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5 MIN READ | 26 MARCH 2019

OUR ICONS

Born to serve the needs of expeditions in the harshest regions of the world, our icons are products that have taken on lives of their own.


Feature Photo: Base Camp at Queen Maud Land, Antarctica 2017, shot by Pablo Durano
 

OUR ICONS

  • ICON 01: THE 2-METER DOME, 1975

  • ICON 02: THE MOUNTAIN JACKET, 1985

  • ICON 03: THE BASE CAMP DUFFEL, 1986

  • ICON 04: THE DENALI FLEECE, 1989

  • ICON 05: THE NUPTSE JACKET, 1992

  • ICON 06: THE HIMILAYAN SUIT, 1994
     

ICON 01: THE 2-METER DOME

The 1987 Snowbird Expedition shot by Chris Noble
Photo: The 1987 Snowbird Everest Expedition, shot by Chris Noble

Inspired and approved by the American architect Buckminster Fuller, the dome tent set the standard for basecamp abodes in 1975, and remains the standard today.

Launch:
1975 | (the Oval InTENTion)

Sport milestone:
1987 | Snowbird expedition

Sally McCoy, Director of Equipment at The North Face, is on the climbing team, and the expedition inspires the Expedition System Line. Perennial outerwear classics like the Nuptse, Lhotse, Khumbu and Sagamartha jackets, all named after peaks and glaciers in the area, arise from this era.

The 2 Meter Dome Today
"If you are planning on spending long periods of time in the mountains, this is the dream base camp tent.  This 2-Meter Dome was my living room, bed room, kitchen, and art studio for two months in the Himalayas.  It was so cozy I almost didn't want to leave." - Cedar Wright, The North Face® Athlete, Rock Climber.

The 2-Meter Dome is the ultimate base camp expedition tent - durable and efficient in merciless environs such as the Himalayas and Antarctica. Setting the standard for unrivalled performance in major expeditions, this is the tent top mountaineers trust in critical conditions. Also acts as a solid feature for backcountry booter sessions.

Blake Paul in Tenquille, BC, Canada shot by Aaron Blatt
Photo: Blake Paul in Tenquille Lake, BC, Canada shot by Aaron Blatt

ICON 02: THE MOUNTAIN JACKET

The North Face Mountain Jacket
Photo: From mountain peaks to city streets, the Mountain Jacket has been keeping explorers dry for almost three decades.

While skiers had benefited from durable, adaptable apparel for years, the introduction of the mountain jacket gave climbers gear that could comfortably endure extreme elements.

Thanks to its heavy dose of GORE-TEX, the jacket spurred on an entire line of weatherproof gear made for expeditions.

Launch: 
1985

Sport milestone:
1986 | First Americans to do the six classic north faces of the Alps in a season

Mountain Heritage
First introduced as part of an alpine system to protect climbers and mountaineers from extreme elements, the Mountain Jacket has become a standard for durable protective outerwear. This heavy-duty veteran is incredibly weatherproof and has been tested by our athletes in many hostile environments over the years, including Himalayan and polar expeditions.

The North Face Mountain Jacket

Urban Style
Designed for expeditions and mountaineers but classic enough for everyday style and city life, The North Face Mountain Jacket has become an iconic streetwear jacket. Wear for technical functionality to stay dry or as an urban streetwear piece for ultimate style.

The North Face Mountain Jacket, shot by Christaan Felber

ICON 03: THE BASE CAMP DUFFEL

Base Camp Duffel on expedition in Wadi Rum, Jordan, shot by Tim Kemple
Photo: Base Camp Duffel on duty in Wadi Rum, Jordan for a climbing expedition with team climber Anna Pfaff, and Caro Ciavaldini, shot by Tim Kemple

Made of burly fabrics, and built to be transported via porters, yaks and camels, thousands of these gear totes circumnavigate the globe, surviving the world’s roughest airport baggage handlers.

Launch:
1978 | Named, “Soft Luggage Duffel”

This hard wearing soft luggage was built with vinyl laminated fabric, and was the precursor to the iconic Base Camp Duffel.

Evolution:
1989 | More Than A Duffel adds straps

1990 | Renamed, “Base Camp Duffel”

Today, the Base Camp Duffel is the duffel that’s been everywhere you want to go. The perfect companion for multi-day expeditions when you’re hauling loads of gear, or for a weekend of camping on the coast. There’s a size for every situation.

The North Face Base Camp Duffel

ICON 04: THE DENALI FLEECE

Todd Skinner and Paul Piana on El Capitan’s Salathe Wall completing the first free climb of a big wall in Yosemite, 1988, shot by Bill Hatcher

The original Denali jacket made its debut on the backs of Todd Skinner and Paul Piana during their historic Salathé Wall climb.

Durable enough to endure many days and nights of extremely unpredictable conditions, the Denali secured its foothold as the new standard for lightweight fleece performance on that fateful first ascent.

Launch: 
1988

Sport milestone:
1988 | Todd Skinner and Paul Piana free climb the Salathé Wall

Now the iconic jacket is constructed with recycled fleece for unmatched warmth, comfort and durability, so you can feel good about the clothes on your back. 

The Denali Fleece

ICON 05: THE NUPTSE JACKET 

Photo: The 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket brings the old school to urban and alpine exploration.
Photo: The 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket brings the old school to urban and alpine exploration

Tibetan for “west peak,” Nuptse lies a mile southwest of Mt. Everest, and the jacket named after it was the first to use an innovative new baffle construction that minimized down shifting and increased warmth. From a Himalayan base camp to downtown Manhattan, the Nuptse jacket instantly became iconic for thriving in frigid conditions.

Launch: 
1992

Sport milestone:
1994 | Becomes part of the expedition system that is used around the world.

Now, our classic puffer jacket is back. Featuring a retro look from 1996 and a revolutionary baffle construction, our Nuptse jackets and are insulated with lofty goose down for legendary warmth without weight. All of our goose down is certified to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS). Many of our iconic Nuptse jackets are packable, so you can easily stow them and travel wherever adventure takes you.

ICON 06: THE HIMALAYAN SUIT

Photo: Kit DesLauriers skis off Everest in 2006, shot by Jimmy Chin
Photo: Kit DesLauriers skis off Everest in 2006, shot by Jimmy Chin

As world class climbers started reaching new heights, they needed protection from increasingly harsher conditions. The Himalayan suit became the gold standard for thin air and polar environments.

Launch: 
1994

Sport milestone:
2006 | Kit DesLauriers is the first person to ski all seven summits.

The Himalayan Suit remains a staple for athletes aiming for the top of the world. It is the pinnacle down suit for climbing 8,000 meter peaks – part of our Summit Series™ collection, and made with goose down certified to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS).

Kit DesLauriers climbing Everest, 2006, shot by Jimmy Chin

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