Really cold conditions require substantial winter clothes. However, it is not just thick insulating padding that makes a good winter jacket. The design and details are extremely important in terms of the way the jacket works, whether you are going to use it in regular cold conditions, on a trip to the mountains or on an expedition when you will be exposed to extreme weather conditions. In the same way as when you are choosing the insulation material, the area of use and the climate determine how advanced the functions in your winter jacket need to be. Listed here are a few functional details that you will often find in Fjällräven's winter jackets:
A hood that is to be used in the mountains in the winter must keep you warm and protect against icy winds. It must also follow the movements of your head and be easy to adjust, even when you are wearing thick gloves. Fjällräven's most advanced winter garments are fitted with technical storm hoods that can be adjusted to achieve the perfect fit. Many also have a foldable brim that can be adapted to provide either more wind protection or better visibility to the sides. Synthetic fur edging also provides further protection against whirling snow.
The zip must be easy to use and must not leave you in the lurch out in the mountains. We therefore use robust zips on our winter garments and ensure that the zip tags are easy to grip, even when wearing gloves. Most winter jackets also have two-way zips, which you can open up from the bottom when you need to allow surplus heat to ventilate.
All winter jackets have a protective flap outside or inside the zip, sometimes both. Its task is to prevent cold winds from penetrating through the zip and making you cold. Many jackets also have button fastening along the flap, where the buttons act as back-up in the unlikely event of the zip breaking.
The location of the pockets is also important, as is the potential to use them when wearing gloves. In our advanced winter jackets, we often combine easily accessible breast pockets with larger hand-warming pockets, as well as inner pockets made of a mesh fabric for storing an extra hat and gloves, for example.
Jackets intended for hard winter use are often reinforced at particular exposed points: for example over the bottom to prevent moisture penetrating when you are sitting down, and over the shoulders to withstand wear from your rucksack's straps. Some of our warmest down jackets have additional synthetic padding over the shoulders. As a result, the jacket is better able to retain its shape and warming properties at the shoulders when you are wearing a rucksack or have heavy items in your pockets.
In some of our winter jackets for expedition use, you will find a pair of elastic braces on the inside. With these, you can "have the jacket on" without using the sleeves, for example when shovelling snow or doing other jobs at base camp. The braces act as a harness, reducing the risk of the jacket blowing away in a sudden gust of wind.