Gear Review: The North Face Torpedo Jacket

There is still some snow around, but things are starting to warm up with spring around the corner. The North Face Torpedo Jacket has been working really well for me in this type of weather. It’s super lightweight, making it easy to stuff in my pack or wrap around my waist. I find I can even scrunch it up and store it in my water belt system.

I’m a big fan of pockets and this jacket has six. Two in the front that zip and two on the lower back. The lower back pockets are my preference, with one that’s small and perfect for a key or one gel and has a zip. The second lower back pocket is large enough for several gels or a buff and is easy for quick access with an elastic type design so you can simply reach in. I’ve been keeping my gels and cookies in this one. There are also two more pockets inside the jacket on the front.

The Torpedo has a couple of reflective markings on the front, the back and bottom of the sleeves. The fit is decent, as it’s cut to suit body shape, but leaves enough extra room for a layer underneath on a frosty morning and has the pull cord tie option on the bottom, which I almost always look for in a jacket.

The back of the jacket has several vents making it breathable and comfortable and I love that the vents are covered for water resistance and have a mesh material inside. If you’ve ever had an incident with a bee getting stuck incidentally you will look for things like these mesh linings! I found the jacket to be water resistant and dried quickly.

So far this jacket has been great for spring conditions and has quickly become the one that I reach for on my runs. I can see it being a useful summer night and fall season item as it works well as a shell or layered with other items.

~ Kelly Wald is The North Face Trail Ambassador for Ontario. You can follow her blog at: http://kellyannewald.wordpress.com/

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