Pack the compact, superlight Fjallraven Men's Abisko Windbreaker just in case brisk breezes threaten to freeze you on the hike. This compact jacket stows inside its chest pocket for smaller storage, and there are adjustments at the hood and hem for a secure fit.
- Lightweight, windproof fabric
- Adjustable hood and hem
- Elastic cuffs
- Large zippered hand pockets
- Chest pocket doubles as stuff sack
- Q & A
Nice Jacket, Wrong Material Description
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
I bought this jacket for a recent trip to Ireland, and was pleased with the quick shipment. For the most part, this is a great, lightweight jacket.
Lightweight/packable: this is a great jacket for travel, as it easily fits into the inside pocket/stuff sack, and weighs next to nothing in your pack.
Good looking: (for several reasons)
I ordered the "uncle blue" color, and was very pleased with the look (the photos on the site are a good representation of the actual product)
Minimal branding: there is a leather arctic fox (fjallraven logo on the left upper sleeve, and a small (barely noticable sewn in fox on the upper middle back. This is a refreshing feature, as it can be hard to find a technical jacket that doesn't have a huge brand name on the left breast. This makes it nice for casual wear.
Well cut: This obviously is subjective, but for me (5'9", 155, slim build) the size medium fit perfectly. I could fit a fleece underneath, but it does not look baggy over just a t-shirt. Also would be well sized for a more "action-suit" oriented layering scheme (a la Mark Twight) as the lightweight and good cut would make it easy to layer over.
Fairly air-permeable: This is more of an ok feature, but this jacket is somewhat air-permeable. Obviously there is going to be a trade-off between wind resistance and air-permeability, and seeing as I bought this as a windbreaker (its intended purpose) I am ok with it not being super air-permeable. That said, on a few long hikes and one long/windy bike ride, all at around 65F, I was sweating and took the jacket off. Also, the two front pockets make for double layered fabric on the front torso, which enhances wind-resistance, while the arms and back are single layer, and slightly more air-permeable.
The bad: My one main gripe is that this jacket is made of polyester (at least the tag says it is) when both backcountry and the fjallraven site say it is nylon (polyamide). This may not seem like a big issue to some, but I have found that polyester tends to hold stink more so than nylon/polyamide (nylon in a type of polyamide, different than polyester), and I purposely sought out a nylon jacket. It may be that the jacket tag is wrong, but I would imagine the tag is correct, and the two web-sites have mislabeled the fabric composition. That said, I didn't notice too much of a smell after sweating in the jacket and wearing it almost everyday for two weeks, so I will be keeping it.
Not great DWR: The DWR seemed to wear off fairly quickly. For the first few days of my trip it held off light precip, but after only about a week, even light drizzle seemed to soak certain parts of the fabric. Also, when worn in a downpour, the jacket was soaked through in only about 5 minutes. This is not a huge factor for me, as I intend for this to be a windshirt, and not a rain jacket, but I would have liked to see the DWR hold up for a little longer. That said, it dried quickly once I was out of the rain. (About twenty minutes to completely dry, albeit with help from sun and light wind after the rain stopped.
Conclusion: All in all a piece I am quite pleased to own.
Please change the product description to reflect the actual fabric composition, 100% polyester.