Traditionally, if you wanted to wear clothing from The North Face you’d have to be planning a seriously adventurous outdoor yomp: climbing, mountaineering, walking Snowdon or skiing the Alps. We still recommend you use The North Face for all those things, but now you can grab a piece of TNF action while you’re busy training for your adventures in the Great Outdoors – even if you have to do most of that training inside.
Is it any good?
We were pretty excited about the launch of Mountain Athletics, which is TNF’s first foray into activewear designed for the more day-to-day aspects of training. It’s no secret this brand is one who knows a thing or two about engineering fabrics to perform in extreme circumstances, and we’re pleased to see they’ve applied this knowledge to their new technology, FlashDry-XD (catchy, we know). This four-way stretch fabric is lightweight and breathable, and the Mountain Athletics range has the added benefit of welded seams (no soldering required) so you can run, jump, and yomp to your heart’s content without worrying about friction burns from clumsy seams. We’ve all had them and we know they’re not pleasant, so we’re particularly happy that The North Face has solved this activewear pet hate of ours.
What does it look like?
Lots of slate grey (which we approve of – team member Lucy is especially fond of grey) with flashes of jade green, coral and deep-water blue. The cut of each garment is crisp, clean and somehow already athletic-looking, and it makes us want to get away from our desks and do some training. This, in our (totally biased) opinion, is 100% a good thing, so we’ll be adding some of this kit to our training wardrobe right away.
I Train For…
We’re choosing the Pulse Tights and Pseudio Gilet layered over a Dynamix T Shirt – perfect for our long marathon training run this weekend. What will you choose and what are you training for? Tell us over on Instagram @SportStylist using the hashtag #ITrainFor!