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Fjällräven Greenland Wind Jacket | Review

2018 was a big year for Fjällräven as it marked 50 years since the release of their iconic Greenland Jacket, here's one of their releases to celebrate...

As at home in the wild as they are on the streets of the city, Fjällräven are a brand that defy being walled-off in one particular area. They’re climbing mountains, they’re trekking 110km across Northern Sweden, they’re researching climate change in Greenland and, of course, they’re on the back of every urban hipster worth their salt (see the Kånken).

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the company’s first ever Greenland Jacket and to celebrate this occasion they’ve released a new collection of jackets that each harks back to that original.

The fascinating history of this product, the Greenland Wind Jacket, is a clear reminder of the brand’s credibility when it comes to the outdoors.

In 1966, Fjällräven’s backpacks and innovative condensation-free tent were taken on an expedition to Greenland by a collective made up of Scandinavian alpinists and scientists.

Upon returning from the trip, Fjällräven’s founder Åke Nordin, who started the business in his family’s basement using backpack prototypes he’d made as a boy scout, asked the group how they’d got on with the kit. The expedition members, like so many of Fjällräven’s customers since, couldn’t speak highly enough of Ake’s gear; adding that they only wished he also made clothes because their boiled wool and leather get-ups had proved less than ideal.

This got the idea train rolling and pretty soon Åke was searching out solutions to the various problems faced by outdoor clothing. He finally hit upon an answer with a jacket, made from a fabric he’d developed for tents, that was treated with a mixture of beeswax and paraffin – a concoction inspired by his days out skiing with friends when they’d all wax the back of their ski trousers to keep the snow off.

That was the first ever Greenland Jacket.

“It’s made of recycled polyester and organic materials; an indicator of the brand’s dedication to sustainability and environmentalism”

Half a century on and Fjällräven are staying true to their roots without being stuck in the past.

The aesthetic of this particular item in the new collection, the Greenland Wind Jacket is one of the tributes to that original jacket, and yet it improves on it by having a shape that’s more ergonomic and less boxy. This particular adaptation is made from a recycled polyamide which is impregnated with a water repellent treatment free from any nasty PFCs; an indicator of the brand’s dedication to sustainability and environmentalism.

There's a water repellent treatment free of any PFCs. Photo: Chris Johnson.
The adjustable hood provides plenty of volume when it's needed. Photo: Chris Johnson.
Button down pockets with zipped handwarmers underneath. Photo: Chris Johnson.

On top of this an adjustable hood, two-way zip and various zipped and button-down pockets, add to its simple functionality.

Elsewhere in the new Greenland Range, you’ll find the direct 2018 equivalent of the Greenland Jacket, made from that same wax-treated fabric developed all the years ago, as well as trousers, shorts and t-shirts in both men’s and women’s versions.

Here’s to the next 50 years!

Tester’s Verdict

“Once in a while you come across a jacket and just know that it’s going to be the start of a long, and fruitful relationship. This happened the first time I put on the Greenland Wind Jacket. It felt good. It looked good. I was smitten.

“The coat’s not just about delivering the super stylish vibes mind, it’s also pretty effective at keeping out the elements. I’ve been caught in the middle of heavy downpours a couple of times wearing this now and, while it’s by no means fully waterproof, the treated polyamide does serve up decent levels of water-resistance.

“Will I ever take this jacket off? One day, maybe. But not now. Not now.” – Jack Clayton, Mpora Editor

Price: £210

Weight: 370g

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