Now you can keep your lip sweater.
Keeping things light and comfortable is a big deal in demanding backcountry environments, which is why you always shave your mustache before a big trip. The Norrona Falketind Windstopped Hybrid Men's Jacket is the outerwear equivalent of a shorn 'stache—a lightweight, comfortable, and smooth softshell for everything from ski touring to alpine climbing to trekking.
Norrona made the body of the Falketind from Windstopper softshell, a windproof (surprise!), water-resistant, and stretchy fabric that cuts the chill and breathes to prevent water vapor from building up on your skin. Extra stretchy and breathable Flex 1 softshell gives the underarms, back, and hips extra freedom of movement and comfort, while the two-way underarm zips provide even more breathability during high-output activities. The Falketind is reasonably minimalist, but it does offer some thoughtful touches like a helmet-compatible hood, pack and harness-compatible hand pockets, and a soft chin guard to prevent irritation when you duck your dome into the wind.
- Backcountry Exclusive
- Windstopper softshell with Flex 1 panels
- Breathable and water resistant
- Helmet-compatible Storm Hood
- Two-way underarm zips
- Pack and harness-compatible hand pockets
- Hook-and-loop cuffs
- Soft chin guard
- Water-resistant zipper
- Item #NRA001R
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Size Bought: Medium
All windstoppers are similar, with one exception this jacket has - pit zips. Not all pitzips are created equal though. On this jacket they open on either end so you can vent selectively - open up slightly under your arms and open slightly on the side of your torso - at the same time and you've got two venting areas working.
I prefer this system now that I own this jacket. Other jackets that have super breathable areas under the pits and arms don't work as well. There are times in cooler temps where you don't want what I call "uncontrolled cooling."
This is more of a slim fit and the hood is not mega huge as say on an Arcteryx Gamma LT Hoody which I've considered many times, but certainly roomy, non-restricting and I can easily wear a slouchy big beany underneath.