While many jackets are made from a laminate or coated fabric, there are other ways to stay dry outdoors. Furtech uses a fabric system that is based on animal fur, so water beads and rolls away from this jacket as easily as it does from a duck’s back! More importantly perhaps this technology also improves condensation control, so you don’t get so sweaty in the Furtech Claw2 compared to other fabrics. Apart from the materials the feature set is pretty impressive too. You get four pockets mounted on the chest, so they can be accessed easily while wearing a harness or rucksack belt, making this ideal for mountaineering. The hood’s fit and movement are superb, and it benefits from a unique clear visor that provides extra protection to the face without obscuring the view. Movement in the sleeves is great for climbing too. This is a unique solution to staying warm, dry and comfortable in the hills, and for winter it is an excellent option. But as with Páramo garments that use a similar material concept, the extra insulation that acts as a benefit in winter can act as a drawback in warmer weather. Firstly this extra insulation adds weight, and secondly it makes the Furtech Claw2 too hot sometimes. This is not as long as some options, but some may prefer that of course.
Outer FeatherTech polyester windproof with DWR
Inner FurTech polyester with DWR and silver antimicrobial
Fabric waterproofness water-resistant/waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Weight 812g (size L)
Made in Bulgaria
Stores in the UK 5
The Furtech Claw2 is a very functional jacket that is ideal for winter climbing and mountaineering, but it could get a bit warm in summer.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010