Lightweight, breathable mid-layers may seem like a dime a dozen in the outdoor apparel world, but that doesn’t stop us from getting excited whenever one of our favorite brands releases a new one; there are constant innovations in ventilation and insulation tech, and it seems like somebody is always coming out with something lighter, warmer and more breathable. North Face’s contribution for this coming winter is the North Face Ventrix.

The Ventrix Hoodie uses North Face’s new Ventrix vent technology, which is designed to take on rapid elevation changes – up and down – while perfectly balancing both warmth and breath ability. The fabric is very similar, in our opinion, to the Arc’teryx Atom LT – light, airy, highly breathable. The cut is, of course, classic North Face, slim cut and athletic. Laser-cut perforations under the arms provide excellent venting for high output activities, and thicker, heavier-denier fabric on the forearms adds some extra durability. It’s got all the other jacket features you could expect – a Pre-tensioned hood ,  VISLON® center front zip,  chest and hand pockets, elastic-bound cuffs and a hem cinch-cord. Lastly, it’s coated in a DWR layer to protect against the elements.

Overall, the North Face Ventrix is another solid option in a seemingly overcrowded mid-layer niche. Additionally, it’s available for a very solid price. North Face boasts that the new Ventrix fabric is the “next evolution of synthetic-insulation technology.” We’ll keep tabs on whether that rings true, but we’re excited to give this jacket a try this fall.


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