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Fjällräven Sarek Trekking Jacket Review

Fjällräven Sarek Trekking Jacket Review

The Sarek Trekking Jacket echoes those early days of tradition; a jacket that’s not only functionally rich but also robust and capable of withstanding severe weather conditions.

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Part of the Sarek range of clothing from Fjällräven designed for those of you that want more than a few hours in hills.  These quality range of garments are ideal for prolonged periods in the wilderness, whereby hard work and self-sufficiency are the order of the day.

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Fjällräven have an excellent heritage, from humble beginnings over 50 years ago when founder, Åke Nordin, recognised an opportunity to improve on the design of a rucksack.  These days Fjällräven has retailers all over Europe and produces a wide range of clothing , accessories and equipment.  Aimed at those who love, live and work outdoors it’s the culmination of one mans drive and vision to design and produce equipment to enhance and improve the experience.

Made from durable G-1000 Original with a long cut and well-proven functions that make life in the wilderness easier.

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If I could own just one jacket, I honestly might just choose a Fjällräven….

The original G-1000 fabric is still is use today, however other more modern fabrics are also thrown into the mix to provide even more enjoyment and flexibility.  G-1000 is unique in that the fabric can be cared for and manged totally and easily by the owner.  Thanks to the Fjällräven Greenland Wax

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Greenland Wax is quick and easy to apply with little or no mess whatsoever; simply rub the wax bar onto the appropriate areas and apply a hot hairdrier and watch the wax disappear into the fabric.  You can even apply thicker, addition layers onto more exposed areas such as the chest, arms and shoulders.

There are even mini-bars available for easy carry and use in the field


Fjällräven: From Humble Beginnings...

From a small cellar space in Örnsköldsvik, Fjällräven has expanded to all corners of the world. It all started with a 14-year-old boy who didn’t think that the backpacks of the time were particularly comfortable, and who decided to do something about it.

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The year was 1950, and Åke Nordin was going on a trek in the mountains of Västerbotten together with a good friend. Åke was a scout and loved being outdoors. But carrying his provisions uncomfortably was not the young boy from Örnsköldsvik’s idea of fun. And backpacks of the 1950s were certainly uncomfortable, as they hung like shapeless bags from your backside and forced the wearer to walk bent doubled to compensate for the weight.

Åke had read that if you were going to carry anything heavy, the weight should be positioned high up and close to the back. In a lodge adjoining the family’s holiday house outside Örnsköldsvik he made a wooden frame. Using his mother’s treadle sewing machine he sewed a bag out of strong cotton material which he fastened to the wooden frame using leather straps.

Åke was happy. The frame distributed the load better across his back and increased the ventilation between the back and the backpack. In addition, he could carry a heavier pack.

Samis were the first customers

“I was impressed by the backpack he was carrying. It had a carrying frame which made it possible to carry significantly heavier packs than we were used to. I had never seen anything like it before.”
 Nils Olsson Sarri, reindeer herder

The backpack attracted attention in the mountain world, not least among the Sami who spent several weeks at a time in the mountains. They understood the importance of a robust backpack that was comfortable even when heavily loaded. An older Sami asked Åke to make a backpack for him. Next time Åke went into the mountains, talk of the carrying frame had spread and Åke sold several more examples of his design.

The backpack frame was the start

The backpack frame was the start of the Fjällräven company that Åke Nordin founded ten years later. By that time, he had done his military service at the newly founded and extremely demanding FJS Parachute Ranger School in Karlsborg. It was there that he realised there was a market for functional and hard-wearing outdoor equipment. Åke noticed that not even the equipment used by the most elite unit in the country made the grade.

In 1960, Åke Nordin registered his company, which he called Fjällräven. Its registered office was the family’s one-room flat just outside Örnsköldsvik. The workshop was in the cellar, which functioned as a factory and R&D department during the first year. This is where the first backpacks with aluminium frames were created, and gradually also the condensation-free, lightweight tents, functional outdoor clothing and revolutionary sleeping bags which would come to be loved by a growing corps of outdoor enthusiasts around the world.


One of the most noticeable features of the Saraek Trekking Jacket is the hood and brim

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It quite literally swallows your entire face and keeps wind, rain, snow and anything else mother nature decides to thrown at you.

We’ve been testing the Sarek Jacket for a few months now and have found it to be nothing short of superb.  It’s the fact you can pretty much do anything in it without the worry of tearing, rubbing or damage you’d expect in more flimsy shell jackets.  This is a real outdoorsman’s jacket.

