Why we chose the Dragline Jacket and Pants: Freeride cut, sick design, reasonably affordable
Price: £380 (jacket) £300 (bibs)
The North Face have been crushing the freeride game for a long time. This is, in part, thanks to their stellar athlete lineup but also thanks to their category-defining outerwear and fabric designs.
This, the new Dragline Jacket and Pants combo, is a great example of that. It’s quickly become adopted by The North Face’s athlete team as one of their go-to freeride outerwear setups. If you’ve been keeping an eye out on the Freeride World Tour season, you’ll have seen the likes of Leo Slemmet and Aymar Navarro ripping down some of the world’s most formidable faces in this pretty flashy red outerwear number.
Cut with some of the finest weatherproof material in the game (more on that later) and sporting a pretty feature set that’s been specced-out to the max (more also on that later), the Dragline jacket and pants are going to be an ideal outerwear setup for riders looking to explore beyond the resort boundaries. Most importantly perhaps, it will also keep you looking fresh.
Fit and Features
Fit-wise, you’ve got a classic freeride fit here; one that runs a bit on the baggy side. This looser cut will help keep any unwanted fabric restriction at bay when you’re arcing high-speed turns. Tavoi, our model, usually wears a small or medium and is sporting medium samples in the photos (which looks pretty sick in our opinion).
Turning to the features, the Dragline jacket and pants has got all the right features to see you right for a life spent in the backcountry. First of all you’ve got the standard powder skirt, lift pass pocket and heaps of handy stash pockets both in the jacket and pants.