Why We Chose The Fjallraven Canada Wool Padded Jacket: Sustainable, comfortable, warm
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Let’s be clear – this isn’t a highly technical jacket for all-out mountain pursuits. Instead, this is Swedish brand Fjällräven’s typically considered yet understated take on the classic wool lumberjack jacket. All grizzled outdoorsmen (and women) seem to own one – and if you don’t, you probably should.
The Fjällräven Canada Wool Padded Jacket is a bit more than just a thick, heavy shirt jacket (or ‘shacket’) though. For starters, it’s much less scratchy than most, due to its soft brushed wool flannel construction. The wool flannel is a blend of recycled wool and polyester, giving the fabric excellent eco-friendly attributes. Strengthening the product’s sustainable credentials, the jacket itself is also padded for extra warmth, using a combination of traceable Swedish wool and ‘Lavalan’, a natural fill derived from corn starch, for insulation.
The shoulders, elbows and pocket flaps are also reinforced for added durability, with panels made of Fjällräven’s tried and tested polycotton G-1000 Eco fabric. This fabric is made of recycled polyester and organic cotton. Like all G-1000 fabrics, these panels can be treated with Fjällräven’s Greenland Wax, a PFC-free weatherproofing wax made of beeswax and paraffin, for added water resistance.
The jacket has a loose cut and a straight hem, with a comfort fit. Features are simple – it has popper closures at the front, a single chest pocket with a flap and two hand pockets, all buttoned. Cuffs also have simple press button closures. A stand-up collar keeps the chill off the back of your neck.
This season the jacket comes in two colours; a classic red buffalo check or a muted grey. We’d go for the red check if you want to get maximum ‘burly lumberjack’ points, though you really need the big beard to go with it.