Just when you thought the North Face label couldn't get any cooler, the popular jacket-maker is behind the new "Hustle Audio Jacket."
Essentially, the new product line offers the same look and feel of the North Face jackets we know and love, but now they're "wired for sound" and customized for storing your iPod and allowing you to control it with a joystick embedded in the left sleeve.
From The North Face website:
Fashion meets function in this waterproof, breathable, fully seam sealed jacket. Outfitted with innovative audio capability, this new jacket is wired for iPod use with an external joystick control pad on forearm.
If you thought the iPod beanie was expensive, the price tag on these jackets will make your head spin. The North Face jackets with built-in iPod controls retail for up to $600 at some locations, although several websites are presently offering the high-tech threads at a substantial discount.
In a nutshell, these nifty jackets are made to be iPod compatible thanks to "CONNECTEDwear," which enables one wearing this particular jacked to control an iPod through a series of readily accessible buttons embedded on the jacket’s sleeve. The inspiration behind the idea is that its much easier to bear the cold when you can enjoy and control your favorite music without having to expose your hands or iPod to the cold air.
Technical, rider-specific features designed into jacket including adjustable, removable hood, Recco® avalanche rescue reflector, pit-zips, bicep pocket with goggle cloth, and powder-related features to keep riders dry on days when it doesn’t stop dumping the white stuff.