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Looking for a new jacket this year.  Tried on one of the Norrona's Loften in Val d Isere this summer - but didn't have my size.  Liked the quality, shape, and functionality for what I do.  The jacket in the shop impressed me enough to look it up.  Some things that I want include good breathability, a hood that accepts a helmet well, good pockets, a collar that is functional (high enough to keep spray out, but not too high to get in the way), easy movement, and some soft fabric along the zipper next to where my mouth will be. The one I tried on met these criteria, but the only one they had was too big

 

as far as I know, Norrona is not sold in Canada  - does anyone in Alberta sell these\?

 

If you have one, how has been the wear, quality etc?

 

Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro Shell Jacket - Men's

post #2 of 16

A friend skis in their gear and likes it very much. Backcountry.com if they ship to Canada.. You might see more soon. The Norrona marketing crew from Norway is out scouting in the US as we speak.

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cloudpeak and I both wear 'em. Awesome jacket. The chest pocket setup is utterly perfect for wearing a pack - everything else I've tried since has simply been irritating in comparison. All the other pluses you mentioned are notably nice. Great manufacturing quality. Super waterproof. They run a little snug if you have large shoulders &/or a big chest. But since I also have a long torso as well, I just size up and the fit is perfect. Also, the brighter colors make for enhanced visibility in trees. Handy for keeping an eye on one another.

 

The only little bit of a negative is that the material is relatively lightweight. This is a huge plus in terms of shoving it in a pack when skinning or boot packing. But it means you need to be just a little thoughtful about really sharp ski edges om the shoulders, abrasion, etc. This is clearly a deliberate design trade off as the Lofoten pants are much heaver and abuse resistant)

 

If you ski purely on piste, I'm not sure the design trade offs are a win ( even form Norrona, the Narvik jacket is much beefier material with more conventional pockets, etc. But if you do a bunch of off piste skiing, even strictly inbounds, the functional design of this jacket is tough to beat IMO.

 

I do not know who sells 'em in Canada. As markojp noted, backcountry.com sells them in the US & I think will ship international. IIRC there may be some U.K. sellers who ship internationally as well - but  I could be mis-remembering. I know Norrona will ship internationally - and at least in the past would  unwind VAT on their end for international shipments.

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Originally Posted by spindrift View Post
 

cloudpeak and I both wear 'em. Awesome jacket. The chest pocket setup is utterly perfect for wearing a pack - everything else I've tried since has simply been irritating in comparison. All the other pluses you mentioned are notably nice. Great manufacturing quality. Super waterproof. They run a little snug if you have large shoulders &/or a big chest. But since I also have a long torso as well, I just size up and the fit is perfect. Also, the brighter colors make for enhanced visibility in trees. Handy for keeping an eye on one another.

 

The only little bit of a negative is that the material is relatively lightweight. This is a huge plus in terms of shoving it in a pack when skinning or boot packing. But it means you need to be just a little thoughtful about really sharp ski edges om the shoulders, abrasion, etc. This is clearly a deliberate design trade off as the Lofoten pants are much heaver and abuse resistant)

 

If you ski purely on piste, I'm not sure the design trade offs are a win ( even form Norrona, the Narvik jacket is much beefier material with more conventional pockets, etc. But if you do a bunch of off piste skiing, even strictly inbounds, the functional design of this jacket is tough to beat IMO.

 

I do not know who sells 'em in Canada. As markojp noted, backcountry.com sells them in the US & I think will ship international. IIRC there may be some U.K. sellers who ship internationally as well - but  I could be mis-remembering. I know Norrona will ship internationally - and at least in the past would  unwind VAT on their end for international shipments.

 

I had a Narvik, which I loved, but I decided to sell and get a Lofoten toward the end of last season. I agree with all this. 

post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hey all - thanks for the detailed responses - yes, I found that Backcountry has them.  Now I have to figure out sizing.  According to the Norrona charts, I need a medium.  I'll call  BC and ask.

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I have several pieces of Norrona gear including the Lofoten jacket and bibs and I do believe they are one of best engineered technical clothing companies in the world!  I discovered them while living in Europe and have now moved back to Canada, where they are nowhere to be found.  Norrona will ship to Canada if you buy from their website or you can order from Backcountry.com  I found it interesting that none of the retailers in Canada have picked it up?  When I was in Whistler last season you saw Norrona gear being worn everywhere by visiting Europeans (especially people from the Nordics).  Maybe North Americans find all the bright colours to be a bit to much??

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Ok, a reply from someone who lives in Norway :-)

 

Yes, Norrøna is everywhere here. Their stuff is very good - but their prices reflect that. As for ludwigk's comments regarding it not being anywhere in the US, that's probably true. We can rarely find any Arc'teryx or Patagonia here in Norway either...

