FjällRäven Greenland Jacket

Those of you following my twitter know by now that I bought a second new jacket recently. I accidentally destroyed my old leather jacket, that I used as an all-purpose coat, and it occurred to me that I'd be better suited if I had something that was more comfortable in warmer weather as well as something that would keep me toasty and dry in the winter. I tend to put a lot of thought into these things and I discovered FjällRäven while looking for a summer jacket, and they're my choice for a winter coat too.

I am a large and naturally-thermally-protected dude. I tend to run a little warmer than the average person. I'm better insulated than most of you (you don't need the mental image so I'll spare you the details), and I probably settle to the upper end of normal human body temperature too, which is an effective combo. This is really important to consider when your priority is comfort in various weather conditions — trust me. I have often been the one person in a group sweating profusely in the cold and grumping about being too warm. I can't wear a truly heavy coat even in the coldest of British winters; I have an enormous leather riding coat that hasn't been used for years because even when it snows I will slowly boil in it.

So I need something with great weather protection but without too much weight. Something lighter is easier to pack and doesn't add quite as much insulation. I can always add a sweater, but you can't always remove a layer and stay warm enough and dry enough.

The jacket I've bought is one that I considered previously when looking for a general use jacket, but it was beaten our by a lighter fleece option. Now with the prospect of a short vacation exploring southern Wales in the next month or so I have to consider something that will stand up to a real storm. The Greenland jacket has a pretty big advantage here, in that it's weather resistance can be customised. The fabric is receptive to wax, and the company sells a paraffin–beeswax blend that after an application or two is very effective at keeping out the rain.

It is durable (especially when waxed) and has a pretty a timeless design (the first examples being made in the late 1960s). It's a single layer of material with the exception of the shoulders, and it's hooded. The material is heavy enough that when waxed it'll keep the wind out, and light enough that it shouldn't overheat me. I have waxed it now, and plan to keep it in that state — ever ready to weather a cold, British downpour.