Why we chose it: Innovative design, good eco efforts
This brand new jacket from the North Face comes with one of their newly developed technologies, one that’s designed to bring insulation along with efficient temperature regulation. In other words, it’s made to keep you warm but without making you sweat, in particular during high tempo activities. What’s more, it could be up there as one of the most sustainable products within the brand’s repertoire.
Who Is The North Face Thermoball 50/50 for?
While this would, to an extent, suit climbers, mountaineers and ski tourers, it’s hikers that this is specifically made for. The insulation design and fabrics, which we’ll get to in a bit, are all designed to retain heat but to also keep air circulating while letting moisture vapour out too. So with those qualities in mind, the Thermoball 50/50 is going to really suit those who want a jacket that they can hike with on those chillier days and evenings without having to take it on and off when the ascent and temperature varies.
This jacket comes with The North Face’s ‘Exploration Without Compromise’ badge. This, the brand says, guarantees at least 75% recycled, regenerative and/or responsibly-sourced renewable materials by weight. Also, If the product has a durable water repellent (DWR) finish, it must be free from non-per-fluorinated chemicals.
100% recycled nylon is used across the arms while the nylon used across the body is 89% recycled. Then there’s the Thermoball insulation which is made from 100% recycled polyester derived from post consumer content – stuff like plastic bottles and packaging.