Norrøna Lofoten Alpha Insulated Jacket - Men's

Compressible warmth for all your mountain needs.

Throw on the Men's Lofoten Alpha Insulated Jacket from Norrona when you need lightweight, highly compressible warmth that won't let you down. The interior mesh lining is treated with a Polygiene anti-bacterial treatment so you don't have to worry about your stank after a long day spent slogging uphill in the mountains. To keep you warm on those summit ridgelines Norrona added Polartec Alpha synthetic insulation. This jacket can be worn as a shell to handle light precipitation, or can be worn under an outer layer to provide excellent insulation at high-altitude. When not in use, the Alpha can be stowed into its own pocket for easy transport.

  • Nylon face fabric with DWR treatment
  • Mesh lining with Polygiene treatment
  • 100g Polartec Alpha synthetic insulation
  • Regular fit
  • Packable pocket
  • Zippered handwarmer pockets
  • Zippered chest pocket
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Norrøna Lofoten Alpha

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Medium

The color in the picture is not the same color as the jacket. The jacket is sort of a royal blue color, deeper blue. I like the two colors paired once I had it on. The hood of the jacket make me feel as if, even in the most raging storm, it will keep me covered. I'm 5'7 158lbs and I purchased a medium. I felt, It was somewhat large on me. The wrist were not snug as those you find with a Patagonia down sweater. Hopefully if I size down, it'll fit better and the wrist will be more snug. Returned it before I got to take it to the mountains. My rating is based on color, style and build.

You get what you pay for

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: medium

Living in Chicago, you need a lighter jacket during spring and fall, this fits the bill. It's warm but the material breathes, somehow at the same time, it is also wind resistant. I purchased this when it was on sale, shaving almost 200 off the regular price. Its an expensive jacket and I'm not sure if regular price justifies the purchase but having it is worth it. I love the logo too.

A good insulated midlayer

    I did not realize Lofoten was the Norrona freeriding ski line. That said, a bit generous compared to my other Norrona items, but should still provide solid breathable warmth whilst on the move. Lightweight mesh lining is comfy and should help with the drying times after hiking too.

    Thanks for the review Eric!

    Polartec Alpha is incredible stuff!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    Gear junkie always looking for something better. Since it's currently winter, ski gear has been on my mind.

    Been trying to optimize my layering system for ski touring. I was intrigued by the claims that Polartec Alpha insulation provides puffy-type warmth for weight and breathes like a champ, i.e. it will dry quicker than virtually anything when soaked through. I tried on the Outdoor Research offering in this category and some other brand's that I can't remember, but I didn't like the fit, feel or price of either.

    I tend to score with Norrona, and the Lofoten Alpha has been as good for me as any of their products. I'm 6' 170#, athletic build. The medium fits perfect. Not snug, but not baggy. Sleeves hit at the top of the thumb. Hem is slightly below the hips. Collar, when zipped up, rises above my mouth and below my nose.

    BTW, I have the blue and it's not the same shade as the powder blue shown on this web page. Mine is a pretty true royal blue. I had a color discrepancy with another Norrona jacket last year -- tomato red versus apple red. Buyer beware.

    The exterior fabric feels like tissue paper. I'm sure it'd rip on sharp rock or branches. I would not wear this as a outer layer if i was expecting to encounter anything sharp or abrasive. The interior lining is mesh throughout, which floats over the Alpha insulation. The cuffs are snug, but not tight. The pocket zippers are small and sensitive and are the type that snag. The center zipper is smooth sliding and normal size. There are no interior pockets. There's a tiny loop below the hood on the exterior to hang the jacket. No other features. Pretty minimalist piece. The jacket is ultralight and packs up tiny.

    I wore the Lofoten Alpha touring in the Wasatch backcountry a few days ago for a first serious aerobic test. I wore it over a North Face flash dry t shirt, and for the first few ascents I had my shell lashed to my backpack. It was sunny and warm on south faces and I kept the jacket on to test the quick drying claims, when I typically would've gone down to just the t shirt. By the time I'd topped out, I had soaked it through in the body and the arms. The Lofoton Alpha jacket was completely dry after a short (500') descent, plus the time to switch back over to skinning. As I moved onto higher and shady north ridges and faces the jacket kept me warm, including when the wind was howling from the other side. After putting on my Gore Tex Pro shell for the first significant descent, I kept it on for the rest of the tour. Even with the far less breathable Gore Tex over top, the Lofoton Alpha still breathed unbelievably well and kept my dry at seemingly all times other than when I was really pushing hard and working up a major sweat.

    I've never experienced such fast drying time in a fabric of any kind before. I kept thinking that only bare skin dries faster after working up a lather. My previous favorite insulating fabric, Polartec PowerStretch Pro, is great, but pales in comparison to Alpha for warmth relative to dry time. While PowerStretch stays warm when completely soaked through, it takes a bit of time to start drying and a long time to get bone dry. Alpha also has reasonable wind-blocking properties; certainly far better than Polartec PowerStrech, which doesn't block much wind at all.

    The Lofoton Alpha jacket is my new favorite layer for aerobic activity in cold environments. In terms of how fast it dries, how warm it is for its weight, and how light it is, I am amazed by Polartec Alpha insulation and how Norrona worked it into the Lofoton jacket.

    Polartec Alpha is incredible stuff!

    great jacket - but pricey

      Needed a replacement for my Eider Blow Alpha and saw this one listed. Not as wind resistent as the Eider but warm and very comfortable. I wore a t shirt under this in about 35F breezy weather and it was great however again, did feel the wind somewhat but not enough to be chilly.

      more importantly this is one of the few jackets that has the perfect sleeve length for me, most other jackets are a bit longer at the sleeves.
      5'10 190lb 41chest 32sleeve Medium fits perfect with room for sweater or midlayer

      Norr�na Lofoten Alpha

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: large

      The jacket is nice ,looks great ,as you understand is not the heavy cold whether ,also i notice that there some loose strings on the right side pocket ,i may have to send it back ,i dont think Norona is the name that everyone thinks ,and their quality at least in the low numbers is not there

      Yea, I have to agree. I returned my Norrona jacket as well. It looks great but the attention to detail in workmanship was not there. That said, if they corrected the quality accept Norrona would be a solid company because they do have some great style.

      Not too hot...not too cold...just right!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      This has become my go to everyday jacket after having used the Rodal Warm3, Narvik Warm2 stretch, and the Lyngen lightweight down. Like the look of the Rodal, but would need a shell to keep out the wind/water. The Narvik was warm, but still felt like I needed something warmer when the temps got below 30's. Loved the warmth of the lightweight Lyngen down and nothing beats down for warmth. Problem was I got too hot indoors. Also the jacket is a bit noisy when moving around.

      Thus the Lofoten Alpha...warm and toasty in the 20's with a merino wool baselayer. Windproof and keeps me warm when it's cold and wind is blowing. Not bulky and jacket is quiet when moving. Indoors I'm amazed at how comfortable I am. The breathability that's marketed is real and you feel it! The lining is soft and quality construction. The hood is a bit small, compared to other Norrona hoods. Best thing is that this is now 25% off!

      Overall very impressed. I was reluctant to purchase after having just picked up the Lyngyn lightweight down, but have no regrets. When it's really cold, I'm grabbing the down but for everyday versatility, the Lofoten alpha is a hit!

      Winter 2014 Norrona Lofoten Collection