Interesting Jacket – Unusual Source
I’ve been sick for most of the week and have spent my time stuck indoors as any good gear-head, researching new gear and clothing. The most interesting thing I’ve found so far I felt deserved a post. It came from the most unlikely place, The North Face. It’s not the place I usually look for ultralight gear and frankly I don’t usually look for gear at all since their pricing is usually not worth it. But I’m sick and bored so I was poking around places I wouldn’t normally and I’m pretty glad I did because I found The North Face Verto Jacket. It is a wind jacket made from 7 Denier Pertex Quantum— 100% nylon micro-ripstop nylon much like the outer shell of Mont Bell’s Ex Light Down Jacket and the Men’s Jacket is reported at 3.2 oz and the Women’s is at 2.4oz. These are weights that are pretty impressive for a major company especially North Face, which is not really known for breaking edge gear.
I was skeptical of the durability of the fabric as a shell under pack straps especially since Mont Bell warns buyers of their Ex Light Jacket about sharp objects, high abrasion situations, or the occasional campfire spark being able to rip the 7 Denier fabric used in that jacket. The issue here is, I’m not really sure what Mont Bell thinks is a high abrasion situation and since I could not find any backpacking reviews on the TNF Verto Jacket I did the next best thing. I checked all the backpacking reviews I could find on the Mont Bell Ex Light Jacket. Since the fabric is close, I suppose it’s the best that can be done, for now. anyway as I understand it, 7 Denier fabric is indeed sturdy enough to withstand the type of rubbing from backpack shoulder straps that is common for ultra-lighters. I’m not sure if I’d test it with a 50lb pack especially since I haven’t laid hands on the jacket, but I feel confident it should hold up to 30lbs or less. Of course if I ever wear a 50lb pack I’d just jump off a cliff, so the sturdiness of the jacket wouldn’t matter anyway. I’d love to hear what other ultra-lighters think about this piece and I can’t wait to get my hands on it at some point.