The North Face Eurus Jacket Review
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Versatility is an extremely important quality for a jacket to have. The North Face Eurus Jacket has this quality and many other excellent features. The Eurus is a new jacket within TNF’s Summit Series collection and is designed for aerobic alpine adventures and received approval from some of the most extreme outdoor athletes. I have been using the Eurus for skiing, snowshoeing, and cold weather hiking. The Eurus is available for men and women, and being a woman, I will discuss my take on the female version in this review.
The Eurus Jacket features top the of the line HyVent Alpha shell which is not only waterproof, but also extremely breathable. Waterproof ratings can be difficult to interpret, especially because the waterproof ratings are talking about the fabric itself and not necessarily how the jacket performs in the real world. With that said, the Eurus jacket can sustain 25 PSI, per TNF teams report and is therefore 100% waterproof according to US government standards. An average hard rain exerts about 2 PSI, however the pressure increases when tension is placed on the fabric via movement or placing a pack on top of the jacket. During my experience of fall thunderstorms and early season snow showers, the Eurus has been stellar at offering weather protection and kept me dry. The Eurus also has fully taped seams and waterproof zippers to keep the elements out.
In addition to being waterproof, the Eurus jacket carries a breathability rating of 700-750g/m2 or about 16,000g/24hr/m2, which is the standard units of measurement. Anything over 10,000g/24hr/m2 is deemed breathable. If you are still steaming up on the ascent, the large underarm pit zips can be opened up to further cool you down.
Many waterproof jackets or rainwear becomes crinkly and stiff when the temps plummet; not the Eurus because of its HyVent two layer design. The inner layer has a bit of stretch to it and features high pile fleece where you need added warmth the most, at the core. The fleece is super soft to the touch and adds just a tad more warmth to the shell without creating a lot of bulk or extra weight. The hood is helmet compatible and when the jacket is fully zipped with the hood up, your chin/nose rubs on super soft fleece, a refreshing change from the collars of old. The hood also features a semi rigid brim and an easy pull tab for adjustment.
The Eurus Jacket has an athletic cut and runs true to size. I can easily place my TNF Thunder Jacket underneath for super cold days. The sleeves are plenty long and feature adjustable cuff tabs to go over or under your gloves. I really like the alpine hand pockets, which allow you to stuff goodies into them without interfering with a pack hip belt or sternum strap. There is also a stretchy zippered internal pocket on the right chest and an outer zippered left chest pocket, providing ample storage for your essentials. There is no snow skirt, which is not a deal breaker. I don’t always like snow/spray skirts because they create a lot of bulk and added weight. Rather, the Eurus Jacket can be easily cinched down from one of the pull cords featured within the alpine chest pockets.
The Eurus Jacket is so versatile that it can be used alone, with a light fleece underneath, or a full down jacket underneath. No matter the combination, you will get a waterproof and breathable shell to work with. For more information on the Eurus Jacket and other North Face products, visit www.thenorthface.com or www.amazon.com/thenorthface.