Kit DesLauriers and Dawa Yangzum Sherpa are two women who have made mountaineering history by climbing the world’s highest mountains and pushing every limit using technical equipment and clothing that were not designed specifically for the female gender. Now, The North Face has created the new Women’s Himalayan Suit, the most technologically advanced suit ever made, in collaboration with a team of female athletes, female designers and product experts to support female outdoor explorers on their adventures.

“By harnessing the best of our technologies, materials and manufacturing processes, and combining them with the experience gained over decades alongside the most outstanding female high mountain athletes, the Women’s Himalayan Suit aims to help support the next generation of female outdoor explorers in achieving their dreams” said Laura Akita, category manager at The North Face.

Dawa Yangzum Sherpa, an athlete with The North Face, is one of many women who have broken new ground in mountaineering. Growing up in a Himalayan village with no electricity or running water, at only 9 years old she knew she wanted to climb Everest. And so she did, becoming the first Nepali woman to win certification from the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations. For this new suit, Dawa actively contributed to the optimization process, making the necessary changes to make it suitable for supporting women on the most extreme expeditions.



The Women’s Himalayan Suit from The North Face features several technical innovations. The FUTURELIGHT membrane with Spectra ripstop fabric provides maximum waterproofing and durability, while PRODOWN down 900 fill provides exceptional thermal retention and softness, with special Cloud Down technology to reduce cold spots.

In addition, the suit has undergone a rethinking of design, fit, and performance to better fit the female body. The size range has been expanded, improved suspenders and a back zipper have been introduced for easier donning and doffing of the suit.

Creating The North Face’s first women’s Himalayan suit was challenging and exciting work for female athletes around the world,” said Erica Cottrell, senior design manager at The North Face. “Over years of work, together with our female athletes, we have worked tirelessly to bring to life the most advanced and innovative suit for female mountaineers.”

The Women’s Himalayan Suit is the perfect combination of comfort, warmth and protection, and is suitable for high altitude expeditions. Thanks to its technical features, the suit is unbeatable and an important innovation for women mountaineers.

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