The Cripple Creek Backcountry team has been testing The North Face's new FUTURELIGHT all season. This awesome new fabric is an ultralight, remarkably breathable, and super stretchy fully waterproof fabric that will be the standard in TNF's top end lines. From powder skiing in the trees on cold days to big days ski mountaineering in Colorado's high country, we've put it through the wringer!

Vail store employee Gary Smith gave it a solid go for the past few months and has a thing or two to say about it on <>. Check out his article here, and get psyched to pick up a piece of the future next season in our stores!

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Gary pulling cramp-ins in the FUTURELIGHT pants


(WildSnow guest blogger Gary Smith is an avid backcountry skier and ski mountaineer residing in Eagle County, Colorado. You can find him at Cripple Creek Backcountry in Vail when he is not in search of steep lines or face shots. Please visit @g.allen.smith on Instagram for ski shots and snippets of mountain life.)