The North Face Dragline Jacket And Bib Pants | Review

The North Face Dragline jacket and bib pants are all about high-end construction and feature set, in an affordable package

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.

The bib design of the pants work in conjunction with the powder skirt to help keep any of the unwanted white stuff chilling your back when you take an inevitable tumble. A feature we always love to see on freeride garments is internal elasticated cuff gaiters. These work, similar to a powder skirt, to keep the snow from entering down your sleeves. Full powder seal? Yes please.


Aside from all these freeride friendly features, it’s also worth noting that the jacket is cut from The North Face’s inhouse DryVent fabric. While this fabric might not be up to the same standard as The North Face’s highly technical Futurelight fabric, it’s more than capable of keeping the elements at bay while also still offering decent levels of breathability for uphill ascents.

The best bit of the fabric used is the fact that The North Face has managed to keep it free from any of those nasty PFCs (the waterproof chemicals brands like to use to treat their clothing, which are bad for local ecosystems when they’re washed out of the fabric). To further underline those kind-to-the-planet attributes, this waterproof fabric has also been made from recycled and bio-based materials. Winner, winner.

Considering the sometimes eye-watering prices of highly technical garments, the Dragline manages to push into the high-end outerwear category with what we’d consider a pretty fair price. It comes highly recommended. 

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