Norrona Arctic Anojakke
Fabric: cotton - wind tight weave
Price Paid: about US $280
West Greenland, Easter 2007 - I backcountry skied through the mountains between Sisimiut (Holsteinsborg) and Kangerlussuaq (Søndre Strømfjord) for 7 days pulling all my gear behind me in a pulk and camping each night. The route generally followed the Arctic Circle, and the air temperatures were generally between -20 to -30 degrees Celcius, and some sharp biting winds blew ocassionally.
The Norrona anojakke and pants I bought specifically for this trip were the best things. I wore them all day everyday. Underneath I wore only 2 layers of wool on my legs and 3 layers of wool on my upper body. Although climbing through the mountains pulling a pulk made me wet with sweat on several different days, the anojakke breathed better than anything else I've ever worn and dried within a short time even as I continued to wear them. Stopping for coffee lunch breaks, my two friends in Gore-tex/polyesters had to put on down jakkets to remain warm (owing to sweaty wet clothing), but I was fine and dry in my anojakke and pants.
The sharp bitter winds that blew on occasion never penetrated the Norrona tight weave fabrik of the anojakke or pants. In fact most days I did not wear a hat (even at -30 C) but just pulled the anojakke hood up over my head if the wind bit, and then I was fine again. The Norrona products were fantastic for winter trekking and trekking out in the backcountry day after day.
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