Updated on April 11, 2016
The North Face Resolve Rain Jacket Review
One of the key items needed for enjoying all types of outdoor activities is a reliable, versatile rain jacket. There are a lot of options on the market including the North Face Womens Resolve Rain Jackets. Here we tested two different versions of this jacket, one in black and one in green. They were used in a wide variety of activities including casual wear, hiking, winter hiking (with layers), kayaking and rafting as well as travelling from Costa Rica to Wyoming and New Hampshire.
Design and Fit
The Resolve Jacket fits very well on a petite body and is the perfect length for a shorter torso. It has more of a looser sweater like fit in the shoulders, back, stomach and chest which allow for some layering as well as allowing unrestricted movement during activity. Unlike other jackets, the hood volume of the jacket is reasonable however it could still use a rear adjustment to pull it further up off your face. The cuffs are non-adjustable nylon covered elastic which were just the right diameter, not too tight, not too loose. The waist and front of the hood have standard cinch cord for tightening if needed.
Other than the jacket fit on the torso, another nice feature on this jacket is the soft inner collar lining with brushed chin guard. Especially in cooler weather, this soft lining feels so great on your chin and face I’ve found myself intentionally rubbing it with my chin nose and cheeks over and over again 🙂
The Jacket is closed via a bottom snap button, a primary zipper and four velcro closure strips. The only issue with these items is that the mesh of the jacket gets caught on the velcro strips and degraded a little over time as you keep having to detach it from the velcro.
The jacket comes with two side zipper mesh lined pockets which are large in volume. The jacket can be turned inside out and stashed into its own pockets. Another nice feature of the jacket is the stowable hood. It can be folded/rolled down a few times tucked under the rear collar, and secured in place with a velcro strip when not in use.
TNF’s Resolve jacket survived about 2 deluge rainstorms, 3X river kayak racing in springtime, 1X whitewater rafting and 2X in the washing machine before losing its water resistance. When it begins to lose its water resistance many different brands of surface treatments can be applied and it would be a good idea to invest in some waterproofing spray and keep it on hand after a few times of use.
The jacket breathes quite well for a rain jacket and the mesh lining works amazingly to prevent any stickiness of the jacket on your skin while working out. The ripstop nylon outer fabric has been compressed, scrunched up, rolled, stabbed with sticks, been dragged along rocks and carried up to 20 lbs of pack weight for hours and other than a little loss of fresh bought stiffness, has held up amazingly well and these jackets have had no rips, tears or degradation of the fabric.
For around $80, the North Face Resolve Jacket is a bit pricey for its performance as similar performing jackets in other brands could be found for less $$. If you are looking for technical performance rain gear for backpacking, hiking, climbing and similar activities, I would suggest spending a bit more money and getting a jacket that has a fabric with built in waterproof qualities (Gore-Tex, eVent, or Dry.Q) so you don’t need to have to keep treating it. However if you are short on cash and love the mesh lining and soft fleece in the collar, the Resolve should be just fine for wearing around town, 3 season day hikes, fishing and traveling.
|Manufacturer Model||The North Face Women’s Resolve Jacket|
|Model #||Style AQBJ|
|Size||2011 Small and 2010 Medium|
|Cost||$80 – $90|
|Pros||Mesh Lining, short torso, soft inner collar, packable in pocket, stow away hood|
|Cons||No rear hood adjustment, collar rides high, mesh lining gets stuck in velcro closures, requires waterproof treatment|
|Best Uses||Hiking, Walking, Travelling|
|Rain Jacket Specifications|
|Cut||Shorter Torso for Petite Frames|
|Pockets||Two large side mesh lined pockets, stow away hood pocket|
|Fit Adjustments||Drawcord hood, drawcord waist|
|Material||70D 105 g/m² (3.1 oz/yd²) nylon ripstop HyVent 2L body, Mesh knit lining, soft fabric inner collar|
|Additional Features||Soft-lined collar, packs in its own pocket|