The North Face Women’s Stretch Diad Jacket – My Take

TNF Diad Jacket on Black Mountain

The North Face Women’s Stretch Diad Jacket

RETAIL PRICE $199.00 (way steep! I just got a steal online at REI OUTLET)
USE
rain, snow, wind, and cold (with insulation under the Diad)
WEIGHT
size small, 8 oz. (I can shave off another ounce by cutting out the bottom cord that I will never use)
MATERIAL
100% nylon ripstop HyVent® with mechanical stretch
FIT
I ordered a size small and it fit true to size, but for tall ladies it will run short in length

The Ups

  • Very lightweight and compacts really small
  • Breathed well while heaving and hoeing up mountain
  • Very flattering with a fun, great color
  • Stretchy fabric was comfy while moving
  • Storm worthy
  • Hood performed and fit great

The Downs

  • Got wet during rain on top of shoulders under shoulder straps (very typical of every rain jacket I have owned)
  • Length of jacket might run short

I have always loved having a rain jacket in my pack! It gives a feeling of being prepared for anything at anytime. Many an ultra lighter will forgo this luxury with alternatives like frogtogs, ponchos etc. primarily because the rain jacket serves only one function…protection from the rain. But I have always used a rain jacket for other purposes like extra warmth over fleece or down and as a wind jacket.

In the last few weeks I have hiked in the pouring rain, driving snow and strong winds and this jacket performs.  This jacket now makes its place on my PCT gear list.

The Diad’s latest trip was up Black Mountain. I am wondering where it is going next…

4 Comments

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  3. Looks Fab! Sounds like it performs well. Good idea taking the draw cord out.

    • Well, you have given me the courage to take the scissors and cut! My next gear test will be a new pack and hopefully a tent. Mmmmmmm…hope there are even more things to shave off weight. I will need your input! 🙂

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