Fjallraven Anorak No.8 Dark Olive
We get it, this is a lot of money to shell out on an anorak so you want to be assured if you are buying a coat to end all coats you are purchasing wisely. So let’s look at some of the features you will be investing in.
Anorak No. 8 was created to withstand tough conditions in the forest and mountains throughout the year. Light enough to be worn comfortably without layers in the warmer months i.e Autumn and spacious enough to add base and mid-layers for the colder months this anorak is adaptable to your needs all year round. The hood can be adjusted for a perfect fit around the head, and a visor construction means that you can fold the visor back from two angles, depending on whether you want maximum wind protection or more peripheral visibility. When not being worn, the hood forms a high collar that keeps your neck warm. In warmer weather, the zipper can be unzipped and the opening unbuttoned, and folded to the side to release excess heat. There are also long zippers in the sides of this anorak that can be opened for ventilation and make it easier to put on/take off.
The large kangaroo pouch in the front can be accessed both from the top and the sides so if it’s a map you need to keep dry or gloves you need to store when not using this front pouch is a cinch to access. A drawcord in the back regulates the waist and another drawcord in the front adjusts the hem. Buttoned sleeve cuffs give you options to wear your gloves over the sleeves or up the sleeve. Speaking of sleeves, they are nice and long and because of the cut of the anorak, they do not ride up when climbing or chopping wood. The anorak is made from wind and water-resistant G-1000 Eco in recycled polyester and organic cotton with extra strong G-1000 HeavyDuty at the shoulders, sleeves, and the extended back. To make waterproof you will need to wax, we recommend Greenland Wax from Fjallraven. If you are conscious about sustainability then be rest assured the fabric and details were chosen to minimise their impact on the environment – for example, most of the leather details are made from leftover pieces of leather – and to make it easy to replace exposed sections after years of use.
If you are looking for a solid workhorse of a jacket that will last you years and is adaptable as the seasons are changeable then investing in the Anorak 8 will be the right investment to make.
- Wind and water-resistant with good ventilation.
- Advanced storm hood with visor that can be folded back in two stages.
- Long zippers in the sides for ventilation and easy putting on/taking off.
- Spacious kangaroo pocket with openings both at the top and from the sides.
G-1000 Eco: 65% polyester, 35% cotton. G-1000 HeavyDuty: 65% polyester, 35% cotton
It’s like wearing a tent, the collar and hood hold their own through the wind and rain. I haven’t waxed mine but it still repelled moisture. My only bugbear was with the sizing, I measured in at a Large but wound up being a Medium. My insecurities aside I’m very happy with the Anorak.