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Over 40 Years of Innovation and Exploration

The North Face is named for the coldest, most unforgiving side of a mountain. They have helped explorers reach the most unfathomable heights of the Himalayas. But The North Face® legend begins, ironically, on a beach. More precisely, San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood, at an altitude of only 150 feet above sea level. It was there in 1966 that two hiking enthusiasts resolved to follow their passions and founded a small mountaineering retail store.

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Soon thereafter, that little shop became known as The North Face, a retailer of high-performance climbing and backpacking equipment. In 1968, The North Face moved to the other side of San Francisco Bay, to the unbridled possibilities of the Berkeley area, and began designing and manufacturing its own brand of technical mountaineering apparel and equipment.

Through the 1960s, The North Face brand cherished a following amongst avid outdoor athletes and began sponsoring expeditions to some of the most far-flung, still largely untouched corners of the globe. This launched a proud tradition which continues in full force today and constantly reinforces The North Face mantra, Never Stop Exploring™.

By the early 1980s, The North Face was taking exploration to the outer limits of the ski world, adding extreme skiwear to the product offering. These were the days of pastels, neons, hair dye, and mohawks; they laid the groundwork for today's free-spirited snowsports athletes. By the end of the decade, The North Face became the only supplier in the United States to offer a comprehensive collection of high-performance outerwear, skiwear, sleeping bags, packs and tents.

The 1990s ushered in an era during which The North Face further broadened the outdoor world it helps athletes to explore. The decade saw our debut in the sportswear market with the launch of Tekware™, an innovative collection designed to provide rock climbers, backpackers, hikers, trail runners, and outdoor enthusiasts with the ultimate fit and function. The North Face half dome logo began to appear with greater regularity on ultramarathon courses, high-country trails, and big walls. And, as the calendar clicked toward a new millennium, The North Face launched its own line of trekking and trail-running shoes to ultimately address the head-to-toe needs of those always striving for the next horizon.

Now, more than 40 years after its humble grand opening, The North Face delivers an extensive line of performance apparel, equipment, and footwear. We push the boundaries of innovation so that you can push the boundaries of exploration. We remain deeply proud to be the first choice of the world's most accomplished climbers, mountaineers, extreme skiers, snowboarders, endurance runners, and explorers.

There's little telling what the next 40 years hold for TNF. However, there is one bedrock certainty: The North Face will maintain an unwavering commitment to pushing the limits of design, so that you can push your limits outdoors. Never Stop Exploring

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The North Face Thermoball Traction Mule Slipper - Men's The North Face Thermoball Traction Mule Slipper - Men's
$49.95
The North Face Mezzaluna Hoodie - Women's The North Face Mezzaluna Hoodie - Women's
$69.95 more colors available
The North Face Shifter Performance Shorts - Boy's The North Face Shifter Performance Shorts - Boy's
$24.95
Sale Price 16.95
The North Face Dark Star 0 Deg. Synthetic Sleeping Bag The North Face Dark Star 0 Deg. Synthetic Sleeping Bag
$268.95
Sale Price 215.16
The North Face Camp Hike Pants - Boy's The North Face Camp Hike Pants - Boy's
$44.95
Sale Price 33.71
The North Face Point Five NG Pants - Men's The North Face Point Five NG Pants - Men's
$448.95
Sale Price 314.26
The North Face Horizon II Capri - Women's The North Face Horizon II Capri - Women's
$49.95
Sale Price 37.46
The North Face Alloy Jacket - Women's The North Face Alloy Jacket - Women's
$348.95
Sale Price 209.37
The North Face Surge II Charged Recharging Laptop Backpack - Women's - Closeout The North Face Surge II Charged Recharging Laptop Backpack - Women's - Closeout
$228.95
Sale Price 171.71
The North Face NFZ Insulated Pants - Women's The North Face NFZ Insulated Pants - Women's
$298.95
The North Face Thermoball Bootie - Men's The North Face Thermoball Bootie - Men's
$79.95
The North Face Gritstone Jacket - Men's The North Face Gritstone Jacket - Men's
$248.95
Sale Price 174.26 more colors available
The North Face Point Five NG Jacket - Women's The North Face Point Five NG Jacket - Women's
$479.95
Sale Price 335.96
The North Face Point Five NG Pants - Women's The North Face Point Five NG Pants - Women's
$448.95
Sale Price 314.26
The North Face Glacier Full Zip Hoodie - Boy's The North Face Glacier Full Zip Hoodie - Boy's
$44.95
Sale Price 33.71 more colors available
The North Face Kortana Convertible Pants - Girl's The North Face Kortana Convertible Pants - Girl's
$44.95
Sale Price 22.45
The North Face Powder Guide ABS Vest The North Face Powder Guide ABS Vest
$1378.95
The North Face Alpine Crew - Women's The North Face Alpine Crew - Women's
$54.95
Sale Price 35.97
The North Face Cat's Meow 20 Deg. Synthetic Sleeping Bag - Regular The North Face Cat's Meow 20 Deg. Synthetic Sleeping Bag - Regular
$168.95
The North Face Single Track Hayasa Trail Running Shoes - Women's The North Face Single Track Hayasa Trail Running Shoes - Women's
$109.95
Sale Price 71.46
The North Face Verto Pro Jacket - Men's The North Face Verto Pro Jacket - Men's
$198.95
Sale Price 119.37
The North Face Hightail 3S 15 Deg. Down Sleeping Bag - Long The North Face Hightail 3S 15 Deg. Down Sleeping Bag - Long
$428.95
Sale Price 343.16 more colors available
The North Face Short Sleeve Pine Knot Woven Shirt - Men's The North Face Short Sleeve Pine Knot Woven Shirt - Men's
$64.95
Sale Price 38.97
The North Face Taggart Skort - Women's The North Face Taggart Skort - Women's
$64.95
Sale Price 45.45
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