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From your local high street to the most inhospitable mountaintops of the greater ranges, you’d be hard-pushed not to notice someone wearing the distinctive, half-dome logo of The North Face. Named after the harshest face of a mountain, the brand has been dedicated to pushing the boundaries of technological advancement in outdoor apparel and equipment ever since the humble opening of the first The North Face store in California’s North Beach neighbourhood in 1968. This leaves the user free to focus on pushing their own boundaries outdoors, an attitude which is embodied in their slogan: Never Stop Exploring.

Starting in hiking outerwear, The North Face diversified into everything from ski and snowboard-wear to tents, sleeping bags and trail running kit. These day’s their efforts to keep The North Face products at the cutting edge both technologically and aesthetically help maintain a diverse and avid fan base worldwide. From the Summit Series collection, tested in the most extreme conditions on the planet by their elite sponsored athletes, to lifestyle products that will keep you looking fresh in the urban environment, The North Face has something to offer everyone in love with the outdoor lifestyle.

Alongside their in-house proprietary technologies, The North Face also co-operates with some of the biggest independent names in weatherproofing and insulation, amongst others Gore-Tex, Polartec and Primaloft. This further increases the appeal and applications of The North Face products to all manner of users, from the pros, to you and I.

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The North Face Men's Hedgehog GTX XCR III trail running shoes are an updated version of the very versatile and popular Hedgehogs which helped many a person run up slippery slopes and navigate treacherous descents.

The Hedgehog 3's have all the technology from last years Hedgehog and more which is exciting to say the least. Gore-Tex as standard for keeping your feet dry and ventilated, Northotic Pro foot bed which has been updated with Poron ReSource heel and forefoot cushioning to keep your feet securely in place and absorb shock from any heavy foot fall or uneven surfaces.

The one of the many qualities of the Hedgehog III's is the weight, they are light for their purpose but have not lost any of their durability or dexterity, this allows you to push further and faster without being weighed down.

Trail running shoes need to be strong, light, supportive and responsive. The new updated Men's Hedgehog GTX XCR III are just the job.
 

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The North Face Men's Light L/S Crew Neck provides lightweight warmth and great moisture transport for conditions that require light thermal protection like evening or early morning runs and spring skiing. The Light L/S Crew is made from hollow core fibres which are lighter than other insulating fibres as well as providing warmth. The warmth is generated by air becoming trapped in the hollow core fibres and heated by your body. These same fibres act as wicking channels to pull moisture from your skin to the surface of the Light Crew so it can be evaporated quickly thus keeping you cool and dry on all your adventures.
 

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BrilliantVery pleased, love the numpste vest and webtogs service is 1st class. Will buy from you again, very impressed Thank You xx
 

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They work!First off, they work well with my smartphone. Surprisingly so as I though it might be a only a so so gimmick thing, but these are the 2nd generation of these gloves and have been improved. Fully windproof and a very grippy palm, dextrous fingers, they don\'t need to come off to carry out most smart phone tasks. I wouldn\'t wear them to write War and Peace in, but smaller texts and using apps is fine.
 

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Just love Nuptse Jackets :-)Great jacket, better than the original Nuptse jacket as it\'s got more shape for women. I\'m a small 12 and ordered a Medium but it\'s a bit snug on the hips so I\'m exchanging for a L - staff at SWMS really friendly & helpful when phoned to check availability. Great Company offering great kit, delivered super quick - will definitely use again. Thanks
 

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Bridgedale Wool Fusion technology combines New Tough Wool with Endurofil yarn to provide balanced insulation, moisture wicking and durability. It delivers high performance, comfortable yet hard wearing walking socks.

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Helmet Compatible jackets have hoods that are compatible for use with a helmet. The hood allows four-way movement so never inhibits your vision while reaching or stretching in awkward positions.

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Quick drying Items use fabrics which are known for their quick drying properties ideal for travel towels, walking trousers, climbing pants and outdoor equipment.

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550 Fill Power Down is mid range in the down market and it offers great warmth to weight ratios. Perfect for use in cold weather clothing and equipment.

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HyVent is a waterproof, breathable technology that utilises a three-layer construction to stay simultaneously breathable and waterproof in extreme conditions. The durable woven outer layer protects the wearer from abrasion. The mid-layer utilises a PU coating and micro pores to channel water vapour from the inner layer to the outer, while keeping water out. The comfortable inner layer also channels moisture up to the micro pores.

