Norrøna Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro Shell Jacket - Women's

For big-mountain bombers.

The Women's Lofoten Shell is Norrona's most versatile freeride jacket for powder hounds. Its Gore-Tex Pro shell provides guaranteed waterproofing that remains extremely breathable for fast-moving skiers and snowboarders. The Lofoten also features a removable powder skirt that buttons into Snap-Seal compatible pants for extra security, and X-open ventilation uses two-way zippers at each underarm to control airflow.

A Zip-Seal system allows you to zip the Lofoten into Zip-Seal compatible pants for complete coverage whether you're touring in the backcountry or cruising the resort's back bowls. The adjustable hood has a wired brim to stay out of eyesight, and the inner hand gaiters have thumbholes to secure the sleeves. Norrona designed the Lofoten with Y-sleeves for a full range of motion, and a drawcord at the hem and hook-and-loop cuffs ensure proper coverage. Additionally, because Backcountry is Norrona's exclusive U.S. retailer, you might be the only one in the resort wearing this colorful jacket.

  • Gore-Tex Pro shell
  • Y-sleeves
  • Removable powder skirt with Snap-Seal system
  • Zippered X-open underarm ventilation
  • Adjustable, helmet-compatible hood with wired brim
  • Hand gaiters with thumbholes
  • Adjustable cuffs and hem
  • Zip-Seal system
  • Backcountry is Norrona's exclusive retailer in the U.S.
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Color Difference

    Just FTY I loved the jacket, but the black color was a more like a grey color if that matters. I think it runs true to size I wear a S in Patagonia jackets and I ordered a S in this jacket and it fit.

    Great jacket!

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

    I've been out 4 times now in this jacket, including an 18" powder day, and am in love. It's was great on the warm days with just a light fleece under it. And it was even better when the temps dropped and the wind picked up. I didn't think I would use the hood much, but I was so happy to have it on a snowy windy day. The powder skirt on this jacket is also the k my one I've ever had that's worth using. It actually stays out and doesn't ride up as soon as you start moving. I highly recommend this jacket. You'll love it.

    Great jacket!

    Go to shell for deep days/backcountry

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: medium

    I love this shell so much I have it in 5 different colors. It's lightweight, but still burly, the colors are great, and the fit is great. The sleeves with princess hem on the cuffs are awesome easily adjustable for a great fit over gloves. good pockets, and keeps you dry on deep days . I would say runs overall true to size, except tight in the chest area

    Go to shell for deep days/backcountry

    Shell To Thin For Longer Expeditions

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: medium

    This shell would be great for light snow or rain days. I was looking for something more substantial. Pockets are small and few. Fits great though with plenty of room for layers. Covers half way down your butt and doesn't expose possible skin when you bend over. The blue color is really pretty.

    I use it everywhere

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: M

    I actually purchased the jacket for skiing but since the zipper of my old hiking hardshell has given in, I am now using it as my year round waterproof shell.
    I own quite a lot of Norrona stuff and with pretty much all of their gear, it is of very high quality and it looks realy awesome too.
    There are a couple of things that Norrona could improve. E.g. the inner pockets are so tiny, that you can't even fit a small phone in there. At best it fits a small mp3 player. I also wished the jacket would have dual zippers.
    Another part that is not working well for me is the snow skirt. I used the jacket with its compatible pants but when attaching the snow skirt to the pants the whole setup was uncomfortable (could be my body shape). At the end I removed the snow skirt even when skiing and rather used the draw cord. Last but not least, I wished the hand gaitors would be removable. I don't find them practical. You either need real gloves or you don't.

    I use it everywhere

    no hand pockets

      I love the fit of Norona - small shoulders and large chest in a size S that works better than other brands for me - but this jacket has no hand/hip pockets (the only pockets are at the chest despite what the description states); and that's a bit hard to take at this price point. So I don't know how that should change the star rating?

      Please let the buyers know that there are several of us who would very, very much like the caviar with the contrasting zippers!

      Best Answer

      Hey Heidi!

