The North Face Hydrogen ReviewMarch 10, 2012
- Wicked light—lightest in the review.
- Simple yet functional design.
- Good breathability.
- No storm guard.
- Very simple design (yes, this is on the good list, too) with no bells or whistles.
- Stuff pocket has no carrier or attachment system.
For such a light, minimal piece, this coat offers good protection, with just the features you need.
Even in February, in snow flurries, this sub-three ounce jacket performed. The snow easily brushed off the DWR coating and the wind resistant fabric kept me from feeling pummeled by the elements, with generous under arm mesh venting, plus some on the back, at the ready in case I started to sweat. The zip has a zipper garage for chin comfort, but no storm guard—I didn’t notice air movement, but this is certain to add to the breathability and airflow.
Movement was unrestricted in this slim-fit, hip length jacket, thanks to articulated shoulders and stretch in the underarm mesh panels. Sleeves and the waistband were finished with a stretchy smooth moving binding. The fabric moved smoothly as well, although it was louder than some in this review. There is also a slim, zippered Napoleon pocket to hold necessities, even the stuffed jacket if desired.
While the fabric excelled at fending off light snow, I did have some arm dampness after the one-minute arm-in-the-shower test.