From Arctic Norway to the mountains of Afghanistan, the two founders of British brand Jöttnar have covered some challenging terrain. Their experiences led them to set out on a new challenge; to design and build technical mountain clothing for the most demanding of mountain adventurers..
It’s no secret that HedgeBrunch and its members are big fans of the snow and (and adventure in general if we’re honest) so, on a recent HB Ski trip to Lech in Austria we put the Jöttnar Ragnarök jacket through it paces.
Jöttnar was conceived during a brutal winter training exercise in Norway when founders Tommy Kelly and Steve Howarth, former marine commandos, lifelong climbers and skiers, realised that the growing appetite for unique and challenging experience in today’s market would need the kit to match it.
Whilst the days of donning a onesie ski-suit or jacket that would lovingly soak up every flake of snow the skier encountered throughout their day on the piste are long gone, there is still a proliferation of sub-par discounted kit available on the market. Buyer beware, cheap does not mean efficient. In parallel with the significant advances in ski and snowboard technology in recent years, Jöttnar have built a range of kit to match it. In the world of mountain jackets the Ragnarök is a far superior being.
Described by Jöttnar as ‘a waterproof, goose down insulated jacket for resort orientated big mountain riding and skiing when the temperature plummets,’ the Ragnarök does exactly what it says on the label: it’s warm, windproof, lightweight and has some serious storage. The detail that has gone in to the jacket is evident and over 3 days, during which we encountered every type of resort weather, we were not only warm and dry but ever-comfortable and delighted to find small features that make big differences. A hood big enough to fit over a helmet (safety first kids) and elasticised in-built wrist covers to keep the wet out and the warm in, even with the best gloves, were key. The jacket has a thick but light 900 fill goose down wrapped inside a waterproof, breathable, fully taped shell called SKJOLDR™ and then further insulated with THERMOLITE®, a synthetic insulation in potential wet-out areas. If your skiing is nothing to boast about, your kit certainly will be.
Priced at £845 for both the mens and women’s model, the Ragnarök doesn’t come cheap, but it’s worth every penny. Jöttnar is a brand partner of HedgeBrunch and AYU. AYU members get 20% off Jottnar all terrain mountain wear. To apply to join AYU head to thisisayu.com.
Enquiries: www.jottnar.com Ragnarök women’s and men’s waterproof down ski jacket £845