The North Face Stretch Diad Jacket
What an amazing ultra lightweight shell. I bought…
Fabric: Hyvent DT
Price Paid: $175
What an amazing ultra lightweight shell. I bought the first generation in 2006. At 8oz it is freakishly light. It folds up tiny. I usually can put it in a lens pocket in a camera backpack.
That makes it really easy to carry and had kept me dry when I encountered a couple of unexpected showers.
The cut is short so an untucked shirt often hangs out. Cut is athletic so you can put a few layers but a puffy down jacket would be a squeeze.
Mine only had a single chest pocket.
I spent several rainy afternoon hikes in it. It always kept me dry.
A perfect ultra light shell!
Note, that it is a perfect ultra light jacket but not a perfect jacket. With no hand pockets it is not best for extended rainy trips or winter. The hood could be better. The short cut is great for emergencies or a climber but as an every day rain jacket you might want something roomier.
Finally after some reasonable use and detailed care, but waterproof coating has started to delaminate. The jacket itself has held up great but the wp/b coating is peeling in the hood.
I am going to send to TNF as they have a good warranty. I like this jacket a lot and I think it works well as the lightweight one in a two jacket closet.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Designed for mountaineering and other sports in which weight and space are crucial, this waterproof, breathable hard shell jacket features HyVent DT 2.5 L fabric with added mechanical stretch for optimal flexibility and mobility when it counts. Mini core vents increase ventilation, and an adjustable hood with a laminated brim keeps rain out of your face and eyes during torrential downpours.Features: Performance fit Waterproof, breathable, seam sealed Fully adjustable hood with a laminated brim Reflective logos Reverse-coil zippers Napoleon chest pocket Mini core vents Hand pockets Non-abrasive, molded cuff tabs Hideaway hem cinch cord Style Number: ABWP Specifications:Sizes: S-XXL Avg Weight: 303 g (10.7 oz) Length from Center: Back 29'' Fabric: 30D 88 g/m2 (2.6 oz/yd2) 100% nylon ripstop HyVent DT 2.5L with mechanical stretch Technology:HyVent Fabrics HyVent is a superior waterproof, breathable technology that utilizes a polyurethane (PU) coating for waterproof protection, moisture permeability, and durability.
- Mountain Hideaway refers to the men's version
From rain forest epics to backcountry exploits, the waterproof Stretch Diad Jacket from The North Face delivers ultra-light rain protection to fast and light adventurers. Sewn seams are replaced with sealed seams for waterproofness, reduced weight and bulk, and increased comfort.
- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version
You'd like a rain jacket that'll keep out the elements without making you feel like you just pulled on a stiff tarp. The HyVent DT fabric in the The North Face Men's Stretch Diad Jacket has mechanical stretch inserts so you can move comfortably on backpacking treks. Since this jacket is part of The North Face's exclusive European Style collection, you'll be bringing a fresh, sleek look to the trail.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
The Stretch Diad Jacket by The North Face is a jacket that makes up their Summit Series jackets and is designed to get you up and to the summit with total protection and safety. The Stretch Diad is a fully waterproof, seam sealed outer jacket that offers stretch and easy movement while you hike and scramble to the top. The HyVent DT is an applied polyurethane coating combined with a DT print matrix which acts as a dry touch, half layer coating. The HyVent eliminates the need for a liner which in turn keeps you from getting clammy and wet. The Stretch Diad is a basic waterproof shell that has a fully adjustable hood with a laminated brim and mini core vents so you can breathe without letting water in.
- RockCreek refers to the men's version