Mon-Thu and Sat, 10am-7pm; Fri, 10am-8pm; Sun, noon-6pm
N, R at Prince St.; C, E at Spring St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The two outposts of California-based outdoor clothing, camping and hiking chain are well-designed, light-filled spaces dedicated both to outdoor exploration and urban cool, in the form of the famous logo-front-and-back jackets. Carrying its own brand of high-performance apparel, equipment and accessories, North Face's wares are tucked amidst artifacts from far-flung locales. Professional hikers, skiers, and mountaineers, and of course, street-cool kids and Manhattan weekend warriors turn to the stores for top-of-line clothing and gear. For those who actually camp, there's also an extensive selection of tents and sleeping bags (some withstand below-zero temps), as well as a range of backpacks suitable for expedition, hiking and high-performance use. For the less experienced explorer, the stores offer personal consultations, so gear can be selected specifically to suit any given destination, activity, and preference.