First introduced by The North Face in 1992 to keep the brand’s top athletes warm while scaling frozen mountains faces, the nylon-shelled, down-insulated Nuptse jacket quickly became a mainstream hit thanks to co-signs by hip-hop heavyweights like Biggie and Mase. The more attainable Denali fleece followed shortly thereafter, becoming ubiquitous in city streets, mountain towns, and on college campuses across North America.
Now thirty years since introduction, The North Face has modernized these silhouettes—and a handful more—in the new "remastered" RMST Collection.
Across the line, which includes men's and women's specific versions of each piece, The North Face has implemented a range of material and construction updates to reduce weight and improve performance without changing the designs' iconic silhouettes. Notable updates seen across the collection include the addition of waterproof reverse coil zippers, lighter ripstop nylon shells, new bonded baffle construction, and updated fits.
The RMST Nuptse ($550) remains instantly recognizable—albeit more modern with new internal cuffs and larger baffles. The two-way zipper and slight crop fit haven't changed (it was designed to be worn with a climbing harness after all). The RMST Denali ($290) on the other hand feels totally new, with contrast taped seams and zippers, reflective hits, and a wind-resistant WindWall fleece fabric.
Other classic TNF styles to see the RMST treatment include the RMST Futurelight Mountain Jacket ($450), Mountain Pants ($189), which feel distinctly System_A, in a good way, the RMST Himalayan Parka ($700), and the RMST Down Hoody ($350). Each have been brought up to modern spec without sacrificing performance for the sake of nostalgia.
They say if it ain't broke don't fix it. But the new RMST proves that even a well oiled machine can benefit from a modern update from time to time.