I’ve done it! After months of drooling over the Jöttnar catalogue and website I’ve finally deiced to part with my money for one of their bits of kit and my was it worth it.
Some of you may not of heard of Jöttnar yet as they are relatively new; but your missing out. Jöttnar a premium brand who a serious players for serious climbers/mountaineers. I’ve seen their kit up close and spent time discussing it with the brand; it looks pretty damn good. Many would consider them to be at an Arc’teryx /Patagonia /Westcomb /Mammut Eiger-Extreme level and to be fair they’d be right; Jöttnar might even be creeping ahead in terms of quality but with a small range at the moment it can be difficult to tell. This brand does do one thing I like high quality but simple mountain technical kit.
The back-story to these guys I pretty cool and I’d recommend a peek around there site; link at the bottom of the page.
Another thing these guys have going for them is a great level of customer service; in terms of rapid processing and delivery times it couldn’t get much better.
So the Jacket itself:
Its a well built, warm and light down jacket. This is just a first look at the features there’ll be a more in depth review of performance once I’ve had a play with it.
So the distinctive branding is clearly visible but what is also visible is the baffle; this jacket utilises a box wall construction which is a feature of the heavier exped style jackets and on a jacket of only 608g (men’s medium) is pretty impressive. This helps to prevent those cool spots you might find in lighter micro-baffle or cheaper down jackets.
Another cool feature are the zips. It features a two way YKK zipper which has a 5cm Duoregulation™ ADVANSA Thermo°cool®, this means that they haven’t had to faff around with a waterproof zip that just gets stuck. The two way zip also improves the usability of the jacket especially as a belay jacket which with the jackets 850 powerfill, DOWN-TEK™ hydrophobic premium goose down makes it a viable option especially for dry cold and the hydrophobic down used is meant to be very good a rival for synthetic in that wet cold Scottish winter? maybe not quite but it’s not far off. This jacket is a hybrid, but mainly down. The wet out areas such as the cuffs, hem and collar have Duoregulation™ ADVANSA Thermo°cool ® 120 insulation which helps to reassure the user.
The cuffs have very high quality velcro cuffs and a very comfortable inner lining. This same fabric is in front of the mouth for a more comfortable hunka position when it gets really cold. The photo also shows the simple and well thought draw cord which is internal which keeps a clean outer preventing snagging.
It also features a simple to adjust helmet compatible hood which I haven’t had time to test yet but I’m confident it will work well. The hood of course has a simple to use and effective wired peak too.
The Jacket features three pockets. Two outer pockets which a very large with lots of hand-warming potential which have easy to use pulls. It also features one large internal mesh pocket big enough for a 1l bottle. It might have been nice for dump mesh pouches for gloves as a belay jacket but this might not work so well with a down jacket.
So far overall this jacket is a great hybrid down jacket with all the qualities you’d expect from a premium brand (including the price tag) but that high price is well worth paying as it is supremely light for it’s warmth. If your after a high quality no compromise cold (but still fairly dry) weather belay jacket or a new warm down jacket then this is for you. Watch out for a full test review once I can find some colder places than my cellar.
http://www.jottnar.com/men/fjorm-green-m Here’s the link to their website; its worth an explore trust me, not for the easily tempted though.
Don’t just take my word for it here’s Toby Archers UKC review too: http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=6208