Swell Shell: The Verto Storm

The beauty of focused design and functionality – this is the North Face Verto Storm. It’s designed for climbing and mountaineering but even if you’re not planning to be above the treeline anytime soon you can use this pro technology in your corner, whatever your mission.

The Women's Verto Storm Jacket from North Face.
The Women’s Verto Storm Jacket from North Face.

At six ounces, this is the lightest waterproof hard-shell made by the North Face. The zippered alpine front pockets are harness compatible and double as a stuff sack, making it easy to compress and pack as an emergency layer. When compressed, it takes up about as much space as a pair of wool socks. But put it on and you’ve got the reassurance of waterproof-breathable and windproof technology tested by the North Face athlete team on free lines in the Crimea.

This serves as an ideal outer layer for any trip where weather might be an issue. Our tester found the Verto Storm particularly well-designed for freedom of arm movement – obviously a product of its climbing heritage – and the hood was easily adjustable and did not obstruct vision.

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North Face HyVent is a waterproof, breathable technology utilizing a polyurethane coating that consists of a tri-component, multi-layer formula for waterproof protection, moisture permeability and durability. HyVent has been lab- and field-tested to ensure the best possible durability and function while also maintaining an optimum level of breathability. To test the level of waterproofness, North Face subjected HyVent garments to 20 wash cycles, where garments retained an average of more than 60 PSI on the waterproofing Mullens test.

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