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We were super excited to get our hands on the Ventrix Hoodie featuring The North Face's brand new Slit Insulation Technology and put it to test in the mountains.

the north face ventrix
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Slit Insulation Technology is pretty cool. We look forward to seeing how TNF take it forward into other 'fast and light' pieces in the future.
A tad too warm for those of us who like to work up a sweat on the mountain but perfect for anyone who struggles with the cold.


The Ventrix Hoodie is designed to deliver the very best in breathable synthetic insulation. The idea is that it regulates body temperature via ventilation laser-cut holes that are 'body-mapped into high-perspiration areas' - ie under the arms and between the shoulder blades. Basically these holes remain closed when you're standing still but open when you start to move. By reducing the need for constant layer shuffling, this dynamic venting is designed to help you move faster and more efficiently in the mountains.


With 80g of Clomax MoveFree stretch insulation, the Ventrix will keep you warm on the coldest of ski touring days and the DWR finish will keep light precipitation at bay. It's also a perfect mid-layer for resort days when you work up a sweat on the down but can chill out pretty fast when riding the lifts. Pair it with a decent, roomy high performance shell jacket and you've got all bases covered.


Weighing in at around 440g in a Men's Medium, the Ventrix may not be the lightest insulation piece on the block and with no integrated stuff sack, it's not the most packable either. Basically this is a pretty warm jacket so if you tend to run on the hotter side of the temperature scale or you're on a super sunny spring ski tour then it's best kept in your pack to pop on when you reach the summit.


Best kept for cold winter days when you really need to maintain core body temperature, the Ventrix is a solid insulation piece that will appeal most to skiers and riders who struggle to stay warm on the mountain.



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