      We loved the Caviar color too! Unfortunately it was a fall 2014 color and Norrona doesn't make it anymore. Our buyers and employees are really trying to have them bring the color back for the fall/winter collection in 2016. Fingers crossed!!

      This jacket is a shell. Is it warm enough on very cold days, on the ski lift, heavy winds?

      Best Answer

      That's dependent on how much you're wearing underneath it. It'll keep wind and water out, but it won't keep you warm by itself. You'll have to layer properly for the conditions.

      Will you be getting more of the Caviar color in stock!?

      Best Answer

      We have several ordered in the new season colors (Cool Black, Ice Blue, Jungle Fever/Ice Blue) but our buyers have not reordered the Caviar at the time of writing this message. Sorry for the inconvenience!

      Let me know if you have any other questions-- I'd be glad to help.

      Lara LaBar


      Does the hood fit over a ski helmet?

      Best Answer

      Hi there,

      Yes it does offer a helmet-compatible hood!

      Stylin' Jacket

      This jacket is great for skiing/snowboarding. Looks great with lots of functionality! Very Euro.

      Stylin' Jacket

      Best for running/biking/skiing in WI

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium

      This jacket is amazing! I live in WI and the weather here is cold, really, really cold. I actually use this jacket to bike to work in the winter. Crazy yes, but not with the proper clothing and this jacket is it! I have biked in temps of 0 with with winds 25mph, but did I feel it, no! I even stopped wearing a hat with this windproof hood. It is that good!

      So what am I wearing underneath? If the temp is below 20degrees I wear a lightweight smartwool and a mid weight smart wool with a zip up neck. Above 20 degrees only a lighter weight smart wool or icebreaker top. Thats it. This jacket breathes, it is so light, I seriously didn't think it could possibly block the wind/cold for me, but it exceeds my wildest expectations. I have also taken in running outside in 15 degrees and found it to be the perfect jacket for this also. We have also gone skiing together, for this I wear a primo mid -layer since skiing for me is pretty easy/ effortless and I needed a little more warmth since I wasn't working as hard. Almost forgot I have been rained on. Hard. But was I dry....yes!

      I also love the long cut on the arms, torso. I am all torso and not once did I catch myself yanking down on the coat or sleeves. I can also raise my arms with no movement of the jacket in exposed stomach or crinkled shoulders! The snap seal is honestly the best I have tried. It is so sticky, no snow up my back or any yanking up while backcountry skiing.

      Downside for me: I purchased the yellow version since I like to stand out in urban traffic biking and it stains really easy and does not come out. I thought about switching to black but prefer to be a beacon on the roads.

      Best for running/biking/skiing in WI

      I would like to comment on my prior review: This is the best jacket I have found to protect me from the elements however it washes/ wears horribly. I exchanged my first one after a first wash due to discoloration. My second one is receiving its second wash now and it looks horrible. I have the yellow color. I will try to post a pic later but I cannot emphasize enough how terrible this coat wears/washes. I have blue splotches all over. I think it is the back fabric showing through. YUCK. One star.

      Would like to add take a chance on this jacket, maybe I just had a bad one. Backcountry has really gone out of their way to work with me. A++ for service.

      Yeah found one that finally fits!

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

      I purchased this after ordering at least three other jackets from various places. Nothing fit right. They were either too tight around the butt or too boxy in the middle. I was between a Medium and a Large in the Marmot, Mtn Hardwear, Fly Low, Mammut and the Patagonia...they just were off by a little in the fit.

      Ordered a Medium in this jacket and it fit PERFECT :) - I am 5'5" 155, athletic build with broader shoulders. Not too boxy but not to form fitting either.

      Skied 4 days in Utah with it last week and couldn't of been happier. Great pocket access w/ a pack on. Layered w/ down puffy jacket on colder days and fit was perfect. Hood goes over helmet (Smith Variant) just fine.

      Very pleased with purchase and if we ever get some decent snow in Tahoe I will be wearing it soon there.

