The North Face Resolve 2

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The North Face Resolve 2 Review Facts

If you are wearing the North face Resolve 2, you will not have to think twice about wet weather. The construction of the jacket utilizes multiple technologies to provide a durable performing rain jacket that will suit your needs for around town use or hike through the woods. The jacket is designed for cooler temperatures and provides some breathability in warmer weather. The North Face Resolve 2 is designed with comfort in mind when you find yourself in the rain. So if you are heading out the door for your morning run and there is a chance of rain, throw on the Resolve 2. You will remain dry and it provides enough breathability so you will not have to worry about being to warm.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Waterproof
  • Windproof
  • Lightweight
  • Stylish
  • Breathable
  • Dries quickly  
Cons
  • Does not keep you warm in cold temperatures, designed more for a spring and fall jacket
  • No pit zip venting for extra air flow
  • No velcro strap around the cuff area for tightening to prevent water from coming in the jacket
  • The zipper puckers
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We have spent 3.5 hours analyzing a total of 1921 reviews.

These reviews are then categoried into "Positive" and "Negative" feedback.

Below you will read a summary of them:

Positive
  • Reviewers say this jacket is impressively waterproof and dries quickly.
  • The design is simple, yet classic.
  • High quality materials and craftsmanship are apparent.
  • It's breathable so you won't overheat.
  • It works well as a windbreaker, too.
  • It lives up to the expectations of fans of TNF.
  • It has a relaxed fit so you can comfortably layer it over a fleece or sweater.
  • It is versatile enough to work for outdoor activities or wearing to the office on a rainy day.
  • The lining on the collar is comfortable.
  • It packs down well for travel or storing in a backpack.
  • The material doesn't crinkle like some other rain jackets.
  • Buyers like using this around town or for running, biking, and hiking.
  • Some reviewers like the roll down hood design.
  • It's light and won't weigh you down.
  • The North Face stands by their products and have helped buyers who had small issues with this jacket after years of use.
  • The majority of reviewers recommend this rain jacket.
Negative
  • The hood is not removable.
  • The elastic on the cuffs is too wide for some people, and they are not adjustable.
  • The collar is high. The height of it is a deal-breaker for some reviewers.
  • This is a good spring or fall rain jacket, but it is too light for cold winter weather and can get too hot in strong summer heat.
  • There are some reports that the sizing is inconsistent with other rain jackets.
  • There are no internal pockets.
  • The hood does not have a drawstring on the back so it affects the range of sight.
  • The material is lighter than some buyers expected or wanted.
  • The light colors will show some discoloration over time and extensive use.
  • Unlike some other TNF jackets, this one is not designed to pack down into its own pocket.
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Material

Material

The body of the Resolve 2 is constructed of 70 denier 100% nylon ripstop and it is also constructed with DryVent material to make it waterproof. The jacket material is also treated with durable water repellent finish. The lining material is constructed of 40 denier 100% polyester mesh. The material of the jacket is easy to clean and it can be machine washed.

DryVent is a waterproof and breathable membrane. It has breathable and waterproof technology utilizing a polyurethane coating which consists of multi-layer formula for waterproofness, tri-components, durability, and moisture permeability. It has been tested in the field and lab to ensure the most possible function and durability. The outer most material is also treated with durable water repellant (DWR) finish that repels water from the surface and helps form water droplets. Each multi-layered material is designed to allow water vapor to move through from the inside to the outside.
Waterproof

Waterproof

The Resolve 2 is designed with fabric treated with Dryvent technology which is highly waterproof. One area some have found issues with when wearing this jacket is the fact that the jacket only features elastic bands at the wrists which could leave enough opening and water is allowed into the sleeve area.
Key Features

Key Features

-Breathable, waterproof, seam-sealed Dry Vent
-Mesh lining for breathability
-The adjustable hood which can be stowed in the collar
-The center front zip features a storm flap with velcro
-Secure zip hand pockets which are covered
-Elastic cuffs
-Hem cinch-cord
-The body is constructed of 100% nylon 70 denier DryVent
-The lining is constructed fo 100% polyester mesh with 40 denier
-The sleeves and hood lining is 100% polyester taffeta 75 denier
Breathability

Breathability

The North Face kept comfort in mind when designing the Resolve 2. The jacket is designed as a multi-layer jacket. The mesh lining allows the air to flow through to the body, and with the Dryvent technology, it allows moisture and heat to escape without worry of water entering. Testers of this jacket find the jacket to breathable and they liked the fleece lining around the neck area which helped keep heat in. Another area where this jacket has been tested is in high elevation as an outer shell in cold weather because of the breathability and water-resistant material.
Weight

Weight

The North Face Resolve 2 weights an average of 13.77 ounces. This is on the heavier side if looking for a rain jacket for packing in hiking backpack but if you are looking for casual use than this would be a perfect jacket. The Resolve 2 does not come with a pocket stuff sack but it will still fold down to relatively small size. It can get as small as 160 cubic inches.
Size

Size

The North Face Resolve 2 is available both men and women with sizes ranging from extra small to XX-large. Some testers of the jacket found it to be on the large size. So if you are looking for a jacket that to wear without multiple layers underneath it you may want to consider getting a size smaller but you should check the sizing chart and looking up your measurements to ensure you get the right size. Some testers of the jacket purchased a size large because of the thinner material of the jacket and they wanted to wear a mid-layer comfortable under the jacket in colder weather. So when determining which size to order, you need to decide when you will be wearing the jacket. If you are looking to wear the jacket for casual use or for cycling then you may not need the extra room for a mid-layer but if you are looking to wear it when you are skiing then you might want a size larger to add that need warmth layer.
Style

Style

The North Face Resolve 2 is available in twenty-eight different colors. Some of the colors available are black, green, blue, yellow, orange, red, and pick. With the multiple color choices available you are sure to find the perfect shade to match your personality or work outfit.

