiking, snowshoeing, paddling on cooler days, climbing or skiing. If you’re looking for a three season jacket, I highly recommend you check it out.