The Odin is roomy enough for winter layers, long enough in the torso and even longer in the arms. But I’d like a little more room at the shoulders. The fabric feels durable and high quality, yet is also flexible and not too noisy. It is one of the heavier jackets within our guide to the best waterproof jackets
Price: £495 / $595 | Weight: 514g | Materials: 3-layer, 80 denier Jöttnar Skjoldr | Hood: wired, 2 volume adjusters | Front closure: zip, inner storm gasket | Underarm/side zips: Y, 2-way zip | Pockets: 5 | Hem: drawcord and adjuster | Cuffs: Velcro | Sizes: XS-L | Men’s version: yes
I like the additions of a softer fabric ‘chinguard’, a feature that also appears at the back of the neck, for greater comfort.
Jöttnar’s own Skjoldr fabric is highly windproof and waterproof, and it is fully seam-sealed. It boasts a wide internal storm gasket on the tough front zip. The DWR is very effective, and the fabric hardly wets out even in heavy rain.
The hood feels too big for hillwalking. It’s fine with a helmet, but it takes a lot of cinching in to reduce the volume. The peak is also a little lacking. It is wired but quite short, and it sits at a steep angle towards my face rather than at 90 degrees. Water dripped on to my face and the rim knocked against my specs.
I found the Odin breathable enough, and when I warmed up I could open the two-way pit zips and two-way front zip to adjust my temperature. The pit zips are stiff but get easier with use.
Otherwise, attention to detail is excellent. The five pockets each offer useful functions and the chest pockets can be used even when wearing a rucksack. There are two internal pockets, one zipped for valuables and the other a stretchy open-topped stash pocket. Another sleeve pocket is useful if you ski and need to carry a lift pass. There’s also is a Recco Rescue System diode and antenna-based passive transponder for safety.
The bright yellow colour too is great for mountain safety. For me, the jacket loses a point in the scoring because I could find no information about environmental or ethical considerations, and it is pricy.