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Fjällräven Expedition X-Lätt Insulated Jacket | Review

An eco-conscious insulated layer that offers lightweight warmth for all-round hiking and outdoor life

Why We Chose It: Lightweight, stylish, recycled materials

At this point, it’s virtually a given that the all-conquering Fjällräven will crop up somewhere in our Green Gear Guide. Quite simply, the Swedish brand is one of the industry leaders when it comes to sustainable, environmentally conscious outdoor kit, and has been pretty much since the company’s founding by Åke Nordin way back in 1960.

Their latest synthetic insulated jacket, the Expedition X- Lätt, continues that fine tradition with a fully recycled shell and lining, and a fill that is also made of 80% recycled content. In addition, the water-repellent treatment on the face fabric of the jacket is completely PFC-free.

What Is The Fjällräven Expedition X-Lätt Best Suited To?

Bringing the brand’s signature understated and slightly retro outdoor style, the X-Lätt is a versatile beast. It offers enough technical performance – namely, lightweight warmth and good moisture-resistance – to be a viable lightweight layer for hiking, camping and backpacking adventures. But its striking looks also ensure it will be equally at home in everyday life or on more casual outdoor excursions.  

Eco Credentials

When it comes to shell fabrics, most outdoor aficionados generally prefer nylon to polyester. That’s because nylon is a much stronger fibre than polyester for its weight, so it generally offers superior durability. The problem is that in terms of recyclability, nylon is a much more difficult material to recycle than polyester. It can be done – it’s just more expensive and time-consuming. That’s why it is impressive that with this jacket, Fjällräven has managed to source both a shell fabric and a lining that are made from 100% recycled polyamide (nylon).

Photos: Chris Johnson

In addition, the durable water repellent treatment that is applied to the outer fabric of the jacket, to aid moisture resistance, is free from environmentally harmful perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).

Lastly, the synthetic fill, which is made from high-loft polyester insulation, is comprised of 80% recycled fibres.

“All those qualities make it not just a great all-rounder, but also a standout product in this year’s Green Gear Guide.”

As a brand, Fjällräven is also an active member of numerous sustainability initiatives. This includes the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), an industry-wide group of more than 80 leading clothing and footwear companies and NGOs. They’re also part of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), which focuses on promoting workers’ rights and improving working conditions globally. And they’re signatories of the UN Global Compact, a partnership between businesses and the United Nations in which members are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles relating to human rights, labour, anti-corruption and the environment.

Construction and Performance

This jacket is really designed as a layering piece for active use on cold days. Worn under a shell, its lightweight fill and pliant fabrics ensure good mobility whilst also providing a little extra warmth.

For that reason, it isn’t fitted with a hood. But you still get a two-way front zipper with an inside placket, two hand pockets and an inside pocket, all with zippers, and elastic drawcord adjustment at the hem. Cuffs are elastic-bound to ensure a close fit too.

It’s a relatively simple jacket, but an effective one. It packs down into its own pocket but provides a noticeable boost of warmth. Thanks to little details like the contrast shoulder yoke and heritage expedition logo, it also exudes a cool retro vibe, augmented by the muted colourways of black, navy and forest green. There is a classic red too if you like your outdoor wear to pop a little more.   


If you’re in the market for a lightweight synthetic puffer, you’re spoilt for choice right now. We’ve recently reviewed great options from a multitude of brands, ranging from the funky, colour-blocked Cotopaxi Teca Calido to highly technical options from Montane, Arc’teryx and Haglöfs.

But if you want style and performance, the X-Lätt is a great pick that probably trumps all the others out there at the moment. You also get Fjällräven’s trademark build quality and top-notch eco credentials. All those qualities make it not just a great all-rounder, but also a standout product in this year’s Green Gear Guide.

Fjällräven Expedition X-Lätt Insulated Jacket

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