User Review: The North Face Heli Vest (Version 1/1996)
Fabric: Rip-Stop Supplex Nylon w/Gore-Tex laminate
Price Paid: B'Day Present, Never Used It.
North Face Heli Vest, Mens Large, Black. Designed to zip onto the Heli or RTG jackets. Very limited production item. Received this as a present when I thought I would be learning to snowboard. Never used it, just been hanging in the closet this whole time.
Construction details: Supplex Ripstop with Gore Tex laminate. Internal adjustable harness to maximize fit of vest when zipped onto the Heli or RTG jackets. Can be used separately from jacket over a fleece insulating layer. Collar is soft cloth material.
Vest front external: daisy chain across top of chest, right has additional webbing to affix straps, left has pen slot, both sides have flat external pockets with velcro flaps, hand warmer pockets, and adjacent to the zipper on both left and right are external napolean pockets accessible by both top and bottom zips with velcro secured overflaps.
Vest front internal: left zippered pocket and right mesh pocket.
Vest back: large rear pocket (about 11 x 9)with small external slash pocket, four small tubular like pockets (for dynamite/cyalume sticks), flat insulated pocket for a small hydration system with exit slot, two compression straps (one top/one bottom) for storing long objects temporarily.
Weight: pretty hefty at almost 4 lbs.
Embroidered North Face on the left front, Heli on the back bottom.
Never used this, it looked cool. It seemed to have many capabilities. Designed to be used for Heli-skiing. Finally sold it because I would never use it.