Joshua P.wrote a review of Norrøna R�ldal Gore-Tex Insulated Jacket - Men's on February 5, 2013
I had last year's model of the R?ldal and this year's model fixed last year's issues while keeping all of its good qualities.
The things I love about this jacket are the cut, the light but warm insulation, the face fabric, and the overall style. I primarily wear this jacket skiing, and it is absolutely brilliant! I have been on slopes in windy, cold conditions (-12 deg C), as well as more mild conditions (0 deg C) and in both cases I was so happy to have this jacket.
Prior to owning this jacket, I went with a hard shell, mid-layer combo, but I love this jacket so much more. The insulation allows me to wear just a baselayer on warmer days, and on colder days add a mid-layer. The length and hood with high collar provide wonderful protection in the wind, while pit zips make it possible to dump excess heat. Pretty much anything I could think of, this jacket has: fleece-lined pockets, goggle wipe, key card pocket, powder skirt, fleece chin guard, helmet-compatible hood, drawstring hem, hand gators, long length (I'm tall), long sleeves (I'm tall)...I honestly can't think of a thing I don't like.
I don't say this lightly, but this jacket is pretty much perfect. And tasty red (pretty close to orange) is a requirement for people who spend any time in the backcountry, in my opinion.
This is one snazzy looking jacket (not that any of us hardcore outdoor-type people care about such things). Seriously though, look at how cool beardy looks!