User Review: The North Face Men's Venture Jacket
Price Paid: $70
I bought this HyVent hard shell because I wanted a second rain coat and I found this one on sale. It is very similar to my Marmot PreCip jacket.
I wore it yesterday on a motorcycle trip through the heavy rain of a tropical depression that just hit the Gulf Coast. On the basis of that trip, I am very happy with this jacket. The inside was comfortable to the touch and it kept me completely dry.
Contrary to other reviewer's reports, it seemed to vent well. The hood fit well; the zipper action is exceptionally smooth; the pit zips offer additional ventilation if needed; the velcro cuffs allows a custom fit; and it compresses into a small space. Compared with my PreCip jacket, the material seems a little thicker but the overall jacket weight is about the same.
I really like the extra length of the jacket and the extra long sleeves (I have a 36-inch sleeve). My one concern is the smaller girth in the abdominal area may limit the number of layers I can add this winter - but this should not be a problem for most people.