The North Face Men’s Short Track Jacket features:
– GORE® WINDSTOPPER® fabric is completely windproof while still providing breathability to keep you comfortably warm and dry
– Stretch underarm paneling allows for a full range of motion and superior ventilation
– Mock collar with brushed lining
– Full-zip front closure
– Zip-off sleeves for versatility
– Long sleeves with elasticized cuffs
– Dual zippered back security pockets
– Reflective The North Face logos at left chest and back-right shoulder
– Long hem at back
– Elastcizied hem
– 86% nylon, 14% elastane
This jacket is not only functional but quite classy.
Its name suggests mountain biking activity, however road cycling, running or walking is also perfect for this style.
Removable, zip-off sleeves allow transformation into the vest. Rolled sleeves fit perfectly into side/back pockets. This is very convenient when you need to warm up, before more intense activity or when the temperature has a rising tendency.
The pockets are angled so when you bend over the bicycle’s handlebar, things don’t fall out. These seem to be perfect for an extra water bottle and an energy bar.
Long hem covers the lower back during cycling, however is not too long during casual walks or jogging.
The fabric is very nice to touch, resembling suede. The water resistance is only good during occasional drizzle.
GORE® WINDSTOPPER® fabric feels comfortable down to mid 40-ties and during blazing descends. At times wind seems to penetrate the zipper, since there is not protective flap.
A chin guard protects from zipper abrasion.
Suggestions for improvement
The lack of a zipper flap causes partial penetration of cold wind. This is especially noticeable during blazing descends.
Many athletes prefer to shed their clothing “on the go”. Installing magnets in removable sleeves, instead of zippers, would be an interesting solution since removing the sleeves is not possible without stopping. On the other hand, zippers may act as vents, before the sleeves come out.
The additional “Napoleon” pocket is becoming a standard with many jackets. It is a perfect solution for an iPhone or mp3 player.