Perfect spring and fall jacket
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
Like most Fjallraven gear, this is pretty overpriced at full MSRP ($320 for a poly-cotton jacket made in Vietnam is too much), but I scored one for over half off at Steep and Cheap, and it's quickly become my new favorite jacket.
The only other Fjallraven jacket I've ever tried was the Greenland Winter. That one went right back because of its ludicrously huge Carhartt sizing. I'm happy to report the Raven jacket fits only a little big in the body (it's true to size in arm and torso length), but given Fjallraven's "70s hiker" aesthetic, I actually think the slight oversizing works and leaves enough room for layering. Put this over a lightweight down jacket and you've got a more stylish alternative to a down puffy for winter use.
I got the jacket at the surprisingly bitter end of a New York winter and it performed admirably over sweatshirts and flannels into the 30s. Any colder than that and the light insulation doesn't cut it without additional layers. More surprising to me was that the jacket remained comfortable in spring weather, up to about 65º. I walked a few miles in light rain and the jacket kept me dry thanks to the light wax finish and somewhat silly looking stowaway hood, which doesn't match the jacket color or material (my "dusk" jacket has a gray hood). The slightly big cut, light insulation, and cotton face fabric make it surprisingly breathable. The G-1000 fabric feels tough (but also has a nice hand), which is reassuring after my Patagucci Nano Puff jacket fell apart from the rigors of subway commuting.
I think my favorite thing about this jacket is its arsenal of pockets. With the exception of a laptop, I can basically carry everything I'd otherwise put in a backpack. There are four big top-closure pockets on the front, two hand pockets, and two inner pockets (one small zippered one and one huge open one).
Bottom line, this jacket looks great, fits well, feels tough, stops wind, and sheds rain. Just try to get it on sale unless money is truly no object.