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The North Face Resolve - Women's Review
Cons: Not as breathable, heavy
The North Face Resolve jacket was one of the most comfortable jackets we put on for this review. The cut is sleek and athletic and provides good ease of movement, even when wearing a helmet under the hood. Our team of reviewers agree that the Resolve rain shell feels like a regular jacket you might wear every day. This is your jacket-of-all-trades, master-of-none. Though it could not find a place among our winners, overall we would highly recommend this jacket if it fits your needs.
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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings
The Resolve did not stand out of the crowd in any of our metrics, but it was a dependable, solid performer. This jacket is comfortable and tough, making it a great piece for everyday use. If it fits the bill, you will find yourself reaching for it often.
The Resolve passed muster here, no problem. The cut of this jacket is very thoughtful and provided excellent rain protection from every angle and position.
As with the other two-layer jacket in our review, the Columbia Arcadia II - Women's, this is a jacket that feels a little bulkier and doesn't wick moisture or dump heat as efficiently as our Editors' Choice winner, the Outdoor Research Aspire - Women's. The slim fit also doesn't promote air circulation inside the jacket as well, so high-level aerobic endeavors often left us feeling a bit stuffy in this jacket.
The Resolve is outstanding in the comfort department. The North Face equipped this jacket with a cozy fleece collar, just-right fitting elastic cuffs, and a snug, brimmed hood that fits a helmet and retains excellent mobility and visibility. The hood also tucks into the collar for a more town-friendly look when the downpour subsides.
At 16.6 ounces, this is the heaviest jacket we reviewed. While it would still work for a backpacking trip, the Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket - Women's is much lighter and only costs $9.99 more.
Early in our tests, testers found that some of the liner fabric in the collar snagged and frayed. This was not the same material used on the rugged outer layer of the jacket, but did drop the jacket down a notch in the durability department.
Given this is the heaviest jacket we reviewed, the Resolve has excellent packability. It stuffs tightly and neatly into its own pocket, in a similar fashion to the Patagonia Torrentshell - Women's.
The North Face Resolve is a very comfortable jacket for around town use and short adventurous outings like day hikes, birdwatching, or beachcombing. The Resolve, along with the Columbia Arcadia II and the Sierra Designs Stretch Rain Jacket - Women's feels more like a jacket you might wear to keep a little warmer, and not just as a rain shell. It is rugged enough for garden work and building projects, and stylish enough to wear around town.
At $90, the Resolve is on the less expensive side of the rain jackets we reviewed. It is not as affordable as the Columbia Arcadia II, but it is significantly more comfortable. It is also not as lightweight as the Marmot PreCip, but it feels more like a jacket we would wear around town. Overall, it's a solid deal for the price.
The North Face Resolve is a jacket that just makes sense. Where it falls down in weight, bulk, and breathability, it makes up in comfort and practicality. The North Face wasn't trying to make the Resolve your fast-and-light rain jacket, so they were more thoughtful in the comfort department. In the end, it was a collection of seemingly smaller details that ultimately made us quite fond of this jacket for those casual days around town in inclement weather.
The North Face Resolve
— Lyra Pierotti
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Most recent review: October 18, 2014
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