Saturday, 13 August 2011

Review: North Face Resolve Jacket

This review item has been supplied by Go Outdoors.

Whether you are out on the hills or walking about a city, one essential piece of equipment during the Great British Summer is a waterproof jacket.

The North Face Resolve is a typical lightweight Summer waterproof, breathable and seem-sealed jacket.

It is made from The North Face's own ripstop nylon HyVent, which according to the swing tag is highly waterproof, has exceptional breathability, and exceptional durability.

The inner of the jacket has a mesh lining throughout the body; and nylon lining in the arms.

It has is a roll-away type hood and a fleece lined inner collar.

There are also two large hip pockets but no map pocket.

A double storm flap over the full length zip. 

The Jacket weighs just under 500g for a XL.

Very small toggle on hood cinch cord

I haven't have a great chance to wear this as typically since receiving it, the weather hasn't been to bad here in London.

With what little rain I have used the jacket in, it has coped pretty well with and kept me dry.

Some small niggles I do have was it are that the hood is quite large and even cinching it in, the wind can get into and cause it to bellow up.

The cinch toggles on the hood are very small and difficult to find and grip to pull in, especailly when you compare it to the hem draw toggle.

 Hem Draw Toggle

The two hip pocket are more than large enough to easily carry things like mobile phone and a snack bar and still have room for your hands to fit in.

The lack of a map pocket doesn't bother me as I never use them, I prefer to carry my map in hand or in my backpack.

I will continue to test the jacket over the coming months and report back.

Go Outdoors have a full range of Waterproofs from the budget end right through to high end products like Paramo.


  1. Anonymous10:14 am

    Are you finding the main zip a tricky to start?

    I've one of these, and because the zip's slider is attached to the right hand side of the jacket - the opposite side to most male clothing - I find starting the zip a little awkward.

    1. Anonymous9:40 am

      This is the only reason I returned my jacket a few years back, although I loved everything else about it. Light-weight, elasticated cuffs (most prefer adjustable velcro but I don't) and stylish looking to boot. However I purchased another black one only a few weeks later as I really liked them.

      Apparently the zip design isn't a female thing. It's because it's an American design but either way I'm used to it now and my trusted resolve is worn in the severe wind and rain in the Welsh mountains. It did once get blown away on a summit, looking more like a black bin bag spiraling skyward. Luckily the wind was gusty and let up allowing me to run a good 100 metres to retrieve it. I'd be lost on my walks without it.

  2. I've had problems with the zip on mine too. But a little brute force seems to sort it out. I also clip together the button button to stop the zip from splitting. It's a shame when the rest of the jacket is so good.

  3. To be honest I haven't found it a major problem. I have a couple of fleeces with have the zip the same way, so I guess I'm use to it.