Kit review: Bergans Tecnowool jacket
Bergans of Norway have been around a while – since 1908 to be precise – but it’s only in more recent years that their outdoor clothing and products have filtered over to the UK market. I have tested a few of their jackets and baselayers and have been extremely impressed by the quality. Being based in Norway, you can be sure that that they know a thing or two about the cold outdoors. While the company started out making rucksacks, they now design and sell lots of rucksacks for adults and kids, child backpack carriers, ski wear, walking and mountain wear, as well as army, hunting and more casual clothing lines. Other products include tents, sleeping bags, canoe and even knives. Bergans new Tecnowool jackets The new Tecnowool jacket range is one I would recommend to people who are heading off on a walking holiday and require clothing that will serve two purposes. When packing for these kinds of holidays you need to make sure that every item works hard for its place in your luggage, serving a number of purposes. The Bergans Tecnowool jackets are made with outdoors versatility in mind. They combine the naturally warm and water repelling elements of wool on the outside, with the softer, warm and comforting modern fabric of fleece on the inside.So they will keep you warm and dry on cool days or evenings in Europe if worn as an outer garment, and can also be utilised as a warming mid-layer when temperatures drop further. The jackets would suit being worn as a casual evening outer garment, especially in countries where temperatures fall at night, as well as a mid or outer layer when walking during the daytime. The addition of a hood makes the jacket even more versatile. What I like about the Bergans Tecnowool jackets As I said, I like the clever combination of hard-wearing wool on the outside and softer fleece on the inside. I also like the versatility of being able to wear the jacket for a range of occasions. Really good fit: The fit is also very well thought out. The women’s Humle jacket, for example, is long enough to give good coverage of your bum, yet slim enough not to look bulky and potato sack like. If you have a nice figure, why hide it under a ballooning jacket? The long sleeves feature thumb loops and I would normally have to ignore these because the sleeves are too short but not on this jacket. The jacket has a useful hood and front pockets, too. The look is classic and stylish in equal measures. The men’s jacket is also stylishly tailored so that it would be smart enough to wear out for a meal or to the pub yet still practical enough for a day of walking. Beautifully made: [caption id="attachment_6127" align="alignleft" width="225"] Bergans Humle jacket for women[/caption] The jackets are very well made. The stitching is robust and the edging, for example at the cuffs, on the thumb loops and at the bottom of the jacket, is beautifully finished. While the price tag says £120 I think the jacket would be a good, long-lasting investment. Fabulous colour range: There are four jackets in the Tecnowool range, the Humle, Bergflette, Einer and Mogop jackets. The Humle, for example, comes in Primula Striped/Timothy Green, Cobalt Striped/Dark Tulip, Ocean Striped/Hot Red, Grey Striped/Grapefruit for women and, Emerald Striped/Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Striped/ Green, Ocean Striped/Sunset, Grey Striped/Red for men. It’s so refreshing to see lots of colours used in one range in both men and women’s outdoors clothing. See www.bergans.com for more info about these jackets.
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