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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 Mountain Light Jacket - Men's The North Face Mountain Light Jacket - Men's
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The North Face Point It Down Hybrid Jacket - Men's The North Face Point It Down Hybrid Jacket - Men's
The North Face Gordon Lyons Crew Longsleeve Sweater - Men's The North Face Gordon Lyons Crew Longsleeve Sweater - Men's
The North Face Canyonlands Hoodie - Men's The North Face Canyonlands Hoodie - Men's
The North Face Long Sleeve RDT V-Neck Shirt - Women's The North Face Long Sleeve RDT V-Neck Shirt - Women's
The North Face Suprema Full Zip Hoodie - Women's The North Face Suprema Full Zip Hoodie - Women's
The North Face Inferno -40 Deg. Down Sleeping Bag - Long The North Face Inferno -40 Deg. Down Sleeping Bag - Long
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The North Face Storm WP Hiking Shoes - Men's The North Face Storm WP Hiking Shoes - Men's
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The North Face Ultra 109 GTX - Men's The North Face Ultra 109 GTX - Men's
The North Face Ultra Fastpack Mid GTX Hiking Shoes - Men's The North Face Ultra Fastpack Mid GTX Hiking Shoes - Men's
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The North Face Ultra Extreme GTX Hiking Shoes - Men's The North Face Ultra Extreme GTX Hiking Shoes - Men's
The North Face Thermoball Booties - Women's The North Face Thermoball Booties - Women's
The North Face Chilkat Nylon Boots - Men's The North Face Chilkat Nylon Boots - Men's
The North Face Chilkat Nylon Boots - Women's The North Face Chilkat Nylon Boots - Women's
The North Face Alpenglow II Winter Boots - Boys The North Face Alpenglow II Winter Boots - Boys
The North Face Alpenglow II Winter Boots - Girls The North Face Alpenglow II Winter Boots - Girls
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