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Pertex develop new, lighter, stronger and more technical fabrics for brands to use on their outdoor clothing and equipment. Pertex is used on items which range as far as down sleeping bags to lightweight waterproofs. Pertex have a range of fabrics which each has it's own area of expertise.

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Gore-Tex are the makers of the well known waterproof and breathable membrane which is added to outdoor clothing, footwear and equipment in order to achieve high levels of weather protection and performance when it's most needed.

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Polartec are the fleece insulation giants. Polartec also have developed fabrics such as Alpha, NeoShell, Power Stretch, Wind Pro, Thermal Pro and Power Dry. Each of these fabrics have their own specific use and have been integrated into outdoor products which has enabled items to be perfect for certain conditions, altitudes and activities.

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PrimaLoft Sport is a premium performance insulation engineered for superior warmth, water resistance, loft, softness and compressibility. PrimaLoft Sport insulation keeps the body warm, dry and comfortable, even in extreme conditions.

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PrimaLoft One is the highest performing synthetyic insulation on the market for warmth, water resistance, softness and compressibility. PrimaLoft One is an ultra-fine microfibre insulation that is as warm, soft and lightweight, and is warmer wet or dry than all other insulation.

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900 Fill Power Down is the highest quality down, offering exceptional warmth to weight ratios. 900 fill power is rare and expensive but gives expedition level performance and heat retention.

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800 Fill Power Down is at the top end of the market, offering exceptional warmth to weight ratios. 800 fill power is rare and expensive but gives expedition level performance and heat retention.

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700 Fill Power Down is high quality down which offers lightweight warmth and low pack size. High quality down gives lower weight but higher heat retention than lower fill power down.

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600 Fill Power Down is mid range in the down market and it offers great warmth to weight ratios. Perfect for use in cold weather clothing and equipment.

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Gore-Tex X-Trafit is Ideal for Winter sports. X-Trafit Gloves are durably waterproof and breathable. Water, snow and sleet stay on the outside, while perspiration can easily escape from the inside creating a warm, dry environment for your hands and digits.

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Gore Windstopper soft shell fabrics. These are a 3 layer laminate of a hard wearing outer fabric, and a wicking lining fabric, with the windstopper membrane sandwiched between. This offers superb protection, being totally windproof and stops snow and rain in all but the worst conditions.

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Gore-Tex Pro is the top end Gore-Tex fabric, designed for the most demanding conditions. Available in 2 and 3 layer varieties, Gore-Tex Pro has improved abrasion resistance. Targeted at the outdoor professional, Gore-Tex Pro Shell is the most hard wearing of the Gore fabrics.

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Gore-Tex XCR Technology is the Gore-Tex eXtended Comfort Range, used where comfort and dexterity matter most, and designed to meet the challenge of keeping hands and feet dry whilst letting them breathe freely.

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The North Face use Vaporwick fabric on their GTD products because it moves moisture away from the skin to the outer surface where it can evaporate quickly leaving you cool and dry.

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HyAcitive is made up of breathabile hollow core yarns, and is available in Light, Midweight and Warm variants. Warm HyActive garments emphasise warmth, whilst HyActive Light garments have an open weave structure to enhance moisture transport during high intensity activities. Hybrid Hyactive provides a good balance between the two using 'body-mapped' light and heavier Hyactive panels.

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HyVent Alpha is a waterproof, breathable membrane that is applied to a base fabric in order to boost protection against the weather. It allows damp, moist air to pass through the membrane to the exterior where it evaporates. The channels that allow the moist air to escape are too small for water molecules to pass through thus keeping you dry and protected.

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Windwall Fabrics are North Face's answer to windproof fleece. The Windwall technology uses a unique fabric bonding process that allows only a tiny amount of external air to permeate the fleece. This reduces the effects of windchill and enhances the user's warmth and comfort.

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HyVent is a waterproof, breathable technology that utilises a three-layer construction to stay simultaneously breathable and waterproof in extreme conditions. The durable woven outer layer protects the wearer from abrasion. The mid-layer utilises a PU coating and micro pores to channel water vapour from the inner layer to the outer, while keeping water out. The comfortable inner layer also channels moisture up to the micro pores.

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TNF Apex Aerobic is the lightest and most breathable of The North Face soft shell fabrics. It's designed to accommodate for a whole range of activities in moderate weather conditions while giving a maximum amount of 4-way stretch. Windproof to 10 CFM makes it ideal for keeping warm after aerobic exercise.

