The North Face Better Than Naked Jacket Review
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For the runner that needs a little protection from the wind, rain, cold, The North Face Better Than Naked Jacket comes highly recommended by myself and many other runners who’ve worn this jacket. The North Face has made previous better than naked jackets, but this years model is a little piece of running jacket heaven.
While I’m not always running in cold, wind, or rainy conditions, I like to be prepared for when I do. I live in the Denver metro area where the climate is pretty mild in the spring, summer, and fall months. But I also spend every minute I can up in the rocky mountains and the climate up there is cooler and much more unpredictable. Whether running in the mountains of Colorado or the winters of North Carolina, we all like to carry as little as possible because no one wants to carry around a ton of heavy and bulky gear with them while running.
The North Face Better Than Naked Jacket weighs in at 6.35 oz. which is nice and light. And while there are lighter jacket’s on the market, I haven’t come across one that has as good of a mix between comfort and lightweight. Some of the other lightweight running and emergency jackets are often times made of a silky lightweight nylon material which is great for dry climates. The problem is when you start to sweat that silky nylon material often sticks to your arms and other exposed skin. I’ve run a number of times where it was a cool morning and it heated up as it got later in the day and The Better Than Naked Jacket never clung to my skin keeping me nice and comfortable. Much of this moisture management can be attributed to The North Face’s technology called FlashDry which is permanently embedded in the yarn and won’t wash out. Another nice feature of FlashDry is that it doesn’t get stinky which is often a problem with many moisture wicking fabrics.
Great to use as an emergency jacket
Since this jacket uses such a lightweight fabric, it also works great as an in case of emergency jacket. This comes in handy if a stray storm comes through while running in the high country, but you don’t want a jacket that takes up a lot of room in your backpack.
The North Face Better Than Naked Jacket Fit
The fit of The North Face Better Than Naked is slender, but I would not consider it to be fitted like some other performance oriented jackets. I weigh in at 173lbs and 6’0 tall and found a size medium to fit perfect. The jacket fits loose enough where you can run through your stride whether you’re racing towards the finish line or in a slower long run stride.
The colors on this Jacket are super bright yellow with blue or black and yellow. I chose the super bright yellow and it makes you extremely easy to find!
The North Face Better Than Naked Jacket is has easily become one of my favorite running jackets and I highly recommend this jacket to any runner that takes their running serious.
For more information on the Better Than Naked Jacket and other North Face gear, please visit www.thenorthface.com