Gear Review: The North Face Verto Micro Hoodie

This hybrid hoodie from North Face will keep you comfortable in changing conditions.


This versatile midlayer stuffs down to baseball size, so you can cram it into the corner of your daypack. Says one tester: “It kept me toasty under my shell when a sunny day in Zion suddenly turned into a snowstorm, and I wore it as an outer layer on blustery ridgeline hikes.” The hybrid construction—an insulated vest integrated with a windshell—nets an impressive warmth-to-weight ratio.

The core is stuffed with 800-fill down inside a Pertex Quantum shell. The underarms are a breathable nylon/poly/elastane blend. “Thanks to the body-mapping, I could keep this jacket on through constantly changing conditions,” says a tester. The sleeves and hem are long enough to prevent it from riding up while you’re scrambling, and the hood fits under a helmet without bunching. $249; 8.6 oz. (M); m’s S-XXL;