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Fjällräven Abisko Lite Trekking Jacket | Review

Our verdict on Fjällräven’s lightweight wear-all-day option for summer trekking

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.

Photo: Chris Johnson

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.

Materials

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.

Photo: Chris Johnson
Photo: Chris Johnson
Photo: Chris Johnson

Features

Plenty to talk about on the features front. You’ve got two-way venting zips under the arms, zipped mesh-lined handpockets that also double as vents and that are placed so that you can access them when you’re wearing a climbing harness or a backpack with a hipbelt, then there’s a three-way adjustable hood with a slight hood to keep the rain off. The cuffs have Velcro tabs for adjustment and there’s a toggled drawcord at the hem. 

Tester’s Verdict

Will Renwick, editor of Outdoors Magic

“It was hiking up the steep Fisherman’s Path from Nantmor in Snowdonia when I first properly noticed the benefits that the Fjällräven Abisko Lite Trekking Jacket brings.

“The day was sunny and mild, the strenuous climb was really getting the blood pumping but there was also still a bit of a nip to the air, particularly when each gust blew in off Cardigan Bay. If I was wearing a waterproof jacket, I would’ve wanted to take it off. If I was in an insulator, I would’ve been too hot. If I was just in a t-shirt I would’ve been too cold. With the Abisko Lite Trekking Jacket, I could keep powering on uphill and downhill, mile after mile, without needing to stop and adjust my layering.

Will testing the Abisko Lite on the Outdoor 100 Test Team weekend. Photo: Jamie Barnes

“If and when the time comes when it does need to go away in the backpack (which isn’t very often) at 495g it’s not like it’s much of a burden to carry either.

“On my first time using this, I definitely overstretched its wet weather capabilities. Quick showers were fine, but the damp did start to set in in anything slightly heavy or prolonged. When things pick up, you’ll want to get a waterproof layer over the top. That said, maybe I should’ve applied a heftier layer of Greenland Wax to it. 

“As for the fit, I had this in my usual size, which is a Medium and, as is nearly always the case for me with Fjällräven gear, it fitted me perfectly. It’s a really nice cut actually, giving plenty of room underneath it for a thick fleece but without ever coming across as baggy.”

Photo: Jamie Barnes

Fjällräven Abisko Lite

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