REVIEW: Jöttnar Asger HS lightweight hoodless softshell

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Lightweight, quick-drying, and really breathable on the move, the collared version of this popular lined softshell may be an improvement on the hooded original if, like Dan Bailey, you like simplicity and low bulk for easy layering.  

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 Denning76 12 Apr 2022
In reply to UKC/UKH Gear:

Seemed that everyone and their dogs were making polartech Alpha jackets a few years back but then many seemingly stopped.

 Damo 13 Apr 2022
In reply to Denning76:

Probably because for most people's use it didn't make much difference. Also, some of the early iterations had durability issues, pilled and lost fibre. 

While Buffalo and a few other things claim to be the original softshell, the garment that kicked it all off to start the softshell market boom in the 90-00s was the Cloudveil jacket made of Schoeller. It had no hood. 

 greg_may_ 13 Apr 2022
In reply to Damo:

I still have my Cloudveil jacket, love the thing.

 jezb1 13 Apr 2022
In reply to UKC/UKH Gear:

I was reading it wandering why it was £175 and then read this in the Jottnar text:

“Developed for Special Forces”…

Genuine question: What’s the environmental side of Jottnar? I kind of expect my expensive kit to tick the enviro etc box but don’t know much about Jottnar in this sense.

In reply to jezb1:

> “Developed for Special Forces”…

That's Polartec Alpha specifically, and it was. They made a big thing of it when it first came out I remember. Checking back I mentioned it in my first (and rather sceptical) review of something made of Alpha

Can't remember where I was reading it recently, but someone was saying that the US military were quite unbelievably behind the times on cold weather clothing. They were treating layering as some amazing new concept relatively recently! I wonder if Alpha actually was deemed a success or not in military circles?

In reply to Damo:

It's also at the crossroads of function vs fashion. Most Alpha garments look pretty threadbare to anyone not used to the stuff (the macpac pullover that looks like an original Helly Hansen fleece from 1990 and has been worn daily ever since, is a case in point). 

I really like Alpha stuff, being of a sweatier disposition and running hot must of the time, so I don't mind looking like Steptoe. Given that a lot of outdoor wear is driven by fashion I am unsurprised there's less Alpha around now.


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