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Rated 5 out of
No fear jacketThe older I get, the colder I get. With this jacket I plan on staying warm until I'm 100. Sized right, but no extra wiggle room. Typical Fjallraven quality.
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 5 out of
tough jacketI am 5'8" 170lbs, shirt size 16-33". I ordered a medium. This fit as expected, which is quite large. However, the sleeves are perfect length. If it were any shorter you could not sit on the back of the jacket as intended, but is does make it long. It is not a fashion statement (although I actually like its looks, it's the size that makes it unfashionable). Flattering is not a word I would use to describe it. I'm sure if I were going to wear only a T-shirt under it, as some seem to here, a small size would have been fine, but that's not how it is intended to be be worn by those who really need it. You would be wearing at least a base layer and a sweater or warm shirt, since that's likely what you would wear indoors during the winter.
This is simply a very large, heavy, jacket. It isn't really a good fit for the urban shopping, in and out of stores, type of use. For that you might do better with a Kyl or Yupik or Barents, all of which are trimmer, more streamlined. FWIW, the small size Kyl fit me perfectly wearing a T-shirt and flannel shirt. Although the Kyl has a lower down fill and looks lighter, it is slightly heavier, maybe because of its waterproof barrier, which the Arktis lacks.
I have a half dozen down parkas of varying weights, up to expedition size, for our typical Colorado cold conditions: dry, windy, and variable, where compressibility is a high priority. Compressibility is not a strong point of this parka. What this parka is good for are the conditions Swedes regularly confront: super cold, so no need for waterproofing (breathability is more important), and heavily wooded countryside that would shred any of my mountaineering parkas in a few feet. They also make frequent use of outdoor fires, the sparks from which destroy those mountaineering parkas in short order. Hence the taped patches on some of mine. Not G-1000. I like that it's bulletproof, with massive strong zippers and huge zipper pulls, great adjustable hood, lots of pockets for different warmth gloves and hats, so no pack needed, and for a thermos. Perfect for bird watchers, ice fishers, and those who work in cold climates and have to stand around. If you have to work hard you'll overheat in a heartbeat. That's why Fjallraven's Expedition jacket has a built in shoulder harness system: so it won't blow away when you take it off to do hard work, like building an igloo! But it costs $1800! I'm thinking of making a similar setup.
If you can find it here on sale, which is frequent, it's an absolute steal compared to its well known competition. Just be sure your use fits that for which it is intended.
Date published: 2016-01-05
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