Sustainability is more than a buzzword, as evidenced by the wares of dozens of companies at the 2016 Outdoor Retailer – Summer Market. Several brands stood out for their sustainability push. One of them, Swedish apparel company Fjallraven, just increased its sustainable line by six through expanding the Fjallraven Eco-Shell collection.
The Eco-Shell collection uses a proprietary recycled polyester material with four-way stretch to allow free range of motion outdoors. My first experience with the material was the Fjallraven Abisko Eco-Shell jacket, which I reviewed and rated highly this spring. The material is very breathable and completey PFC-free, making the line the first group of hardshells to eliminate PFC. The fabric is also coated with a fluorocarbon-free treatment, which compels Fjallraven to say the Eco-Shell series is “the most environmentally conscious hardshell collection on the market.”
The latest jackets in the Fjallraven Eco-Shell collection are called Ovik. These jackets have more of a fall and early-winter vibe to them than the Abisko, and the increased number of pockets is a great development. Inspired by Fjallraven’s Greenland Jacket, the Ovik Eco-Shell jacket has two chest pockets with flap closure and hidden bellows, and two large buttoned flap, bellow pockets with extra zippered openings at the side. For additional storage, the jacket also has two top-loading pockets with buttoned flaps on the back, plus two zippered mesh pockets inside.
Additional features include a snug-fitting hood with laminated brim, a two-way zipper with protective flap, drawcord adjustments at the hem, and buttoned cuff adjustments. I’m particularly keen on the laminated brim, as so many fall rain jackets have a horrible hood that lets water drip right onto your face. The brim, if it performs like other such brims, should minimize that and keep your face dry.
The Ovik Eco-Shell jacket comes in three colors: Black, Dark Olive and Green. Fjallraven has also launched a similar design for women called the Ovik Eco-Shell parka, also in three colors. Both the jacket and parka retail for $500.