What makes one jacket or hoodie more popular than another? Comfort and style come to mind, but these qualities are not as simple as one might think, especially when you're talking about outdoor sportswear from The North Face, a company that's been doing the same thing since 1966: making high-performance apparel for people who refuse to stop exploring. Take the men's North Face hoodie and jacket versions of the Denali.
Smart fleece. Recycled PolartecA� 300 Series fleece makes this hoodie and Denali jacket eco-friendly, just warm enough, and highly functional. Water resistant coating on the fleece makes this the jacket to have in wintery weather.
Zips. A system in many of its shell jackets supports the smart practice of layering. The Denali is compatible with this system; i.e., you can easily zip it into a shell jacket to make a one-piece insulated layer. The length of the zipper on the Denali matches up with the zipper length on certain shells and jacket cuffs can be attached together via a loop-snap closure.
Pockets. Use the Napoleon (vertical) chest pocket for your MP3 player and the horizontal chest pocket for something else you can't do without. As with other technologies that make the Denali rock, these are designed for greatest performance.
Protection. Only a company that's been deep into performance apparel for more than four decades would lose sleep over protecting your elbows and shoulders, but if you know this manufacturer, you know that top climbers, runners, snowboarders, skiers, and bikers rely on this kind of dedication, while the rest of the world's everyday amateur athletes get to benefit. Abrasion-reinforced shoulders and elbows is what we're talking about here. You'll find it on the men's North Face Denali jacket.
Green power. The recycled PolartecA� that is made from 90% post-industrial waste and 10% post-consumer waste also happens to be soft, functional and cool looking.
The Denali is also available for the smarter sex and the world's future professional athletes. It comes in a great selection of colors, and you can buy it for less online. Look for a company that sells authentic outdoor sportswear and knows how to take good care of its customers (see below!)