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The North Face Vector Thermal

"Vector Thermal" equals "Summit Series The North Face". This means that, just like all other top end The North Face garments, the jacket has been designed to withstand the most demanding climatic conditions on remote expeditions and on steep rock faces worldwide.

Designed to withstand the elements therefore, but without overlooking other aspects such as comfort, versatility and, why not, everyday use. A truly difficult task, but the Vector Thermal lives up to these expectations, distinguishing itself as one of the most interesting new jackets currently on offer. It can be used directly as a shell or, in adverse conditions, in combination with a Goretex outer.

Thanks to its design the "Vector Thermal" immediately catches the eye and, importantly, hugs close to the body. The versatile and innovative Polartec Powershield fabric plays a large part in ensuring this close fit, as well as rendering the jacket wind resistant to prevent windchill, water repellent, breathable and highly resistant to abrasion over time.

The jacket’s comfort is accentuated by its arms and back panel, specifically cut to enhance maximum freedom of movement. This can be best seen with raised arms, for the lumbar region remains completely covered – extremely important when used in conjunction with a harness.

Out in the field the Vector Thermal Summit Series revealed itself to be an excellent partner not only when climbing, but also during off-piste ski descents and ski-mountaineering trips. A true multi-use jacket therefore, simple and well-designed, like all The North Face products.

Our verdict
Functional jacket suitable for a wide variety of uses. Excellent for climbing, off-piste skiing and ski mountaineering. Also well-suited for every day use.

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  The North Face Vector Thermal
  A detail of the fleece-lined collar. Click to enlarge.
- Simple, functional and lightweight  
- Elastic cuffs
- Cinchcord at hem can be adjusted with just one hand
- Fleece-lined collar
- No internal pocket
- Fabric: Polartec Powershield
- Weight: 652g
- Sizes: S - XL
- Available also in women's version.
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