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When storms are in the forecast, stuff the lightweight Norrøna Men’s Falketind Gore-Tex Paclite Jacket in your pack, and brave the rains with the durable waterproof protection of Gore-Tex. This rain shell features a streamlined design with taped seams and waterproof zippers to seal out moisture. A fully adjustable storm hood and hem drawcord let you hunker down when the storm gets really bad, and the underarm zip vents dump extra heat when you hike through the tempest.

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5 5

Best lightweight jacket

Extremly light and waterproof jacket. I always throw it in my back pack - just in case. You don't notice the weight.
The sleeves are long, which is good when ice climbing and reaching out a lot.

Chest Pocket Comes Undone

Chest Pocket Comes Undone

The weld on my chest pocket failed this past week up high on Mount Shasta. The weld along the seam of my arm vent looks like it's about to fail as well.
I am really sad to see this jacket begin to die after a year and a half because it's been full proof in so many ways!

Jacket tears along zipper

Jacket tears along zipper

This jacket is awesome and has performed magnificently! However, it finally went south on my recent climb up Mt. Shasta's Casaval Ridge.

5 5

Great Jacket

I picked this jacket up on SAC a year ago and have no complaints. It worked great as my outer layer backpacking keeping me dry during some summer storms. It also worked well when it was pressed into use as a ski coat on a couple of occasions. There is no internal warmth to the jacket but has room for layering underneath. The hood is deep enough to fit my size XL helmet with no problems. I am 6'4", 215lbs and tried the XL and XXL and they fit almost exactly the same. The sleeve length is definitely on the long side.

Unanswered Question

Hey, I'm very symmetrical in build (6'...

Hey, I'm very symmetrical in build (6' 185lbs) but this jacket's pics and the reviews lead me to believe it's very long in the arms and the torso....anyone who isn't lanky have any feedback about fit?

5 5

A High Quality Jacket

This Norwegian designed light weight jacket is in the elite category of waterproof, breathable outer wear. Normally a large, I found that with the European sizing that an extra large was the right fit as I have a long torso and arms. the sleeves are very long but are easily adjusted with the nice velcro cinches. It allows for more mobility. It is very comfortable in the rain while active. The features are well integrated, not adding much extra weight for the utility. Really well made structurally.

What about the features and durability...

What about the features and durability with the backpack on the shoulders (e.g. trekking)?

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I had a Arcterxy shell made from paclite and wore it with a pack for 150 days and had zero durability issues. In fact, the jacket is still functional today I keep it in my mountain bike pack as back up.

4 5

Long Arms and Long Torso

I needed a a slim (I'm 5'8", 123 lb, 38" chest, 28" waist), waterproof jacket that I could wear in snow, rain, and around town in a pinch. The last criterion rules out a LOT of jackets, as most look ridiculous. The caviar/blue-zippered Norrona fit the bill - when it came in, my wife said it actually looked good and that she wouldn't be too embarrassed to be seen with me if I wore it around town. Fit and finish is excellent - I agree with all of the good things that have been said about Norrona's quality. But here are some observations that I want to emphasize:

1) On me, the jacket is "fitted", but I wouldn't say it's "slim", as there is room for layering if you choose well (more later).

2) The sleeves are REALLY long. The armpits hit me exactly where they're supposed to - but then the sleeves could easily cover my thumb (and for suit jackets, I don't wear Short or Long).

3) The sleeves are REALLY roomy, but the cuff has velcro that can cinch down all the way to my [tiny] wrists, even without gloves.

4) Despite the picture above, the front pocket zippers are placed more like the Falketind Gore-Tex Pro model, i.e. on a slant, not vertically. Refer to the Gore-Tex Pro model to better anticipate how it'll look.

5) There are some different textures of materials used. On BC, the entire jacket looks like it's made of a single texture of fabric (it looks like little rectangles in the fabric - like a ripstop nylon). This is not the case - the hood, the top of the shoulders and arms, and the sides of the butt feature some some sort of brushed-like, soft-to-the-touch fabric - I took a picture of it so you can see. Despite the different fabrics, the entire jacket appears to be waterproof.

Overall, I feel that it's a superbly executed jacket - I'm just not used to the sleeve length or torso length.

UPDATE: For layering, I was using MH Compressor, but it just wasn't warm enough for me during my non-active pursuits (e.g. walking to work). So I coupled the Falketind with the MH Nitrous Hooded jacket (BC didn't stock it so I had to find it elsewhere - boo!) and that's a perfect combo for two reasons: the Nitrous is one of the few down-filled jackets I've seen that can fit under the Falketind's athletic fit shell and the Nitrous's torso is cut as long as the Falketind's torso (the MH Compressor is much shorter). Now I can sit outside in the 10-20's doing not a thing a still be warm.

Long Arms and Long Torso
4 5

Hard Core Jacket!

I have owned this jacket for about 3 months now. It held its own this winter with the crazy snow storms across the mid-Atlantic. It has also held true in the handful of downpours I have been in recently.
High points:
= Had it out in blizzard conditions, 45mph winds and heavy snow, and it blocked the wind beautifully!! I couldn't feel a thing
= It passed my out of the box test, put it on and get in the shower for several minutes. Perfectly dry!
= The hood is a bit big but adjusts easy enough
= Several vents (2 front, 2 under arms)
= Zippers are holding up great and let absolutely no water in
= Sleeves are pretty long and extremely wide at wrist; however, the velcro adjustments are easy to use (the velcro could potentially wear out however and in this case you would be left with giant baggy sleeves that hang past your hands)
= The green is really, really green. Kermit the Frog type of green, but I still like it

One thing to consider, many likely already know this but I didn't think about it before I ordered. The zipper will be backwards from the standard US mens style jackets. Meaning, you will have to get good at zipping with your left hand. Again, many may know this with this brand and others may not care at all but I wasn't expecting it.
All in all this appears to be a great jacket that I would certainly recommend. I work in the rainforests in Madagascar so I will provide an update on its true worthiness when I return!

