The North Face FuseForm Brigandine 3L Jacket review. OnTheSnow reviewed this shell jacket as part of its 2016/2017 Jacket Buyers' Guide.

Favorite Features: The DryVent technology of the Brigandine is not only breathable and waterproof, it looks like it’s meant to slay big descents in the Chugach. Combined with seam-sealed zippers and multiple internal and external stash pockets (including a wrist pocket complete with goggle cloth), this shell is ready to be fired down your favorite all-time line.

Room for Improvement: In this day and age, it’s nice to have a designated internal media pocket. The Brigandine does offer a port for headphones and internal access to the outer main pocket, which, depending on phone size, may be overkill in terms of size. For next year, we’d like to see the addition of wrist gaiters to further complement the outstanding powder-protection found in the jacket-to-pant interfacing powder skirt.


Fit: The Brigandine is roomy and relaxed, without the parachute-like feel found in some shells. The bottom hem and cuff lengths deliver excellent coverage and the adjustable storm hood is easily cinched into a customized position. The collar offers enough room to be zipped up the entire way, even when wearing a buff.

Manufacturer Description: With color-infused fabric, reduced weight and a third texture to target performance zones, we’ve fine-tuned the Brigandine Jacket to further meet the demands of our athletes. Relaxed ergo fit / Waterproof, breathable, fully seam sealed / Adjustable, helmet-compatible, fixed hood / Reliable, waterproof YKK® #5 center front zip / Waterproof #3 YKK® zip chest pockets, one with a radio-holder pocket / Internal, water-resistant, insulated phone pocket / Waterproof #3 YKK® zip accessory pocket / Waterproof #3 YKK® pit-zips / Bonded, water-resistant, flap-cover, zip wrist utility pocket with goggle cloth / Elasticated thumb-loop cuffs / Hook-and-loop, adjustable, bonded cuff tabs / Internal stretch-mesh goggle/lens pocket / Internal stretch-mesh stash pocket / Articulated stretch woven powder skirt with bonded tabs and silicon gripper elastic