The North Face Brigandine FutureLight Jacket | Review

If this is what the future of ski outerwear looks like, we're heading in a very good direction

Why We Chose The North Face Brigandine FutureLight Jacket: Quality-build, FutureLight fabric, intelligent design, recycled materials, endorsed by Sam Anthamatten

Price: £690

Buy Here

Rarely holding our attention for longer than a 12 month cycle, there are some brands that just bounce on and off our radar screen on a yearly basis. Then there’s brands like The North Face. These are the brands that are always on our mind, the brands that are living rent-free inside our heads season after season; year after year. 

Featuring in our first ever Ski 100, The North Face Brigandine FutureLight Jacket is an excellent slice of snowsports outerwear. The go-to jacket for none other than TNF’s very own freeride legend Sam Anthamatten, and utilising Futurelight technology in its construction, this product is, in short, a very nice bit of kit and one that’s well worth shouting about.


Developed using nano spinning, The North Face claims that FutureLight is the “world’s most advanced breathable-waterproof outerwear technology.” Obviously there’s always going to be some hyping up and exagerration when a brand’s marketing department gets involved, so take that strong statement with a pinch of salt. 

We will say this, however. Whenever we’ve used FutureLight, we’ve been genuinely impressed by how waterproof and breathable it is. Last year, we tested Futurelight in the high alpine with the man himself, Sam Anthamatten, and were very impressed by what it brought to the table. Earlier this year, we reviewed the technology’s shift into the shoe world when we tested the The North Face Activist FutureLight Mid Boot. Once again, to the surprise of no one, we were loving its whole deal. 

FutureLight adapts to the elements so you don’t have to. This is an ideal state of affairs if you want to stay dry and comfortable while seeking out those tough-to-access backcountry powder stashes. Stick this on and crack on. That’s the theory anyway, a theory that increasingly seems to be a state of reality for those who’ve used Futurelight out in the field.

The fabric used throughout this product is 75D x 75D 100% recycled polyester with Tricot Backer. It’s had a Durable Water-Repellent (DWR) finish. Environmentalists will notice that 100% recycled polyester number and will, we imagine, be nodding their head approvingly. The big brands are, of course, no means done when it comes to being completely sustainable but it’s great to see giants like TNF taking big steps in the right direction with recycled materials.


When you’re spending £690 on a jacket, you’re going to want to see some good features coming as part of the package. You’d be mad / too rich, if you didn’t.

Fortunately, the Brigandine FutureLight doesn’t skimp on the build quality or the number of well-implemented features it serves up. The integrated wrist gusset and elastic thumb cuffs are excellent, as are the pockets. 

We love pockets, here at Mpora, so it’s no surprise we now find ourselves madly love with a jacket that has an internal goggle pocket, an internal stash pocket, a wrist pocket with goggle wipe, two diagonal pack-friendly chest pockets with radio loop, one vertical pack-friendly chest pocket featuring a YKK AquaGuard zip, two zip collar pockets for a radio mic or additional venting, and secure-zip, pack-friendly, hand pockets with gear loops. Speaking of the hand pockets, these have what’s called an “integrated zipper garage” for expandable storage.

“The Brigandine FutureLight doesn’t skimp on the build quality”

Whether it’s the jacket-to-pant integration, the bonded, articulated, four-way stretch powder skirt, the pack-compatible pit-zip vents or the ergo drop hem with riveted cord-lock adjustment system you get the impression that the designers at TNF had more than a few late nights in the office getting every detail of this thing as spot on as humanly possible. Special mention also, while we’re on the subject of good design, to the helmet-compatible hybrid drop hood with riveted cord lock adjustment system and quality Velcroclosure cuff tabs. Loving your work, TNF.

The FuseForm construction of the Brigandine FutureLight jacket minimises seams. This, in turn, results in a lighter, less bulky, stronger and generally much more durable product. Throw into the mix the fact this jacket has a hyper articulated fit purpose-made for skiing and riding, and it’s clear you’re onto a winner. 

The jacket is available in ‘Papaya Orange’ and ‘Chlorophyll Green’.


Take a step into the future with the Brigandine FutureLight jacket. It’s not the cheapest option around but you do get what you pay for – in this case, a high quality, super functional, piece of outerwear endorsed by Sam Anthamatten himself.

You May Also Like

Planks X Woodsy ‘Yeah Baby’ Jacket | Review

The North Face Steep Purist Futurelight Gloves | Review

Newsletter Terms & Conditions

Please enter your email so we can keep you updated with news, features and the latest offers. If you are not interested you can unsubscribe at any time. We will never sell your data and you'll only get messages from us and our partners whose products and services we think you'll enjoy.

Read our full Privacy Policy as well as Terms & Conditions.