The North Face Summit Series is, in broad terms, intended to be the ‘best of the best’ of technical mountain clothing and equipment. It is, if you like, the Navy Seals of outdoor kit – honed, focussed and ready to take on anything at a moment’s notice. It’s also the US mega-brand’s way of showing the world that even if its logo is commonplace on the high street, it’s still capable of making cutting edge gear.
The series relaunched last year as honed, minimalist capsule collection of just seven pieces which had numbers not names, L1 through to L7 no less and it was, in our experience of using the L5 hardshell jacket, quite exceptional in terms of fit and performance. It also had possibly the best hood we’ve ever used .
For winter 2016 – it’s in selected shops from 14 October – it’s back, updated and with a few key changes. The first of these is a women’s collection of clothing that shadows the men’s, but in a different colour. Next, following on from last year’s distinctive mono-chrome whites, the men’s version is a less in your face green, who the women’s comes in teal. There’s also new Summit Series legwear. And finally, there’s now a Summit Series pack.
And guess what, it all looks rather good. Changes aren’t just skin deep though, the fit, which was rather ‘uncompromising’ has also been tweaked for a slightly more forgiving fit, though it’s still apparently