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HyVent 2.5L is a waterproof, breathable technology that is an applied PU coating combined with a print matrix that acts as a half layer. The half layer adds durability & comfort by actually preventing the Hyvent from touching your skin. It stops the need for a liner that cuts weight and gives better performance.

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Pittards Leather. Enhanced abrasion resistance, preventing wear and tear on contact surface for increased durability. Superior grip and exceptional dexterity and flexibility.

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Pertex Quantum technology is the lightest of the Pertex fabrics and it shows the best strength to weight ratio. Pertex Quantum is windproof and withstands the abuse of hardcore use. Perfect for use in construction of lightweight wind shells.

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Pertex Quantum technology is the lightest of the Pertex fabrics and it shows the best strength to weight ratio. Pertex Quantum is down proof and withstands the abuse of hardcore use.

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Pertex Endurance technology incorporates an ultra-thin membrane with a durable nylon face fabric. This layer is so thin that it hardly adds any weight, nor does it affect the softness of the material considerably.

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Polartec Power Shield fabrics feature a smooth, tightly woven nylon face for abrasion resistance equal or superior to the best shells, but without the stiffness and noise. A polyester velour back traps air and provides a high warmth-to-weight ratio.

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Polartec Power Dry fabrics feature body-hugging 4-way stretch and are very breathable. They keep you dry when you sweat and provide warmth without weight. These are the most versatile outdoor and fitness apparel fabrics available today.

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Polartec Power Stretch fabrics feature body-hugging 4-way stretch and are very breathable. They keep you dry when you sweat and provide warmth without weight. These are the most versatile outdoor and fitness apparel fabrics available today.

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Polartec Thermal Pro High Loft fabrics take insulation to a new level by maximising warmth without weight, compressibility, and breathability. They're the most technically advanced of the Polartec insulation fabrics, achieving the utmost versatility and performance under extreme conditions. This level of performance is critical when you're skiing, backpacking or rock climbing.

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Polartec Classic is the most commonly used Polartec Fleece in the outdoor market. It comes in 100, 200 and 300 weights. The higher the rating the warmer the fleece. Classic is resistant to colour fading, pilling and comes out like new, wash after wash.

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Hydration Compatible Backpacks & Bags are backpacks that are hydration bladder compatible. They have special outlets and sleeves to allow for a bladder and tube. The shoulder straps also have attachments to secure the tube while moving.

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A4 Map Pockets are large pockets designed to add storage space so you can fit in maps, goggles and other useful items without feeling the extra bulk. Extra space is made by over lapping and tilting pockets to utilise space within the garment.

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DAC are the designers and makers of world-class tent poles. They use the latest innovation techniques to ensure that their tent poles are the lightest, strongest and most reliable.

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Rip Stop is a lightweight nylon fabric with interwoven rip-stop reinforcement threads in a cross hatch pattern. It's woven with a coarse, strong warp and filling yarns at intervals so that tears will not spread. Rip-stop is used in construction of hot air balloons and yacht sails but in this case very effectively on outdoor clothing.

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YKK Zips are used for their robustness and exceptional quality. YKK uses locking teeth to create a barrier between you and the elements.

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UPF is the Ultra-Violet Protection Factor that you receive from your clothing. The higher the number the more protection from the suns harmful rays you achieve.

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Thumb Loops are becoming a great feature of jackets, fleece and baselayer because it allows you to connect with the garment as well as wear it. Thumb loops prevent the sleeves from riding up so preventing any discomfort and they also help keep the heat in.

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DWR. Durable Water Repellent, is a coating added to fabrics to help add to their water repellency and shed water and snow more effectively.

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Articulated: products which have articulated sleeves or knees simply mean that the construction of a joint has been manufactured to fit the natural ergonomics of your body therefore increasing the range of movement and flexibility.

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Garment packs into it's own pocket to take up less room in your pack and can easily be accessed when needed.

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This garment Packs down Small and comes with it's own stuff sack so it packs small to take up less room in your pack and can be easily accessed in case of a downpour.

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Pit-Zips are under-arm zipped vents, designed to allow the wearer of a waterproof jacket to quickly shed excess heat and improve air circulation, without having to remove the jacket.

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DAC Featherlite NSL combine Featherlite and Press-Fit poles to create a pole where different diameter poles can connect together without additional parts or weak points.

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Lightweight products feature lightweight materials and constructions to reduce the user’s load and aid mobility. Lightweight clothing products are thin and provide very little or no cushioning and insulation. They are best used for high-intensity or warm-weather pursuits, or employed as part of a layering system.

