Fjällräven Abisko jacket (2013)

Like many Fjällräven jackets and trousers, the Abisko is made from G-1000 polyester cotton, which the manufacturer recommends users treat with Greenland Wax to make it water-resistant. One important benefit is that the Greenland Wax can be applied where necessary, so you can make the shoulders more water-resistant than the front of the jacket for example, to maximise breathability. To improve comfort the back and sleeves are made from a stretch fabric. There is also a hood that is made of the stretch fabric, and this has a volume adjuster at the rear with elastication around the face. Put the Abisko on and it’s instantly noticeable that it is a little longer than many other jackets, which is a real benefit to the walker. The location of the hip pockets is not ideal, although as this jacket is so long I was able to get into them below the belt of some rucksacks I tried it with. There is a chest pocket too and this just about took an OS map. The hood is a close fit and easily moves with the head. The style of the Fjällräven Abisko jacket may not be for everyone, but it certainly has some advantages and I suspect for some people it could become a trusted friend.

Material G-1000 Lite (65% polyester, 35% cotton), Stretch fabric (88% polyamide, 12% elastane)
Weight 507g (size L)
External pockets 3
Internal pockets 0
Pit zips no
Men’s sizes XS-XXL
Women’s sizes none
Website
www.fjällräven.com

Verdict
The Fjällräven Abisko jacket is a unique jacket for hillwalkers and backpackers that can be made as water-resistant as required.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2013