Gear Review: The North Face Women’s Venture Jacket
I have been doing a rain dance around here just for the chance to really put this jacket through the paces. A little, pathetic, yes. But, I love rain and I had tested every other aspect of the Venture.
A couple family hikes that ended up in the rain provided a perfect chance to see how well it fared when the “going got wet.” Oh the things we will do to get gear testing done…
I must mention that while it is built for rain, The North Face Women’s Venture Jacket goes way beyond just keeping me dry. It is a great outer layer for windy days, a light shell over layers while camping and is my go-to jacket for cooler (but not cold) temperatures.
Spoiler: This jacket makes me yearn to be back in the wet that is the Pacific Northwest….it’s that good.
What I loved about the Venture:
- Super light weight
- Adequate room for layering
- Pit zips to allow for extra ventilation when on the trail
- Very water proof (you can see the water beading up on it in the photo)
- Proper length for good coverage.
- A wide range of colors
- Packs up VERY small
What I wasn’t so crazy about:
- The stow pouch (which is the inside of one of the pockets) is mesh. So, if your jacket is stowed and gets wet, the whole jacket gets wet.
In case you missed it, you have a chance to win a $100 Gift card (which would buy you a Venture!) from St. Bernard Sports. You can find the giveaway (and a full explanation of who St. Bernard Sports is) here.
St. Bernard Sports generously provided me this jacket for the purposes of facilitating a review. As always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly my own.
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The Bottom Line
The best rain jacket I have found (and I have tried a lot of them over the years!)