Why We Chose It: Eco-friendly, versatile, durable and very breathable
It’s safe to say Fjällräven have a large jacket collection, offering everything from expedition down jackets packed full of premium goose feathers, to super light and airy options designed for travel. This particular item, called the Fjällräven Abisko Lite Trekking Jacket, as its name suggests, is an option for multi-day backpacking excursions. More specifically, those in summer.
Who Is The Fjällräven Abisko Lite Trekking Jacket For?
OK we’ve kind of already touched upon its broad purpose, but more specifically, what we’d say is this is the kind of layer that you’d want to have with you on a summer trek that, more than likely, is going to have some warm, fairly kind weather. It’s not the kind of thing that’s going to protect you in harsh, heavy rain but it’ll be a welcome barrier when you’re working hard and putting in the miles and there’s a bit of wind, or a general nip to the air – maybe a light shower or two as well.
On top of all that, there’s an impressive amount of durability to this thing, so if you’re trekking somewhere fairly rough, where there might be a via ferrata to traverse or some bushwacking to do, this would certainly come in handy.
One of the main things that sets Fjällräven apart from many other brands, and has done for decades now, is its G-1000 fabric, a durable blend of polyester and cotton that comes treated with Greenland Wax for added water and wind resistance. It’s the eco-friendly version of this that’s featured here, with organic cotton, recycled polyester and no hazardous chemicals. The wax, mind you, will wear out over time, but the good news is that you can reapply it quickly and easily at home and to the degree that you see fit.
“This is the kind of layer that you’d want to have with you on a summer trek.”
While that G-1000 Lite Eco makes up the shoulders, outside of the arms and most of the torso, what you have elsewhere on the Abisko Lite Trekking Jacket is a stretchy elastane knit designed to add ventilation along with freedom of movement.