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  • New North Face Jacket Comes With Built-in iPod Controls


    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.
    Perhaps North Face has engineered the perfect gift for the music lover who is difficult to shop for this holiday season. For men, there's the Hustle Audio Jacket, and for women there's the Femphonic Audio Jacket. But unlike most decent heavy-duty winter coats, these beauties are understandably tagged with a much loftier price.

    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.
    Image via The North Face
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New North Face Jacket Comes With Built-in iPod Controls started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      I wonder how long the battery would last and how much it weighs...
    1. sddspence's Avatar
      sddspence -
      wow.....thats pretty expensive. Wish it included integrated headphones to
    1. RyanWS's Avatar
      RyanWS -
      This is useless for us iPhone/touch users, right? Or no?
    1. dieselboy27's Avatar
      dieselboy27 -
      I'd also like it to have some solar cells to recharge my battery. Maybe in the 2G version of this jacket
    1. yentrog31's Avatar
      yentrog31 -
      very cool...but the wife wants me to make the house payment instead of sporting this!
    1. dmaximob's Avatar
      dmaximob -
      Pretty cool, but Analog(Burton owned snow clothing Co.) has had this years ago.

      But even back then it cost a child support payment.
    1. tknapp2's Avatar
      tknapp2 -
      Saw it on ebay buy it now 229.00 plus shipping.
    1. quanx22's Avatar
      quanx22 -
      Burton came out with a jacket that did the same thing like 2-4 years ago! Probably less expensive too
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Neat idea, but I'd rather not look like a college freshman wearing "North Face" gear.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      crazy...
    1. Peemcgee's Avatar
      Peemcgee -
      lol wow is right
    1. supreme-livin's Avatar
      supreme-livin -
      u do have to pay that much for good jacket anyways

      and its a snowboarding jacket what happens if you fall and land on your arm or goin through the tress, smackin them out of the way

      friend had the burton one, all i have to say is FAIL

      stupid is the $9000 calf skin prada jacket hangin in my closet
      and it was a gift b4 anyone comments on it
    1. theguy1429's Avatar
      theguy1429 -
      I just bought this coat for $150 in Canada!! Works with the iPhone too.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Not too bad looking. Do they have other colors?
    1. thecork's Avatar
      thecork -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLaw-One View Post
      I wonder how long the battery would last and how much it weighs...
      What has the battery gotta do with it? It will last as long as the ipod/iphone battery normally lasts playing music. If you are refering to a battery in the jacket, there isn't one, its just controls plugged into the dock connector, no battery needed.

      I have a similar one (not northface) for skiing and its awesome, i love being able to have my tunes on and not have to take my gloves off, open my pocket to get to my iphone etc just to skip track, turn it down or off...coupled with my beanie that has speakers built in (not one of those *** new ipod beanies) my winter sports are a million times more fun than they used to be...! More companies need to make this sorta stuff.
    1. aekhamsouk's Avatar
      aekhamsouk -
      i love north face gear but 600 bucks is joke! F-off!!!
    1. wakedude's Avatar
      wakedude -
      Check out this link to The North Face website. They have it listed for $349 which is a lot more reasonable.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      now something that might actually make sense. this would definately be good for a day snowboarding on the slopes.....but as far as the price goes my pocket works juuuuust fine. besides most jackets nowadays come with custom ipod pockets anyways....and yes before you say anything. i know the North Face has external controls.[very nice feature] not $600 nice though. and yes im sure its all North Face quality. but again. my custom ipod pocket does just fine.
    1. clikzip's Avatar
      clikzip -
      $600 is a bit pricey, Nice looking jacket tho.
    1. blkeagle1's Avatar
      blkeagle1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dmaximob View Post
      Pretty cool, but Analog(Burton owned snow clothing Co.) has had this years ago.

      But even back then it cost a child support payment.
      Yeah and they do it with wireless bluetooth tech now too (Burton Audex).

      Northface can suck it!