THE FUTURE OF RAINWEAR IS HERE
The North Face has been enabling exploration for more than 50 years by disrupting the industry and pushing boundaries in product innovation, and FUTURELIGHT™ is the next chapter in that storied heritage.
FUTURELIGHT™ was born in the mountains out of specific requests from The North Face global athlete team looking for increased performance and breathability in their waterproof gear.
FUTURELIGHT™ is a new kind of technology. The North Face tapped into a production method called nanospinning, which creates nanosized fibres that allow superior air permeability while maintaining waterproofness. This revolutionary nanospining allows for variable thickness within the single piece of fabric enabling freedom of movement and softness to touch – eliminating constrictions for more movement.
They then found a unique lamination process to attach those nanosized fibres to fabrics without sacrificing breathability, waterproofness, or durability. In the end, they have created a revolutionary process and an innovative fabric that can be adapted to meet the needs of any outdoor enthusiast.
The philosophy and responsibility of The North Face is to minimise its environmental footprint while maximising the performance of the product. This project is no different. They are using recycled fabrics, non-fluorinated DWR and production partners with a shared commitment to sustainability, responsible manufacturing, and eco-driven innovation.
FUTURELIGHT™ will change what you expect from waterproof outerwear gear.
FUTURELIGHT™ - Technology
Breathable: Breathes as hard as you do.
FUTURELIGHT™ is made using over 200,000 tiny nozzles to create an ultra-thin layer called a nanomembrane. That’s how air moves through the fabric while water is kept out.
The beauty of this superior airflow is that it removes the need to de-layer, which can be a difficult task, when travelling or climbing across technical terrain. It also allows you to retain protection from wind, rain and snow without overheating.
World-Class Alpinist David Gottler:
"there's much less hot and cool temperature fluctuations from sweating to cooling so it's much drier. Breathability varies a lot on your activity and the moisture in the air - but in every way I've tried it I've been surprised how well FUTURELIGHT™ breathes and works. It's so effective."
Waterproof: Built to weather all the weather.
The North Face worked with an independent third party, UL: a world-renowned, independent safety science company with more than 120 years of expertise.
The results unequivocally demonstrated that The North Face have created a new standard in waterproof outerwear. It’s innovative fabric technology that’s independently certified.
Reigning Freeride Word Tour Champion Markus Eder:
"I wore FUTURELIGHT™ prototypes in every Freeride World Tour competition last season and all the other days on the slopes and backcountry too, the same jacket and pants. I never needed or wanted to change them after around 200 days on snow."
Soft: Feels so soft, it’s like a second skin.
FUTURELIGHT™ fabrics are designed with different weave structures, making them more thin and nimble, not stiff and crunchy. Without sacrificing how it protects you FUTURELIGHT™ is the hardest working, breathable-waterproof fabric with the softest hand feel from The North Face.
FUTURELIGHT™ products are made using new textile production standards and processes that is state-of-the-art. The Nanospinning process creates a unique set of performance benefits, including air permeability and light-weightness.
Durable: Tested in the world’s toughest conditions.
The North Face athletes operate in some of the most punishing and unforgiving weather and terrain on the planet. And they need to be able to depend on their gear to keep them warm, dry and safe whatever the conditions.
FUTURELIGHT™ breathable waterproof technology was tested by an elite athlete team in some of the toughest settings on Earth. From the top of Mt. Everest to the first-ever ski down Lhotse; it was even tested for 100 days straight.
Sustainable: Being in nature can be good for nature.
The philosophy and responsibility of The North Face is to minimise their environmental footprint while maximising the performance of the product. This project is no different. They are using recycled fabrics, non-fluorinated DWR and production partners with a shared commitment to sustainability, responsible manufacturing, and eco-driven innovation. From start to finish, The North Face have created a new sustainably-led fabric that will shape the future of the outdoors.
FUTURELIGHT™ is the largest product innovation effort ever at The North Face. It’s an athlete insight turned into a moment of truth. It’s moving the world of exploration whilst making the planet a better place.
FUTURELIGHT™ fabric has the perfect attributes for hiking garments; waterproof, breathable, comfortable, lightweight and durable. These all combine to provide you with a tenacious shield from the elements that is as comfy as your favourite hoodie or sweat pants.
You’ll find that FUTURELIGHT™ jackets and pants don’t crinkle or rustle as you walk allowing you to fully immerse yourself in peaceful surroundings. And when you reach more advanced or steep terrain the industry-leading breathability prevents you from overheating
Designed to protect, built to breathe, rainwear that’s ready for the future.
