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.

Layer

Fabric & Material
  • Summit 50L Pack
→ Cordura® nylon
  • Summit L1 Top & Bottom
→ Thermolite® polyester/elastane
  • Summit L2 Proprius Grid Fleece hoodie
→ Polartec® gridded fleece
  • Summit L3 Ventrix Hoodie
→ Polyester Ventrix™ stretch synthetic insulation
  • Summit L3 Proprius Down Hoodie
→ 800 fill goose down insulation & Riptstop Pertex® outer fabric
  • Summit L4 Proprius Softshell Pant
→ Durable double-weave WindWall® fabric
  • Summit L5 FueForm™ Gore-Tex® Jacket
→ Gore-Tex® 3L shell with FuseForm™ technology & Cordura® Nylon
  • Summit L5 Gore-Tex® Pro Jacket
→ Gore-Tex® Pro
  • Summit L6 Down Belay Parka
→ 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 such as layer 2, layer 3, layer 4 (for the bottoms) and layer 5.  

the north face women's summit l1 top

Women’s

Summit L1 Top

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th enorth face mens summit l1 top

Men’s

Summit L1 Top

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the north face mens summit l2 proprius grid fleece hoodie

Men’s

Summit L2 Proprius Grid Fleece Hoodie

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the north face summit 50L pack

Unisex

Summit 50L Pack

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The collection boasts a selection of special features to cater towards 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.

 

the north face women's summit l3 down hoodie

Women’s

Summit L3 Down Hoodie

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the north face women summit l3 proprius down hoodie

Women’s

Summit L3 Proprius Down Hoodie

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the north face mens usmmit l3 proprius down hoodie

Men’s

Summit L3 Proprius Down Hoodie

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the north face summit l3 ventrix hoodie

Men’s

Summit L3 Ventrix Hoodie

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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.

the north face women's summit l6 down belay parka

Women’s

Summit L6 Down Belay Parka

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the north face men's summit l5 fuseform gore-tex jacket

Men’s

Summit L5 FuseForm™ Gore-Tex® Jacket

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the north face men's summit l5 gore-tex pro jacket

Men’s

Summit L5 Gore-Tex® Pro Jacket

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the north face men's summit l4 proprius softshell pant

Men’s

Summit L4 Proprius Softshell Pant

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There are limited quantities available of the collection so shop now while they’re available. The products shown in this article are what are available at Altitude Sports. There are additional products available as each comes in a men’s and women’s model although they are currently not available in our store. Discover the Summit Series Collection and go where the climbing takes you.

 

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