The North Face Ampere Hoodie Review
The first time that I wore The North Face Ampere Hoodie, I was surprised at how quickly the sleeves dried after a bathtub soaking (yes, I have kids, and yes, that means I get wet more than the average adult). I experimented with this a little further, and came to the same result. After I had the hoodie for a week or so, I went to The North Face website to learn more about what this particular shirt had to offer.
Lo and behold, it is crafted with Flash-Dry-XD fibers throughout. This proprietary fabric, which is incorporated in over 100 of The North Face’s products, has a microporous additive that accelerates the removal of moisture from the skin. Due to an increased fiber surface area, it also speeds evaporative drying. As an added plus, The North Face claims that Flash-Dry XD is permanently embedded in the yarn and never washes or wears out. I guess I will have to update you on that stat next year.
Performance of The North Face Ampere Hoodie
I have worn this hoodie into the high 50s, and did not even have to worry about sweating through the shirt. The Ampere Hoodie is outfitted with “body-mapped ventilation” on the neck and underarms to allow for slightly more airflow. While it did not block wind or rain, it did do a great job of wicking sweat on runs of 10 miles or more and during more explosive high-intensity training.
The North Face Ampere Hoodie is part of their Mountain Athletics line, which is designed for the outdoor enthusiast who also spends much of their time training, whether it be in the gym, pool, or rock wall. The 100% polyester shirt is made to last, and comes with a lifetime warranty. I have worn this shirt to a couple of CrossFit classes this spring, and am yet to worry about a tear. I will say that having a hood is not ideal for performing wall push-ups, but other than that, I don’t have any gripes on this shirt’s performance in the gym.
The North Face did a great job with the fit of the Ampere Hoodie, which is a bit looser than some other running apparel. However, this fit performed better while executing lateral exercises, especially with weights in hand. I found it to be comfortable and cool when I needed it most.
Learn more at TheNorthFace.com.