The North Face A-Cad FutureLight Jacket | Review

For those big mountain powder days, look no further than the excellent A-Cad

Why We Chose The North Face A-Cad FutureLight Jacket: FutureLight fabric, 100% recycled polyester, stylish, functional, protective.

Price: £490


The Urban Dictionary defines a ‘cad’ as being a “rogue, or bounder.” Fortunately for you snowsport enthusiasts out there, this isn’t just any cad. This is the A-Cad FutureLight Jacket; a properly good, properly high quality piece of outerwear courtesy of The North Face. 

Now a go-to jacket of choice for snowboarding sorceress Marion Haerty, this product is more than worthy of its place in our Ski 100. Read on below to find out all about it. 


Crafted with FutureLight 3L fabric, the A-Cad is made to keep you dry and comfortable on those big old days in big old mountain powder. The nanospinning process used in its creation means FutureLight is able to be both incredibly waterproof, breathable, and windproof all at the same time.

On paper it’s perfect for those long, interchangeable weather, days in the hills where you’re getting active from sunrise to sunset. In reality, it’s perfect for those long, interchangeable weather, days in the hills where you’re getting active from sunrise to sunset. 

“It’s perfect for those long, interchangeable weather, days in the hills where you’re getting active from sunrise to sunset”

The environmentalists (aren’t we all environmentalists these days?) will be pleased to see 100% recycled polyester used here. The people who like a comforting feel against their skin, meanwhile, will be delighted to know that there’s a brushed tricot backer here. 

The jacket has been treated with a Durable Water-Repellent (DWR) Finish. 


When you’re forking out almost 500 big ones on a jacket (RRP £490), you’ll want it to deliver on the features front; you’ll want it to justify its expense to you every time you put it on. Obviously the FutureLight fabric is part of that justification, but to paint this jacket as a one trick pony would be deeply unfair. This thing is packed to the rafters with clever design touches, and nicely-implemented features. Pull up a chair, and we’ll talk you through them.

First up, there’s a deep sense here of a product that wants you to optimise the fit to suit your surroundings and personal taste. Take the two-way adjustable hood management system, for example. Adjustable hoods are nothing new, of course, but this one really does allow you to get the coverage absolutely dialled. Speaking of adjustability, shoutout to the adjustable powder skirt, adjustable cuff tabs with satisfying Velcro closure, and jacket-to-pant integration option. 

“Packed to the rafters with clever design touches, and nicely-implemented features”

If you look in the mirror and see a pocket nerd staring back at you, you’ll be delighted to know that the A-Cad FutureLight jacket is the height of practicality. There’s a whole bunch of pockets here – chest pockets, smartphone and lift pass pockets, goggle pockets and more.

Not exactly revolutionary stuff, but we have seen these pockets implemented badly in lesser ski jackets. That’s not the case here. AquaGuard, for example, means you can put valuables in the pockets safe in the knowledge that a whole bunch of water isn’t going to seep in and damage them. 

FutureLight is great for breathability but that doesn’t mean you’re not going to want a bit of extra ventilation when you’re pushing yourself in the backcountry (especially on a springtime mission). The A-Cad, you’ll be glad to know, has some excellent pack-compatible AquaGuard pit-zip vents for when you want to get some fresh air in. 

The women’s A-Cad FutureLight jacket from The North Face comes in two colourways: ‘Trellis Green / Radiant Orange / Weathered Black’ and ‘British Khaki Camo Print / Weathered Black’. 


Pair this with The North Face A-Cad Futurelight Bib Trousers, and you’ve got yourself a dreamy setup for the mountains. Good bit of kit, this. 

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