Who has never dreamed of adventure, wide open spaces and expeditions? Or quite simply, fresh air in the alpine peaks. With skis on your feet or mountaineering ropes in hand, good equipment is essential. The North Face has made a name for itself over the years in this adventure world. We had the opportunity to test with the new FUTURELIGHT technology from The North Face and their Summit Series collection in real conditions. A test that revealed several surprises.
<< First test, the AMK L5 FUTURELIGHT set >>
This set represents the outer layer of a complete set. This outer layer is there to provide a barrier against snow, ice and howling winds. In order to keep the body in balance, it must also allow moisture to escape, to keep you dry and warm. Tested in high mountain conditions on the Plaine Morte Glacier in Crans-Montana, the AMK set surprises with its weight/efficiency ratio. Less weight for guaranteed warmth, very appreciable during the day outdoors.
Equipped with FUTURELIGHT™ technology with sealed seams, this set is just as suitable for a good ski and snowboard session as for a day of climbing with friends. An appreciable versatility when you know that these clothes are designed to last and to live.
<< Second test, the AMK L6 CLOUD DOWN 1000 fill set >>
Tested and approved by The North Face athletes seeking lighter alpine adventure at a faster pace, this set represents The North Face’s best compromise. The L6 parka jacket provides unparalleled warmth without bulk or weight. It must be recognized that upon receipt of the package, the weight suggested that the box was empty. Once worn, the jacket surprises with its lightness while fully protecting against the cold.
Its Cloud Down yarn assembly technology, a discontinuous structure of staggered asymmetrical inner and outer boxes allows the down to have enough room to swell while keeping the liner close to the body for better thermal performance. Additionally, the L6 layer features a metallic fabric finish on the liner for improved thermal performance with minimal weight. His favorite use? Mountain adventure, mountaineering and extreme cold.
Big wall, skiing, mountaineering or high mountain expedition, the Summit Series™ collection is designed to face long days in extreme conditions where every gram and every detail counts. Offering a set in several layers, each more technological than the other, this collection is ideal for all outings in the great outdoors, where conditions can change quickly.
Billed as the world’s most advanced technology in waterproof and breathable outerwear, we must admit that the FUTURELIGHT technology did not disappoint us. Tested in high mountain conditions on the Plaine Morte Glacier in Crans-Montana, the FUTURELIGHT suit perfectly combines minimal weight and optimal protection against the cold. For the very first time, The North Face has added the property of air permeability to the waterproof membrane. Unlike traditional membranes, the nanostructure of the FUTURELIGHT™ membrane allows air to circulate in order to provide better ventilation and increased breathability without altering waterproofness or resistance.
The nanostructure of the membrane of the FUTURELIGHT jackets allows air to pass through to be more breathable without sacrificing waterproofness and solidity. Spectra® threads are used on the elbows for added strength and all seams are fully taped to seal out wind, rain and snow. The ideal companion for an outing in the great outdoors.
The ideal playground
The equipment has been tested in real conditions in Crans Montana. At 3,000 meters above sea level, the Plaine Morte Glacier was the ideal playground for testing The North Face technologies.
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