Fjallraven and G1000 fabrics
Posted on November 16 2018
So what’s this Fjallraven clothing all about? That’s a good question and one with a slightly complex answer. There are lots of fabrics on the market and they all claim different things and ultimately are matched to different purposes. For example, Paramo use their own Analogy water-proof fabric, which is unique to them, (in for example the Pajaro and Halcon jackets) and is arguably the best mountain water-proof for the UK environment. Fjallraven have a large stable of fabric types, but what they are famous for is the G1000 range, of which most of their clothing is made.
G1000 is a polycotton fabric, which comes in different weights and types, mostly with their Greenland wax factory applied. Waxed? Yes, but its not like Barbour style wet wax, it’s a dry wax. When it’s applied, it has little limited tactile effect, leaving a dry layer. This adds water repellence to the fabric. It does not make it waterproof, more highly water resistant and quick drying. You can add more layers, which adds additional repellence, but reduces breathability. It’s a very versatile system, allowing more layers in areas where rain will hit. Its also a very hard waring fabric, which make it great for tough activities. I have also found it pretty fire retardant, making it an idea bushcraft material.
The Telemark jacket is a classic G1000 jacket, and a good example of G1000 in use. Its aimed at bushcraft and lower altitude wilderness use. Fjallraven tailoring is second to none and this is evident in the jacket. It’s very well cut and finished, giving comfort and functionality, as well as a classic style. That’s another aspect to Fjallraven clothing, it often makes the bridge between urban and outdoor ware. The G1000 is re-enforced by double layers on the shoulders and arms, making it more water repellent in those areas. I have also combine mine with the Paramo Taiga fleece, which provides amazing weather protection and versatility. Its proved great an excellent bushcraft jacket and is my go to for instructing with Trailblazer Wildcraft. I also use it as a forest/moorland walking jacket and even a urban jacket, (as my wife likes its looks)!
(Below is our review video of the jacket).
Fjallraven also combine different materials in the jackets to perform different roles. The Keb jacket is a great example of this. Aimed more at mountain sports, this has G1000 echo, (recycled polyester and organic cotton), with stretch panels. These allow more ease of movement for activities like scrambling and climbing. The Keb is also very stylish and the cut is again excellent. More styled to active use, but it looks great on! You don’t wax the stretch though, it comes with a DWR already applied and this can be re-applied with a sponge after washing, to maintain the water repellence. I have some Keb trousers, which have a similar fabric combination and rate they highly. Like the jacket, the G1000 is in the high ware areas and the stretch allows great freedom of movement. They are my go-to climbing trouser and the G1000 has put up with a lot of abuse! The Keb range offers a great alternative to more traditional mountain ware.
So Fjallraven use several fabrics in their clothing. The above are two classic examples of G1000's use, but they do a range of other materials as well. Its always worth checking what they have combined in a garment. If in doubt ask, we are all well versed in the benefits of a particular system and what might best suit your requirements. There is not a one solution fits all fabric.
G1000 is unique to Fjallraven and has many benefits to the end user. In both the Keb and the Telemark they have produced classic jackets that suit a range of tasks but are both great urban jackets as well. A difficult thing for any manufacturer to pull off! The fabric a garment is made from is a key feature and affects its end use potential. Always bare this in mind while looking for a solution to your requirements.