 

Personally, I prefer Bergans of Norway over Norrøna. Their gear is just as durable (at a better price), and just fits me better. This will be my jacket this season:

 

http://catalog.bergans.us/clothing/jackets/shell/Hodlekve-Jkt-Lt-SeaBlue-NeonOrange-L--151081-p0000607774

 

There are alot of Scandi brands that are not very visible in the North American market for whatever reason...looks like a decent salesperson could really do well with importing them ...cue business idea...

post #8 of 16

It's happening. You'll see more next season. What ever happened to S.O.S.? They made some beautiful stuff.

post #9 of 16

A couple years ago I talked to a guy who was supposedly gonna be bringing the Sweet winter line into the US. Never seems to have happened. That stuff would sell... It would be fun to compare that side by side with Norrona.

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I just got my first piece of Norrona gear earlier this month and am quite impressed. It is a used Lofoten jacket I got on Ebay. I have a few pieces of Arc Teryx gear and think it compares very nicely in fit, function and quality. Since I have a bunch of shells, I wanted an insulated jacket. The Lofoten seems like a pressure cooker. Seriously warm but low profile. Very functional hood with the kind of flap in the front that protects the lower half of the face quite completely. There are neoprene cuffs that your hands fit into and insure that no snow can get in. Nice touch. Zippers are sealed and slick. The outer material is quite soft. I do wonder how sturdy the shell is. The coat I got was used and had a bit of fray wear in one small spot. Again the fit is like my Arc Teryx gear - slim in the body with good room in the shoulders. I do believe that someone who was more "full-figured" than I may find the fit too constricting. It does fit me well, like the Arc gear which is similarly cut, and like the Kjus jackets that I have tried on but have never bought. Fits me much better than my Cloudveil jackets (RPK, Patrol) which are more full in the body. Columbia jackets have fit me like that as well.

I like the European gear and the Bergens looks like it is cut from the same cloth.

I do wonder if European brands shy away from the US market out of concern that their European designs would not fit a considerable portion of the US market, or that the US buyer prefers a looser fit, as with Columbia, Spyder, Karbon, etc.

D1

post #11 of 16

Love the athletic cuts and styling on the Norrøna jackets.  Probably don't see many North Americans wearing them because they're generally too fat to fit into them LOL.

 

Almost went for the Narvik or Lofoten, but didn't wanna chance the fit on such an expensive item (and shipping to Canada is robbery from Backcountry.com).  Only jacket I could find in North America to come close to the fit and styling was Arc'teryx, so I had to "settle" for that instead.

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I'm from Sweden, but have lived in the US from time to time and concur with lilledon--there are a quite a few Scandinavian brands that haven't made it to the US/Canada. I remember the attitude in some US ski magazines toward European brands as somewhat negative because of a generally tighter fit... Don't know if there's any truth to it, maybe it has changed? But some reporters sure made fun of the stoopid looking tight fitting European ski wear. And yes, there has been some ugly stuff. But some good too.

 

Right now I ski in Sweet Supernaut and my wife has a Norrøna Narvik set. Both Norwegian and definitely on par with Arc'teryx, North Face or any of the other big names. A Swedish brand that makes good stuff is Haglöfs (http://www.haglofs.com/en-US/). Peak Performance seem popular here too, not really mountaineering stuff though.

 

Marko, you have been doing this for a while... S.O.S.had their heyday in the late 1980's early 90's. Don't think they exist anymore. But they were the shit.

 

Ck


Edited by Karlsson - 12/27/13 at 3:17am
post #13 of 16

I've seen Haglofs here and there, but not too much. 

 

I love my "Scandi" gear -- I've purchased Bergan's gear for several family members, and as I said my Norrona is a favorite. Last spring I picked up some Peak Performance pants, and wow, those things are bomber. Everything is solid, and the fit is great. I had friends in Europe who always wore it, but it wasn't avbl here until recently, and then I needed to wait for a good sale. But I am terribly impressed. Anyway, my family is rather long of limb, and the European clothes fit us quite well, so I'm glad there are a few brands over here.

 

I noticed a lot of Wave Board in Austria last time. It looks like a less ritzy version of Kjus, maybe?

post #14 of 16

nvm....

post #15 of 16
Norrona is now available in Canada. Just bought a new Lofoton jacket at 50% off at Sporting life. I worry that the general population will shy away from the colours and fit. However I usually ski in Europe and fit right in.
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It's happening. You'll see more next season. What ever happened to S.O.S.? They made some beautiful stuff.


Phil and I were outfitted by SOS for our wedding.  We loved this stuff. 

 

They have changed their line significantly 

While our store carries the new SOS it doesn't resemble the version you remember.  Our customers seem to love it, though. 

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