Bergans of Norway Norefjell ReviewJanuary 25, 2017
- Stretchy, soft fabric
- Nicely tailored
- Huge pit zips
- Recco system
- No interior drop pockets
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
The Derzimax fabric is quite breathable for a waterproof shell. We liked the foot-long pit zips.
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.