The Bergtagen Eco-Shell W is the only jacket I tested for our best waterproof jackets for 2024 guide that isn’t Gore-Tex, using instead Fjallraven’s Eco-Shell with proprietary membrane. I committed fully, and wore it on a three day expedition in the mountains in some of the worst December weather I’ve camped in, and stayed dry and comfortable throughout. Eco-Shell has a good environmental story, made from 70% recycled polyamide, protected by a PFC-free DWR finish.
Price: £575 / €599,95 / $550.00 | Weight: 522g (size medium) | Materials: Eco-shell stretch ripstop (70% recycled polyester) with proprietary membrane | Hood: laminated wired hood with rear and side adjusters | Front closure: two way water resistant YKK zip with rear storm flap. | Underarm/side zips: side venting zips | Pockets: two, with mesh internal organisers | Hem: elastic drawcord | Cuffs: hook and loop | Sizes: XXS-XL | Mens Version: yes
I like the large pockets located high on the body, well out of the way of a harness or rucksack belt. The pockets have internal organisers for small items. Venting zips are located on the sides of the body, don’t confuse these with pockets! The cuffs are generous and fit over the fattest of winter gauntlets. Winter credentials are confirmed by the inclusion of a Recco Reflector. The hood is large, possibly too big, because when I pull it over a helmet and do the zip up, the neck and chin guard come all the way up over my nose too partially obscure my vision. Without the helmet the hood is protective and cosy.
The hood issues on the Bergtagen Eco-Shell W might be connected to the fact that the jacket is too big for me. I’m normally a women’s medium but this one feels like extra-large. Fjallraven’s sizing range unusually, starts at XXS, which perhaps isn’t quite as small as it sounds.
It’s the most expensive jacket in my selection, and the weightiest. If this doesn’t put you off, it’s definitely worth a look as a comfortable and practical mountain shell for winter, with a smaller ecological footprint than most.