Norwegian major outdoor action sport magazine, FriFlyt, has set the Norrøna lofoten Gore-Tex Pro jacket and pants up against nine other technical shell sets for freeride, and concluded that still none can beat the original.
The Norrøna lofoten concept has been setting the standard for good looking, colorful, super technical and minimalistic freeride apparel. Since then, a lot of new brands and products have dropped into the same line but Norwegian mag FriFlyt concludes that still none have catched up with the redesigned lofoten Gore-Tex Pro set, which was released in a new and improved version in front of this season.
This is great!
From the very start we’ve worked to make the very best pieces for freeride skiing and snowboarding, no matter if the access is off the lifts, from a helicopter or self powered. Getting it confirmed in a test like this, along feedback from hundreds of customers as well as our team of ambassadors is inspiration in our work to never stop looking for ways to make our products even better.
FriFlyt writes “The lofoten collection is first class freeride clothing. Even if they are no longer as unique as when arriving, there are in our opinion no one who can meet the fuctionality and versatility of these clothes.”
The review’s only adverse comments are that the jacket is “simple with few pockets” and that the “pants are heavy”. We take “simple with few pockets” as a great complement and match with our design motto “loaded minimalism”, meaning something like “everything necessary, but nothing more”. First of all, we want our lofoten jacket to be as light as possible, without sacrificing the durability required in a jacket to be used hard for years on the mountain. Second, we fit everything we need in the big chest pockets, the internal pocket and the combined radio/key card pocket. Third, this is a freeride jacket made to go off the slopes, into the sidecountry or as far as you want to go in the backcountry. That means wearing a backpack, and that means you don´t want any bulk under your hip belt. Third, we find the big bellowed thigh pockets on the pants is the perfect place to keep more stuff on your body without it being in the way of any movement, whether it’s a camera, a pair of gloves taken off for hiking, a map or anything else that you want to keep closer than in your backpack. As for the pants: Yes, we would not mind if they were lighter, but on the other hand we don’t plan on carrying them in our backpack on the way up, and first of all we want them to be extremely durable and resistant to mechanical wear, implying a stronger and heavier fabric.
Related products: Norrøna lofoten 2011/12 – back country freeride