First Look: The North Face Advanced Mountain Kit

In 2017, The North Face (TNF) reviewed its group and previous expeditions and got here to 2 conclusions. First, it seen that at this time’s elite alpinists had been making ready their expeditions whereas nonetheless at house. For instance, having a hypoxic tent setup in an athlete’s lounge changed weeks spent at basecamp the place the motto was ‘climb high and sleep low.’ The second conclusion: It was time to replace the corporate’s 15-year-old design for high-altitude expedition fits.

Due to ascents within the Himalaya being carried out quick and light-weight as an alternative of siege type, TNF got down to rebuild the highest of its soft-goods line with an emphasis on breathability, mild weight and compressibility. During this January’s Outdoor Retailer occasion in Denver, skilled alpinist Andres Marin defined what makes his sponsor’s newest gear distinctive and the way it helped him solo Great Trango Tower in Pakistan.

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TNF got down to create a layering system that may keep heat and dry whereas the athlete contained in the layers was placing out most vitality. The firm created 21 new merchandise and 5 new applied sciences for its Advanced Mountain Kit, objects which helped Marin full his solo of the 20,460-foot peak, in merely 11 hours and 38 minutes. During the expedition he summitted three peaks over 6,000 meters in 10 days.

Marin stated in a press launch: “This kit is revolutionizing how professional climbers attempt big objectives and move at high altitude. Through the use of premium material, new technology, and revolutionary construction, this incredibly lightweight system is the most functional gear I’ve ever used, from base camp to summit.”

Consistent all through the package is TNF’s new FUTURELIGHT breathable, ultra-thin nano-membrane, which it calls their “most advanced, breathable-waterproof technology.”

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TNF AMK 3Courtesy The North Face – Mathis Dumas

The package consists of boots, gaitors and down booties, the ASSAULT tent, superlight bag, 38L and 55L packs and camp duffle. Also included are down mitts, insulated gloves and climbing gloves (pictured above). New attire consists of the Summit parka and pant, pullover hoody and pant (pictured above), and summit crew and pant.

Other applied sciences embrace Dot fleece with its hydrophobic yarns. “It was amazing how it performed. I didn’t have to worry about how fast I could move. You don’t get wet from the inside out,” Marin stated. Additional objects embrace Future Fleece utilizing octa-yarn expertise, 50/50 Down for breathable insulation and Cloud Down, made with a “discontinuous offset baffle construction for increased thermal protection in a lighter package.”

“By being pure and true to functionality, we created a better system,” Marin stated.

The Advanced Mountain Kit is out there May four, 2020 by way of TNF and specialty sellers.

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