User Review: The North Face Men's Venture Jacket
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 66 pounds
Nice looking, keeps the rain out. Average breathability, and average comfort. The big selling point of this jacket is its very low weight and small pack size which makes it ideal for throwing in your pack just in case the weather turns.
- Very lightweight
- Good looks
- Pit zips
- Decent hood
- Rides up while hiking leaving back exposed
- Material feel is average (very crinkly, feels almost like GoreTex paclite)
Fit and Comfort: Overall it fits well and feels fairly comfortable, but the bottom of the jacket is poorly designed and constantly rides up while hiking leaving back exposed and requiring readjustment. This tends to be a nuisance and is one major drawback for this jacket. Breathability and design is otherwise quite good and I would not hesitate to wear it more often, but because of the riding up issue I prefer to save it in my pack just in case I need it. However the small pack size and low weight make this more than reasonable and a major redeeming factor for this product.
Adjustability: Decent adjustability on hood, standard velcro on cuffs
Water Resistance: Good water resistance, nothing to complain about
Breathability: The material itself is probably no more breathable than any competitor in its price range, but the pit zips are excellent.
Moisture: Doesn't appear to be any more moisture wicking than any other rain coat in that range (which is to say quite poor!), but the pit zips as mentioned above go along way to curtail these effects.
Warmth: Not warm, just a thin outer shell. However, if all zipped up with chords cinched you can build up quite a bit of heat and moisture to keep you warm.
Layering: Excellent for layering, loose fit can go over anything including multiple insulation layers as well as other softshell jackets you may be wearing when the weather turns.
Abrasion: Appears to be decent, but it has not yet been rigorously tried
Function: Functions as a standard rain shell, pit zips are a nice touch for the price range. It is perfect for packing away and using when needed. If I had to wear this for extended periods of time, I would have done more research and found something a better design/cut to prevent riding up.
Construction and Durability: Appears to be well made, only been used for 4 months, so far so good (spends most of its time in the backpack just in case). So far the print of the inner fabric hasn't worn.
Conditions: Hiking and traveling throughout rainy UK