Material guide

Material guide: G-1000, Eco-Shell, Wool, Down and G-Loft

Nature is Fjällräven’s constant source of inspiration. Just like Fjällräven’s founder Åke Nordin sourced materials directly from the environment around him - the team still does today. Many of the Fjällräven materials are developed in-house, others with some of the best suppliers in the industry. At Fjällräven, it’s not just about creating products that live up to your expectations; it’s also about developing materials that stand up to the rigors of the trail, while keeping the impact on the environment as small as possible.

Here’s an overview of the most popular materials sourced at Fjällräven:

OUTER MATERIAL

G-1000

Since launching G-1000 in 1968 with the first ever Fjällräven jacket, a range of different versions has been developed. They’re all hardwearing, ventilating, wind-resistant and offer pro-tection from uv rays. By adding Greenland Wax the become water-resistant too and even more wind-resistant and durable. Each of the five G-1000 versions, G-1000 Original, G-1000 Lite, G-1000 Silent, G-1000 Air and G-1000 HeavyDuty has its own specific benefits.

 
 

Eco-Shell

Every outdoor brand needs a functioning shell garment. But when Fjällräven created Eco-Shell, the goal was not only to create a tough, breathable material that resisted wind and rain; but also a material that did all that without unnecessarily harming nature. Eco-Shell offers both breathability and protection from rain, sleet and snow. It’s the combination of the pfc-free durable water repellency (dwr) treatment on the outer layer and the hydrophilic membrane underneath, that ensures sweat escapes but water from the outside doesn’t get in.

 

 

PADDING

Wool

When it comes to making use of wool, Fjällräven is a pioneering company. It’s arguably one of nature’s most functional  materials. And you’re most likely aware of its ability to keep you warm by trapping air between its fibres. But did you know that, strictly speaking, wool isn’t an insulator? It’s a heat regulator. This is because it can help you keep your cool as well as keep you warm and cosy. For the Fall & Winter 2019 collection Fjällräven is using ever more recycled wool, it’s expanding its use of traceable wool, it’s continuing its use of Swedish wool and adding recovered wool. Fjällräven plans to convert its entire wool supply chain to either traceable or recycled / recovered by 2020. 

 
 

Down

The Fjällräven down journey started in 1974 when Fjällräven founder, Åke Nordin, promised to make a jacket that provided welcoming warmth through the coldest of Swedish winters. The jacket was the Expedition Down Jacket. The Fjällräven Down Promise is today recognised as one of the best in the outdoor industry. Find out more here. Down is a truly outstanding insulator. Its ability to trap your body heat and keep you warm is virtually unparalleled. But down isn’t the optimal choice when it’s wet. An alternative is wool but also G-Loft Supreme, Fjällräven’s synthetic padding. You can read more about the difference between Down and G-Loft Supreme here. 

G-Loft® Supreme

In most cases Fjällräven chooses natural materials over human-made versions. But when you need warmth in cold, damp conditions, then synthetic insulation is your best bet. G-Loft® Supreme is made from a blend of thin, hollow poly-ester fibres- 10% of which are recycled - which have a natural, cluster-forming ability that creates small pockets of air, just like down feathers. G-Loft ® Supreme regains its original form afer it’s been compressed. This ‘memory effect’ is due to the fibres of recycled polyester. They’re more rigid than their virgin counterparts, giving the material its springiness. And this ability continues after repeated washes and long-term use.