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Larry A.

Larry A.

Larry A.wrote a review of on February 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

My appreciation of Norrona design and build began when I lived in Norway. I didn't actually 'need' new ski pants my existing Norrona ski pants were only 20 years old, but I wanted something with 3L GTX and more pockets and I had decided to get a new ski jacket (Norrona Lofoten Pro GTX). I chose the Rodal's over the Tamok's because I wanted cargo pockets and I felt like zips on the outside made more sense than the inside. In addition, I wanted pants that would 'snap into' in the Lofoten jacket. I am very happy with the Rodal's. They are, for my purposes, perfect. I prefer the solid heavy construction of a non-insulated ski pant because I tend to abuse my outdoor gear. As has been noted by others, you need to pay attention to size as it may be different than your usual size. I am a medium in everything but the Rodal's in small worked better for me. I have a 32 inch waist and I can easily tuck a couple of base layers into the (size small) waist. The comment on Norrona is commonly 'runs small'. I believe these comments usually refer to the waist. With my waist (32) and inseam (31) I tend to fall right between a small and medium in Norrona pants. If you have a bit of spread around the middle you may not find the Norrona fit comfortable. If you do have a Norrona-compatible body shape consider giving their gear a try. There are a lot of great outdoor wear brands --- Norrona is second to none of them.

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Larry A.

Larry A.wrote a review of on February 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

When I moved to Norway a comment I heard many times was "there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing". My initial reaction was funny - ha ha, as I arrived in Norway with high quality American brand outdoor gear. After seven winters in Norway all of the gear I brought had been replaced with Scandinavian brands, and primarily Norrona. Depending on your perspective, it is either over-designed and 'heavy' or bomb-proof. After many winter adventures in Norway, many involving unexpected weather conditions and some requiring unplanned bivouac in snow holes, I came to appreciate the Norwegian clothing design standard. The fit is different than many American brands and is consistent with a country of people who are generally thinner and longer legged than us. You need to be prepared to try the fit. I am a medium is almost everything but ended up buying the Norrona Rodal GT pants in small (separate review) and the Norrona Lofoten GT jacket in medium. I agree with other reviewers that the internal phone pocket is too small for the newer larger phones but I find every other design element to be great. The hand gaiters are perfect, the sleeve length is fine and being able to 'snap' the jacket powder skirt to the Rodal pants is great. I have Norrona gear that is 20 years old and still going strong. Based on my experiences so far I expect to have the Lofoten jacket for many years to come.

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