The Norrøna Falketind PrimaLoft60 Jacket is a softshell that looks and feels more like light compact thermal jacket. Read the review!
- Price: € 229,00
- Weight: Men (S ) measured 331.9 gr (320 gr specified L), ladies M 330 gr.
- Sizes: Men S-XXL, women XS-XL
With the Falketind PrimaLoft60 Jacket, Norwegian Norrøna proves that not all softshells are equal. The jacket looks more like an insulating outer layer than a real softshell. Due to its thickness, it is suitable for colder days and activities that range from hiking to ski touring. The low weight and small pack volume make it easy to store the jacket in a backpack.
The main outside material and the liner are made from 100 % recycled polyester. On the sides on the sides of the torso a stretch fabric is used. This fabric is a mix of 57% polyester, 10% elastane and 33% polyamide. The isolation in the jackets is PrimaLoft Silver. The jacket can be washed on 40 ° C on normal program with normal detergent. After washing you just have to let it dry. You can’t iron the jacket or put it in the dryer.
The jacket has a sporty tight fit, but thanks to the stretch panels on the sides of the torso and on the inside of the arms you have enough freedom of movement. The back is a little bit longer than the front, so that the lower back is protected when bending over. Around the waist the jacket has a good cord for adjusting. Big pro are the sleeves with the stretch fabric and the elastic cuffs with thumbholes.
The front zipper runs smoothly and the pulling tab is slightly larger than the one on the pockets. This makes it easy to use with gloves on. Behind the zipper is a good anti-draft flap that also ensures that the zipper does not bites into the fabric. The zipper is unfortunately only a one-way zipper; a zipper that can also be opened from below is useful when taking a pee. The zipper has a zipper garage at the throat.
The jacket has two pockets with zippers that have only small pulling tabs. They are too small if you want to use them with gloves. The pockets are in exactly the right place: when wearing a climbing belt or a backpack with a hip strap, they remain usable. One of the pockets also serves as a storage bag for the jacket. On the inside the inner pocket with zipper is just big enough for a large smartphone.
The jacket has no hood but a nice high collar that fits well. Because of this you will have no trouble from any draught. In addition, the inside of the collar is made with extra soft material.
Waterproof and breathable
Apart from the stretch panels, the jacket is completely windproof. The stretch panels are hardly windproof and therefor the breathability of the jacket is great. On the outside the water-repellent DWR coating is doing great when new, but after washing three times quite a bit of wet-out is visible. The DWR coating is PFC-free and that is a pro.
At Norrøna they get it: more than 50% of the jacket is made from recycled synthetic fibers. The fact that the DWR-coating is free from PFCs is also a plus. The website is very transparent and offers a lot of information regarding sustainable production. Norrøna works with Bluesign and OEKO -TEX but is not a member of the Fair Wear Foundation or EOCA. Rank-a-Brand score D.
The Norrøna Falketind PrimaLoft60 Jacket is a ‘softshell’ in quotation marks; it looks and feels more like a lined light and compact thermal jacket. The jacket is comfortable and the fit is sporty. The majority of the jacket is windproof, but the stretch panels are not allowing good breathability. Perfect are the cuffs with thumbholes. In combination with a backpack the pockets are positioned in the right place. Downside is the DWR layer that does less well than you would expect. That it is free from PFCs is nice and the use of 50% recycled materials in the jacket is a plus. The price of € 229,00 is justified. I rate the Norrøna Falketind PrimaLoft60 Jacket at 8,2 points out of 10 total.