The North Face Men's Varius Guide Jacket

Priced: $97.97 - $199.00 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 11 reviews.
The North Face Varius Guide Jacket
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Color: Nautical Blue / Nautical Blue
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Berg's Ski Shop $97.97
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Denali $119.99
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Rocky Mountain Trail $138.90
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REI $138.93
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Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) $138.98
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Ramsey Outdoor $159.16
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River Sports Outfitters $199.00
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The North Face Varius Guide Jacket -

The North Face Men's Varius Guide Jacket is a fully-featured waterproof shell that is great for shrugging off the elements. Comprised of HyVent® 2L, it can block the rain and wind while still maintaining impressive amounts stretch and ventilation. So if you're hiking or sledding or running from a yeti, you'll have full mobility and your core temp will remain comfortable. (If you survive the yeti chase, please email in the story; we'd love to hear it). The pit-zips are great for quickly dumping any heat that builds up or for scratching underarm itches. The Varius Guide is zip-in compatible with other North Face layers, so you'll be able to utilize it in a variety of conditions and climates.

FEATURES of The North Face Men's Varius Guide Jacket.


  • Features a fully adjustable, detachable hood and a brushed tricot collar lining and chin guard; jacket zips up to protect chin and lower face in blustery weather

Weather and Wind:

  • HyVent coating provides waterproof protection and breathable comfort; seam sealed to keep water out
  • All seams are sealed for complete protection


  • Two generously sized handwarmer pockets, a vertical chest pocket and an inside, secure stash pocket


  • Center-front zip and Velcro storm flap closure
  • Zip-in compatible with current season complementing jackets from TNF

Lining and Layers:

  • Zip-in integration feature lets you zip in compatible mid-layer insulating pieces from The North Face
  • Made from coated, two-layer HyVent™ nylon and stretch HyVent for durable and comfortable protection; features a combination of mesh and taffeta lining
  • The North Face Varius Guide jacket has a standard fit that isn't overly bulky, yet still layers comfortably


  • Wind skirt, drawcord hem and adjustable cuffs keep out the spindrift and help seal in warmth
  • Hem cinch cord to seal out the elements
  • Abrasion and mechanical stretch panels at sides, underarms, back: 2-layer fabric of 70D nylon plain weave backed by HyVent coating
  • HyVent 2L (70D nylon ripstop) shell, fully taped seams
  • Self fabric adjustable cuff tabs


  • Adjustable, removable hood with lower face coverage


  • Pit vents with two-way zippers let you quickly and easily control core temperature
  • Pit-zip vents for temperature regulation—allow heat to dissipate from your body’s core and underarms to keep you comfortable


  • Imported


  • Adjustable snap storm skirt

The North Face Men's Varius Guide Jacket keeps you protected from weather when you're hiking through rainstorms or skiing through a snowstorm. Its HyVent 2L shell and fully taped seams scoff at nature's attempts to soak you to the bone. Plus, The North Face added stretchy HyVent 2L abrasion panels to this jacket so it's durable and flexible as well. In case you get too warm, just zip down the underarm venting and let out a bit of steam.

The Varius features an adjustable wind skirt to prevent those blustery winds from blowing up your body. Its hood cinches down tightly to cover your lower face, or you can remove it for sunny days. The adjustable cuffs and hem keep the jacket in place and make sure snow doesn't dampen your clothes. When winter comes, zip in some insulating layers from The North Face to stay protected from weather as well as the cold.

Rocky Mountain Trail

The North Face Men's Varius Guide Jacket.
A dependable and lightweight full-featured HyVent® shell has an adjustable storm skirt and a zip-off hood. Waterproof, breathable, seam sealed. Zip-in-compatible integration with complementing garments from The North Face®. Fully adjustable removable hood with lower face protection. Brushed collar lining for comfort. Napoleon chest pocket. Center front zip and Velcro® stormflap closure. Internal security pocket. Pit-zip vents. Two secure-zip hand pockets. Adjustable snap windskirt. Self fabric adjustable cuff tabs. Hem cinch-cord. Fabric: body: 70D 113 g/m2 (3.33 oz/yd2) 100% nylon ripstop HyVent® 2L. abrasion and stretch fabric: 70D 133 g/m2 (3.9 oz/yd2) 100% nylon plain weave HyVent® 2L with mechanical stretch. Length from center of back: 29". Weight: 730 g (25.75 oz).


The North Face Varius Guide jacket offers backcountry-ready waterproof, breathable protection. It uses stretch fabric in key movement areas for extra durability and comfort.


Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
A dependable, lightweight waterproof HyVent shell, The North Face Varius Guide Jacket features an adjustable storm skirt and zip-off hood for versatility.

Fiber Content: Body: 100% nylon ripstop; Panels: 100% nylon plain.
Country of Origin: Imported

Berg's Ski Shop
The Varius Guide jacket is a best-seller because its 2-layer stretch HyVent® construction provides excellent protection from the elements, the right amount of mobility, and details designed for skiing and snowboarding.
A fully featured shell crafted of waterproof HyVent 2L and enhanced with stretch keeps you mobile and covered during all-day excursions—even during monsoon season. An adjustable storm skirt seals out wind and moisture to ensure your baselayers remain dry in foul weather. Pit-zips enhance the ventilation of this highly breathable shell and allow you to maintain a comfortable core temperature. On colder days, try adding a zip-in compatible The North Face insulating layer for a boost of warmth.

• Avg Weight: 730 g (25.75 oz)
• Fabric:
body: 70D 113 g/m² (3.33 oz/yd²) 100% nylon ripstop HyVent 2L
abrasion and stretch fabric: 70D 133 g/m² (3.9 oz/yd²) 100% nylon plain weave HyVent 2L with mechanical stretch.
• Length from center back: 29 in.

