Fjällräven: Born and raised in the great outdoors

When it comes to truly authentic outdoor brands there can be few brands credentials as impressive as the Swedish label Fjällräven. Their origins can be traced back to 1950 when founder Åke Nordin was a 14 year old boy-scout and took issue with the uncomfortable backpacks of the time. Being a practical type he decided to do something about this problem and in a lodge adjoining the family’s holiday home he made a wooden frame and fastened a cotton bag to it that he’d sewn together using leather straps. The new design worked a treat as it distributed the load across his back and increased the ventilation between back and the backpack. Allowing for a more comfortable fit, enabling heavier loads to be carried and heralding the start of something special.

After leaving the scouts Åke went on to do his military service  at the newly founded and extremely demanding FJS Parachute Ranger School in Karlsborg. It was during his time there that he discovered that even the equipment used by the most elite unit in the country was not fit for purpose. Recognising that there was clearly a market for functional and hard-wearing outdoor equipment, Åke set up his own company in 1960.

The first registered Fjällräven office was the family’s one-room flat just outside Örnsköldsvik. Whilst the workshop was situated down in the cellar and is where the first backpacks with aluminium frames were created. They were gradually followed by the condensation-free, lightweight tents, functional outdoor clothing and revolutionary sleeping bags that would come to be loved by a growing corps of outdoor enthusiasts the world over.

Though now a global company with many employees Fjällräven continue to be a brand with a love of the great outdoors still very much at it’s heart. Which is why they remain completely committed to continually developing their high quality products whilst also promoting the outdoor life and acting responsibly towards wildlife and nature.

View Fjallraven’s fantastic outdoor range at The Sporting Lodge.

Fjallraven – G1000

by Neil Summers

Whilst a lot of today’s outdoor clothing use lightweight fabrics as their
main selling point, this is not the most important factor when it comes to
Swedish brand Fjallraven. Their clothing, especially the Fjallraven numbers
range prefers a more substantial weight in their fabrics thanks to their
product consultant and ex-military equipment tester Johan Skullman. A man
of considerable knowledge and experience who has found that in the most
demanding conditions lightweight products are often prone to tears and rips
just when you need them the most. So with this in mind jackets such as the
Fjallraven Anorak number 8 have been designed with a heavier, tougher
fabric construction using the wind and water resistant Fjallraven G-1000
Eco and G-1000 HeavyDuty fabrics on the shoulders, sleeves and extended
back. This next level anorak also features several useful ventilation zips
to help regulate temperature alongside plenty of super practical pockets
including a versatile kangaroo pouch on the front, that’s accessible from
both the top and the sides. The additional use of greenland wax also adds
to the durability and waterproofing of Fjallraven jackets which is made
specifically to be with G-1000 fabric that contains a combination of
high-quality paraffin and beeswax, which is far kinder towards the
environment than chemical-based products.

To complement their incredible range of jackets Fjallraven also has some
equally impressive trousers and shirts that also uses their trademark
G-1000 fabric. The substantial Fjallraven Mountaineering shirt Number 3
for example at first look may appear to be classic alpinist attire made
from soft, warm shetland wool but it has also been reinforced with G-1000
material on the elbows, shoulders, back and hips to reduce friction. Whilst
Fjallraven trousers such as the Barents Pro are made entirely from G-100
which is further reinforced on the rear and knees. The knee section also
has pockets on them into which Fjallraven knee pads can also be inserted
for additional comfort whilst kneeling down to peg a tent, taking aim
whilst hunting or maybe even making a marriage proposal in the great
outdoors!
View our extensive range of Fjallraven products at The Sporting Lodge.

Spotlight On: Trekking Trousers

At The Sporting Lodge, we pride ourselves on being able to cater for a large variety of outdoor activities, weather conditions and lifestyles. Our Fjallraven trousers are products that boast this speciality and prove that they can fit into your lifestyle just as well as you can fit into them.

The Fjallraven trekking range are offered in three families (or series). The Fjallraven Keb system consists of clothes and equipment for demanding trekking in challenging mountain terrain. The Fjallraven Sarek system is for long mountain trips next to the well-worn paths. The Fjallraven Abisko system is ideal when you want to move lightly, quickly and not have much to pack during both short hikes and treks lasting several days.

