The latest collection revisits TNF’s iconic Remote Terrain Gear (RTG) line, a late-90s creation that only lasted a few short seasons. Praised for its versatility, the line was originally designed to cater to climbers, an aesthetic cue which has proved instrumental in Supreme’s latest output. Standout pieces such as the jacket — retaining the original design’s roomy hood, and GORE-TEX construction — are supplemented by fleece layers, an array of luggage options and masked balaclavas, as well as a trompe l'oeil T-shirt depicting the jacket’s detachable utility vest.
Understandably, the collection was poised for commercial success, with most of its pieces selling through in no time at all. In spite of this, the precision of Supreme’s reference game means you can find a wealth of mainline alternatives. You might stand to lose the satisfaction of strolling around with a box logo, but will be treated to just as much functionality for a fraction of the price.
If you missed the first release, and won’t make Japan’s drop on March 14, you can shop the Supreme x The North Face collection for re-sale, together with a batch of alternatives below.
Supreme x The North Face RTG Jacket + Vest
1985 Seasonal Mountain Jacket
The North Face
The collection’s pièce de résistance! Not only is the design great for its retro roots and utilitarian appeal, but it promises to see you through many seasons to come. If you want to dodge paying resale prices, you can replicate your very own version using the DWR-coated 1985 Seasonal Mountain Jacket and Trial Vest above.
Supreme x The North Face RTG Fleece Jacket
Perfect for fortifying any seasonal wardrobe, the RTG Fleece Jacket is an adaptable layer that can be thrown on, or off in a moment’s notice. While Supreme presented the design in a range of eye-catching colors, we found comfort in this all-black Denali Anorak 2, promising unparalleled functionality, and a design so simple, it will compliment just about any outfit style.
Supreme x The North Face RTG Turtleneck
Roll-neck layers are a wardrobe staple... and if they’re not part of your regular rotation, they need to become one, stat! Featuring subtle branding at the neck, Supreme’s take is a great entry-level cop for all those looking to involve themselves in its line of TNF collaborations. The Engineered Knit Graphic Body from The North Face Black Series is a fitting consolation prize.
Supreme x The North Face RTG Backpack
Hot Shot SE Bag
The North Face
If our post on pocket-heavy outerwear wasn’t enough to change your opinion on getting a backpack, then this reissued RTG Backpack is a worthy relapse purchase. If the resale price is too steep for you however, the alternative Hot Shot SE Bag promises just as many storage opportunities if you can do without the aforementioned allure of any rectangular branding.
Supreme x The North Face RTG Utility Pouch
The North Face
Whether you’re looking to run to the store, or spend a day out exploring, bags like this are ideal for all your short-term storage needs. With The North Face’s Bardu Bag cemented as a staple brand offer, its aesthetic link to Supreme’s RTG Utility Pouch means convincing yourself to buy this alternative won’t be too hard.
Supreme x The North Face RTG Fleece Glove
Fleece gloves are the bread and butter of any cold weather outfit. Combining comfort and practicality, the duo’s RTG Fleece Gloves will help elevate your accessories game. And if your fingers weren’t hot enough to cop a pair first time around, then the Etip Gloves above should do the trick for now.
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