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Bergans Of Norway has a stellar rep for technical, expedition and eco aware, wear and high performance gear in its native country...and when the brand first debuted at the OR tradeshow---we took a look see and thought-with a bit of tweaking for the USA market-they will do just fine. (most recent review= Fall 2011-)
Now with a base in Colorado---the label is really putting down some roots across the POND---
We think, Americans would be impressed-first off with the performance aspects of the apparel-including Bergans shell garments made with 2 or 2 1/2 layer and 3 layer Dermizax™--- with "200%" elasticity, aka four way stretch, and all layer types- insuring apparel are seriously water proof, with extreme breathability and body heat retention properties-even if the garment is dirty (a cool thing-as often that blocks the moisture wicking properties)-------and fyi, membranes laminated onto the fabric for durability and easy maintenance.
|Bodø Coat in dark brown-retro patches are cute|
|Skui-loads of pockets too|
The Oslo insulated jacket and coat is made of the 2 layer Dermizax® -thus has four way stretch, windproof, waterproof, and perspiration wicking ---PLUS heated with Primaloft® Eco insulation.
|classic design -nice-inner outer pockets, storm flap, extended back makes sitting protective.|
|Oslo Insulated Jacket-integrated hood|
|2 way zip, storm flap, integrated hood.rolls into collar, extended back and belt with button adjustment on waist for flattering princess cut|
|Vika Lady Coat checks in a softshell. Practical-windproof and water repellant, quick drying-fixed hood reinforced shoulders are back pack friendly|
|toggle on hoods-great fit|
|Vinje Wool Down Jacket-for men and women is a high loft/insulation, outer fabric of soft wool- water repellant -with a fixed hood/velcro attachment plenty pockets, elastic cuff|
|nice logo patches-retro|
|Vinje-in black too for men and women|
|storm proof high collar/hood-adjustable|
Several mid layer pieces are technical but also very stylish in their own right-made of boiled wool/fleece/knits---
|Humle Kacket-men's + women's wool material with great hand feel, front pockets, thumb holes, extended back|
With a smile----the Skui Lady Coat is city slicker worthy...and tough enough for the country too.