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Fjällräven Expedition Pack Down Anorak | Review

Bringing technical performance, sustainable materials, ethically sourced down fill and plenty of retro style, this warm and puffy women’s anorak looks to be a winner for winter

Why We Chose It: Responsibly sourced down, recycled fabrics, PFC-free

When it comes to functional materials, nature usually knows best. And down is nature’s best insulator. Down is the fluffy under-plumage beneath the feathers of ducks and geese that keeps them warm even in extreme cold. And it does so without adding bulk or weight.

That’s why, even today, premium down is used to make the warmest, expedition-grade insulated jackets. Fjällräven’s modern Expedition Series is a little different though. Don’t get us wrong, this is technical outerwear, but it is actually based on heritage styles from the Swedish brand’s archives.

Our tester Becky using the anorak on the Cumbria Way. Photos: Joe Whitmore

Specifically, the inspiration was the 1974 Expedition Down Jacket, originally developed by founder Åke Nordin to survive Swedish winters on the barren plateau of Abisko in the far north of the country. His idea was to make a jacket that would ensure the wearer ‘never felt cold again’. A lofty ambition indeed, if you’ll pardon the pun. He turned, naturally, to down – and nearly half a century later, that’s still the insulation Fjällräven are using in the Expedition Pack Down series, including this retro anorak.

What Is The Fjällräven Expedition Pack Down Anorak Best Suited To?

This is a light and packable down layer specifically designed for women. It offers excellent warmth for weight, thanks to its high-quality 700FP down fill, so it is suitable for multi-activity cold weather use. It works well as a standalone outer layer in cold, dry conditions, with a fit that will accommodate layers underneath. Having said that, it’s not so bulky that you couldn’t also wear it underneath a shell if required too.

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On top of all that, the classic anorak silhouette also brings a fair bit of on-trend retro style. All in all, it’s a versatile piece whether you use it as technical insulation or just as a cosy addition to your winter wardrobe.

Eco Credentials

Though the Expedition Series is inspired by its 1970s forebears, and still uses a tried and tested down fill, in other respects the materials have been brought bang up to date. The shell material and inner lining in the new series are both made of 100% recycled nylon, and the face fabric is also finished with a PFC-free water repellent treatment. This ensures added resistance to moisture without the need to resort to environmentally harmful chemical compounds.

Similarly, the 700-fill power down is guaranteed to be 100% traceable and ethically produced. In fact, the Fjällräven Down Promise is recognised as one of the best in the outdoor industry.

Lastly, as we’ve come to expect of all Fjällräven kit, this anorak is supremely well-designed. The construction is also adapted to be repairable, ensuring sustainability through longevity.

Construction and Performance

The anorak design is actually very practical. Obviously, you sacrifice the slight convenience of a full-length zip, but in return you get extra insulation around the torso for additional core warmth, plus a useful central kangaroo-style dump pocket. There’s a cosy baffled hood and an extended hemline for full coverage too.

The fit is slightly looser than many puffers, so it’s easy to wear a baselayer and mid layer underneath. In addition to a half-length front zipper with inside placket, the anorak also has a handy side zipper that makes it easy to put on or take off, thereby getting around one traditional drawback of an anorak – trying to wrestle it over your head without all your other layers riding up underneath.

The down is arranged in single layer stitch-through baffles, though there is synthetic insulation over the elbows and shoulders for extra resistance to moisture and abrasion. You get two hand pockets and one kangaroo pocket, all with zippers. The whole piece actually packs into the kangaroo pocket too, which ensures it’s easy to stuff in a bag or pack. And if you’re wild camping, it would also double as a handy pillow.


With its retro looks based on Fjällräven’s expedition kit from the 1970s, this classy anorak offers both style and substance. But in addition to the eye-catching design, you’re also getting sustainably produced materials – ethically produced down and recycled synthetic fabrics, with no PFCs either. Lightweight, packable and warm, it offers technical performance to match. In short, it’s an absolute winner for winter.

Fjällräven Expedition Pack Down Anorak

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