It’s fair to say The North Face have been consistently pushing garment technologies for the past few years, from the synthetic ThermoBall insulation, to their FuseForm technology where different blends of fabric thickness were seamlessly fused together to create transitions from tough to minimal zones on a garment.
News just in from the brand is that they’ve released another new flagship technology called FutureLight which sees next level breathability within the membranes of their fabrics whilst also keeping them fully waterproof.
This has been made possible by using a process called ‘Nanospinning’ which creates a huge amount of nano sized holes within their membranes, supposedly increasing breathability tenfold, to allow an extremely thin membrane to be produced.
This slender membrane can then be attached to a whole host of their various outer fabrics giving their designers the ability to adjust the weight, stretch, breathability, durability and texture to exactly match the needs of their consumers and athletes.
To put it simply, imagine your dream breathable and lightweight softshell jacket that is able to claim full hardshell waterproofing without the much loathed tough outer fabric that is usually coupled with a high level of waterproofing.
In essence, this new tech has given The North Face the chance to make an extremely comfortable garment that can retain full waterproofing.
What’s also interesting about this new development is that it’s not just limited to clothing usage, with the U.S. brand hinting that they’ll be using it in tents, packs, gloves, you name it…