Friday, September 30, 2011

Review: The Bergans Kvitfjell Insulated Down Jacket

Seeing as we had our first major drop of Bergans Of Norway a few weeks ago, I thought we'd have a closer inspection of one of the new jackets we'd had in from them. We also had Andrew Baguley, one of our Bergans Reps, come down to give us the low down on some of the new bits and bobs and one of the jackets that really caught our eyes was the Kvitfjell Insulated Down Jacket.

It's been made using a combination of 95/5 High Quality Goose Down (750 fill power) and 100% Polyester padding. The down has been strategically placed closer to the body for optimum insulation. On the outside the Kvitfjell uses Pertex Shield for water repellent, windproof, breathable lightweight protection. It's well suited for skiing, so if your planning on hitting the slopes anytime soon, it may be well worth giving the Kvitfjell your consideration!

Now with the 'techyish' specifications out of the way, let's move on to some of the jackets key features. First up theres an insulated hood with drawstring adjustment, the hood is also helmet compatible. It's the smaller details that seem to really impress, like for instance the wide fleece strip that runs around the neck area, just adding that extra bit of next to skin comfort and warmth. Working our way down, the jacket has a centre front storm flap to keep the chill out, pit zips if you get a bit too flustered and two chest pockets ideal for storing maps and other smaller essentials.

Inside the jacket you've got one fairly large inner pocket, suitable for storing your more valuable items like mobile phones and other important travel documents. Another added bonus is the headphone eyelet, making sure you won't be without your tunes wherever you venture off to.

To ensure you don't get the winter chill, wind or rain making it's way up the sleeves into your torso region the cuffs have softshell like wrist warmers with thumb holes, so it fits snuggly around your hands without limiting flexibility or the jackets ability to retain heat.

(A career in hand modelling isn't imminent...)

Another handy little feature (that you'll see on a lot of Bergans products) is the jackets ability to be compressed and packed away into it's own inner pocket, a very clever option when your travelling around with it, but not actually wearing it.

Altogether the Kvitfjell Insulated weighs in at 1.020kg, which is pretty lightweight when you consider the amount of insulation and details the jacket packs in. Having worn the jacket myself, it doesn't actually feel that heavy either, plus the cut and shape of the Kvitfjell means that everything moves as you move and it feels as though the jacket is almost part of you, as it were, unlike other jackets on occasions that can seem to be more cumbersome with bits sticking out all over the place.

The Bergans Men's Kvitfjell Insulated Jacket is currently in stock in Solid Grey/Peacock and we also have the Women's version in stock in the colour of Solid Grey/Light Purple.

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