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Postby WouterB » Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:17 pm

I have the opportunity to buy The North Face gear at a great reduction. But since they are normally out of my price range I don't know any of their products. Can anyone tell me what product they have from TNF and why they like it. I'll be buying more than I need, just because I can :D
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Postby phlipdascrip » Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:19 pm

Warehouse sale or something? Where is it?
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Postby WouterB » Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:21 pm

phlipdascrip wrote:Warehouse sale or something? Where is it?

It's for me only :wink:
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Postby Tonka » Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:22 pm

I have a feeling you have opened a large can of worms.... :shock:
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Postby welle » Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:34 pm

They have a Patagonia R1 hoody knock-off, I think it's called Sentry Mclean - good affordable alternative to an R1 hoody.
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Re: Best The North Face gear - thread

Postby divnamite » Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:47 pm

WouterB wrote:I have the opportunity to buy The North Face gear at a great reduction. But since they are normally out of my price range I don't know any of their products. Can anyone tell me what product they have from TNF and why they like it. I'll be buying more than I need, just because I can :D

Their tents (VE25, Mountain, etc) are pretty good. I like some of their fleece products like the TK100. Other than that, I don't know not much about them. You might want to get their Himalayan suit if you want to do 8000m peak one day.
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Postby mconnell » Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:49 pm

The older style Baltoro parka is the best parka I've used by far. I have also had a Mountain Light hardshell for many years and it has lived through much more than it ever should have. Their 4 season tents, while heavy as hell, are also extremely bomber. I would trust them to stand up to any other tent in very crappy weather.

All that said, I really can't comment on their newer stuff. I haven't bought any TNF gear in close to 10 years.
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Postby climberslacker » Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:29 pm

I disdain TNF, but if you can get it cheap go for it. A lot of their stuff is designed for the city walker who wants the look in regards to design (i.e. shirts/jackets cut to look good, not keep you warm). Their boots are warm but not well designed as far as winter travel, more for shoveling snow.

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Postby gilbo » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:04 pm

second on the older Baltoro parka
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Postby OJ Loenneker » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:06 pm

I own several of their tents, a few packs, and some clothing items. Some of these things however are over 10 years old.

I would look into their "flight" or "summit" series of gear. That tends to be their less fashion oriented items designed for real outdoor uses.

There is nothing wrong with TNF stuff, if you can over look the yuppie aspect of their fashion lines. :wink:
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Postby zeroforhire » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:06 pm

you probably get it on proform right? If so, it isn't very kosher to discuss proforms. The manufacturers frown upon it.

Anyways...

The expedition tents are still high quality... albeit heavy. Some of their summit series stuff is decent.

just my 2 cents.
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Postby thespiffy » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:11 pm

zeroforhire wrote:you probably get it on proform right? If so, it isn't very kosher to discuss proforms. The manufacturers frown upon it.

Anyways...

The expedition tents are still high quality... albeit heavy. Some of their summit series stuff is decent.

just my 2 cents.


+1 for the expedition tents. I've tried random other items of theres and have been left wanting.

I have a Mountain 25 tent though-- while other tents were literally torn off the mountain, few were standing, the TNF Mountain 25 being one. +2 for being HEAVY.
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Postby Pallando » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:36 pm

+1 on the Mountain 25.
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Postby Jimmie » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:38 pm

I also used to have a Baltoro down jacket. I could survive anything in it.

What you need to consider is if TNF garments are actually suitable for you. Last time I tried any of their stuff it seemed to be tailored more to urban/trailer trash shaped people - and not people who do a lot of running, climbing, XC skiing. :roll: :wink: Of course I might have tried the wrong line of clothing. I'm sure they have a website where their "heroes" are photographed on various expeditions using the correct line of clothing .
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Postby kovarpa » Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:56 am

welle wrote:They have a Patagonia R1 hoody knock-off, I think it's called Sentry Mclean - good affordable alternative to an R1 hoody.


yeah, but the sizing is for somebody who has 100 lbs more.
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