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Old 11-24-2013, 06:58 PM
 
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It's amazing how popular the North Face brand is. Just wondering what peoples opinion of North Face is? Particularly for their fleeces. I noticed men's fleece is now going for $179.00. Is it worth it? Does it keep you that warm? Does the quality justify the high cost? Or is North Face more gimmick?
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Old 11-24-2013, 07:10 PM
 
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Love TNF, it's functional and looks good. Just don't pay retail for it, there are plenty of places online that you can find it cheaper.
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Old 11-24-2013, 07:18 PM
 
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Another uniform item for the masses. Boring, bland, over priced.

I think the thing I do not like about it is not the items itself, just how everyone and their brother seems to wear the same color jacket with every single think they have, as if in this great land of the USA, creativity has taken a back seat to uniformity; yet these same people will get all geeked over someone like a celebrity wearing something different.

It is also part of that uniform women wear, the tights with uggs and a north face jacket in the winter. They are more uniformed than the military is.

Plus, i do not like it when a company puts their name/logo on a jacket.
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Old 11-24-2013, 10:18 PM
 
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I prefer Mountain Hardwear or Arc'teryx for my outdoor adventures.
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:10 AM
 
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I prefer Mountain Hardwear or Arc'teryx for my outdoor adventures.
Those are great as well, to me TNF is cheaper , and basically just for casual use. If your going to use the clothing the way it was really intended to be used, the brands you mentioned are much better. Triple Aught Design, Marmot, are a couple of others but your paying probably double the TNF.
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Old 11-25-2013, 10:03 AM
 
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Plus, i do not like it when a company puts their name/logo on a jacket.
This completely bugs me too. I don't care how well-made or comfortable it is, if it's got a large and noticeable name or logo on it, I'm not wearing it. In my opinion it looks totally tacky.

And anyhow I like more classic styles like pea coats anyhow, especially as I'm walking around the city, not trying to rescue avalanche victims.
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Old 11-26-2013, 06:22 AM
 
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Just comparing it to Columbia, which is I think its closest competitor in terms of clothing style and availability, I'd say the majority of north face clothing seems to be better quality though it comes at a higher price point. I have some decent columbia ski apparel, but I have been disappointed in the quality of the fleeces. I also have a North face sweatshirt hoodie and the quality is really pretty good, which I suppose it should be considering how much it cost.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:15 AM
 
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I don't look at The North Face from a "I wear yoga pants, Uggs, and TNF jacket" perspective. I am looking at it functionally. I live in New England and am outdoorsy and I need warm clothes to support my ski and hiking habits in the winter. TNF bills itself as a higher end outdoor apparel brand, like Mountain Hardware, Marmot, Patagonia, etc. though I like those other brands better.

Don't pay full retail and TNF is fine but if you want higher quality cold weather clothes, look to other brands.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:09 AM
 
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I had a down, North Face Jacket that I bought in the late eighties. I used it when riding horses, and barn chores. It's almost too warm to wear when doing physical activities. I would definitely buy another. I donated it to Goodwill last year because I have too many coats.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:12 AM
 
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They're fine, but my Navy-issue pea coat fits my lifestyle better.
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