River Sports Outfitters
With this superior jacket on your back, you'll stay dry and warm, even if you find yourself in the middle of monsoon season in Shillong, India. Trust us, it rains a lot there.
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Also available for: Women
Abrasion and stretch fabric:70D 133 g/m2 (3.9 oz/yd2) 100% nylon plain weave HyVent® 2L with mechanical stretch
Avg weight:730 g (25.75 oz)
Back length:Hip-length
Back length (in.):29 inches
Body:2-layer fabric of 70D nylon ripstop backed by HyVent coating
Center back:29"
Center-back length:29 in.
Construction:2 layer
Fabric:Nylon / nylon blend
Hood & Lower Body Lining:100% nylon.
Hood Type:Yes, removable
Length:32 in
Length from Center Back:29"
Packability:Medium compactibility
Removable Liner:No
Shell:HyVent® 2L 88% polyester, 12% nylon.
Shell fabric:Ripstop nylon
Shell lining fabric:Polyester
Sleeve Length:36 in
Snow Skirt:Yes
Type of waterproofing:HyVent 2-layer waterproof breathable coating
Upper Body Lining:100% polyester.
Ventilation:Underarm zippers
Waterproof Material:HyVent coating
Weight:1 lb. 9.75 oz. (730 g)
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The North Face Varius Guide Jacket Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

I purchased my North Face Varius Guide jacket this summer since I wanted a new jacket for this upcoming winter. Living in New England, it starts getting pretty cold in November, so I'm glad I have this jacket. I also just bought a new North Face Denali fleece to zip into my Varius Guide jacket since this jacket is zip-in compatible. With those 2 combined, it keeps me extremely warm! We just had a really cold day with heavy rain and this jacket handled it even better than I could have ever expected. The rain rolled right off the jacket and it dried really quickly once out of the rain. Now my husband wants to get one just like it, so we're going to get his this weekend. This jacket looks great and I look forward to getting a lot of use out of it this winter! You can never go wrong with North Face.

Johanna Athas at on 11/22/2013
I bought this jacket because we still have the insert from the same jacket I bought a few years ago for my older son. Unfortunately he lost the outer part. The new jacket fit perfectly with the old inner liner. I will say after having purchased numerous North Face products for my three children since they were very young, the products last very long. The only downside is that they all run small. The medium jacket was purchased for my 16 year old son who is very slender and is 5'7" and the length is just okay. I would think that a men's medium would run bigger. Zappos is the best! The operator was extremely helpful when I asked about the replacement piece. The jacket was delivered the next day before my son was leaving on a trip to NYC.
Anonymous - customer at on 03/16/2012

A mountaineers choice

This shell is perfect for those who need it all. All zippers are taped. It has pit zippers for maximum venting. Inside the shell, there are zippers for a northface liner of any type ( assuming it's the same size as the shell) allowing the layer to be held inside the shell more secure. Zippers on the hood allow for the hood to be removed if desired. Also included is an inner snow skirt which keeps snow from entering the shell.
I have owned my various guide for a few years and am very pleased with the versitility and compatability. It may be old school goretex but for the price, you are warm and dry with nice flexibility. Highly recommended.
Team Alive at REI on 10/10/2013
Great jacket. I wear this on cool or rainy days and it works perfect. I take the train into the city for work and this jacket does a great job of keeping me dry on the walk to and from the metro. Unlike fleece jackets, the liner in this on will not catch on work shirts and bunch up at the elbow. When winter rolls around, I can buy the zip in liner and wear this out in any weather. Once again Zappos customer service was great. Won't shop anywhere else.
Robert B - customer at on 03/21/2012

Great shell

This is truly a premium shell which is great at blocking wind and rain, but a little light on insulation. You will definitely need "a fleece underneath" in anything below the 40s and it is cut a little small, but overall a great coat. If you pair it with a Denali fleece jacket, you will be ready for everything short of a blizzard. I use mine mostly for Winter hiking and skeet shooting, but it also doubles as a great jacket for town.
Jack007 at The North Face on 12/12/2013

Great jacket

I bought this jacket because it fit with my Denali to have something for each season. This jacket is amazing, comfortable, stylish and functional in every way. I love being able to also attach it with the Denali for cold winter weather/snow in the north east and can easily take away and use it in the warmer months for rain and believe me i've experienced some rainy days. You won't be disappointed using this.
RobbieP3 at The North Face on 07/21/2013
This is the best jacket I have ever owned. It is lightweight, but warm. I bought it for skiing, so I am going to have to use base layers and fleece underneath the jacket. The beautiful thing about this jacket is how well it lets your skin breathe. Would purchase again.
Clay - customer at on 01/28/2012
My husband loves this jacket. He says it's lightweight, breathable and is comfortable to wear. He also likes that the hood is detachable. It's a great year round jacket when paired with a fleece or down mid-layer.
Anonymous - customer at on 02/01/2012
The jacket is great! The service was excellent! I wanted for a snowboarding trip for the weekend and was able to have free overnight service! Zappos is fantastic!
Anonymous - customer at on 01/26/2012

Simple and solid

The jacket is straight forward and functional without a lot of worthless tricks.
Flyingal at REI on 11/11/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Nice jacket, bad pockets

I bought this jacket to replace the shell of a Marmot 3 in 1 that I have worn out after about four year. I like that is has the same number of pockets that my Marmot has, but they are poorly designed. If the pockets are not zipped closed, everything falls out. The jacket works well in various conditions.
tbake at REI on 12/12/2013