The North Face Torpedo Vest

Manufacturer Description

New water and wind-resistant performance vest keeps your core dry and warm for days when a jacket is just too much. Stay visible on early morning/late evening runs with 360° reflective taping.

Features

  • Layered venting system
  • 360-degree reflectivity
  • DWR (durable water repellent) treated fabric
  • Zip hand pockets
  • Body fabric – 50d 80 g/m² (2.4 oz/yd²) 100% polyester plain weave—DWR (durable water repellent)
  • Flight Series
  • Comes in several colors
  • Measured size medium
    • Weight – 143 g (5.0 oz)
    • Center back – 71 cm (28.0 in)
    • Pit to pit – 55 cm (21.7 in)
  • Retail – $65

YMMV Review

The North Face sent me this vest to test out during the fall. Here in Bend the mornings and evenings in the fall begin to get a crispness about them. Normally, it is too warm for a jacket but cold enough to want more than a shirt. This is where the Torpedo Vest comes in.

View from the Front

Design ★★★½☆

By its nature, there is not much to The North Face Torpedo vest. It is part of The North Face Flight series. This series is designed for fast moving activities where lightweight technical pieces are of utmost importance. The Flight Series is athlete tested for athletes. The Torpedo Vest is made of two polyester fabrics. The main fabric is a plain weave polyester with a DWR finish. This fabric is wind and water resistant. The other fabric used as panels on the vest is a polyester mesh which is much more breathable and has a bit of stretch to it. Around the sleeve opening, there is a stretchable elastic band for comfort. At the bottom of the jacket, The North Face put an adjustable hem to block wind draft for going up the vest. In the front of the jacket, there is a full-length zipper for venting and a wind flap behind the zipper. For further venting, there are vents on the back as well. The vest has a collar for warmth and it is lined with some polyester mesh for comfort against the neck. There are two-front zipper pockets to carry items and several reflective elements for full visibility. The vest comes in at only 143 g (5.0 oz); enough to offer some protection but nothing more than you need.

View from the Back

Fit ★★★★☆

The North Face Torpedo Vest is one of the better fitting garments I have tested from The North Face. It would be classified as having an athletic fit. There is some room throughout the whole garment, but it is not baggy. The adjustable bottom hem is great for keeping the vest tighter at the bottom. I was sent a medium to test, and this was the right fit for me. The length was also correct in the back. I never felt like I needed anything shorter or longer.

Performance ★★★½☆

This vest is a good option when you need to take a little of the chill off. It does not breathe overly well through the main fabric, but the mesh panels help let out some of this heat. The rear vents also seemed to help a little. The two pockets are a good size to carry some items with you like gloves. I tried running with my iPhone in the pocket, and it bounces around too much for my liking. Energy bars were a bit problematic as well. I wish there was a chest pocket for this reason. The main fabric does a good job blocking the wind, and the DWR treatment worked well in a couple light rains. Any heavy showers or prolonged rain will get you wet.

Inside of the Vest

Overall ★★★½☆

The North Face Torpedo Vest performs admirably well. It is just enough to take off the chill but allow you not to overheat. A couple of times I took advantage of the full-length front zipper to vent out excess heat. I tend to be on the warm side when I run so venting is a key for me. The pockets are good for light weight items but not heavy ones as they will bounce. I do wish there was a chest pocket, but that was the only thing I saw lacking. The vest has a medium fit that will work for a wide range of people. While I prefer items with a bit of a softer feel, the torpedo vest was a pleasant surprise. Even better the Torpedo Vest packs down small when not in use. At $65 it is priced reasonably well for what you get. As always, your mileage may vary.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Wind and water resistant
  • Two front pockets
  • Adjustable bottom hem
  • Athletic Fit

Cons

  • Heavy items bounce in front pockets
  • Main fabric does not stretch

About the author

I am an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, hiker, climber, skier and many other activities that would make this list too long. I started Your Mileage May Vary Reviews in Early 2011 to combine two of my passions: sports and gear.

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