Bergans Trolltind Waterproof Jackets for Women - Product Review / Walking Gear Test
Trolltind Waterproof Jacket for Women
Colours: Red, Dark Maroon, Deep Sea, Bright Sea Blue, Lime
Weight: 790gms (Women's S)
Features to Note:
- Outer Fabric: 2-layer Dermizax® NX : 100% Polyester
- Lining: Fieldsensor™
- Hood: zip-off, adjustable, helmet compatible, visor and wire
- Ventilation Zips
- Detachable, adjustable snowskirt with friction elastic
- Men's version available
- Made in China
New for 2014, Bergan's Trolltind is a hard shell, full length jacket that uses the Dermizax® NX ™ membrane in a 2-layer construction. The fabric has a a relatively soft touch (for a hard shell, that is), a slight rustle and is noticeably stretchy.
The fit is good - probably slightly on the generous side particularly in body & sleeve length. (I'm 5' 8'') Despite the flattering, slight fitted cut there's ample room underneath to accommodate a good level of layering. Together with the detachable snow-skirt, this is testament to the Trolltind's primary function as a ski/snow sport jacket. That having been said I've been wearing it for winter/early Spring hill walking.
Overall I've enjoyed wearing this jacket a lot. The freedom of movement is excellent particularly in the shoulder/elbow areas. It's waterproof and the breathability is good - particularly when compared to other 2-layer, laminates I've tried in the past. The long, easily opened pit zips provide a great option for temperature control which I found myself using in some unexpectedly warm weather on the South Downs recently. Further temperature control is provided by the easy bottom hem adjustment and the velcro fastened, adjustable sleeve cuffs.
In more typically cold, windy March conditions in the Peak District I discovered that that the wind resistance was also pretty good too.
There are 4 decent sized pockets in total - 2 hand warming at the side plus two more at the front. The lower pockets are just about big enough to hold a folded OS map but unfortunately are a little too high to avoid being covered partially with my backpack belt. Oh yes, one of the upper pockets contains a goggles/sunglass cleaning cloth.
The hood is impressive; designed to accommodate a helmet (which I wasn't using), there was therefore plenty of room to cope with my various woolly head gear albeit with some adjustment, which is easily achieved. Once fully up, the hood/collar combination is extremely effective.
Expensive yes, but Bergan's Trolltind is an impressive multi functional jacket. Excellent in winter as part of a layering system but great for low or high level walking in all but the warmest conditions. For the style conscious - a really great looking jacket!
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