The North Face Puddle jacket review

Lightweight, breathable and windproof

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £100.00 RRP
The North Face Puddle Jacket

Our review

Fulfils its windproof role and fits well, but there's not enough venting and the sleeves are an odd cut
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The Puddle jacket from The North Face is their crack at a lightweight, windproof/breathable outer shell for grotty days in the hills.


The fit is superb – there’s room for under-layering, but it’s not baggy or billowy when worn on its own. It’s a good weight too, easily stowable and worth taking as an emergency outer layer in case you get caught out when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

The Gore Windstopper torso does an excellent job at keeping the wind out and the warmth in but we’d have appreciated some venting when climbing. There’s a handy stash pocket at the front and the lower cut rear helps keep water out of your drawers.

The sleeve length is good but we were a bit bewildered by the baggy cuffs. At a standstill they sit down over the top of a glove, but get on the bike and you get, for want of a better phrase, a wizard’s sleeve on.


This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications


Name Puddle jacket (12)
Brand The North Face

Clothing Sizes Available L M S XL
Waterproof No
Windproof Yes