Bergans of Norway Stryn Softshell ReviewMarch 27, 2014
- Long cut and high collar provide extra protection from the gnar
- Ultra-smooth pitzips
- Comfortable and fully functional while wearing a pack
- Poor cord management at the hood
- Shoulder-top seams compromise weather protection somewhat
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At $250, we felt that the Stryn softshell was a solid value for users seeking a technical shell for cold weather.