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TNF Apex soft shell technology is a group of fabrics developed by The North Face for use across a wide range of activities. Ranging from the highly breathable TNF Apex Aerobic Fabric to the totally windproof TNF Apex Climatebloc.

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Apex Climateblock Is the most solid of all the North Face soft shell Apex fabrics. Nearly waterproof and utterly windproof, Apex climateblock is the daddy whether you are cycling, trekking, skiing, climbing in gnarly conditions out on the hill.

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Trim-To-Fit Insoles feature a unique stabiliser cap for optimal underfoot support. When integrated with the shape and design of the foam full length, this combination creates a deep heel cup to cradle the heel’s fat pad. This system provides comfort and necessary stability for different activities, footwear and foot types.

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Leather is a durable and hardwearing but also an elegant and flexible material. It is a natural product, so it breathes which means it is extremely comfortable footwear. It can be moulded, split, shaped and finished into numerous textures and patterns.

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Scarpa use Vibram soles on their Walking Boots because they are the world leaders in high performance rubber soles. Scarpa and Vibram go well together because they are both very interested in keeping their products of the highest quality, performance, safety, innovation and design.

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These are a 3 layer laminate of a hard wearing outer fabric, and a wicking lining fabric, with the windstopper membrane sandwiched between. This offers superb protection, being totally windproof and stops snow and rain in all but the worst conditions.

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Made from nature’s natural insulator – Wool. Air is trapped between its natural fibers, providing excellent insulation. Water vapour can also pass relatively unimpeded though high quality wool, reducing condensation, and the resulting discomfort and odour it brings.

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Zip-In Compatible: cross-compatibility between the zips of selected fleeces, down garments and waterproofs from The North Face enables you to zip an insulation layer into a waterproof shell for extra warmth or zip a waterproof shell on top of a fleece for added protection. The result is a convenient and adaptable layering system.

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Made partly or entirely from man-made or synthetic materials. These enables the manufacturer to select materials to suit the objectives of their product, for example to achieve light weight, high breathability, or abrasion resistance.

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Touch-Screen Compatible gloves utilise conductive fibres, or fibres coated with conductive materials such as silver, these gloves allow the wearer to operate touch-screen gadgets such as smart phones, tablets and iPods as if not wearing gloves at all.

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X-Static fabric has a layer of all natural pure silver permanently bonded to the fibre face. This inhibits the growth of bacteria, and helps manage moisture and regulate temperature, allowing the high speed user to stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. X-Static also allows the user to use touch screen or click-wheel gadgets such as ipods.

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Fitted with an adjustable Wrist Leash, which can be tightened around the wrist, preventing the loss of a glove or mitten when not being worn. This also enables the wearer to remove their hands from gloves or mittens to rapidly perform intricate tasks, without having to hold them or stow them in a pocket.

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Modular is a method of constructing gloves or mittens with distinct layers, that can be separated to wear independently, or worn together, depending on weather conditions. Thin liners provide next-to skin comfort, and can be worn on their own in moderate conditions, whilst thicker insulating and/or waterproof outer gloves/mitts can be put on over the top should the weather get more extreme.

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Under Helmet hoods, hats and other headwear are designed to be worn comfortably under a helmet during climbing, snowsports or cycling. A less obtrusive alternative to over-helmet designs, they are well-suited to lightweight windproof and waterproof outerwear, and base layer headwear designs.

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Abrasion Resistant garments are constructed from highly durable high-denier fabrics, designed for use in challenging conditions where garments are exposed to high levels of scuffing, scratching or rubbing. These garments will hold up to abrasion from rock, ice and sharp outdoor equipment better than those made from thinner, lighter materials.

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Dexterous gloves have been designed and tailored for maximum freedom of movement and dexterity, allowing the wearer to perform essential tasks without having to remove them. This is an important feature of many cold-weather mountaineering and snowsports gloves.

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Kick Patches are areas of thicker, more abrasion and tear-resistant material on the inside lower-leg of trousers. They are invaluable on trousers designed for use with heavy mountain boots, snowsports boots or crampons, as they protect the user and the trousers themselves from damage and wear over time.

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Stretch garments are constructed from fabrics that allow varying degrees of stretch, providing additional freedom of movement. Useful in highly mobile pursuits where movement must not be inhibited.

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Garments with an Adjustable Hood feature draw cords with toggles or other adjustment mechanisms, to change the size and shape of the hood to better fit the head of the wearer. Such hoods usually adjust independently around the head, and around the face, for a snug fit and optimum weather protection.

