The North Face Fuse Uno Hardshell Jacket / by Steven B. Wheeler

Pretty cool new jacket from TNF. The Fuse Uno ($399) hardshell jacket is engineered to cut down on cutting waste (like the DARPA Hoodie), but also made from a material that is woven with two yarn types to balance performance/weight/durability without needing to piece different fabrics together. 

The North Face Fuse Uno ($399), Source: WIRED

The North Face Fuse Uno ($399), Source: WIRED

It's super minimal and light, and they did a good job of telling the pattern engineering story with graphics: 

Diagram of the pattern engineering on the Fuse Uno jacket. Credit: The North Face

Diagram of the pattern engineering on the Fuse Uno jacket. Credit: The North Face

When we release the 2014 version of the DARPA Hoodie, I'd love to work on a graphic (or animated GIF?) that does as good a job of visually showing how little fabric is used. From a product design perspective, it's neat to see the single layer pocket bags being made from the shell fabric like that, as well as the elbow articulation and how they've engineered what is basically a dolman sleeve.

Source: SNEWS (paywall) and Wired