Gear in Review: The North Face Purist Kit

21st February 2018 | Heather B. Fried

Gear in Review: The North Face Purist Kit

The North Face Purist Kit is easily one of the most comfortable and feature-laden kits of all time.

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The North Face's Women's Purist Triclimate Jacket caught our eye this season for it's insanely cool and utterly unique color blocking (orange/pink option). It captured our heart with... well, everything else. 

Favorite Features

Easily one of the most comfortable and feature-laden kits of all time. TNF's Women's Purist Triclimate Jacket and Purist pant are lightweight and oh-so-stashable, so you'll never have to think twice about packing one more kit for that long weekend. The jacket offers extra warmth in the form of body-mapped insulation that you'd never know was there by looking at this shell-like style. An optional vest snaps easily in/out for a versatile little something extra for your core on those mid layer ditch-able days. Worn on its own, the vest doesn't look half bad (though slightly like it could also work on a minimalist fishing trip) and makes for a convenient configuration come après.

On-Snow Performance

On the flip side, there's the heat dumping department, and both Purist Jacket and pant shine here as well. The pant features inner and outer thigh zips along with TNF's specialty Chimney Venting™ system designed to promote airflow from the bottom up. The jacket has long, two-way pit zips, and it's chest pockets can double as vents as well—not coincidentally, these pocket/vents correspond to the compatible Ultimate mid layer, which can vent down even further for those days when you really over-layered. 

When the interior pocket is not in use, it can be unzipped to act as a pass-through from outer layer down to mid or bibs. The more we wear it, the more this kit proves to be just as functional as it is fetching. 

Born to lap the backcountry, the Purist kit offers boundless touring and skiing mobility, head to toe. The combo kept testers comfy in a wide variety of temperatures so far—mid teens to 20s-30s—and will no doubt be a go-to come spring with just a base layer. 

Fit

Both pant and jacket fit on the generous side of true, which we like. Some people change in/out of their ski pants on the way to/from the mountain—those people aren't wearing these pants. Baggy yet flattering. We're not sure how TNF managed to pull that one off, but we're not asking questions so long as they keep the Purist Pant around. The jacket zips seamlessly over a mid layer, and although the Purist has yet to see a deep powder day, the fixed powder skirt and jacket-to-pant connection are unrestrictive and easy to use. 

Room for Improvement

While quite protective and soft against the face, the structured, high collar is a bit on the stiff side, causing it to be slightly inhibiting. It can also be awkward to wear any other way but zipped completely up, but we bet it breaks in over time (already starting to).  

Price & Purchase

The North Face's Women's Purist Triclimate Jacket runs $328-$549 and the Purist Pant$292 via our trusted affiliate partner, Backcountry.com. 

An optional vest snaps easily in/out for a versatile little something extra for your core on those midlayer ditch-able days.

An optional vest snaps easily in/out for a versatile little something extra for your core on those midlayer ditch-able days.

Copyright: https://www.thenorthface.com/

Manufacturer Description

Jacket: For top-of-the-line customizable protection, this 3-in-1 snowsports jacket system features a full suite of backcountry-ready features and is designed for integration with other Steep Series™ layers. The weatherproof Gore-Tex® exterior jacket keeps water and arctic winds in the dog house while body-mapped composite insulation locks in heat. Add or remove the a snap-in insulated vest for additional, lightweight warmth as needed.
 
Pant: Built for dawn patrols and thigh-deep powder, these weatherproof Gore-Tex® pants feature an athlete-tested fit that's patterned specifically for alpine movement. The Chimney Venting™ system draws warm air from the lower legs and releases it through inner thigh vents to keep you comfortable while boot packing or skinning.

 

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