Föhn Repurpose Polartec Waterproof Jacket: new kid on the block

A tough and technical hard shell hiking jacket made from repurposed Polartec NeoShell Fabric – sounds perfect. But just who exactly is Föhn?

Hiker wearing Fohn Repurpose Jacket

by Trail magazine |

Truth be told, we hadn’t heard of Föhn either until the company got in touch. As it turns out, Föhn is a range of outdoor kit and clothing from Wiggle. You know, the online retailer of cycling equipment. Except, that description is well out of date. These days Wiggle has its fingers in all manner of outdoor pies, including running, swimming, and – most relevant to us – hiking. So that’s Wiggle, but what’s the deal with Föhn?

Launched as an ‘own-brand’ line from Wiggle and currently available exclusively from its website, Föhn covers hiking clothing, a few rucksacks and water sports gear. The range looks good. Polartec features quite heavily in the fabric offerings, and most of the products utilise recycled or repurposed materials. From a hiking/outdoor perspective, there are t-shirts, fleeces, legwear, hats, gloves and more, but this jacket particularly caught our eye, and not just for the colour.

The Föhn Repurpose Polartec Waterproof Jacket appears to be a solid mountain hard shell. The use of Polartec NeoShell alone would suggest this, but the spec sheet backs it up. It’s not all great news though, as the jacket is only available in a limited range of sizes and there are no women’s specific models. This may change and grow with the brand, there are already plans to sell Föhn through other retailers.

So let’s take a closer look at the Föhn Repurpose Polartec jacket to see if it offers enough to be your next waterproof shell…

Five things you need to know about Föhn Repurpose Polartec Waterproof Jacket

Repurposed Polartex NeoShell

NeoShell is, according to Polartec anyway, “the world’s most breathable waterproof fabric technology”. That’s quite a claim, but our own experience of NeoShell goes some way to backing that up. It’s soft and comfortable, feeling more like a soft shell, and does indeed offer excellent breathability along with a hydrostatic head rating of 10,000mm. The Föhn jacket uses re-purposed fabric to limit environmental waste, adding eco credentials.

Chunky zip-pulls

Zippers can be a nightmare when wearing gloves, and the easily grabbable pulls on the Föhn jacket make this one less hassle to worry about.

Plenty of storage

There are four pockets – two waist pockets (clear of a rucksack hipbelt) and two chest pockets. They all have YKK AquaGuard zips, but they’re mesh-lined so they can be used for ventilation, meaning that they aren’t waterproof if left open or used to stow damp gloves.

Protective hood

Although the peak is not wired and only lightly stiffened, the combination of the cinch cords on the back of the hood and either side of the main zip pull the hood in brilliantly to provide a tailored, protective hood.

Active fit

The combination of the stretchy fabric and the cut which is close enough to feel active but leaves room for layers underneath, means the Föhn jacket is an ideal fit for movement-intensive activities like scrambling.

Specs and serious stuff

Föhn Repurpose Polartec Waterproof Jacket

Föhn Repurpose Polartec Waterproof Jacket

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Type 3-layer shell jacket | Fabric Polartec NeoShell (53% nylon, 47% polyester) | Sizes S, M, L | Weight 491g

Trail verdict

The hard shell market is a crowded one, but the Föhn Repurpose Polartec Waterproof Jacket has the performance to compete.

For a limited time only, Trail members can claim 20% off the entire Fohn clothing range. Just head to the rewards section of the Trail app to view the offer and claim your discount code. T&C’s apply, offer ends 30 September 2022.

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