The North Face Resolve jacket for women is a 2-layer fully waterproof, breathable, windproof jacket, with all seams fully taped. Very comfortable and stylish, it is ideal for daily life and for occasional outdoor use.
Where to buy
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.com.
The North Face Resolve jacket for women is a very comfortable and fashionable rain jacket available in a variety of colors. This is a completely waterproof piece of clothing, with a HiVent water membrane.
On the front, you have a full-length zipper with an external storm flap which is equipped with velcro tabs for closure, all along the flap. I must say that I do not like velcro tabs on the storm flap. I prefer snap buttons.
You have (only) 2 zipped pockets, equipped with storm flaps as well. Adjustment cords with toggles are available on the hem.
On the cuffs, you have elasticity only, no velcro adjustment. I must say that here I love to have velcro tabs adjustment together with elastic.
Inside, you have a very pleasant mesh layer which protects the membrane and gives additional comfort and insulation. You will be able to see some of these features in the short video below.
The hood: It is just of a proper size, helmet-compatible, and with adjustability cords and toggles on both sides of the face. There is no adjustment on the back of the hood. The brim is not so prominent but it is good enough. The hood rolls up into the collar.
Membrane material: waterproofness and breathability
Dryvent material used here is fully waterproof, windproof and breathable. The outer shell is treated with a durable water-repellent finish. It helps to form droplets and it repels water from the surface.
All Dryvent clothing and accessories used by The North Face are fully seam sealed. In this particular jacket, a 2-layer construction is used, an outer fabric and a membrane. In this case, the membrane is polyurethane (PU) coating. It consists of a multi-layer structure for waterproof protection, moisture permeability, and durability.
Typically (but not always), 2-layer jackets have an extra lining for the membrane protection. The Resolve jacket is lined with an additional internal mesh for extra comfort and increased warmth. This mesh is my favorite feature in rain jackets.
This jacket has the waterproof rating 25 PSI minimum after 20 launderings. Here PSI means ‘Pounds per Square Inch’. If this is complicated to you, the conversion rate is 704 mm = 1 PSI. This means that a fabric of 1 PSI can withstand 704 mm of rainfall in 24 hours.
This put the membrane used here into the group of those that are very water resistant. It will withstand heavy rain and wet snow, and quite some pressure. For comparison, a hurricane rain is typically in the range 10 PSI. So I would say you are completely safe with this jacket.
As for breathability, well, the standards are far less clear in general. In this particular case, the data presented by the manufacturer are not completely clear either. What kind of test they did, upright cup test or inverted cup test? So, this jacket is indeed breathable, but I would say that breathability is not its strongest feature. If you plan hard exercises in this jacket, with a lot of sweating, then perhaps this is not an ideal choice.
Here is a short promotion video about The North Face Resolve rain jacket for women:
Technical specifications & summary of features
- Avg. weight: 470 g (16.6 oz).
- Fabric: 70 D 105 g/m² (3.1 oz/yd²) nylon ripstop Dryvent 2L.
- Waterproof rating: 25 PSI minimum after 20 launderings.
- Breathability: 750-800 g/m²/24 hours average.
- Attached adjustable hood stows in collar.
- Mesh lining.
- Hem cinch-cord.
- Brushed chin guard.
- Full-length front zip with velcro tabs.
- Two side pockets.
- Lifetime guarantee (this means jacket’s lifetime!).
- 6 sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL.
- A huge number of colors (with various combinations outside and inside):
Pros & cons
Note that some of my pros are not necessarily yours. Example: mesh lining which I love, but you may see this liner just as extra grams. In my view, it adds to insulation, and I do not like the rubbery feeling when touching the membrane. So a liner is a must for me.
Similarly, some of my cons may not always be your cons. Example: I love to have elastic together with velcro tabs on cuffs.
So here is my short summary:
The choice of colors implies both, colors of the external fabric alone, and the combination of the external fabric and the color of the collar and the internal fabric.
On the right, you can see how this jacket is rated by Amazon customers. It has received a very good average rate 4.5/5. Observe the huge number of reports.
Comparison with other brands
I give a few models of other brands and I rate the Resolve jacket quite high mainly because of its price. If I would look for a jacket used mainly in daily life, then Resolve would be my first choice here. If it is about purely outdoor use, then OR Aspire would be my jacket (but perhaps only if I disregard its high price!).
|Marmot PreCip||Outdoor Research Aspire||The North Face Resolve|
|Shell material||nylon ripstop||polyester||nylon ripstop|
|Pit zips||yes||yes, poncho type||no|
|Stows into its pocket||yes||yes||no|
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