Venture Jacket
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Venture Jacket

Venture Jacket

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Venture Jacket

Manufacturer: The North Face

Your Opinion: 
 - 4 Votes


Page By: Alan Ellis

Created/Edited: Oct 12, 2004 / Jan 20, 2007

Object ID: 1143

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The North Face Men’s Venture Jacket is a lightweight, waterproof, and breathable jacket designed for all-around exploration in a variety of conditions. The Venture features HyVent DT, a highly breathable, waterproof fabric with a raised microdot inner surface that acts to lift the shell fabric away from your skin. This provides a comfortable, soft, easy-sliding feel while maximizing moisture transport away from your skin. The result: you stay drier and warmer. The lightweight Venture jacket weighs in at a mere 12.5 ounces, has an adjustable, rollable hood, a brushed chinguard lining, and pit zips so you don’t roast when rainy weather gets a little too warm. This highly compressible jacket stows away in its own left pocket. Other nice touches include Velcro adjustable cuffs, two hand pockets, and a hem cinchcord.

Material: 50D 2.7 oz/yd2 HyVent DT 2.5-layer with raised microdot fabric
Lining: No
Core Venting: Yes, pit zips
Pockets: 2 hand pockets
Seam Taped: Yes
Powder Skirt: No
Hood: Yes
Removable Hood: No
Zip-in Compatibility: No
Recommended Use: Lightweight, waterproof, and breathable jacket for all-around exploration in changing conditions.
Weight: 12.5 oz
Warranty: Lifetime



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Alan EllisUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

For day climbs or day hikes, this jacket fits the bill. It's not as bomb-proof or warm as a 3-layer Goretex jacket; but it's much lighter which makes it perfect for day trips where weight is a factor. It weighs about half of a heavier Goretex jacket and compresses to about half the size. It loses a star for durability.
Posted Oct 12, 2004 12:09 pm

jtmerrillUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

This is jacket is with me wherever i go, from winter climbs to summer day hikes, this is truly my "go-to" jacket for all my outdoor excursions. Due to the lack of repellancy in the North Face's Nuptse Insulated Jacket, i purchased my Venture at a size where i could fit it over it easily and because the Nuptse is a bit heavy for a down, I figured keeping weight to a minimum would help and the Venture fit my needs perfectly. Keep in mind that this jacket is not very reinforced whatsoever, yet extremely lightweight and for the price and compactablity, it's unbeatable in my book.


- Lightweight

- High collar and very good face coverage when using it as a shell in the winter or rain

- Very wide range of movement without the movement in the waist exposing vulnerable areas.


- Durability not the greatest

Posted Feb 21, 2005 7:05 pm


Voted 4/5

I've had mine for nearly two years now. It is pretty waterproof but needs reapplication of a treatment product fairly regularly to stay dry. The pit-zips are nice for keeping cool. It is pretty light and compresses down really small. The hood fits over a helmet. I find it is not that breathable and that I get sweaty if it is not below freezing. I find the bit by the chin annoying-it has a little fold of fabric to go over the zipper which chaffs a bit. Just nitpicking though really. GOod jacket for a reasonable price.
Posted Oct 4, 2007 6:23 pm

AltitudeSicknessLightweight Shell

Voted 4/5

I am sold on the North Face products that is why I keep returning to them over and over. It is not a heavy duty shell but it is great for quick cover when needed.
Posted Jan 4, 2008 7:46 pm

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