We handed the flame over to our latest female on the ground field reporter, Mrs B. She’s a tech head and loves breaking down every element of gear – boards, boots, bindings, outerwear, goggles and more . She’s a certified teacher in snowboard tech and works secretly on Research & Development for some major snowboard brands globally. So, listen up!
Words & Review: Mrs B
This 90’s inspired kit is everything that’s trending in snowboarding right now. From it’s 3L DryVent technology, venting and well designed tech features, to it’s stylish throwback colour palette, knee colour block patches and intricate design details this Bib and Jacket combo is everything you need. Whether you’re vacating Melbourne for the weekend to shred the poor man’s powder at Mount Buller or you’re travelling to Niseko for the dry fluffy stuff (one day soon I hope). You’ll be stoked with the breathability, waterproofing and function of The North Face Womens Team Kit.
I naively jumped in the car last Saturday eager to get some early season turns in at my home resort Thredbo to find the “Snow up top” was dare I say “rain” on the accessible terrain. Anyway, like any excited snowboarder I geared up and jumped on the lift anyway.
The first thing I took note of when I slipped on my brand new Team Kit Bib was the fit! For every girl who is chasing that bib with enough room in the thighs that you can actually bend, this is the bib for you. I loved the generous shape, paired with the waist and shoulder strap adjustment which made it super easy to customise the fit. Other features such as inner thigh vents, reinforcement at the bottom of the pants for durability and articulated knees for movement made this bib a dream to wear. The jacket didn’t miss a beat either, with a pass pocket on the sleeve, underarm venting and plenty of pockets for snacks and lip balm.
As I rode the lift with some friends we all took note of the “snow” aka precipitation beading off my outerwear. Where their outerwear was absorbing moisture, mine remained completely dry for the duration of our morning riding. For any of you wondering the beauty of a 3L jacket whether it be Dryvent, Gore-Tex, Sympatex, so on, is that unlike a 2L fabric the waterproof membrane is laminated between the face fabric and a protective backing, making it extremely waterproof while enhancing durability.
As an Aussie snowboarder you know that once September hits things are warming up! I loved that this kit was lightweight and breathable. I was able to layer up with my wool thermals and lofty mid layer for breathable insulation and know when spring hits I can strip back that mid layer and still have a suitable jacket for the warmer weather. I love shells for the freedom and flexibility of being able to layer for a range of conditions.
Throughout the course of my morning I was greeted several times with compliments on my loud and vibrant retro inspired outerwear set. With consideration of the style, function and fit of The North Face Team Kit, I give it a 9.5 out of 10 (purely because there always has to be room for improvement or technology wouldn’t evolve). I honestly couldn’t rate this kit enough! Click here to check it out and get yours today.
Needing some shred inspo? Check out the latest film from The North Face – Facets! It’s sure to get you keen to get out there, run the kit and take a hit!