This light, breathable trail-running jacket is the first to use the North Face’s new Futurelight fabric. This light, breathable trail-running jacket is the first to use the North Face’s new Futurelight fabric. In Nordic countries, there’s a saying: “There’s no bad weather, only bad clothes.” As someone who spent the past weekend shivering in a tent in unexpected, sheeting rain, I have to disagree. There’s both bad weather and bad clothes. The only thing worse than having to go outside in the rain is pulling on clammy, crinkly rain gear that feels like a garbage bag. The outdoor gear market is currently awash (ha!) in ways to improve the best rain jackets, from stretching panels of Gore-Tex into ultra-thin layers to directly meshing sustainable, perfluorocarbon-free waterproofing into a fabric’s fibers. Futurelight is the North Face’s entry. Its engineers use teensie, tiny nozzles to spin spiderweight webs of lightweight, breathable waterproofing material that keep rain and wind out while releasing heat and vapor. Futurelight technology was originally developed from nanospinning techniques used in water filtration systems and smartphone electronics casings. The North Face hasn...