REVIEW: Jöttnar Women's Fjörm Down Jacket

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Reviewed by Emily Andrew
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The Fjörm Down jacket from Jöttnar is an attractive yet technically serious piece of warm mountain kit.  Although very warm with a high fill power (and a lot of down!) it is fairly close fitting and doesn't look too bulky.  The jacket is available in two colours; Black with a blue zip or green with a coral zip.

+Emily Andrew in the Jottnar Fjorm Down Jacket, 81 kbEmily Andrew in the Jottnar Fjorm Down Jacket
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+Fjörm Down jacket from Jöttnar , 55 kb
Technical details:

  • DOWN-TEK water repellent down insulation
  • 850 fill power, 93/7 premium goose/duck down ratio
  • Body-mapped down fill schedule
  • Box wall torso construction for warmth
  • Stitch through arm construction for light weight
  • Duoregulation ADVANSA Thermo cool 120 insulation in wet-out zones at cuffs, hem and collar
  • 20 Denier windproof, rip-stop nylon main body outer with DWR finish
  • Weight: 537g
  • Price: £295

 

+The Jottnar Fjorm Down Jacket next to a tin of beans for size comparison, 57 kbThe Jottnar Fjorm Down Jacket next to a tin of beans for size comparison
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As soon as it got cold this autumn, this jacket easily became my first choice whenever I was heading out.  I've used it for all sorts; from keeping warm whilst taking the skins off my skis at the top of the mountain to heading out for an unappealing night-time dog-walk in a storm!  The jacket is light and didn't take up much room in my rucksack, so it was easy to have on hand if I needed to warm up quickly at any point whilst ski-touring.

The Fjörm jacket is the best fitting and most comfortable down jacket I have worn.  The fit was perfect for me - as a size 12 I found the Medium size just right.  The zips were easy to use thanks to the large loop design that is easy to grab hold of with big gloves on.  The zips always worked well, never getting caught on the large internal baffle.  The pockets are well-placed and well-sized with openings that are big enough to accomodate big gloved hands.  The internal pocket is big enough to easily fit a guidebook or a map without needing to fold it.

A lot of attention has been given to making this jacket as resisitent to water as it can be.  As is usual with a down jacket the Fjörm remains far from completely waterproof.  However I found myself not worrying as much as I would with another down jacket about getting it wet and didn't think twice about wearing it if there was a rain shower on the cards or if the snow falling outside was on the more sleety side.  The outer material isn't hugely waterproof, but the down does dry out very quickly if it gets wet, so overall its defences against the rain and snow were impressive.

The hood is, again, very well fitted and very easy to adjust so you can keep it tight around your face without losing any vision.  Another feature I liked was the fleecy lining (Rentex wrist lining) inside the cuffs and the inside of the collar.  This felt really cosy against any bare skin there.

+Emily Andrew in the Jottnar Fjorm Down Jacket, 85 kbEmily Andrew in the Jottnar Fjorm Down Jacket
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+Emily Andrew in the Jottnar Fjorm Down Jacket, 83 kbEmily Andrew in the Jottnar Fjorm Down Jacket
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Summary

This is definitely one of the best down jackets I have come across.  The fit and relative water resistance were particularly impressive and I would strongly recommend it.

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