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Materials in The North FaceŽ Outerwear

Hyvent™ Technologies

With HyVent™ technology, The North Face can now deliver the best waterproof/breathable technology for consumers who don't want to pay a premium cost.

We incorporated this technology by utilizing a polyurethane (PU) coating that consists of a tri-component multi-layer formula for waterproof protection, moisture permeability, and durability. This technology was lab tested in The North Face quality assurance lab to ensure the best possible durability and function. The average breathability achieved using HyVent™ is 650g/m2/24 hours on the Moisture Vapor Transfer Rate (MVTR) scale*. To test the level of waterproofness we subjected HyVent™ garments to 20 wash cycles* where on average they retained over 60 PSI on the waterproofing Mullens Test*.

It's important to note we do not rely solely on these figures: the final stamp of approval comes from the field, the only place to get an honest evaluation of what lab-tested technology can really do. "This technology keeps me out in the storms catching the best snow long after most people have gone inside," says skier and mountaineer, Rick Armstrong. "It's just as good-if not better-than anything else on the market." HyVent™ garments have been heavily field tested for over three years with outstanding proof of long-term performance. The North Face guarantees you cannot find a more waterproof/breathable technology anywhere for this price.

* MVTR testing per ASTM E96B Upright Cup Water Method.

* Wash Cycle-Machine wash warm (105°F) + detergent. Tumble dry low (145°F) for 40 minutes.

* Mullens testing per ASTM D751. U.S. Federal Standard 191A-55 requires a minimum of 25psi.

* These averages are based on the results of all Fall 2002 HyVent™ fabrics. Individual results will vary depending on the weight and construction of each face fabric.

Flight Series™

Answering the rising demand for fast and light gear, our RD&D team set out to make the most adaptable, packable and lightweight gear for our new Flight Series™. Developed for multisport athletes, the Flight Series™ features ultralight, multi-purpose apparel, equipment and footwear. This athlete-tested performance collection is designed for done-in-a-day and weekend adventures when fast and light packing is paramount.

TKA 100 Weight Fleece
A lightweight high-performance microfiber fleece with a luxurious finish. TKA microfleece provides lightweight warmth next to the skin, or in a layering system. This 100% polyester fabric is engineered to be both durable and resistant to pilling. It offers warmth when wet, launders well and packs easily.

TKA 200 Weight Fleece
A mid-weight high-performance fleece that is ideally suited to function as a mid-layer. This 100% polyester pill-resistant fabric is warm and breathable, and has a great warmth-to-weight ratio. It can be worn as a layering piece or by itself as a warm, casual outer layer, a great alternative to a cotton sweatshirt.

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