One of the great things about outerwear is they rarely go out of style. That’s why hand-me-down jackets from dads and grandpas usually still wear well (unless they’re too beat up, of course), even when paired with more modern outfits. If you need another testament to the timelessness of well-designed outerwear, then take a look at J.Crew’s reissue of the 1985 North Face Mountain Jacket.
First released 30 years ago, the jacket was, basically, a showcase piece for the brand’s mountaineering credentials, having been designed after research notes taken during a Himalayan expedition by the North Face Everest ascension team. Suffice to say, it was the ultimate mountain-climbing outerwear of its time.
The 1985 North Face Mountain Jacket for J.Crew is a hooded jacket available in two colors (cosmic blue and tnf red) exclusive to the American retailer. Instead of Gore-Tex and nylon like most reissues of the same design, the J.Crew version is made from reasonably-warm coated cotton, so it might not quite offer the same performance under brutal weather and dangerous terrain. For hiking the local trails and braving the cold streets this winter, however, it should be enough. It gets all the original alpine details, including the signature reinforced shoulders, long leather zipper pulls (so you can easily grab them even with mittens on), and zipped side vents, along with a spacious hood, hidden zipper with snap closure, waist and interior pockets, adjustable straps on the cuffs, and a warm lining.
Available now, the 1985 North Face Mountain Jacket for J.Crew is priced at $250.