När jag började min karriär som Bushcraft instruktör för nästan 10 år sedan så jobbade jag mycket med instruktörer från England. På den tiden hade mina kollegor från England och även många deltagare en jacka som man kallar för Smock. Smocken är egentligen bara en jacka, men det som gör att den sticker ut är att den har många och väldigt stora fickor och har ofta även stora knappar. Detta kommer från den brittiska militären där jacka länge varit populär och är troligtvis anledningen till att mina engelska vänner använde den.
Jackan hade så stora fickor att man kunde bära innehållet från en liten ryggsäck i den, en kollega hade så mycket i jackan att han hade material för att hålla flera lektioner i den. Detta var en sådan sak jag på den tiden suktade efter men aldrig hade riktigt råd att köpa. Den finns numera i många olika variationer och priser, men nu kommer Fjällräven med en i sin Numbers serie vilket innebär hög kvalitet och genomtänkta detaljer. Men den har även ett pris som är lite speciellt (6000 Sek). För den som har råd och behöver en jacka som har utrymme som en mindre ryggsäck så är detta en utmärkt jacka för korta och längre vistelser i vildmarken.
Fjällräven Smock No 1
Hiking in the
In a time where we are consuming more and more and we need to think more about how this affect the environment. To use recycled material and ecological alternatives is good but not good enough.
Fjällräven has gone back to the future, by creating a series called Fjällräven Numbers they have created a line of clothing that is made by ecological cotton and recycled polyester and also strong enough to last a long time and if something do breaks it´s made to be easy to repair.
Axe in hand
I have used the Jacket No 68 for a while So far I have used it for travels in a forest environment, I have used it when hiking, canoeing and just living in the forest. This jacket does not look like a normal outdoor jacket and looks civil enough for the trips into the big city. More or less I have used this jacket as my only jacket since late summer and it will probably be even better when the winter comes. No 68 is long enough to cover the important and sensitive part from your waist to your stomach to your thighs. But since it´s long it also works really well as an extra layer on top of your sleeping bag or as emergency blanket. It might be a long and not the most lightweight jacket (has that wonderful feeling of being bulletproof). Despite this it´s almost like wearing a second skin and it moves really well with my movements, I have used it a lot when chopping wood on cold days and usually a jacket would be too clumsy but with this on I almost forgot I had the jacket on.
There are some really good pockets on this jacket and they will swallow more than you would ever need. Big pockets are often mostly missed during winter when mittens and extra hats needs to be easy accessible.
Since this is made out of G-1000 it needs care and maintains from time to time and just like your leather boots that you wax to keep waterproof, this jacket need some wax too. The wax just not help keeping you jacket water repellent is also prolongs the life of your jacket and makes it more resistant to wear. I usually wax my jacket after each wash and depending on the time of the year i will wax it differently. For example in the rainy autumn I want waxed all over to keeping the rain off and in winter, I wax less since I want it to breath more and rain is ales problem, spring and summer is mostly shoulders, elbows and similar part that I wax.
One of the weak points on jackets like these are the hoods, they are often too small to give enough protection. Someone at Fjällräven knew this and this jacket has one of the best hoods I have ever used. It´s big, easy to adjust and will protect your face even in the worst of snowstorms. The hood also has the possibility to fold away the outer visor if you want more visibility.
After using this jacket for a while it has got me more interested in the other garments in the Number series. If they are like this jacket and have that great feeling that it´s like tailor made and something that will last me a very long time. At the end of the day I don’t like this jacket, I LOVE IT!
But to really give it a good review i will continue to post about my adventure with this jacket, will it last, will I still like it in the future and will it be a new classic. Follow this blog and you will find out.
The new collection from Fjällräven called Numbers that is supposed to be really durable has now been available for a few days. I had a look at some of the garments this week and I was impressed with the new jackets but certainly not by the price.
What I have read these are supposed to be easy to repair and are supposed to last for generations. I wonder how long it would last with me since I am an expert in killing outdoor clothes. But I have to say I love this new trend with more tougher and durable clothes and I hope this trend is here to stay.
Even if you cant afford the clothing, Fjällräven makes ome really fantastic videos with beatiful scenery.