The North Face was late to the ultra-breathable active insulation game. But when it ultimately made an entry with Ventrix in Fall 2017, it was easy to forgive the lag. Like other synthetic insulation, Ventrix is an alternative to down that’s more water-resistant, if a little less packable. But The North Face made sure to make it different; the polyester fluff is breathable because it has laser-cut perforations that open and close with motion. The idea here is that a jacket like the Summit L3 Ventrix Hoodie, for instance, works to keep you cooler during activity and warmer during rest.
It works remarkably well. We’ve skied, hiked and commuted in Ventrix in various forms cooked up by The North Face. The Summit L3 Ventrix Hoodie tops the list — even earning a spot in our ranking of the best synthetic down jackets available — and right now you can get it for 25 percent (that’s $65) off. Not bad, considering cold temperatures are only weeks away.
Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.
Founded in 2007, Gear Patrol is an award-winning print and digital publication,
store, and content studio based in New York City. Our mission is to create a world
where everyone is empowered with the right products and knowledge.
Gear Patrol Studios is the creative partnership arm of Gear Patrol. Select advertising has been crafted on behalf of brands to help tailor their message for readers. These sections are demarcated with sponsored flags. Learn More
Gear Patrol participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites including the Gear Patrol Store. Learn More