Fjallraven’s trekking range at The Sporting Lodge is where you’ll find clothes and equipment for different types of trekking activity, in varying terrain and climate zones, all year round. Everything from day-long hikes to longer expeditions that take weeks – or perhaps even longer. This range features clothes that protect against weather and wind, wick away moisture and excess heat, and allow you to move freely.

Some of our most durable Fjallraven trousers are designed for trekking. They are made from the special G-1000 fabric, which is known for being impressively water and wind resistant. We understand that to be able to move around freely, a particular leeway is helpful. We combat this with Fjallraven’s comfortable stretch panels which are woven into trousers such as the Fjallraven Abisko Trousers, Fjallraven Kalfjall Trousers and Fjallraven Keb Trousers.

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As you’ll probably know, when trekking there’s a slim chance you’ll cease to perspirate – it’s a fact of life and it’s only natural! However, Fjallraven have really thought of everything, and to put your mind at ease, a built in membrane in the G-1000 fabric allows moisture to leave the body easier and in a more discreet manner. For trekking in warmer climates, you might also consider a pair of versatile Fjallraven zip-off trousers in light and airy fabric, which can be easily transformed into shorts – for example, the Abisko Hybrid Zip-Off Trousers.

We hope we’ve provided you with some ideas – and remember, we’re currently offering 30% off Fjallraven (RRP products only, excluding sale items) at The Sporting Lodge using code FJALL30 at checkout!

Fjallraven’s G-1000 Fabric – An Overview

What is it? What’s the backstory?

G-1000 is a uniquely developed fabric originally curated by Fjallraven’s Founder AkeNordin. Whilst on an expedition, he decided to experiment with a tent fabric. Ake made himself the first Fjallraven product – a jacket. Beeswax and Paraffin (Greenland wax) were then added, and the fabric proved perfect for outdoor clothing.

What is it good for?

Both wind and water are resisted through this clever blend, as well as harmful alpha and beta sunrays. Durability at its finest. There’s no excuse to turn down an adventure when equipped with Fjallraven’s finest.

How do I care for it?

When Fjallraven’s famous Greenland Wax is rubbed into the fabric, the surface is protected and becomes water repellent. Because you are waterproofing your garment yourself, you can add the wax to suit your needs. For example, if you are trekking through dewy grass, more wax can be added to the areas you feel will be hit by water the hardest. For an overall waterproof jacket, the product should be evenly distributed over all areas of the fabric.

It’s warm outside, how can I wear the fabric and remain cool simultaneously?

Thankfully, Fjallraven have come up with a solution to this. Whilst the original G-1000 fabric is the go-to, Fjallraven have several other blends to cater for specific situations and preferences – genius!

G-1000 Silent

Ideal for hunting, the ‘Silent’ version of this wonderful fabric is brushed – the fabric is weakened but ensures softness and quietness when moving around. The Fjallraven Forest Trousers and Forest Parka are perfect examples.

G-1000 Lite

What it says on the tin – the ‘Lite’ version is lightweight and cooler – perfect for Summer or for one of those warmer days. The fabric is still woven carefully featuring ripstop threads – the durability of your product is still high, but the weight is low. Perfect! Fjallraven’s Reporter Lite Jacket and Vest are both available from The Sporting Lodge, and ideal for summer months.

G-1000 Eco

You don’t have to be the resident ‘eco warrior’ in order to pay that little bit more attention and care to your surroundings. This is an alternative with ecology in mind – same durability as the original version, but the cotton has been specially picked from certified farms. Take a look at the Fjallraven Gaiter Trousers No. 1 – the hardwearing fabric is perfect for long days spend outdoors, whatever the season.

G-1000 HeavyDuty

An extra strong version of the original fabric – used for backpacks and bags in order to provide the highest of durability! We recommend the Fjallraven Kanken No. 2 – a sturdier version of Fjallraven’s iconic Kanken backpack, which can be further protected from the elements using Greenland Wax.

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