FUTURELIGHT™ is the world'’s most advanced breathable and waterproof technology. It is engineered using nano-spinning technology that adds air permeability to a waterproof membrane for the first time. FUTURELIGHT™ is made from recycled polyester and impregnated with a non-PFC durable water repellent, so it has excellent sustainability credentials, too. Soft, sustainable, breathable and waterproof, FUTURELIGHT™ is a revolutionary form of outerwear; impenetrable in extreme weather and light as a feather.
ON A NANO-SCALE
Unlike conventional membranes, the nano structure of the FUTURELIGHT™ membrane allows air to pass through for better venting and breathability without sacrificing waterproofness and durability.
This new nano-fiber structure has enabled The North Face to create their most lightweight, breathable membrane to date. An ultra-thin, nimble garment that feels just as comfortable and provides the protection needed against the elements in the harshest environments.
A NEW KIND OF TECHNOLOGY
The North Face tapped into a unique production method called nanospinning which creates nano-sized fibers that allow improved air permeability while maintaining waterproofness.
This nanospinning process deposits a polyurethane solution from over 200,000 nozzles onto a surface where it’s collected in a randomized matrix to create the membrane. The solution is then used to create a breathable-waterproof film that is bonded to backer and face fabrics.
Creating a nano-sized fiber small enough to allow air to flow through a membrane while keeping water out has helped to achieve air permeability levels unique to FUTURELIGHT™ fabric.
One of the most unique aspects of FUTURELIGHT™ technology is its tunability. The North Face’s designers can now adjust weight, stretch, breathability and even durability during the manufacturing process to meet the needs of any athlete’s end use.
IN THE LAB & IN THE ELEMENTS
IN THE LAB
To set a new standard in the outerwear industry, The North Face had to test FUTURELIGHT™ technology under an entirely new standard. In the past, they would use hydrostatic testing and moisture vapor transmission rate (MTVR) to evaluate whether a garment is waterproof and breathable. With FUTURELIGHT™ fabric, air permeability also comes into play.
The North Face worked with an independent third party, Underwriter Labs, a world-renowned, safety science company with more than 120 years of expertise testing fire and hazmat suits.
Underwriter Labs put FUTURELIGHT™ fabric through the same extreme liquid integrity testing standards used with firefighter gear, dumping over 200 gallons of water per hour on the garment. FUTURELIGHT™ fabric withstood the challenge, receiving a 100 percent waterproof certification from Underwriter Labs while demonstrating high levels of air permeability.
ON THE MOUNTAIN
The North Face elite athlete team was integral in the prototyping, development and testing of FUTURELIGHT™ products. Every element of the products went through the scrutiny of world-class athletes who pushed our design and engineering teams to rethink the future of technical outerwear.
From the top of Mt. Everest to the first ski down the Lhotse Couloir, The North Face’s breathable-waterproof FUTURELIGHT™ technology was extensively tested for over 400 continuous days by their elite athlete team in the toughest conditions on Earth.