Discover the 2018 The North Face Summit Series

Text by: Kelsey Begg

The North Face, Winter. Discover the 2018 The North Face Summit Series

Introducing The North Face Summit Series Collection – “the world’s finest alpine equipment.” A collection of gear designed to keep climbers protected and comfortable in the harshest locations in the most extreme conditions.

The North Face’s Summit Series Collection focuses on creating a pinnacle kit for climbers using the best materials and design techniques. The goal was to create a line of single products to make choice simple because when you only have one choice, you either take it or leave it and when it works, you stick with it.


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The Fabrics & Insulation

The finest materials and insulation are used in each layering piece to ensure top-quality products and performance.

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  • Summit 50L Pack
  • Summit L1 Top & Bottom
  • Summit L2 Proprius Grid Fleece hoodie
  • Summit L3 Ventrix Hoodie
  • Summit L3 Proprius Down Hoodie
  • Summit L4 Proprius Softshell Pant
  • Summit L5 FueForm™ Gore-Tex® Jacket
  • Summit L5 Gore-Tex® Pro Jacket
  • Summit L6 Down Belay Parka

Fabric & Material:

  • → Cordura® nylon
  • → Thermolite® polyester/elastane
  • → Polartec® gridded fleece
  • → Polyester Ventrix™ stretch synthetic insulation
  • → 800 fill goose down insulation & Riptstop Pertex® outer fabric
  • → Durable double-weave WindWall® fabric
  • → Gore-Tex® 3L shell with FuseForm™ technology & Cordura® Nylon
  • → Gore-Tex® Pro
  • → 800 fill goose down

The Collection

The Summit Series is a collection of high-performance products that perform best when paired together. Made up of 6 layers, each layering piece of the collection has a specific role and features that work with the other layers like lining up zippers and pockets, etc.. Some layers have two or three options to choose from so you can mix and match depending on the conditions and expedition you are dressing for.

Summit L3 Ventrix™ Hybrid Hoodie


Summit L3 Down Hoodie


Summit L2 FuseForm™ Fleece 1/2 Zip Hoodie


Summit L4 Proprius Softshell Pants


The collection boasts a selection of special features to cater to climbers such as the Velcro cuffs and elongated, asymmetrical sleeves. These features allow climbers, especially ice climbers, to reach for holds without exposing their wrist.

Of course, certain pieces like the Summit L3 Ventrix™ Hoodie can be used as a layering piece for skiing but overall, this collection is designed with climbers in mind. The pants, for example, have a narrower fit that would not work with ski boots but is perfect for a climber to locate his leg while climbing a technical pitch.

Last year’s collection was more somber and neutral looking with neutral shades and only a hint of colour. This was because The North Face wanted the Summit Series to be a collection of gear that made the climber feel blended with the environment which is often a mix of rock, cloud and snow. This year’s collection is a little different and boasts bright colours such as turquoise and red for those who want some colour and to also stand out in vast, barren landscapes.

Summit L6 AW Down Belay Parka


Summit L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket


Summit L5 FuseForm™ GTX C-KNIT Jacket


Summit L4 Softshell Pants


There are limited quantities available of the collection so shop now while they’re available. Discover the Summit Series Collection and go where the climbing takes you.


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