A neat, lightweight and versatile Windshell that packs into the smallest space.
- A fantastic match for mountain sports
- Tough material appropriate for climbing
- Terrific sleeve cuffs
- No pocket
- Stow bag requirements harness clip
- If you have helmet on the hood zips up a small tight.
The final Windshell I reviewed was the Acr’teryx Nodin back in 2017 so it is good to be reviewing a further a single. At that time my preference had been for my extra robust Squamish as I identified it extra appropriate for climbing and mountaineering as properly as trail operating. That is what I’m searching for in a Windshell – versatility. They have to perform tough for me as they are my most applied jacket and the item most most likely to be in my pack, even if it is forecast some rain. I would only pack a hardshell if I am knowingly heading out into some ‘weather’, for any other forecast I’ve identified a Windshell extra than sufficient.
We’ve been fans of Jottnar kit for some time now, I’ve identified it properly developed and the business are extra than prepared to refine and increase on goods that have been intensely tested in actual globe circumstances. They are absolutely positioned in the premium niche finish of the marketplace and the solution variety reflects this. The Jottnar Njord fills a small gap that was open in the solution variety and it is a properly developed Windshell that I have identified quite valuable on a selection of mountain activities this season – which has been commonly British, by which I imply rainy!
Firstly to the all significant match. I tested a size Medium and I’m 173cms higher, 75kg and a 40” chest so I definitely liked the match. It was extra than roomy sufficient to get more than a couple of layers and the smooth nylon material and deep half zip produced having the Njord on and off definitely effortless. It was also super effortless to get a hardshellson and off more than it – which you would want to do if you had been heading out into extra persistent rain. The Njord fitted more than my UD Mountain Belt for shorter two hour form runs but not more than my Fastpack. It would just (and I imply just, but smaller sized race vests could be OK) about go more than my Adventure Vest if I didn’t fill it as well a great deal. So, roomy, a small athletic and a fantastic sufficient compromise, but you would have to quit to take off a pack, pop the shell on and then move on in most conditions. This may possibly be an challenge in a race but for recreational use it is completely fine.
The YKK half zip style operates properly and the extra I use this style of jacket the extra I like it. It reduces weight and speeds up the closure when you want it – there’s practically nothing worse than fiddling round with a zip in windy circumstances and cold fingers. The fantastic sized pull tab tends to make this simpler but I would have liked to see an oversized, reflective a single for evening operating or winter use. It is also good and deep and so gives a lot of venting for these uphill education sessions. It is completed with a microfibre chin guard for added comfort.
The arms are articulated which is fantastic for operating but does imply that there are some added panels and stitching. The decrease arm is totally stitched on with two darts and totally enclosed seams quit any wind having via the stitched seams. The complete jacket has these seams which tends to make the Njord definitely windproof. Weight sensible the Njord comes at 149g in a size Medium with the stow bag. This comes in lighter than my Squamish and it also packs down extra compact. The Squamish does have a complete length zip even though so you’d have to take that into consideration.
Jottnar have gone with a 100% 20 Denier ripstop Nylon material which they have sourced themselves as opposed to the ubiquitous Pertex Equilibrium . Nylon is a quite sturdy material and way stronger than Polyester this implies that you can count on the Njord to keep the course more than a number of seasons of abuse. I’ve applied the jacket for mountain operating and rock climbing and have identified it definitely sturdy and I haven’t place any holes or compact rips into it – however!
The DWR coating has been successful at shedding a shower but quickly wetted via in extra aggressive rain or sweat or extra generally, a mixture of each! The mixture of elastic and Velcro tabs on the sleeves assist hold the wind and rain out. Jottnar are definitely fantastic at sleeve tabs and the grippy hyperlon style tabs are definitely fantastic to use with gloves and wet hands.
These are all fantastic functions but do add weight, which is generally a bit of a trade off as I would say the Njord comes into the Squamish form of Windshell. The form that finds itself extra at ease in an Alpine circumstance as properly as on the trail – but extra suited to hardcore mountain operating.
It is completed with some reflective facts – a Jottnar decal on the chest and a compact logo on the back of the head. A larger rear reflective detail would be fantastic so that any individual following on the evening time heather bash from Red Burn to the automobile park can choose you out simpler. Not a position I locate myself typically in (at the lead that is) with my fitter mates!
Jottnar are recognized for their interest to detail, in particular in climbing and mountaineering conditions and the split hem cinch is standard of that interest to detail. You’d be amazed at how lots of occasions I have attempted to eliminate a piece of climbing protection from my harness to locate it clipped into the hem cinch. I’ve no want to describe how annoying and in some cases alarming this can be. Jottnar have quickly solved this by splitting the cinch tabs, pull on either a single to cinch up the Njord and you can put on it with a harness in self-confidence – sweet. The complete jacket operates properly with a harness, a lot deep sufficient to combat a small increasing.
The helmet compatible hood is totally adjustable, a fantastic addition and additional enhances the climbing credentials though it come up a small tight more than my Petzl helmet. Jottnar have got hood styles down to a tee and have spent years refining the hood design and style on their jackets – as you would count on from a business that specialises in jacket design and style for hostile environments. In something other than complete blown wind you’d want to have the zip down a small as when it is performed up the chin guard covers your nose! As soon as I had produced a handful of adjustments the hood worked properly with a peaked cap for operating and hiking which is how I’ve applied it most of the summer time. The peak kind is soft sufficient to shape about a peaked cap but just stiff sufficient to give a small protection on it is personal.
So, the Jottnar Njord is a fantastic all round windshell, extra robust than say the Arc’teryx Nodin or the Montane Featherlite and is valuable if you locate your self operating or climbing in the mountains. The smock tends to make it effortless to do up the zip in windy circumstances and the helmet compatible hood operates properly sufficient. Improvements that would make it definitely fantastic are a chest pocket that was accessible with a operating vest on as I required to pack away the stow bag after I had delpoyed the jacket. If Jottnar determine to hold the bag and not go with a pocket the bag requirements a tab sewn in as clipping the bag by the bungy cord to my harness left it dangling down as well low and it interfered with my climbing hardware.
The Jottnar Njord comes in sizes S-XL and 3 colour alternatives Blue, Red and Black.
The SRP is £135 and it readily available direct from Jottnar.
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