The North Face’s Summit Series collection will be back for sale today
The collection, built by and for the core mountaineering and climbing community, will be available in limited quantity, expected to be in specialty retail outlets and online for a limited amount of time.
“We built this for ourselves, and our athletes, and were inspired by the creative path,” said Vice President, Global Product Joe Vernachio.
When designing the line, the North Face Athlete Team received input from the concept stage through finalization of the line, beginning with the question: What does a perfect kit consist of?
“We went directly to our mountaineering and climbing athletes to ask them what their essentials are, and the responses from everyone were very clear: they needed six essential layers that they would be able to utilize in the various conditions one finds during high-alpine winter pursuits,” said Vernachio.
The six-layer collection is comprised of layers L1 through L6, named as a nod to the layer each piece should be as it is being worn.
The Summit L1 Top and Pant are base layering essentials made from engineered fabric to provides zonal warmth and moisture management, as well as articulated construction for mobility.
The Summit L2 Jacket is a midlayer made with durable Polartec Thermal Pro with Hardface Technology fleece, and has an engineered knit back for targeted warmth and moisture management.
An ultra light down mid-layer, the Summit L3 Jacket is insulated with 800-fill RDS down. The face fabric utilizes FuseForm construction for targeted durability with minimal seams and a digitally printed color that uses less water than traditional dyeing process.
Our warmest synthetic mid-layer, the Summit L4 Jacket is insulated with ThermoBall, a synthetic, proprietary The North Face insulation that retains warmth when wet. The jacket’s minimal, unibody construction reduces seams and its quilt design prevents insulation migration and cold spots.
The Summit L5 Shell and Shell Pant utilizes a waterproof, breathable DryVent 3L membrane. The shell and pant have localized FuseForm construction for targeted durability with minimal seams and were designed with articulated, one-piece construction for alpine mobility.
The final layer of the line is the Summit L6 Jacket, an 800-fill RDS down belay jacket that uses welded, Z-baffle construction for increased warmth and weather-resistance, and FuseForm™ construction for targeted durability.