Keep dry and stay agile with the new FUTURELIGHT™ Dryzzle jacket. Lightweight, compact and stowable without sacrificing waterproofness and breathability - the Dryzzle can keep up with anything that you, or the weather, throw at it.
FUTURELIGHT™ is made with a Nanospinning process. The Nanospun fibres create Nano-level holes to allow for impressive porosity while still maintaining waterproofness, letting air move through the garment and provide more venting in the fabric than ever before. Through Nanospinning, weight, stretch, breathability, durability and construction can be adjusted, to achieve optimal activity-specific performance.
Combining enhanced breathability with lightweight design and unyielding protection, The North Face have created the future of footwear; made with a FUTURELIGHT™ membrane so that you can go further, climb higher and explore more.
When hiking, featherweight chassis and uppers combine for unrivalled speed and endurance which are tough enough to take on the roughest of trails.
Designed to protect, built to breathe, footwear that’s ready for the future.
Contemporary looks meet a FUTURELIGHT™ membrane to create the Activist Mid - a new type of outdoor shoe.
With modern construction methods, a moulded mid-height collar and proprietary TNF technologies like the EXTS outsole traction system, the result is a lightweight, supportive piece that delivers comfort in the city and hills alike.
Designed specifically for The North Face athletes and engineered using knowledge gained from their first-hand experience in the field, Summit Series represents the pinnacle of product technology, design innovation and athlete testing.
The collection is built without compromise, and Summit Series garments - from the drawing board to final fabrication - is designed to be strong, lightweight and above all functional
The North Face athletes depend on Summit Series garments to keep them warm, dry and safe in the most punishing weather on the planet. Athlete Tested. Expedition Proven.
Perfect for single or multi-day technical mixed climbing objectives in unpredictable weather. The L5 FUTURELIGHT™ Jacket is lightweight, durable and surprisingly soft & stretchy.
The new standard for alpine purists and the answer to The North Face athlete teams request to create something with increased performance, greater freedom of movement and breathability in their waterproof gear.
FUTURELIGHT™ - Summit Series
Steep Series is a purpose-built big mountain collection built to ride steep and deep lines. Gear for the outer limits, engineered from the ground up in partnership with The North Face athletes, this is one kit for any mission. When it comes to staying protected in the backcountry, the next generation of big-mountain skiers and snowboarders rely on The North Face Steep Series gear.
The North Face FUTURELIGHT™ was tested by an elite athlete team in the toughest conditions on Earth. From the top of Mt. Everest to the first-ever ski down Lhotse. It was even tested for 100 days straight. This is proven durability. In other words, it can weather all weather.
Designed specifically for advanced backcountry skiing and snowboarding, the Brigandine Jacket made from FUTURELIGHT™ takes lightweight waterproof breathability to a new level. The hyper-articulated fit of this jacket offers outstanding freedom of movement. Radio compatible features in the pockets ensure you won't lose contact with your riding buddies, and pack-friendly pockets mean you can stash gear on the go.
The hard-wearing A-CAD jacket is designed for versatility on the mountain so you can enjoy season after season of use ranging from full-on backcountry to warm spring days. With long lift rides, the need for warmth and comfort are important so this 3-layer shell has an insulating backer to provide light warmth. Laden with pockets and features that take you from the first chair to the last call seamlessly.
FUTURELIGHT™ - Steep Series
Designed specifically for The North Face trail running athletes. Flight Series performance running gear is race-day ready and engineered using knowledge gained from their first-hand experience at Ultra races around the world as well as the endless miles covered exploring our planet using only human power. Athlete Tested. Expedition Proven.
The focus is on lightweight garments that when worn for training or racing can withstand the extreme weather conditions whether that be wind, rain or even sleet.
This lightweight and protective package is also ridiculous breathable, allowing you to push on to in a comfortable and dry environment.
A great example of the tunable nature of FUTURELIGHT™ is the Men's Flight FUTURELIGHT™ Jacket. The North Face design team were able to adjust the weight, stretch, breathability and durability of this Flight Series garment to meet the athletes’ needs.
The end result is a lightweight trail running jacket where they have dialed-up the breathability and air permeability qualities whilst retaining the right weather protection for harsh wet climates.
UTMB 2019 Winner Pau Capell:
"It's a light product so obviously great for runners like me. FUTURELIGHT™ clothing offer more efficiency with less weight. That's something I'm always striving for and in FUTURELIGHT ™ I get both.”GHT™ I get both."