With everything that’s going on in the world right now, our thoughts are constantly turning to the future. What will the future be like? Will the future be fun? Will there be adventures in the future?
Now, obviously, we can’t really give you an answer to that first question but if endless Zoom quizzes are beginning to take their toll on you (we’re up to three a week at the moment) you should be reassured by the thought that one day, some day, this will all be over and proper outside excursions will be fully back on the menu.
There is light at the end of the tunnel even if, at times during this prolonged ordeal, that idea seemed incredibly far away. Anyway, with an optimistic “glass half-full” mindset towards the future we’ve decided to start testing some kit again (albeit in a socially responsible, stay alert, kind of way). And, with that in mind, what better bit of kit to test than The North Face Activist FutureLight Mid boot? It’s literally got future in its name. Welcome to the future, and all that.
First thing we should say is that we tested this product round south east London (no unnecessary travel to the National Parks for us, thanks very much). The second thing to say is that it hasn’t been raining much recently so we’ve not been able to give it the full on four hour walk in the rain treatment just yet although, rest assured, that’s on our to-do list when the opportunity arises.
To some extent though, the recent hot weather has been a blessing in disguise when it’s come to testing this product’s much discussed breathability factor.
If you’ve been paying attention to our website over the course of the last year, you’ll already be well aware that we’ve been testing FutureLight fabric technology in jacket form (we went skiing with Sam Anthamatten, no less). At the time of that test, we were genuinely impressed by the way ‘Nanospinning’ had helped to create a jacket that was both waterproof and genuinely breathable.