The North FaceŽ was started in San Francisco in 1966 by Douglas Thompkins and Kenneth Klopp, who initially specialized in camping equipment and climbing gear. The brand name refers to the fact that the north face of a mountain is generally the most difficult to climb in the northern hemisphere. The company has since relocated to San Leandro, California, and has expanded its product line to include workout gear, fitness apparel, outerwear, and footwear for both men and women.
The North Face produces several varieties of durable sandals and flip flops, which include the "Hedgehog," "El Rio," and "Base Camp" styles. The company also features performance tee shirts, tank tops, and sports bras that come in a wide range of colors. "Reaxion," "Velocitee," and "Tadasana VPR" are popular lines of workout tops.
In addition, The North Face manufactures several styles of shorts and pants to fit any athlete's specific needs. With everything from running shorts to capri pants to board shorts, The North Face is committed to outfitting athletes of all types with high-quality clothing.
For campers, hikers, and outdoors enthusiasts, the company also specializes in outerwear. An extensive line of jackets, fleece, pullovers, and sweatshirts includes the popular "Fav-Our-Ite" hoodie and "Torpedo" zip-up jacket. The North Face also caters to endurance athletes with top-of-the-line hydration gear. The company features the "Enduro Boa" Hydration Pack, as well as the "Fuel" Tool Belt and Tool Pouch to ensure that water is always within arm's reach.
The North Face continues to grow as a brand, now in its sixth decade of existence. By providing gear and apparel that can handle the elements, The North Face encourages athletes to push their limits and reach new heights.