The North Face, a small retail shop, was conceived by two hikers in 1968 to supply high quality mountaineering gear and equipment. Later on they moved to the more high profile Berkeley area and began designing and manufacturing outdoor sports equipment. Today their name is synonymous with the achievements of several mountaineering expeditions to the Himalayas and other major peaks, which they have sponsored. They are now based in San Leandro, California.
Back packs, sleeping bags, tents, ski wear and accessories etc all suitable for dangerous expeditions into the far corners of the world are produced by North Face. The company follows suggestions and recommendations from World class athletes and sportsmen and forwards them to their Research and Development Team to develop advanced designs and innovative materials that are tested in their labs as well as on the athletes themselves.
The materials are water proof and breathable made with thermal insulation, wind protection and moisture management. They also produce footwear with all the required cushioning and stability for each and every outdoor sport.
The jackets, Eyewear, Bicycles, and Zippers etc are all available at North face and the company offers life time warranty against defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product. They even offer to repair the product after extended use.
They also have an exclusive range of children’s outdoor wear for both boys and girls. The firm sells its products through outdoor retailers as well as maintains own outlets in various parts of the world.
Their products are highly in demand and therefore priced somewhat higher though quality standards are never compromised. A North Face original jacket would cost you about $500. Even then, they are a rage among college students and the young generation. The sponsored athlete program is one of the highlights of their achievement.