The North Face Venture jacket for women is a 2.5 layer waterproof, windproof and breathable jacket made of a durable ripstop nylon. It is very lightweight, nicely packable, and inexpensive, suitable for a variety of outdoor activities.
Venture jacket – Description
From everything that you see below, you will realize that the Venture jacket is constructed to be used for outdoor activities. It is very lightweight, 340 grams only, made of a relatively thin but still rather durable material with 40 D. [D denotes denier, see more here].
The hood is designed in such a way to have 3 points of adjustment, so clearly, the designers have had in mind the possibility of using it with a helmet as well.
The Venture jacket is not extremely breathable, in fact, very few waterproof jackets are. Yes, it is equipped with very long pit zips (see below), so its usual breathability is accompanied by additional ventilation. You will need this if you are taking part in some hard outdoor activities.
On the cuffs, you have elasticity together with velcro tabs. This is again something useful in the rain and when you use gloves. I love to have such a design.
If you feel cold you will cinch the hem side cords with toggles, you have them on both sides.
Think also about the fact that this jacket can be stowed in its own pocket. Do not believe it? See the picture below, this is your future jacket!
So you get a very small package that even has a loop to attach it to your backpack. This is something you will carry in your equipment even without noticing it, until the moment you need it.
But you will need it for sure, and you will have a reliable tool to save you from elements.
These and some other features you will be able to see in a short video below.
Here is a short (1:03) promotion video of The North Face Venture jacket for women, have a look:
Pros & cons, users experience
Here is a summary of the things which I find good and less good:
The internal mesh lining may not be an issue for you but I love to have it.
Comparison: The North Face Venture jacket vs The North Face Resolve jacket
I thought you might want to see this comparison between these two very popular jackets from the North Face. On the first look, they appear to be rather similar, and they are also in the same price range (at the moment of writing the text the Venture is more expensive). But there are many small yet significant differences between them.
See them here side by side, perhaps this might help you in deciding which one to buy. I give only those features that are different in the two models:
|NF Resolve jacket||NF Venture jacket|
|Fabric||70 D 105 g/m²||40 D 85 g/m²|
|Average weight, g||470||340|
|Hood adjustment points||2, sides||3, sides + back|
|Stows into its pocket||no||yes|
|Cuffs||elastic||velcro tabs + elastic|
Clearly, the Venture is far less heavy, less bulky and with more features which you would normally expect from an outdoor tool.
I do not give any rating because I would not compare them in that manner. But if it is about everyday use, you should go for the Resolve. If it is more about outdoor use, take the Venture.
About waterproofness and breathability
Typically, waterproof materials may have 2, 2.5, and 3 layers, but there may be more complex structures as well, see more in my another text.
In the case of The North Face Women Venture jacket, you have 2.5 layers. This implies an outer fabric (nylon ripstop in the present case) covered by a waterproof membrane from inside, and in addition to this, you have an extra thin half-layer, in fact, a screen (a dry touch print) attached to the membrane.
This half-layer has the purpose of protecting the membrane and adding to comfort; most likely you would not like the feeling of touching the membrane directly. It also helps raise the fabric from the skin and enables a quick transfer of vapor through to the outside of the fabric.
So essential difference between this 2.5 L and 2 L construction is that the latter has an internal liner, typically a mesh, like in the case of The North Face Resolve jacket. You will see statements that 2.5 L construction is primarily for highly active, fast and light pursuits, where lightweight and packability is essential. This is quite obvious if you compare the weights of the two jackets.
Summary of technical specifications
- Fabric: 40D 85 g/m² (2.99 oz/yd2) Dryvent 2.5L—100% recycled nylon ripstop.
- Avg. weight: 340 g (11.99 oz).
- Waterproof, windproof, breathable.
- All seams sealed.
- Attached, fully adjustable hood with hidden drawcord system.
- Brushed chin guard lining.
- Front zip with velcro.
- Two zipped hand pockets.
- Stowable in hand pocket.
- Adjustable velcro cuff tabs.
- Hem cinch-cord.
- A huge number of colors.
To conclude this text about The North Face Venture jacket for women, this is a great outdoor garment, with a modern design and with advanced technology and features built in it. With the price below $85 (at the moment of writing this text) it is almost without a match. I can warmly recommend this jacket for most of the outdoor activities and for around-town use.
Thank you for reading. Hopefully, this text has been useful to you. It will be great to have some comment from you. Have a nice day.