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Nick

Nick

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Nick

Nickwrote a review of on February 3, 2011

Lofoten Alternative
5 5

This jacket is an awesome alternative to the Lofoten, which is probably the more famous Norrona Gore-tex Pro shell. I like it better because it has less mumbo-jumbo: no media pocket, no thumb-hole cuffs, no skirt, etc. It is a pure shell for skiing, climbing, and everything in between.

Super sturdy zippers are matched with bomber Pro fabric for a shell that is intended to last a long time - I can only say mine is holding up extremely well so far. The fit is standard Norrona fit - athletic, but a very tad bit looser than an Arcteryx equivalent. You get style points along with function, whether you want them or not.

The pit zips and hood do exactly what they are intended for. The arms have great articulation, as expected. The cuffs fit over large and small gauntlets with ease, if you like that. The size is true: if you wear a M in everything else, buy a M. Match them with a pair of Lofoten pants and you have a winning combo.

Picture: pit zips (and leg zips) FULLY OPEN during a big day with Greg Hill (!). It breathes.

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Nickwrote a review of on May 7, 2009

5 5

After extensive searching around and trying everything, this jacket has to be the best downy out there. Functional everything: hood (huge, snug and comfy closure), nice pockets, perfect sizing (ie. just a bit bigger than everything else you own so you can put it on top), very well made. That being said, this is a lightweight warmth layer for mountaineering, probably not going to stand the abuse of tree skiing for many seasons. It is very durable for just about everything but shrubbing up against bark at mach speed. I am 5 feet 11 inches and ~165lbs and the M fits nice and big so I can wear it over my stuff when it blows. Order your regular, everyday size for this one. Nice job OR!

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