Tuesday, 22 March 2016 23:14

Jottnar Fenrir Down Jacket - Tested and Reviewed Featured

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Another review from our Mountaineering Team, Alan has used his Fenrir in various climates to test the down jacket to its limits.

What Jottnar says about the Fenrir:

Stuffed with 850 Fill Power grey goose down, with a premium 93/7 down/feather ratio for more warmth and less weight. Our water-repellent down, applied via nano-technology by our US based partner DownTek™, stays dry 10x longer than untreated down meaning you stay warmer for longer. Unlike other versions, our water resistance does not wash out and is free of harmful fluorocarbons. A lightweight, robust rip-stop face fabric allows the down to achieve full loft and its Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish resists rain. Potential wet-out zones at the cuffs, hem and collar are reinforced with 120g/m² of synthetic insulation meaning even less fear of moisture. Highly versatile, the Fenrir hydrophobic down jacket is at home in the vertical as it is in everyday use.

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What My Outdoors say about the Fenrir:

I had become more aware of Jottnar in 2015 leafing through glossy outdoor mags and while it was obviously a “smaller” brand it was as they say in the tagline setting out to “conquer giants.”

 From the start their kit looks great, and the websites and branding suggests it’s designed for “real mountaineering” however the medium/high level price tag and the limited availability (meaning I couldn’t touch and try it) also meant it was a potentially risky investment if it didn’t perform.

I needn’t have worried!

On opening the well packed piece its obvious this is a quality piece of kit. Despite being compressed on shipping its ethically sourced down lofted superbly, (and continued to after days in my damp climbing pack) , its very light and has a high quality look and feel.  Looks of course aren’t everything

First trial was at the Ice wall at Snow Factor. It’s about -5C when standing still but when climbing I get very warm so I was keen to see how it would perform.

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The cut is slim and dropped slightly at the back so sits well under a harness, there is enough in the cut so when climbing it doesn’t ride up and the arms taper slightly so are neat enough not to distract climbing.

The hood while neat (better for wind) is big enough to fit a helmet. The collar is snug and come us well over the chin to further seal you from the elements.

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Climbing in it was a delight, the shape is great, its light and wasn’t too warm when moving and it stood up to a fair bashing around the wall especially through the ice chimney where arms, elbows and back are used as much as axes. Ice wall test – Success!

Next test was rain as I was walking about Glasgow – although not subjected to sustained downpours (not its function) the Fenrir’s DWR worked well and the mixed synthetic (at cuffs/hem and collar) meant critical wet zones reacted well.

Next and final test was the Alps and some real world climbing on water ice around Cogne (as well as some après Ski town wandering around fashionable Chamonix)

We arrived in Cogne, Italy for a day at Patri and Lillaz Gully. Off we went up the cracking WI4 ice with some snow build up between pitches as the temperature rose from -6C throughout the day to a balmy 3 or 4 C, and the Fenrir rocked. Again the cut meant I could ignore what I was wearing and concentrate on climbing, the fit around my arms (it’s got snug elastic) meant my hands were free to function without snagging on ice tools or screws and when needed I could pop the hood up to protect against the cold.

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While I may not have been Conquering Giants I certainly think Jottnar have got it very right with the Fenrir and I wouldn’t leave it out the pack now. The price is well worth the investment, the quality is very high and it copes in multiple scenarios.

The service from Jottnar also is excellent, super responsive to tweets or emails and if you ask nicely you may even het some nice stickers!  I will certainly be looking at the rest of their frankly excellent range.

Last modified on Saturday, 02 April 2016 17:00
Davy Wright

Most at home in the outdoors, preferably on top of something big and pointy. Scotland is Davy's playground, which is why he doesn’t mind getting wet. But winter is where it’s at. Hiking, scrambling, camping and a bit of climbing when I can. Sucker for a ridge. At a lower altitude he try getting out on his bike and run if he has to.

Davy describes himself as "a bit of a gear geek, maybe less of the bit. I like to see how things work or don’t!" In following this line Davy has become a respected and authoritative blogger over the last few years, working with many of the UK's major manufacturers and retailers.

Preferred activities: Hillwalking, camping, scrambling, trying to get better at climbing/ice climbing, cycling/mountain biking

Areas commonly visited: Lochaber, Cairngorms, Lake District

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