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This is a very warm and comfortable sweatshirt and it seems like it would stand up well to a lot of use, I bought a size medium and while the fit is loose enough, it does run slightly small, my one real complaint is the length, it comes to right above my hips and that's a little short for me when it comes to a hoodie, but other than that, its great.
A quick note on TNF's hoodie sizes, while this sweatshirt runs small, the fave-our-ite hoodie in size medium is more like a large.
In the past, I usually bought synthetic materials, mainly because they are easier to find and a lot cheaper but I finally decided to try wool baselayers and I am so glad I did! Synthetic baselayers always leave me feeling clammy and cold, and they rarely dry as fast as you want them to, when I'm working hard to keep a pace it doesn't bother me but when on breaks or I've reached my destination, my body temp plummets and I get cold, fast. That doesn't happen with wool, it really does help regulate body temp and keeps you warm even when your drenched in sweat, and its very soft and comfy and not itchy at all. I wear a size medium and its perfect fit, although I have noticed it shrinks just a tiny bit the first time you wash it, when I do wash it, I always let it air dry. I highly recommend this product, its worth the money.
I have had my venture for almost 4 years now and its just now starting to show slight signs of wear (the outer layer is beginning to peel slightly from the inner layer). I have put this jacket through a lot! Its the only full on rain jacket I own so its worn for daily use and hiking trips, it has pit zips which are super awesome, I will never buy another rain jacket without them, the hood is just the right size and stays put. The jacket recently protected me from a torrential downpour while hiking up a mountain,although I was sweating so much I still ended up drenched, this brings me to my only complaint, when you sweat a lot and your wearing a tee or tank underneath, the jacket will stick to you so I almost wish it had a mesh liner, but that would ruin the jackets packability (I frequently stash this jacket in my purse) so all in all, its an awesome jacket and very affordable compared to other brands. I definitely recommend this jacket. Note on fit, its runs slightly large, in other north face jackets along with other brands, I wear a medium but I had to get a small for this jacket and I still have room to layer fleece underneath.
The fairing is really easy to install and it definitely does away w/all the noise, and I have noticed the MPG went a little since installing it, it looks good too ;)
I love this pants, they are very plush and warm ( yet very lightweight). The rear pocket is easy to get to and its big enough for lip balm, keys, and maybe an mp3. I am 5'8 and I got the long inseam and their just the right length. A note about sizing, they def. run large, I usually wear large in sweatpants but I got medium and I should have gotten small, if it wasn't for the drawstring waist, I would have had to send them back.