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The North Face Heli Vest

rated 5.0 of 5 stars

The Heli Vest has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best vests for 2024.

Version reviewed: Version 1/1996

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.

Fabric: Rip-Stop Supplex Nylon w/Gore-Tex laminate
Price Paid: B'Day Present, Never Used It.

This jacket is the most versatile jacket i have ever been through and highly recommend this jacket to anyone on adventures to miscellaneous uses. Not only is this jacket the most versatile and warm it is very rare to find and is also the most expensive jacket on the north face line and was unfortunately discontinued along with the north face heli vest which is also an asset to my north face collection and is hot looking with or without the jacket.

the vest comes in different colors as well so from what i heard and seen in yellow, aztec blue, red, and black which i have and same for the jacket the one i own is red and black reinforced with karatek instead of kevlar as a final conclusion to all north faces fans goodluck in finding this one.

Fabric: Gore-Tex
Price Paid: $345, paid $200

This was a weird piece I picked up at The North Face Outlet in San Francisco about five years ago. It's a lot like a fishing vest, but it's made out of nylon and Gore-Tex, and has an integrated climbing harness and hydration bladder. The name suggests its propsed role: a vest/climbing harness to be used for heli skiing and mountaineering. It's packed with other features like an internal CB radio holder, about a couple dozen pockets, and straps for attaching your skis and poles to your back. This is easily the most over-engineered item that I have ever seen from The North Face. But, I love the thing.

Fabric: Gore-Tex
Price Paid: $250 Full Retail

This vest is "the best product that T.N.F. has ever made" beside the R.T.G. Vest and the S.A.R. Jacket. I've been searching all over the world for this vest and I can't seem to find one. If anyone has one and wouldn't mind parting with it please contact me at

Fabric: Gore-Tex

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