      Color was great and kids could find me easily on the hill.

      Quality was good and liked the wrist cuff extensions.

      just a color question... is magma more orange or red? just can't tell on my screen... thx!

      Best Answer

      It's orange!

      Unanswered Question

      I wear at Large in the Patagonia Triolet and a Large in the Marmot Alpinist (feels a bit boxy) ...would a large be the call for this? I want room for a puffy underneath but don't want it to be huge. Problem is the top shoulder cut- the smaller jackets on the ones above didn't have shoulder room. Any answers - Thank you!

      Hamming it up

      I've got a HUGE puffy jammed on underneath this jacket because it was SO frigid.

      It's pretty roomy for me - see sizing info below.

      Hamming it up

      I'm debating between the Lofoten gtx pro and the lyngen driflex 3

      What does the jacket feel like. I don't really want a crinkly rustling shell.

      Mine is a little crinkly but oddly super soft. I really like the texture.

      What size is your jacket Lexi? Trying to decide on a medium or Large. I wear a Medium in a Patagonia down sweater jacket but a large in any of their shells like the triolet...

      I don't want it too big but want a few layers/puffy underneath on cold days. Thanks

      Hello Nswanson.

      I am in a size Small.

      See my review below for further fit info.


      Tweaked Fit

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      I had a Lofoten shell from 3 years ago, Norrona has changed the fit a bit.

      The shape of this jacket is significantly more hourglass now. The jacket flares out quite dramatically beneath the breast. I personally did not love this cut (I prefer a straighter cut) but I know women who do appreciate this more tailored look.

      I am 5'3" and 120 lbs and the small fits nicely with room to layer up underneath on cold days - even with a HUGE puffy. I hypothesize I could get away with the size XS, but I appreciate the extra wiggle room the size S affords.

      Construction, in true Norrona style, is totally bombproof. My last shell lasted over 200 days on the hill and backcountry touring.

      The ample pit zips provide huge opportunity for venting and are easy to reach and use - zipping action is very smooth.

      The feature I like MOST about this jacket are the very wide, princess style cuffs.

      They are fairly easy to wrestle over the gaiters of my mittens and I like that the cuff extends so far over the back of the palm. I do not like, however, that Norrona used two separate patches of velcro to secure the sleeve strap. I find that the EXACT place where I need to affix the velcro is the zone where Noronna did not put velcro. This doesn't make sense in my mind....not sure what they were going for there, maybe weight savings? It's a little silly if you ask me.

      The wrist gaiters are a nice feature - I prefer not to use them as I dislike the texture. I love that the powder skirt is removable. The silicone grip on that thing is SUPER sticky. It really helps to keep the jacket in place - I don't need it because I use bibs, but this is a really well-designed powder skirt.

      All in all a very durable, stormproof option for someone who logs tons of days on the mountain. Norrona is a brand I trust to get me through the nastiest storms.

      How are you laundering your jacket? Any issue with stains?

      Hey Kathleen! I haven't laundered mine yet, but if I did I would treat it with NikWax Tech Wash and TX Direct

      What pants are you wearing? I'm looking for pants and a jacket.


      I'm actually wearing bibs, which I love, because they are a bit warmer and comfier than pants and you never have to worry about snow getting down your bum. These pants are my absolute favorite of any ski pant we carry here on BC. My last pair was still in great shape over 100 days on the hill, I could have easily kept using them for another 100, so though the price tag is a little higher, they will last you multiple years.

      Hi, is the hood removable ?

      No this has a fixed hood!


      where is this made?

      The tag on mine says:

      "Manufactured in China"

      What a Deal

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

      I bought this jacket for my wife after I bought the same one in blue for myself(Got it in the outlet for almost half off the original price). Besides Haglof these guys are the best of the best in Winter gear. I did a ton of research before I shelled out the big $$$ for these products and Norrona does not disappoint. If your gonna shell out this kind of money for the jacket you def. need to get the matching pants, it fits perfectly together and with the zip seal system you'll never get snow in your booty again:)