year in review
The 11 Best Gadgets of 2019 to Get You Excited About 2020

We’re in a pretty stable place right now when it comes to gadgets. For the most part, we’re currently stuck in a cycle of continuous, minute iterations to the same ol’ tech and it’s hard to get excited about that. But the gadgets below didn’t just end up being our favourites, they also did a good job of getting us hyped up for what’s ahead. Yes, there were disasters this year – one of the products on this list even started out as such! That said, these are some of the very best gadgets of 2019. You might disagree, but you would be wrong. Read More >>

reviews
The North Face’s Futurelight Fabric Finally Makes Raincoats Feel Less Like a Plastic Bag

I’m never going to suit up in a highly-engineered spacesuit that NASA spent millions of dollars developing, but heading out into a thunderstorm in a jacket made from The North Face’s new Futurelight material genuinely made me feel like I was wearing an engineering marvel. It’s a waterproof fabric that feels nothing like the rubbery materials typically used to make raincoats. It’s light, breathable, comfortable, and promises to keep you dry both inside and out. Read More >>

brands
North Face Apologises for Showing Us the Future of Marketing

This week The North Face pulled off a clever marketing stunt that continues to deliver. Even following the company’s retraction and apology, the glittering underhandedness of the campaign will inspire marketing scum for generations. Read More >>

clothing
CES 2019: The North Face’s New Breathable, Waterproof Fabric Might Be the Holy Grail of Outdoor Gear

Preparing to head into the great outdoors has always always been a delicate balancing act. You want to bring enough gear to be prepared for any weather, without overpacking and creating a heavy pack. With its new Futurelight material, The North Face believes it has created the ultimate fabric for outdoor adventures: one that’s versatile enough to keep the wearer completely dry, while also keeping them cool and comfortable. Read More >>

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This North Face Backpack is Ideal For Your Hike to Work but Not Up a Mountain

Once a brand tailored to those who’d rather spend their weekends exploring the great outdoors than bingeing on Netflix, North Face is now creating packs designed for those who only ever hike to work. Its new Access Pack is engineered to safely carry and provide quick access to all of your gadgets. The backpack excels at that — but not much else. Read More >>

accessories
The North Face’s New Backpack Pops Wide Open With a Button Push For Easy Stuffing

Trying to hurriedly stuff a backpack with everything you need before heading out the door is made difficult when you don’t have a free hand to hold the thing open. So The North Face has replaced the zip on the main compartment of its new Access Pack with a rigid pop-open panel that remains wide open as you fill it. Read More >>

battlemodo
The Ultimate Urban Winter Jacket

Usually, when winter is not being a cowardly little bitch, you need a warm jacket to keep from freezing to death. But if you live in a city, like more than half the world's population, you need something something more versatile—and stylish—than just a sealskin or a pillow with sleeves. Read More >>