TNF 1994 Retro Mountain Light: The return of a classic

TNF 1994 Retro Mountain Light: The return of a classic

2020 marks a special year for The North Face as they proudly reintroduced the Retro Mountain Light Jacket to their outerwear selection. An ode to the 1994 version of the jacket, the 2020 edition features the same stylish design from the past but with a technology that’s straight up from the future.


It’s crazy to think that The North Face was on top of the outerwear game in 1994 and still is to this day. Decades of making some of the best outdoor clothing available. The style is always on point, the quality is next level and the comfort is off the charts. You know you can’t go wrong with The North Face.

You can check out our new TNF selection on our website, but for now, let’s concentrate on the brand’s new baby: The Retro 1994 Mountain Light Jacket.

The Mountain Light Jacket was first introduced in 1988 as a piece of the Climb Light Expedition System, a collection that provided more freedom of movement while backpacking, ski touring or climbing. The jacket then came back in the collection in 1994 and that’s the one the brand used as reference for this year’s reedition.

This season, The North Face blends its past with its future, bringing back the original design lines from the 1994 edition of the jacket and incorporating new key technological aspects from our era, like the brand’s latest fabric innovation, FUTURELIGHT™. The 1994 Retro Mountain Light is now the lightest and brightest version of the jacket The North Face has ever created.

A streetwear icon, updated with modern technology. The 1994 Retro Mountain Light Jacket is a stylish ode to the 90s, but with technologies that we didn’t even think would exist back then.

The 1994 retro Mountain Light Jacket’s got a lot of attributes and technical points that we’re going to review below, here are some of our favorites: There’s a Ladder Lock fastening system on the hood that allows for adjustable fit. The hood is attached, fully adjustable and rolls flat and stows with use of a Velcro tab.

The jacket is purpose-built as a performance product for light, fast mountain ascents, but without ever sacrificing style and durability. The Mountain jacket is perfect to be zipped on to other performance under layers. The jacket is also served up with The North Face’s breathable-waterproof technology called FUTURELIGHT and is the lightest jacket The North Face has ever made to this day.


The invention of waterproof and breathable materials has changed the way people live outdoors. Major players like Gore-Tex elaborated the pillars of technical materials and now, it’s The North Face’s turn to make history with its groundbreaking new FUTURELIGHT technology.

Made with a new fabrication technique called nanospinning, The North Face basically creates nano sized fibers that are linked together by lamination. These fibers then create the porous structure required for breathability while allowing a high level of water resistance due to the microscopic size of the material’s pores.

According to The North Face, this revolutionary and one of a kind process allows for incredible porosity while maintaining a tight seal, allowing air to flow through the material and providing greater ventilation than ever before. The garments are also softer and more comfortable than ever before.

Other technical aspects

• Relaxed fit

• Lightweight FUTURELIGHT™ 2L shell with mesh and taffeta drop lining

• Heavier weight, abrasion-resistant FUTURELIGHT™ 2L fabric blocked in high-stress areas

• Retro 1994 version in trims and features

• Attached, fully adjustable, two-piece hood construction rolls flat and stows with use of Velcro® tab

• Original webbing and tension-lock peripheral hood adjustment system

• Oversize cordlock and tied bungee-adjustment system fixed at hood collar for easy grip

• Double center front stormflap with snap closure covers VISLON® center front zip

• Reverse-entry, alpine-style pockets

• Garment stows into internal chest pocket

• Pit-zips

• Adjustable Velcro® cuff tabs

• Adjustable bungee waist and hem cinch with oversize cordlocks

• Zip-in-compatible integration with the ’95 Retro Denali

• Embroidered logo on left forearm and back-right shoulder

The Mountain Light Jacket was a must in the 90s and is still one to this day. It will take you through all of your adventures with style and comfort. Trust us, this jacket will become your go to before you even know it.