Go Long In The North Face’s Ultralight Summer Kit

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When the going gets hot this summer, The North Face has an entire kit of summer gear to keep you cool. With pieces from both the Flight (run-specific) and Better Than Naked (high-sweat) collections, you’ll be ready for any effort in any conditions.  Here are our top picks from TNF’s summer line for epic adventures in the heat.

Flight Better Than Naked Vest

The apparel-like fit of this vest minimizes bounce and eliminates chafing for a comfy and durable construction. The front sports two upper front chest hydration pockets (each designed to hold a 500ml soft flask), two dump pockets and oppositional zip pouches for safe-keeping. The simplistic design and utilitarian cargo capacity make this a great choice for long summer runs or ultra races when aid is few and far between.

Better Than Naked Shorts

Men’s here. 

Women’s here. 

These super-light shorts are incredibly breathable and built for long days in the sun. These are a more minimal short offering, with a lightweight A slightly longer inseam offers a bit more sun protection (the fabric is UPF 50), you won’t’ even notice the extra fabric because they’re so lightweight. Simple, minimal and protective, these are wardrobe staples for any summer runner.


Men’s version here. 

Women’s here. 

Light, quiet and weather-resistant, this shell is a next-level layer for adventures that demand protection from the elements. This shell sheds heat while keeping you dry in variable and wet conditions, and is small enough to stash in a vest for high alpine ventures. The athletic cut is slim fitting and mobile, for ultimate comfort in challenging weather when you’re working up a sweat. This is my go-to layer for bad weather days.

Hyperlayer FD Short Sleeve Shirt – Men’s

Anti-odor treatment and strategic seams make this a great tee for ultra distances. It’s light, sweat-wicking and SPF 50 for extra protection. The buttery soft fabric won’t chafe. The shirt is constructed from recycled polyester for durable sustainability and quick-drying functionality.

Active Trail Jacquard Tank – Women’s

This is a comfy and sporty singlet-style tank built for trail adventures. The heathered pique jacquard transitions into jersey in a plaited yarn construction provide for nice next to skin feel in high-sweat situations. Thicker straps sit nicely under a vest and provide a bit of protection with SPF 50 fabric. This tank breathes incredibly well, and won’t chafe on longer efforts. Odor-resistant materials keep the tank fresh all day so that you can wash it less and wear it more.

Fight Light Hat

This shallow fit sport cap is ready to crush long mountain miles. Flexible, crushable and quick-drying, this hat is perfect for stashing in your pack for variable conditions and long days in the sun.

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