The North Face Unveils Ultimate Summit Pieces

Lighter, faster and smaller from The North Face
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The North Face, the world's premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, today announced its new Verto Jacket and Verto Pack for Spring 2011.

“We worked closely with our climbing and mountaineering athletes to find where they were unnecessarily using space and weight and developed a solution that is minimalist, featherweight and precise without sacrificing any performance,” said Philip Hamilton, Vice President of Product for The North Face. “Both Verto products are very versatile and can be a decisive factor to a successful summit, ascent or expedition. When you don't have to worry about what you are going to use, how you are going to pack, it can make any outing run more smoothly.”

Made from seven denier fabric, the lightest fabric ever used within The North Face Summit Series collection, the Verto packs down to the size of an energy bar, stuffs into its own chest pocket, is incredibly light, super abrasion-resistant and cuts wind and weather in treacherous conditions.

Weighing only 3.2 oz, the Verto Jacket features an alpine fit, chest pocket, storm secure hem, cuffs and hood, and stretch loop to compress and stow.

Designed as the ultimate space saver and summit pack, the Verto Pack takes the place of a compression sack for a sleeping bag. A sleeping bag can be stuffed into the Verto, and used as a stuff sack. Once base camp is set up, the Verto can be used as a summit or daypack, eliminating the need to carry a second pack or lug a haul bag.

The Verto Pack weighs 11oz and is crafted of a very lightweight and durable 100 denier cargo chute fabric. It features triple point compression for use as a stuff sack, two zippered pockets, a water bottle pocket and multiple lash points with a cinch cord.

For more than 40 years The North Face athlete team has defined the limits of what is humanly possible, and continually works with The North Face Research Design and Development teams, creating innovative designs that push new technologies and inspire cutting-edge products. The North Face Mountaineering and Climbing Teams include Conrad Anker, Willie Benegas, Damian Benegas, Jimmy Chin, Kit DesLauriers, Kasha Rigby, Simone Moro, Hiroyoshi Manome, Yusuke Sato, Hilaree Nelson O'Neill, Kris Erickson, Park Young Seok, John Griber, Pete Athans, Herve Barmasse, Renan Ozturk, Cedar Wright, Daniel Woods, Alex Honnold, Akiyo Noguchi, Yuji Hirayama, Matt Segal, Lisa Rands, James Pearson, Heidi Wirtz, Emily Harrington, Peter Croft, Greg Child, Ester Sabadell, Mark Synnott and Kevin Thaw.

For more information on The North Face, check out www.thenorthface.com
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About The North Face®
The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1968. Headquartered in San Leandro, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company's products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers and major outdoor specialty retail chains.

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