It’s not often that I’ll review products on my website, unless I am truly on the lookout for that kind of item. In this case, I am currently on the hunt for versatile gear that can handle all sorts of weather conditions. The details need to remain under wraps for the moment, but I am planning to go on a trip later this year where I’ll need to have some seriously weather-savvy clothes on hand.
So, when Millets kindly offered me the chance to investigate what kind of gear I should be looking out for, I jumped at the chance to try out The North Face Women’s Evolve II Triclimate 3 in 1 Jacket.
Why? Firstly, for a technical jacket of this nature, it’s pretty. Secondly, it seemed to include all of the features I was looking for.
Thinking rightly that the Australian summer wouldn’t be a good testing ground, I waited until some UK explorations were on the cards. After all, I feel like I’ve experienced every season (and wind and hail and snow and rain and and and) in a single day here in London, so I wanted to be in weather conditions that would challenge the jacket.
So, over a recent weekend spent in Lincoln (a beautiful city), it was time to put The North Face Women’s Evolve II Triclimate 3 in 1 Jacket to the test.
The most important thing you need to know about this jacket is its ‘3-in-1’ feature.
Designed to withstand conditions that include rain, cold and wind, there are a number of layers that enable the jacket to do so. The first two layers are in the outer jacket, which is made out of waterproof HyVent. Unlike most waterproof jackets that I’ve come across, this layer remained breathable at all times.
The inner layer is a micro-fleece liner, which is useful in very cold climates. Even though the sun was out in Lincoln, it was very cold and breezy, so I used all of the layers to fend off the patches of cold temperatures.
But, the best thing about the jacket is that the micro-fleece layer can be removed; if you just want to fight off the rain, remove the fleece layer (I’ll get into this in a second) and off you go. Likewise, if it’s just chilly with no sign of rain, then the fleece layer can be worn on its own. If you’re travelling somewhere with changeable weather, this ability to disassemble the jacket into separate components comes in very handy.
For added protection against anything the weather gods stir up, there’s a hood as well as a high, fleece-lined collar to protect your face from driving rain or wind. The central closing consists of both a zip, as well as velcro, so there’s no way that the clothes underneath your jacket can get soaked.
My sister has been wearing The North Face products for years, and I’ve always loved how these could be used for sporty as well as casual outings. I would never, for example, consider it ok to venture out in most of my running gear, yet this jacket – even though it can be used for active pursuits like hiking and trail walking – is still completely stylish enough to wear while out sightseeing.
Even though we were out all day, from early morning until late at night, I barely noticed the temperature changes. The jacket features excellent temperature control, so I never felt like I was overheating… nor that I was about to freeze to death. It did a better job than my full winter coat – and was far less heavier too; the micro-fleece only weighs 100 grammes!
I could tell you how great it all is, and how the jacket has these two different layers, but I’m far too practical for that, so I wanted to show you how these two layers connect. This is the part where I felt really impressed with the quality, where every component fitted perfectly and was, most importantly, easy to use.
I was a bit unsure whether wearing what are essentially two different jackets would be uncomfortable, with the fleece riding up the sleeves or where the two elements didn’t fit well together. Happily, this wariness was unfounded, as the two layers are connected by the zips (see above), as well as three clips – one at the collar and one on each sleeve. The pockets on both layers are 100% aligned as well, so I forgot that I was wearing two layers most of the time anyway.
If I were to find a fault with this jacket, then my only alteration would be to make the jacket slightly longer so that more of my legs would be protected against rain and the cold, but that’s just a personal preference. I’m also not a huge fan of velcro, as I inevitably end up snagging most of my t-shirts/jumpers on this, but since weather protection is the number-one priority of this jacket, then it’s definitely needed.
To recap then, here are the features I love most about The North Face Women’s Evolve II Triclimate 3 in 1 Jacket:
- The two main layers, which can be worn together seamlessly, or worn separately depending on the weather conditions.
- It’s an extra-light jacket, which is useful when on active pursuits and when wearing other gear like backpacks.
- The temperature control: the breathable material makes sure that you’re never extremely hot or extremely cold.
- The quality: everything serves a purpose on the jacket, and all components fit together flawlessly.
- It ensures that you’re prepared for everything from rain to wind to extreme cold.
If you’re on the hunt for a dependable, versatile outdoor jacket, then I could happily recommend this one. It surpassed my expectations, and I feel like I’ve made a start in finding the ideal wardrobe for my mysterious active trip later this year.
If navy blue isn’t your colour, by the way, or if this particular jacket isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of other The North Face jackets (this version also comes in black as well as a much more colourful pink) to consider too.
Do you have a favourite jacket for outdoor pursuits? Or have you tried any other The North Face products before? Let me know in the comments below!
Note: I was contacted by Millets to write a review. All opinions are my own, however, and I would only ever recommend a product that I would be happy to personally buy and use.