Norrona Lyngen Down Jacket
Caroline Muirhead, February 9, 2011
Norrona have been developing outdoor apparel with a Norwegian twist since 1929. Known for their innovation, with products like Europe’s first Gore-Tex jacket in 1977, to base layers for Everest expeditions, Norrona have established themselves as a premier adventure brand.
Filled with down750 but coming in at only 615g, Norrona’s Lyngen down jacket is a lightweight that packs a fiery punch. Down750 is sourced ethically from birds in the Pyrenees that have not been subjecting to force feeding. Norrona advocates a progressive policy towards the humane treatment of animals used in their products.
Norrona’s jacket promises ‘high power insulation’, ‘breathability’ and ‘unrestricted movement’. These promises are no myth; it has the best heat-to-weight ratio of any jacket I’ve worn. A tangible benefit is the Houndini like compressibility; it can be easily stowed in a backpack at the foot of a climb, ready to provide a reprieve from the elements as the altitude increases.
Since it is waterproof and wind resistant, the Lyngen can adapt to the environment. It proved exceptional in a damp and cold Scottish winters and the higher Swiss alpine climate. The hood is particularly impressive, comprising of a semi-rigid visor and high zip combine to make an irrepressible force when facing down the severest of gales.
The Lyngen competes in the fashion stakes too with its snug, ergonomic fit; circumventing the clumsy ‘Michelin Man’ look of some bulky down jackets. With a silky soft interior, light weight and potent insulation, the Lyngen is a formidable down jacket.
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