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The North Face Antora - Women's Review

A simple rain jacket with decent water resistance that is cute enough for the city and functional enough for the woods
the north face antora for women rain jacket review
Credit: The North Face
Price:  $89 List
Manufacturer:   The North Face
By Jessica Albery ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 4, 2022
48
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SCORE


RANKED
#10 of 11
  • Water Resistance - 25% 7.0
  • Breathability - 25% 3.0
  • Comfort and Mobility - 20% 4.0
  • Weight and Packability - 15% 4.0
  • Durability - 15% 6.0

Our Verdict

Seeking a rain jacket stylish enough for your daily commute but still functional enough to take into the woods? The North Face Antora fills that niche. Its simple design helps keep the cost down, but we missed a few of the bells and whistles like adjustable cuffs and pit zips. It's affordable and a great budget jacket for light activity weather in the city or the mountains. To see which rain jackets topped the charts, check out our full women's rain jacket article.
REASONS TO BUY
Inexpensive
Deep pockets
Easy to use
REASONS TO AVOID
Breathability
No stow pocket
Bulky
Editor's Note: We added this new review of The North Face Antora to our lineup on October 4, 2022.

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Pros Inexpensive, deep pockets, easy to useComfortable, breathable, versatile, not crinkly, soft hand feelSimple but functional, hood packs away, good valueAffordable, good fit, comfortableInexpensive, simplistic design, easy to use
Cons Breathability, no stow pocket, bulkyHood doesn't offer great coverageSmall zipper pulls, internal fabric can stick to bare skinHood isn't super comfortable, fabric doesn't feel good on skinPoor ventilation, less comfortable
Bottom Line A simple rain jacket with decent water resistance that is cute enough for the city and functional enough for the woodsAn exceptionally breathable and comfortable jacket for active adventures offering a full range of motion while repelling light moistureA solid rain jacket that offers decent performance at a price point that won't break the bankA simple rain jacket in which function meets value at a reasonable price pointA decent casual rain jacket offering protection for when you have to go out in the rain, but lacks breathability for outdoor enthusiasts
Rating Categories The North Face Antora Mountain Hardwear S... Marmot PreCip Eco -... REI Rainier - Women's Columbia Arcadia II...
Water Resistance (25%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Breathability (25%)
3.0
10.0
6.0
5.0
3.0
Comfort and Mobility (20%)
4.0
10.0
8.0
6.0
4.0
Weight and Packability (15%)
4.0
8.0
8.5
5.0
5.0
Durability (15%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Specs The North Face Antora Mountain Hardwear S... Marmot PreCip Eco -... REI Rainier - Women's Columbia Arcadia II...
Measured Weight 12.2 oz 9.7 oz 9.2 oz 11.4 oz 11.2 oz
Number of Fabric Layers 2 2.5 2.5 2.5 2
Material 100% Nylon 50D Stretch Ripstop 100% Ripstop Nylon 100% Ripstop Nylon 100% Nylon
Pockets 2 hand 2 hand, 1 chest 2 hand 2 hand 2 hand
Pit Zips No Yes Yes Yes No
Pit Zip Length (in) N/A 11 10 10 N/A
Helmet Compatible Hood No No No No No
Stows into Pocket No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Carabiner Loop in Stow Pocket No No Yes No Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The North Face Antora is a good rain jacket that is just as at home commuting to work in the city as it is puttering around camp. The DryVent 2-layer shell is made from 100% recycled nylon with a non-PFC DWR finish, providing respectable water resistance, and though it lacks some of the features we appreciate, like adjustable cuffs and pit zips, it is still a pretty impressive option that won't break the bank.

Performance Comparison


the north face antora for women rain jacket review - the north face antora offers decent water resistance but minimal...
The North Face Antora offers decent water resistance but minimal breathability, so it is best for more passive activities.
Credit: Jessica Albery

Water Resistance


The DryVent 2-layer nylon fabric performed well in field tests and in our shower test, keeping testers dry for a moderate amount of time. We were also impressed with the water resistance of the hand pocket and center zippers.

However, the elastic wrist cuffs got wet, and moisture moved up the inner arm fabric around the wrist and forearm, leaving the inside feeling damp and uncomfortable. The hood offers minimal coverage, leaving the face fairly exposed to the elements.

the north face antora for women rain jacket review - the antora offers adequate water resistance, and the large flaps...
The Antora offers adequate water resistance, and the large flaps protect the zippers underneath well.
Credit: Jessica Albery

Breathability


The Antora falls short when it comes to breathability. The jacket is lined with mesh on the back and shoulders and a polyester lining on the front, but we found these fabrics did very little to wick away and vent internal heat and moisture. On our set route test, this jacket was just too hot, leading to a sweaty interior on the short uphill walk.

With no pit zips and less-than-ideal fabric breathability, we found the only way to drop excess heat was to undo the front zip, which isn't ideal when it's actually raining. The lack of breathability makes this jacket a better choice for casual wear as opposed to more sweat-inducing activities.

the north face antora for women rain jacket review - testing the north face antora while camping.
Testing The North Face Antora while camping.
Credit: Jessica Albery

Comfort and Mobility


The cut of the Antora offers a full range of motion with no restrictions through the arms, shoulders, and torso.

The pocket flaps keep the contents of the pockets dry, but getting hands in and out is cumbersome. That being said, the hand pockets are quite deep and comfortable to have the hands in, and there is plenty of room for a cell phone and keys.

the north face antora for women rain jacket review - the pockets on the antora are deep, but hard to access.
The pockets on the Antora are deep, but hard to access.
Credit: Jessica Albery

Weight and Packability


The Antora weighs in on the heavier side at 12.2 ounces — no big deal if weight is not a concern, but not our top choice for avoiding a heavy pack.

This rain jacket is fairly bulky and does not stow into one of its pockets, again making it less than ideal for a travel jacket when space is limited.

the north face antora for women rain jacket review - the north face antora does not pack into a stow pocket but fits into...
The North Face Antora does not pack into a stow pocket but fits into its hood.
Credit: Jessica Albery

Durability


The outer fabric is sturdy, and held up well during testing, showing no signs of abrasion. We found the zippers ran smoothly and consistently.

With the lower price tag comes a few concessions in components, such as elastic cuffs as opposed to adjustable velcro cuffs. The toggles on the drawcords are bulkier, but they function smoothly. The drawcord around the hood ends in two such toggles and is tied to a loop at the collar, which could be a weak spot over time with frequent use.

the north face antora for women rain jacket review - our furry friends helped us with the testing process.
Our furry friends helped us with the testing process.
Credit: Jessica Albery

Should You Buy The North Face Antora?


The Antora offers adequate rain protection in a simplistic design with a reasonable price tag. We find it best suited for those looking for a more casual rain jacket for staying dry around camp, commuting to work, or running errands as opposed to hiking, biking, or being active in the rain, as its breathability is a little lacking.

What Other Rain Jackets Should You Consider?


The Marmot PreCip Eco offers better performance for those seeking a budget rain jacket that can hold up to rain in an active environment. The Outdoor Research Aspire II offers exceptional water resistance and breathability and is great for those looking to stay dry while exploring the outdoors.

the north face antora for women rain jacket review - the north face antora is a simplistic rain jacket with a reasonable...
The North Face Antora is a simplistic rain jacket with a reasonable price tag.
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