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Bergans of Norway Norefjell

- published January 2017

89

2017

RATINGS

Durability
8
Weatherproofness
8
Bells & Whistles
6
Function
9
Breathability
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
89

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THE GOOD

  • Stretchy, soft fabric
  • Nicely tailored
  • Huge pit zips
  • Recco system

THE BAD

  • No interior drop pockets

THE VERDICT

The Bergans of Norway Norefjell is a solid, all-around ski parka good for both on-resort and backcountry skiing. The fabric has a nice soft hand feel, and is supple enough that you won’t mind wearing it around town after the lifts stop spinning.

FULL REVIEW

Durability
Cut from a stretchy, three-layer waterproof breathable fabric from Derzimax, the Norefjell is a good balance of weight and durability. The fabric is a little bit less crinkly than many other waterproof breathables out there. 

Weatherproofness
The Norefjell is as waterproof as any raincoat out there. It’s got long hems, a big hood, and waterproof zippers. The powder skirt will keep your torso dry if you take a tumble.

Bells and Whistles
The Norefjellhas RECCO reflectors, which can be useful in avalanche rescue as well as locating the wearer in thick woods if they get stuck out of bounds overnight. Testers liked that the powder skirt could be zipped off to save weight. 

Function
Bergans is known for great tailoring, and the Norefjell is no exception. It seemed to fit all our testers well, especially the taller folks. The drop hood is a nice touch, and the fabric is supple enough to be an every-day coat. 

Breathability
The Derzimax fabric is quite breathable for a waterproof shell. We liked the foot-long pit zips.

How We Tested It

The jackets in this test were used by a Jackson Hole based team of testers inbounds and in the backcountry in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Montana, and Japan.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other ski jacket tests, ski tests, ski helmet tests, and other related ski gear reviews

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers was the editor of Canoe and Kayak Magazine from 2007-09 and has been writing for Outside, Men's Journal, Skiing and Powder ever since.


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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$439.00
N/A
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Durability
8
Weatherproofness
8
Bells & Whistles
6
Function
9
Breathability
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
89

Specs

  • Pit zips: large
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Powder skirt: Yes
  • Helmet Compatible Hood: Yes
  • Wrist gaskets: Yes
  • Gender: Men's

Weight

1.6 lbs

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