Bergans of Norway Stryn Softshell Review

March 27, 2014
Bergans of Norway Stryn Softshell
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Bergans of Norway Stryn Softshell Bergans_Stryn_Softshell
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
86
Weather Resistance
8
Breathability
7
Mobility & Movement
8
Comfort
9
Attention to Detail
7
Value
7

The Good

  • Long cut and high collar provide extra protection from the gnar
  • Ultra-smooth pitzips
  • Comfortable and fully functional while wearing a pack

The Bad

  • Poor cord management at the hood
  • Shoulder-top seams compromise weather protection somewhat
THE VERDICT

The Stryn Softshell was our favorite jacket for winter-wear under a pack, and was thus our top pick for technical winter climbing and/or ski touring. Bergans nailed the technical details and fit, but could have improved the hood adjustments.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

The Bergans of Norway Stryn is a mid-weight softshell hoody developed for mountaineering, featuring highly weather-resistant face-fabric and light fleece insulation.

FULL REVIEW

Weather Protection
Seams and an embroidered logo poke a few holes in an otherwise functionally wind- and waterproof shell—it’s ample protection against squirt guns and sprinklers, but the water balloons will eventually do some damage.

Breathability
Bergans supplemented the Stryn’s air-permeable fabric with generous pitzips, which made it easy to keep my underarms cool and dry. So long as I didn’t try to use the jacket in non-winter temps, its breathability was perfectly adequate.

Mobility
Four-way stretch and articulated elbows kept scores for Mobility consistently high. Even with a pack and helmet on, the Stryn’s technical alpine design ensured everything stayed accessible and moving freely.

Comfort
With a crazy-soft hand, cuddly microfleece backer, and the aforementioned stretchiness, this jacket tied for the top spot on my don’t-wanna-take-it-off list.

Attention to Detail
The hood was the one part of the Stryn that could use some work: poor cord-routing was a liability on windy outings, and tiny cordlocks were all but unusable with gloves on. Otherwise, the performance was excellent and quality was top-notch.

Value
At $250, we felt that the Stryn softshell was a solid value for users seeking a technical shell for cold weather.

 

 


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MSRP
$250.00
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