The North Face Brown Label Bivy Sack

Vintage The North Face Brown Label Bivy Sack

Unique early TNF Bivy Sack. Simple construction of one ply rip stop nylon in blue and green. Grommets at the corners for staking down. Not entirely sure if this was the complete unit or if there would have been a tarp or tube tent covering. Good for a layer of wind proofing and would keep your bag clean as is though.

Measures 92″ overall. 76″ foot to neck and 39″ wide.

1980s North Face Brown Label Down Jacket

Vintage 80s The North Face Brown Label Down Jacket

Nice example of a later first generation puffer jacket.  This piece was manufactured in the mid 1980s near the end of this iconic style’s run. Some of the giveaways as to its more recent age are the embossed buttons, TNF branded zipper pull and materials tag.  Earlier versions of this jacket were made of rip stop nylon inside and out as opposed to the 65/35 poly cotton shell seen here. Construction also included what I refer to as stitched rivets at stress points such as pocket openings.

The earliest down jackets from The North Face (and brown label equipment in general) were all made in the USA, but the label didn’t start reflecting that until the late 70s when a shift in manufacturing started to take hold. It wasn’t until people started to question where their items were made that it became part of the strategy to include ‘Made in the USA’ in the branding.

The North Face Bullfrog Two Man Backpacking Tent

Vintage The North Face Brown Label Bullfrog Two Man Backpacking Tent

1980s The North Face Bullfrog tent.  This is a later “brown label” model, a label that was used into the early mid eighties. I would classify the tent as a two-man, three season tent. Tent is a three pole free-standing tent. Sometimes referred to as a “bent pole” model as the shock cord poles are not perfectly straight when linked together. Two poles crisscross from the corners with another looping from side to side around the front for an easy yet sturdy structure. The rain fly includes a decent size vestibule. Zippered opening into the vestibule and through the fly screen and nylon door. Inside venting flaps are closed by Velcro in a weight saving exercise.

Tent measures:
94″ head to toe
45″ high at entrance
54″ wide at entrance

Weighs approximately:
6 lbs.

The North Face Leather Bottom Rucksack Backpack – Brown Label Made in the USA

Early TNF larger size semi-rigid tear drop shaped rucksack with extremely impressive ergo dynamics.  Classic TNF navy blue nylon makes up the back and sides, while the back panel is made of a heavy cotton. Two hidden rods, most likely a heavy plastic run from the bottom inside points up along the seam between the back panel and side to the top of the pack. These rods bow so when the pack is worn they start near your shoulder blades and end up on the sides of your hips. It pretty much hugs you when you wear it.

Beautifully styled with a suede leather bottom, lashing squares on the side, front and top flap. Felted strap pads attached to dark olive color nylon web straps. Top flap has zippered access underneath. Adjustable clasp waist strap. Large top and bottom hanging loops.

A truly amazing functional and fashionable pack.

Measures:
17″ from top of straps to bottom of back panel
16″ across at bottom
6.5″ deep
Top flap measures 10.5″x11″

The North Face Garment Bag

Travel in style with this early 80s TNF garment bag. This khaki and navy Cordura and Nylon bag is in good shape and ready to go.

Folded it measures 22″ wide by 20″ high and can be carried using a the soft leather hand strap or nylon shoulder strap. Front pocket containing the label zips at top and has front facing zip pocket as well. On the back side there is a small map pocket with Velcro access between the nylon webbing. Buckled compression straps on either side keep the bag together when folded.

Open the bag measures 40″ high. there are two pockets on the inside, the top measures about 22″ x 20″. The bottom is roughly the same size but is partitioned in down the middle. The inner Cordura layer zips 3/4 the way around to reveal the nylon inside measuring 22″x40″. There is a nylon belt across the center to secure garments. As well as two pockets at the top. There is a metal rod running through the middle of the bag at the fold for support.

All zippers are heavy-duty YKK and snaps are The North Face branded and in perfect working condition. There are some black marks on the front and bottom of the bag from use ( see photos) other wise is clean and free from holes. The insides are in near perfect condition.

The North Face VE 23 Geodesic Tent

This beautiful TNF vintage VE 23 Geodesic dome tent is classified as a two-man three season tent there’s nearly enough room for three. It Features quick and easy construction using three collapsible poles, two screen windows with door screen and solid flap. Rain fly with peak attaches under the poles and has a shock cord around the door to stabilize in adverse conditions.

This particular set up includes:
Tent
Rain Fly
3 poles marked North Face 19
1 aluminum peak pole
12 aluminum Stakes
1 extra rain fly cord
Tent pole tips sheet

Approximate Measurements:
Packed weight: 6.5 lbs
Packed size: 29″ x 9″ x5.5

Set up:
50″ tall
85″ head to toe
93″ across

The North Face Brown Label Fiberfill II Coat

The North Face Brown Label Fiberfill II Coat

Vintage The North Face Brown Label Fiberfill II Coat.  Virtually the same pattern as their iconic down coats with a Fiberfill insulation. Not nearly as poofy,  but equally as warm. The beauty of Fiberfill over down is there’s no feathers to come spewing out!

This coat features:

  • top and side entry front pockets
  • snap closure storm flap
  • YKK two-way zipper
  • bottom hem draw cord with original cord lock
  • optional snap closure at wrist
  • reinforced stitching at stress points.

This coat has the smaller non-embossed snaps, which I believe predate the embossed. Estimated mid to late 70s production.

The North Face OI-22 Brown Label Tent – Two man Three season

The North Face Vintage OI-22 Brown Label Tent - Backpacking 3 season

This is a nice example of the The North Face OI-22 tent. “OI” being for oval intention and 22 for two-man two poles. This light weight two-man tent uses two poles in a double helix fashion to erect. The poles lock into riveted brass rings on at the corners of the tent. The rain fly sits atop the poles and is staked down as well.

Inside the area measures:
59 inches across in the center
97.5 inches long (head to toe)
37 inches high at its highest.

Weight:
approx. 5lbs

Poles are ghosted with the writing The North Face 25.

Two small velcro up windows at each end with mesh storage below. TALON zippers on bug screen and outer door.

The North Face Brown Label Gore-Tex Jacket

The North Face Brown Label Gore-Tex Jacket

This North Face Gore-Tex jacket is quite the piece. Full Gore-Tex outer and nylon inner lining. It’s as yellow as a pvc rain coat but rest assured its not. Very stylish and still functional as a windbreaker, the Gore-Tex has lost most of its repellent properties but could be treated with an aftermarket treatment if one so desired.  The label boast the remnants of the former owners last name in faded permanent marker. and from the W-L tag it’s assumed a women’s large but it fits like a short mens medium as well (see measurements).

Features include:

  • Two zippered front hip pockets
  • Zippered internal chest pocket
  • The North Face embossed snaps and zip front closure
  • Two-piece hood with compression over the brow and 2.5 inch bill independent of draw string.
  • Nylon/elastic draw cords with  Fastex spring loaded toggles (hood and waist)
  • Velcro wrist closure.

Gore-Tex received its first patent in 1976 and that combine with the brown label would date this jacket late 70s early 80s

The North Face Brown Label Stuff Sack – Small

North Face brown label stuff sack. Very clean, only one small snag to the right of the label.
11 inches deep, 10 inches across.

This stuff sack probably accompanied a vest. In the picture of it stuffed it contains a size medium Gerry down vest which fits quite comfortably. However the uses you may find for this thing are unlimited