The Fuse Brigandine Jacket is part of the new North Face Steep Series, a new line of technical winter jackets designed for serious alpine treks, as well as snowsports of all kinds. The different layers – a wool baselayer and the Unlimited Jacket midlayer – all integrate together into one kit designed for anything high elevation weather can throw at it.
The Outer Shell of the Fuse Brigandine features a FuseForm construction, which creates two different loft positions, adding durability to the different sections and joints of the jacket. It does this by blending thicker threads with lower-density ones in areas that take more stress, which cuts down on overall weight and blends the transition between the thinner zones and the thicker ones. It’s made of 75D 220 g/m² Gore-Tex® 3L, with a 100% polyster jacquard. It’s 100% waterproof yet breathable, and water beads up and rolls right off.
But waterproof fabric and a durable build isn’t all this jacket has to offer. North Face has, as we would expect, put some precision planning and detailed into the construction of this jacket. The zippers are all waterproof, with AquaGuard, both on the pockets and front zip, as well as on the collar pockets, which are good for stashing a radio mic, or for use as vents. There are pit zips for keeping cool, and pack-friendly hand pockets with beacon clips and bonded bellows. A wrist pocket is designed to stash goggle wipes.
Continuing in this vein of over-engineering, the jacket includes a dedicated, helmet-compatible hybrid drop hood, with a riveted cord-lock system. The cuff tabs are adjustable, there are thumb loops, an internal pocket designed for goggles and an internal stash pocket. And the jacket is designed to fully integrate with the Steep Series pants, with a four-way stretch powder skirt that keeps snow out.
The Fuse Brigandine Jacket is designed and optimized for skiers and snowboarders who take their sport seriously. So if that sounds like you, it may be just the outer shell you need. Keep an eye out for the rest of the Steep Series Mission Kit, too. Hard to beat any of the North Face products.