The North Face Sickline ReviewDecember 5, 2013
- Very breathable, durable fabric
- Lightweight and equipped for backcountry
- High collar, long hem, simple exterior means very weatherproof
- Recco reflector and other bells, whistles
- Brimmed, helmet compatible hood
- Pretty crinkly
The Sickline features Gore’s new Pro Shell, which is more breathable and durable. It might be overkill for most resort skiers, but unquestionably kept us dry from inside and out even in the wettest storm riding. It’s bombroof, lightweight, and well equipped for backcountry missions.
The outer shell is Gore-tex’s new three-layer pro shell, very waterproof and durable, though a bit loud. It’s as breathable as a hardshell can be, though perhaps a bit overkill for most users considering the expense. The seams are taped for total waterproofing, and most zippers are waterproof as well.
Sickline has a long hem and a high collar. The hood is insulated and big enough for a helmet, all if which mean plenty of coverage against the wind and blowing snow. It’s got an athletic cut, so try it on if you are of the huskier persuasion.
With a RECCO reflector, two internal mesh pockets that can stash a pair of climbing skins or other gear, and a low weight, the Sickline is ready for the backcountry, though will serve beautifully on piste as well. It’s got seven pockets in total to keep your gear organized, one of which sports a tethered goggle wipe. The hood fits over any helmet and cuffs can gape open to cover the puffiest mittens, or cinch down to fit under a gauntlet style glove.