The FuseForm Brigandine kit, used by The North Face (TNF) athletes like Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and Sam Smoothy, got an update for 2016-17. The revamped jacket and pant are 28 percent and 17 percent lighter, respectively, than last year. TNF also utilized mobility friendly twill through the body as well as a durable, reinforced dobby in high abrasion zones like the shoulder, outside arms and hips. Three-layer construction offers optimal waterproofing and breathability while built-in stretch and the “ergo fit” design, which leaves a bit of room in the body and sleeves, ensure comfortable movement when bootpacking, skinning or upping that 360 to a 720. Reinforced cuffs and cuff-zip gussets work together to safeguard the pants, too. You’ll have this kit for years to come.
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