With it’s plentiful storage pockets, generous fit and epic build quality, it’s a genuine surprise just how capable this jacket really is.  It very traditional in it’s design, construction and fabric but all the better for it in our opinion.  It does excel more in what you’d called ‘typical’ Scandinavian conditions; cold, wet, rain…  Sounds just like the UK!

We can’t wait for the heavier winter weather to add layering options and see how the Sarek Jacket performs in harsh conditions.

In the meantime checkout the First Impressions tab for more details

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For for information about the Sarek Jacket including stockists and their great range of clothing and equipment, visit the Fjällräven website:

Fjällräven UK

A timeless, long trekking jacket in G-1000 Original with well-proven functions. Many pockets and generous storm hood with foldable brim.

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Robust trekking jacket in traditional Fjällräven style, perfect for long outings in the mountains in Scandinavian conditions.  Made from durable G-1000 Original

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Fjällräven G1000: The best outdoor fabric there is...

G-1000

Probably the best outdoor fabric on the market

With G-1000 you will be prepared for adventures in all climates, from the tropics to the polar caps. It can withstand many years of tough use far from the beaten path. The fact that G-1000 is adaptable makes it arguably one of the best outdoor fabrics on the market.

G-1000 often a better choice

Many people pull on a waterproof, “technical” shell jacket without thinking. But people who have gone trekking or skiing in a taped, laminated garment have often discovered that it is too waterproof. The membrane cannot release the moisture your body creates when you are on the move and, as a result, you get sweaty.

This is why experienced outdoor enthusiasts have for decades instead chosen garments made from G-1000. They provide protection from both the wind and light rainfalls while at the same time releasing built-up moisture better, so you do not get wet from your own sweat.

Compared to a membrane garment, G-1000 is also much more durable. It can withstand nature’s sharper edges and even sparks from a fire.

For all four seasons

In the summer, G-1000 is always excellent choice, except on those occasional days when the rain just will not let up. On these days you will need to pull on an ultra-light rain garment for reinforcement.

In the winter, G-1000 provides dependable protection from snow and hard winds, and its breathability decreases the risk that you will become chilled from wet underclothes. An added bonus is that it is light and comfortable to wear.


Waxing or reproofing your jacket couldn’t be easier with the Greenland Wax

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Generous width with plenty of room for insulating garments under, and a bellow pleat at the back gives extra freedom of movement.  A spacious hood with a foldable brim protects from bitter winds and can be adjusted so it fits the head perfectly.

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Two-way zipper that can be opened from the bottom for ventilation and a wide protective flap with buttons stops cold winds.

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Many pockets that offer practical storage for items needed close at hand; such as the spacious vertical chest pockets with zippers

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With outer pockets on top of them with flap closures and buttons

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There are also two lower pockets that are top loaded and an arm pocket with a zipper for a GPS or the like.

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Drawcord at the waist and hem

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The quality of the drawcords, eyelets and toggles is just superb

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There’s even Velcro adjustments at the sleeve cuffs, meaning you can really keep the elements at bay when the going gets tough

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The hood is fully adjustable, benefiting from both Velcro and drawcord adjustment

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G-1000 material is wind and water resistant and can be impregnated with Greenland Wax for extra protection against wind, water and wear.

Everywhere you look on this jacket there are quality touches and components which make ownership, application and enjoyment all the better; zippers, poppers, eyelets, they’re all superb

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Even the loop for hanging the jacket is ultra robust and built to last

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There’s something about the Fjällräven Sarek Trekking Jacket and Fjällräven clothing in general that you can’t quite put your finger on.  It’s more involved, more capable and more enjoyable than just owning a modern shell jacket.  The Fjällräven G-1000 clothing is very tactile, from the process of reproofing to literally being able to live and do anything without fear of rips, nicks or tears.  They’re phenomenally robust.

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I love, love, love this jacket and Fjällräven have a huge range of similar items to suit your needs.  If I could own just one jacket, I honestly might just choose a Fjällräven.

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Features

  • Gender : Male
  • Concept and Application : Trekking and Hiking
  • Fabric : G-1000®
  • G-1000® Original: 65% polyester, 35% cotton

The mighty and majestic Fjällräven Sarek Trekking Jacket

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I can’t sing the praises of the Fjällräven Sarek Trekking Jacket enough

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The fact you can wash without any specialist products, hang it out to dry and reproof with a bar of wax makes me smile from ear to ear.  I loved this jacket so much, I’ve gone out and bought another…  We’ll bring you more on that later!

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