Mt. Hood Summit

Mt. Hood Summit

Feb. 21, 2010 - wearing XL Falketind

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are those the falketind paclite pants as well? I'm looking at buying a pair.

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No, unfortunately Norrona's pants won't fit me because they don't seem to sell them in a Long size (and I am a very skinny tall person). I believe I am wearing a pair of Lowe Alpine Gore Tex pants of some sort in that photo ... they also don't fit properly due to the same reasoning. I've come to learn I cannot buy pants online.

I was wondering if anyone knows if I could...

I was wondering if anyone knows if I could fit in the medium? I'm looking for mostly a 3 season shell for backpacking that I could put maybe a fleece at most under, so close fit. I'm 6' and around 185. I kind of have monkey arms so sleeve length might be a problem. Any help is appreciated guys!

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I would probably go with a large, especially if you have long arms and want to be able to layer. I think a medium would be all around too small.

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That's what I figured, especially since I've heard Norrona runs on the smaller side. Thanks a lot.

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I am 6'1" 155lbs and after really studying the size chart went with an XL (it felt strange to do this but it was the right decision) and when I received it I was extremely pleased with the fit. The cut is perfect and when I have a base and mid layer underneath it fits great! The sleeves are a little long on their own, but when I'm out mountaineering and tighten the velcro around my gloves it doesn't get in the way at all. The added length actually adds to my maneuverability. You don't want something really tight, either ... trapping a bit of warm air works as a great insulator. However a L may still be a good choice. I recently climbed Mt. Hood in a 3 hour sustained windchill of -8F to -15F until I reached the protection of the Steel Cliffs and remained warm the whole time.

5 5

Better than most other GTX Paclite shells

(Very good) Breathability, (very good) water resistance, (so so) durability and the (extremely light) weight is exactly the same as all other good quality Gore-tex Paclite jackets. If you have used Paclite before, you would know what to expect.

What makes this jacket better than most other Paclites are the slim but non-movement-restricting cut, smartly designed pockets, and very protective hood.

I would only add a pass pocket to the sleeve and maybe some 3M reflective material here and there.

It is true that you cannot take off the hood without first unzipping the front zipper a little, but the hood's perfect fit and protection against wind and water is more valuable to me than a few seconds that I would lose unzipping.

If you can catch a good deal and need a Paclite, this should be the jacket to get.

I am going down to Ecuador to do some...

I am going down to Ecuador to do some 20,000 ft. volcanoes. I want to get a jacket that would be able to handle the weather down there and once I am back state side I am hoping to use it as a super light weight rain jacket. I was wondering if this jacket would be able to do the job? I also might want to be able to ski in it once I am back state side as well.

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Gore-tex paclite is extremely light and weatherproof. It should perform excellent for both tasks. It will also be a good shell for skiing with layers.

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Hey, I'm shopping for jackets for the same reason! Going in December to climb Chimborazo, please tell me how this jacket did, or what you decided to bring!

1 5

Worth the outlet price...

Let me completely retract my previous review. I have last year's model in neon yellow (Gorton's Fisherman) that I purchased on Backcountry Outlet. It is light. And the both the breathable and waterproof ratings are through the roof at 30K a piece. As far as sizing goes, I'm 5'9 and 140lbs and the small fits perfectly, and has enough room to put a technical fleece, long shirt, and undershirt on. That combination seems to be good to about 28F for me. Anything colder I just put on a [heavier] hard shell.

Now the bad. I do courier work on my bicycle, so neon yellow was a good choice. Yet, for some reason, in the month I've infrequently used it, it's almost black. It attracts dirt like a day job. The pockets are a bit small, a trapezoid shape, and zip from the top down. The problem with this is that the space at the top is not adequate to get your hands in, only when the zipper is all the way down. So I have to unzip the entire 9" pocket to get my hands dry. This is the complete opposite of my MHW Technical Windstopper Fleece.

Now for the guaranteed / 30K waterproof rating. I don't know who the hell rated this jacket, but that is a blatant lie. I wanted something highly breathable and also waterproof so I can do deliveries in the spring and summer while staying dry without sweating 10 gallons. Yesterday I was caught in a fairly heavy shower, and I came out soaked! Since it was early in the morning, I hadn't worked up enough sweat for that to even be a possibility of how drenched I was. Lastly, while I certainly don't baby my gear, I'm not trying to destroy something I paid this much for. And the jacket already has a tear in it!

I thought getting this at 40% off was a good deal at BCO, but it's not even worth that... I don't know what these other gear heads are talking about, but in the real world this straight up sucks. Thank god for BC's return policy.

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Michael, try washing your jacket. Gore-Tex is not meant to be waterproof, breathable when it is dirty.

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That's funny because looking at the specs it says "Guaranteed Waterproof / Guaranteed Breathable" which I would think means regardless of condition. Nevertheless, sorry if I made it sound like it was filthy - it certainly wasn't.

Is the Petunia color more navy blue or...

Is the Petunia color more navy blue or dark purple? Im severely colorblind and have trouble distinguishing shades like this. Thanks.

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Definitely like a dark purple color. I'd probably best describe it as "dark purple" or "plum".