Why We Chose The Fjällräven Kaipak Jacket: Hardwearing, versatile, eco-friendly
You could remove all the logos and labels from the new for 2020 Kaipak jacket, and you’d still know intuitively that it was a Fjällräven product. The stylish look of it, combined with the familiar feel of the G-1000 Eco fabric, means its origins are unmistakable.
The Fjällräven Kaipak jacket is packing some serious versatility and can, within reason, be worn pretty much everywhere and on any occasion. One of our favourite outdoor brands has delivered the goods once again here.
Who Is The Fjällräven Kaipak Jacket For?
If you’re a city / town dweller who likes popping out to the hills on weekends, and who wants something that can serve you well in both environments, this would be a good option. It’s got more than enough credentials to hold up well on hilltop hikes and, thanks to its minimalist Swedish styling, you’ll never ever look out of place when you’re wearing it in urban spaces.
“The Fjällräven Kaipak jacket is packing some serious versatility”
That being said, if you are a full-time countryside dweller who wouldn’t go into a town centre even if your life depended on it, you’ll still love what this hardwearing trekking jacket brings to the party. It looks great, and will serve you very, very, well on big walks thanks to the technical details it has tucked away.
The Fjällräven Kaipak jacket is mostly made from G-1000 Eco fabric. In case you’re not familiar with this, it’s a tightly-woven blend of recycled polyester and organic cotton and it comes with an eco-friendly wax treatment to aid water and wind resistance. It’s worth us pointing out that once this wax (called Greenland Wax) wears out, you can simply reapply it at home.
At the underarms, a lighter stretch fabric is used in order to aid breathability. This also gives you unhindered movement. A nice touch, that allows you to reach right up when you’re scrambling without the hem lifting.
Starting at the top, and working our way down, the Fjällräven Kaipak Jacket has an adjustable hood with protective brim (the hood is adjusted with a drawcord). Perfect for when the weather has gone up a notch, and you want to cocoon yourself into the coat. It’s also helmet compatible – one of a couple of features that might make this endearing to climbers.
Pocket enthusiasts will be in their element here. There’s a deepish one on the chest with a little concealed mesh one inside it that’s handy for stashing stuff like your keys. Then there are two zipped handwarmers that are placed so that you can still access them when you’re wearing a hipbelt or climbing harness. On the inside of the jacket you’ll also find dump pockets that should be very handy for tucking your hat and gloves on any winter hikes.
Down the front there’s a long zip that’s protected by storm flaps on either side of it. The two-way zipper on this is yet another feature that climbers should find beneficial. It’ll also be useful for when you’re, say, sat on the ground by a campfire and would prefer to have the jacket draped below your waist rather than bunched up.