Not long after designing a revolutionary backpack, the founder of Fjallraven, Ake Nordin, used tent fabric to create a new type of jacket. The fabric was too heavy for Nordin’s lightweight tent plans, but worked perfectly in a jacket – creating a tough garment with water and wind proofing.
These features were improved on and gave birth to the 1968 Greenland jacket. This was a functional winter jacket created for the Swedish expedition to Greenland. The solid design choices made in the Greenland have continued over the years. Fjallraven jackets are often designed the same as they were many years ago. The quality and timelessness means you’ll have a jacket that will last through adventure after adventure.
Picking the right jacket can make or break a tough adventure. Thankfully Fjallraven jackets are so well-made that they can be used across varying weathers and seasons. However, there are still 5 main categories they fall into.
The Fjallraven Polar Jacket is the warmest of the warm, a design made from either high quality down or synthetic insulation to keep you going when the temperature plummets. These may have waterproof shells or be worn as an insulation layer.
The Fjallraven Trekking Jacket is possibly the broadest category and style of jacket. These jackets are wind and water resistant and made from ultra-tough fabric. They’re ideal for year-round use and offer a good mix of warming and weather protection qualities. If you’re after an all-round jacket these are the best choice.
Travel Jackets are made from UV resistant, lightweight materials that make them ideal for those on the go who need a packable jacket that doesn’t sacrifice on quality.
Forest jackets are perfect for hunters and other woodland activities thanks to their durable G-1000 fabric. They also have G-1000 silent material which eliminates rustling and noise. The category also includes wind and waterproof hydratic jackets and features handy pockets such as ammunition, GPS and radio pockets.
Finally the Everyday Outdoor jacket category applies to Fjallraven Jackets that are ideal for functional outdoor gear in an everyday setting. They are weather resistant, functional and durable. As an example of quality, designs such as the original outdoor Greenland Jacket are now classed as ‘everyday.’ Whether you’re on a day hike in the lakes or browsing the high street in the rain, this is the category for you.
Fjallraven Shell Jackets are designed to integrate with other layers and release moisture as well as protect you from the external elements. They are generally made from one of three materials. The G-1000 Shell Jackets are ideal for year-round wear. Water resistant rather than proof, the G-1000 is extremely breathable and can be further protected with Greenland Wax. The G-1000 shell is the ideal choice for outdoor activities when you don’t need a less breathable waterproof. Other Shell Jackets come in Hydratic and Eco-Shell which are perfectly waterproof as well as breathable thanks to a multi-layer, porous design. Finally the Microtravel Shell Jackets are designed for spring and summer use. These shells are cool, quick-drying and weigh very little so they can be packed up for travel.
Fjallraven Down Jackets are the warmest jackets offered by the brand. Down is a natural filling that cannot be bested in weight to warmth ratio. The quality of down is often determined by the fill power (CUIN), which is a measure of how fluffy the down is. This gives an indicator to how well it traps warmth. The second attribute surrounding down is the loft, which helps measure the thickness of the insulation. Put simply: the thicker the loft, the better the insulation. Down jackets often have a mix of insulation, with feathers contributing to the padding, but the more ‘down’ inside the insulation the warmer it will be. This is sometimes displayed on Fjallraven jackets as a measurement out of 100 “90/10” means that for every 100 grams of insulation, 90 grams will be down. One drawback of down is that it performs poorly when wet.
Fjallraven Synthetic Jackets are an artificial alternative to down. These are still insulated and very warming but do not run the same risk when wet. Synthetic insulation can handle certain amounts of moisture that down cannot. It’s also cheaper and can be washed without any special care. In temperatures around freezing where rain is falling regularly, a synthetic jacket is the perfect choice.
A true outdoor adventure demands a range of useful features. Fjallraven jackets don’t dissapoint, offering a useful array of extras that equip you for the outdoors. When choosing your jacket, look out for these key features and choose according to your needs.
Technical hood – Fjallraven Jackets have a hood any winter garment should have, a warming and adjustable one that keeps your head warm and dry as well as being easy to adjust when wearing gloves. The more advanced hoods on the Fjallraven jackets have foldable brims to protect against the wind and synthetic fur edging to prevent snow entering the hood.
Zips and flaps are a little detail that should never be overlooked for a winter jacket. The Fjallraven zips are two-way and large enough to grab easily with gloves on. The two-way zip can be undone from the bottom to vent heat. These zips are further reinforced with windproof flaps to prevent wind penetrating the zipper.
Pockets are another essential. Fjallraven jackets have a range of useful pockets such as map-sized chest pockets and hand-warming pockets. Inner pockets are also something to look out for if you want to carry little extras into the elements.
Reinforcements are another vital feature in winter jackets. Fjallraven take this seriously, using their tough G-1000 to reinforce key areas such as the bottom area of trousers where you’ll sit down or the shoulders of jackets where rucksack straps wear them down.