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The North Face brand was born in 1968 when Douglas Tompkins and Kenneth "Hap" Klopp, a pair of adventurers and entrepreneurs, decided to open a retail store in San Francisco that primarily sold climbing equipment. They came up with the name for their company because the north face of a mountain is typically the coldest and most difficult part to climb. The founders wanted to help their customers reach seemingly impossible summits, and their store catered to a specialty niche for about 20 years.

In the 1980s and '90s, The North Face expanded its product lines to include gear for skiing and camping. The company began opening more stores around the country and eventually established an international presence as well. Its iconic emblem--which is modeled after the massive Half Dome in Yosemite National Park--started to become a staple among professional climbers, skiers, and mountaineers. The company was acquired by the clothing and textiles giant VF Corporation, and it opened a new headquarters alongside sibling company JanSport in Alameda, CA. More recently, the popularity of the wilderness chic movement has made The North Face a more sought-after brand than ever before. In addition to operating its own retail stores around the world, the brand's products are sold by almost all outdoor retailers and major department stores.

Babies & Kids Merchandise

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No matter what you or your children want to do outdoors, The North Face has you covered in terms of apparel and equipment. For infants, toddlers, and kids, you can choose among jackets, vests, hoodies, sweatpants, snow pants, snowsuits, sneakers, boots, gloves, mittens, and hats. There are also appropriately sized backpacks in fun and festive designs as well as tents and sleeping bags so that your little ones can be all prepared for any sort of adventure they might face.

Older kids and adults will find an even wider selection of apparel. Choose from outfits designed for specific endeavors like running, training, yoga, climbing, hiking, skiing, or snowboarding. In addition to traditional outdoor gear like softshells, rain jackets, and fleeces, The North Face also makes shirts, pants, shorts, tanks, sweaters, sports bras, and many more options in adult sizes. The company makes it easy to shop for clothes based on specific benefits such as being waterproof, wind resistant, breathable, reflective, or insulated. You can also choose from specific technologies, including Thermoball, Flashdry, Gore-Tex, Primaloft, and goose down.

Mom rating

Families in different locations across the country will have specific sets of outdoor needs. If you live in a climate that gets cold during the winter, for instance, your kids are likely to need a new winter coat every year as they grow taller. You also might be the sort of family that goes camping, hiking, or skiing every chance you get, in which case high quality outdoor gear is essential. No matter what sort of protection you and your children need from the elements, The North Face has a well-earned reputation as one of the best manufacturers of outdoor gear in the world. The brand's products can be on the expensive side, but they will usually last for many years without wearing out. The North Face is also always on the cutting edge of new technology and development, so you can be sure that the jackets, boots, or sleeping bags that you buy are among the most advanced on the market. For superior quality, we give The North Face 5 out of 5 stars.

Women's Merchandise

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Since The North Face is best known for its outdoor gear, the women's collection features several different types of outerwear that you can use to brave the elements. Jackets include fleeces, insulated coats, 3-in-1 jackets, skiing/snowboarding jackets, soft shells, raincoats, windbreakers, trench coats, and vests. You'll also find a number running/training jackets that are designed to be moisture-wicking and breathable.

Apart from outerwear, The North Face also makes women's apparel that is perfect for active wear. Tops include tees, pullover hoodies, tanks, plaid shirts, and wraps. A number of tanks are also designed with built-in support that resembles a sports bra. Base layer shirts are designed to be layered for outdoor winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. They can also be combined with sweatshirts and sweaters. In terms of bottoms, you'll find woven pants, linen pants, and convertible pants, as well as yoga pants and capris. For running and training, you can choose among different types of leggings, shorts, skirts, and more. While not quite athletic wear, The North Face also makes a few different types of dresses that can be worn casually. The brand's shoes are mostly designed for more rugged outdoor use, and they include winter boots, hiking boots, and sneakers. Other accessories include hats, gloves, scarves, and backpacks.

Our rating

The North Face has been one of the best-known outdoor brands on Earth for almost 50 years. Anyone living in a climate that gets cold is going to need a hearty winter coat, but even those in warmer areas of the country will still need light jackets at different times during the year. The North Face manufactures jackets for a wide range of temperatures and activities, so it's easy for anyone to find several good options. Though these garments aren't exactly cheap, they aren't inordinately expensive either--plus, most jackets have the potential to last for several years, so they can end up being great investments. In terms of other apparel, it's easy to find clothes for working out or participating in sports, and these garments are designed to allow you to move well. On the whole, we give The North Face 5 stars out of 5.

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About
  • Established 1968
  • Outdoor apparel and accessories
Sold at:
The North Face retail stores, major retailers, online
Types of items:
Jackets, vests, raingear, fleeces, softshells, windwear, tops, hoodies, snow pants, snowsuits, sweaters, shorts, pants, tanks, sports bras, buntings, sneakers, running shoes, hiking boots, snow boots, hats, gloves, mittens, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, duffel bags
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JanSport, Wrangler, Nautica, Lee Jeans, Majestic Athletic, Eastpak, Vans, 7 for All Mankind, Timberland, lucy, Reef, Eagle Creek, SmartWool, Rock & Republic, Bulwark Protective Apparel, Ella Moss
Our rating:
5/5