The Resolve 2 features two zippered hand pockets with flap cover over the zipper. The jacket has a full-length zipper with a storm flap that is secured in place by velcro to ensure the zipper stays protected and you remain dry in the wettest of conditions. Yes, this jacket features a full-size hood because it really wouldn’t be a complete rain jacket without a hood. The hood is adjustable to synch it down to prevent water from entering in by the collar. Another nice design of the hood is the shape, it extends out slightly almost like wearing a hat. This design helps prevent rain from getting in and helps with the drainage of the water by creating an overhang. Around the collar of the jacket is a storing area for the hood when it is not needed. The jacket also features elastic-bound cuffs around the wrist and a hem cord at the bottom of the jacket to keep it in secure to the body.

Another cool feature is you can take the jacket and fold the sides in and roll it up from the bottom to hood. You can then stuff the main body of the jacket into the hood and it’s like a build in stuff pouch. This is a nice feature because it could easily be packed into a hiking bag or suitcase without taking up a large amount of space.
Use

Use

The North Face Resolve 2 is a lightweight and breathable jacket. It is not designed for cold weather and it is best to be worn during spring and fall. The jacket can either be worn for everyday use or be worn during wet weather. This jacket would be perfect for hikers, backpackers, outside workers or just throwing on to get to work rain or shine. If you are looking for something with a little bit more warmth this rain jacket will still work but you would need to add a mid-layer.

The Resolve 2 provides full mobility and in no way does it constrict movement which makes it a good choice for hikers, backpackers, outdoor workers or just someone looking for a rain jacket. With all the features built into this jacket, it makes it well verse jacket and it can be worn for every day use and just as a rain jacket. The jacket is also a great choice for bikers and runners because it is not heavy, allows breathability and you will remain comfortable the entire time you are wearing it.
Comfort

Comfort

The North Face Resolve 2 is constructed of a lighter weight material which provides mobility and comfort when walking or running in wet weather. The jacket does not have a warm lining but it does have a mesh lining which helps with breathability.

A top selling point of The North Face Resolve 2 is that it is water resistance. This jacket is designed for spring, fall and summer weather. It can provide some warmth at colder temperatures but if you will be exposed to colder temperatures you may want to add a mid layer to provide extra comfort.
Acessories

Acessories

If you are looking for a pair of rain pants to pare with this jacket check out The North Face Cultivation Rain Pants. These rain pants are designed with the same material as the Resolve 2. By paring the pants and the jacket you will be able to stay dry. The pants are designed with mesh and woven lining and the material is constructed of ripstop which makes these pants very durable. If you are looking for a complete outfit, you might also want to check out The North Face Guardian ETip Gloves. These gloves feature the same Dryvent technology and also give you the ability to still use your smartphone when wearing them. Another nice feature of these gloves is they are designed to fit under the cuff for a low profile. Some testers of the Resolve 2 found the elastic wrist band on the jacket does not get tight enough to keep water out and suggest wearing gloves to prevent water from entering the sleeve area.
Price

Price

Overall The North Face Resolve 2 is designed for an everyday rain jacket that is affordable. The jacket is designed to keep you dry during rainy weather. The material is not as waterproof as Gore-tex and if you are looking for a jacket with the Gore-tex material check out The North Face 1990 Mountain Jacket GTX. This jacket is comparable in terms of warmth as the Resolve 2 but the main difference is the price. The 1990 Mountain is an average of three times the price of the Resolve 2. Looking at the 1990 Mountain GTX, it has a couple of additional features which include: pit zip venting, zip compatibility, and elbow pads. When comparing the two jackets, it all comes down to what you will be using the jacket for and how much you are willing to pay for a rain jacket. Both jackets come with high-quality material, will keep you dry and made by The North Face.
Brand

Brand

In 1968, The North Face was originated in San Francisco by Kenneth Klopp and Doug Tompkins, two outdoor enthusiasts. The North Face brand is a pioneer in implementing technology in all of its products. The products are developed through intensive research of alpinists, mountaineers, skiers, snowboarders, climbers, and endurance adventurers. The North Face designs equipment, outdoor apparel, accessories and footwear that will help the consumers push the limits whenever possible.

The North Face offers a lifetime warranty on all of their products. The warranty is good to the original owner for materials with manufacturing defects in workmanship for the life of the product. The manufacturing defect in which they will replace it at their discretion or repair the product without charge. The warranty does not cover altered or modified products in any way. The warranty also doesn’t cover damage that was caused by normal wear and tear, improper care, the natural breakdown of colors and materials over a long period of time and use or negligence. If there is a product that is damaged and it is not covered under warranty it may be repaired for a fee. Another thing to remember is the product lifetime warranty will only apply to the original owner and for the products lifetime.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The North Face Resolve 2 can and will withstand wet weather. You will not have to think twice when wearing this jacket. The jacket is constructed of polyurethane coating which is multiple layer formula which provides waterproof protection, durability and moisture permeability. The jacket features a Dryvent shell and seam sealed providing great waterproof technology. It also has a nice mesh lining in the body of the jacket to help with movement. The construction of the jacket also makes it windproof. So, if you are looking for a lighter weight jacket that can be worn as a rain jacket or for everyday use then check out The North Face Resolve 2 because it is an overall durable rain jacket. If you are heading out to hit the slopes or just running to catch the train don’t forget to grab The North Face Resolve 2.