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The North Face Women’s Oroshi

The North Oroshi



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It can be tough to strike the right balance with a raincoat. It should keep you dry, but not trap sweat; it should help you keep warm; and it must fit. Here’s how the Oroshi fared.

I tested the jacket in the most horizontal, relentless rain Fiordland National Park can produce, and I emerged from its protection as dry as a bone. The three-layer Gore-Tex Active fabric was also tested in New Zealand’s notoriously wet snow and kept my down jacket and merino base layer dry.

I found the jacket kept me warm when the wind was howling, but with full-length pitzips I could prevent overheating when exerting myself.

I tested an extra small size, which was true to size and fitted me well. The jacket’s below-the-waist length, high collar and large hood kept me covered at all times. The sleeves were long enough, covering my wrists and halfway down my palms, so that when I raised my arms they did not ride up my forearms. The helmet-compatible hood is a winner; with a drawcord to keep it in place, it fitted snugly and the short brim was just enough to shield my eyes from downpours.

My only criticism is the tapered, narrow torso. While it provides a flattering shape, I felt restricted with my insulated jacket on beneath it.

The Oroshi is a good choice for a multi-season raincoat, though for winter use a size up might be required to ensure you can wear extra layers beneath. At 460g, it’s lightweight, and rolls up to the size of a water bottle.

At $650, this jacket is more an investment than a fashion statement. It feels durable, though and will likely last many seasons.