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Ultra-Light products are the lightest of their kind on the market. They use the lightest materials and construction techniques available, to produce products dedicated towards achieving a featherweight load and unencumbered performance.

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Heavyweight garments are the thickest and warmest in their class, and are best suited to use in low-intensity pursuits in cold temperatures. Heavyweight socks and base layers for instance, would be best worn on cold-weather expedition or mountaineering excursions.

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Midweight refers to products of intermediate weight or thickness, providing moderate levels of cushioning and insulation. They are best used for pursuits in cool weather, or to provide moderate support and protection for the feet in the case of Midweight socks.

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Features reflective detailing in the form of trim, logos or toggles, to enhance the nighttime safety of the wearer. A valuable feature on running and cycle jackets in particular.

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Box-Walled Constructed down garments and equipment allow for an even distribution of down throughout, eliminating cold spots between baffles. Box-walled construction is more commonly used in sleeping bags and expedition down gear.

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Stitched-Through Construction: down garments and equipment constructed using a stitch through construction which helps keep down in place and reduce clumping. This construction is used mostly on mid to low weight down items.

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A Snow Valance is a flap running around the flysheet of the tent, which can be buried in the snow to provide extra protection in winter conditions. Snow Valances have dual benefits, preventing the wind from entering the vestibule and tent inner, and stopping snow from being blown between the tent inner and the flysheet.

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Tent with a Single Vestibule, designed to provide space for storing equipment, or for cooking meals in poor weather. This is usually a feature of tents designed for 1 to 3 people, providing ample space for their packs and gear.

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Water-Repellent Zips are coated with a PU layer to increase the water-repellency of the zip and garment overall. This reduces the need for an external storm flap, saving weight in the process.

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Hood packs away under a flap or pocket in the collar of the jacket, providing rain protection or casual style as you see fit.

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Opti-Fit is The North Face’s unique approach to backpack suspension design that combines the best fit, load control and ventilation. Through supporting only the five essential contact points between pack and body, Opti-Fit achieves excellent ventilation of the back panel. Shoulder and hip straps are fully adjustable to fit the exact length and width of the wearer’s body.

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Flash Dry is a particle technology from The North Face, applied to fabrics to accelerate moisture removal. Porous Flash dry particles not only aid wicking, but also increase the surface area of fibers, dramatically improving dry-time to keep you comfortable during exertion.

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Heatseeker is The North Face’s take on synthetic insulation. Utilizing lots of small diameter polymer fibres, Heatseeker traps air within the insulation, resulting in warmth with minimal bulk.

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Thermoball insulates, compresses and feels very similar to down, thanks to its construction, which mimics that of natural down clusters. It provides equivalent warmth to 600 fill down, very impressive for a synthetic insulation, and like all Primaloft insulations, continues to provide warmth even when wet.

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Summit Series is The North Face's top-end range of clothing and equipment. The unique selling point is that every product in the series has been developed and tested in conjunction with sponsored elite athletes, in some of the harshest conditions in the world, hence the Summit Series tagline: athlete tested, expedition proven.

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Liner gloves can be used as liners underneath thicker gloves or mittens for activities in very cold weather, such as ski touring, mountaineering or expedition use. Many liner gloves can be worn as lightweight gloves in their own right, for example those in fleece and power-stretch-type fabrics.

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Cotton is a natural firber ideal for use in lightweight summer clothing, and casual wear. Soft to the touch, comfortable and hardwearing, it's no wonder we've been using cotton in clothing manufacture for hundreds of years.

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Laptop Compatible bags feature a neoprene laptop sleeve or zipped laptop compartment, so you can take your work with you wherever you go. A great feature to have in urban daypacks.

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Down has been treated in a water-repellent solution to enhance down water resistance, improve dry time, and enable loft to be retained far longer in wet conditions than untreated down. In short, hydrophobic down is not as sensitive to getting wet, so is a great improvement over untreated down in unpredictable real-world conditions.

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Features one or more open-topped pockets for water bottles, allowing easy access to fluids at all times, without the need to rummage in the main compartment of the rucksack.

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Has an Adjustable Back System, enabling the wearer of the backpack to alter the size and fit to precisely fit their frame. This in turn enables the wearer to achieve maximum comfort.

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Rucksack comes with a rain cover, which can be placed over the main body of the rucksack to keep your posessions dry in the event of rain. When not in use the rain cover can be stowed in an easy-access external pocket on the rucksack.