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JohanB wrote a review of on October 24, 2013

Great jacket for most days
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I bought this to complement my Patagonia Down Sweater (which is a great jacket) with a Primaloft jacket with a hood. I have ended up using the Lofoten jacket more and more as it is looking so comfy so it is hard not to put it on before going outside.

It is not as warm and light as the Patagonia Down sweater and it doesn't pack as small as a down jacket but it has a slimmer profile, is light and warm enough for most cold days and definitely if used together with a shell. The hood is great both when on and keeping the neck warm when off.

The jacket is possible to pack in a pocket but it takes an effort and don't see it as something I would do on a chilly day without gloves. I normally just stuff it down the packback when not using it where it is quite bulky. My Patagonia jacket is much more packable and has some elasticity in the pocket that makes it easier to pack.

All in all the Lofoten jacket is a great jacket and is very versatile with few limitations. I use it a lot and have almost a dozen of other Norr�na stuff that all are performing to expectations.

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JohanB wrote an answer about on January 31, 2011

Also got similar heel rub issue when I started to ski with my AXLs in 3rd position with my old T1s. But after moving into 2nd position I don't have any problems. I guess it all depends on how well the boot keep your feet fixed while skiing/bending your knees. Can't help you with further binding adjustments though.

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JohanB wrote a question about on October 14, 2010

Am thinking to upgrade telemark rig. Today on old Karhu Jak BC (127-97-117). Am focusing on offpist. Love skiing in big, fast surfy turns in powder, crud and slush. Good enough skier for any terrain, 165 pounds and 5'10, skiing on T1s. My question is: are the Sidestash too stiff for my way of skiing and should I look for a softer ski like Line Prophet 115 or similar?

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JohanB wrote a review of on August 25, 2010

5 5

Used these shorts pretty much every day this summer. Very comfortable, I like the hip adjustment with Velcro. And I do like the pockets placement similar to Norrona's skiing pants.

Spent one week hiking in the Dolomites with these. Perfect pockets, map in left cargo pocket and Iphone/Android phone in the internal pocket in right cargo pocket.

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JohanB wrote a review of on August 24, 2009

2 5

Bought this jacket several years ago. Liked the looks and weight and planned to use it for skiing. But for some reason I always choose other jackets when I am packing for skiing trips (have too many ski jackets...). I think it comes down to the shape, for me it is a bit short and bulky.

I use my Synchro pants for most days skiing so there is nothing wrong with functionality of Synchro, I just don't like the shape of this jacket. It does not inspire me to a great day of skiing.

//Johan

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JohanB wrote a review of on August 24, 2009

4 5

I have used the Synchro pants for two years now, telemarking in a range of conditions and environments. From skinning and powder skiing in the Alps to slushy spring skiing by Norwegian fjords. The Synchros are really great pants and almost perfect for any condition and most days. They keep water and wind out better than I expected from a softshell. They are quite warm so most winter days skiing, I use only a thin base layer. I really like the possibility to ventilate while hiking and the Synchros' 3/4 zips allow that easily.

The fit is good when I have a belt to keep them up, slim but wide enough to allow knee pads without any problem.

I really love them and they are my first choice most days doing winter activities. But, there are some things that could be improved. Firstly as I use the Synchros mainly for skiing I really would like to have internal gaiters instead of a silly draw chord when hiking in deep snow; secondly the outer material chafe a bit from wear of backpacks and my jackets' internal draw chords; thirdly the embroidered Mountain Hardwear logo on the leg is not taped on the inside and makes them not water proof on that patch, which can be quite annoying on days sitting in the lift when it is drizzling rain.

//Johan

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