This is a satisfyingly simple jacket with an interesting combination of fabrics that make it possibly the most waterproof of the garments on test while remaining lightweight and functional.

The G-1000 Lite panel on the front feels really tough and is incredibly windproof while the softer Polymide softshell stretch fabric on the sides, arms and back is very soft and pliable and really makes you feel as though you are wearing a shirt rather than a jacket. It is very comfortable indeed and, of course, as in all Fjällräven G-1000 garments a wax dressing can be easily applied to the garment to increase its waterproofness.

This particular model is to be upgraded shortly and will be known as the Abisko Jacket. Two side pockets will be added which will certainly add to the function of what is already a pretty practical garment. I suspect if this sample had side pockets I’d have upgraded it to a 4.5 stars but it will be interesting to test the new model when it comes out.

I like the soft yet windproof feel of the hood of this jacket. It’s a pretty basic hood with a head adjustment but it covers my head adequately even when I’m wearing a woolly hat. There is a full length double two-way front zip with a stud closure at the bottom and a generous storm flap behind the zip. All in all the Kalfjall is a very comfortable and functional jacket.

First published: Feb 2013