Jöt­tnar Vanir

Adventure - - GEAR REVIEW -

Made by British com­pany Jöt­tnar, the Vanir is the bench­mark moun­tain sa­lopette. Built from Po­lartec® NeoShell®, it de­liv­ers true breatha­bil­ity, stretch and ro­bust­ness in a fully wa­ter­proof pack­age. Un­like most other wa­ter­proof leg­wear which tends to be car­ried in a pack and only worn when con­di­tions turn, the Vanir can be put on in the morn­ing and com­fort­ably worn all day. Much of this is due to the fab­ric’s abil­ity to breath and keep you cool when work­ing hard, but also be­cause of its cut. These bibs are de­signed for tech­ni­cal climb­ing and ski moun­taineer­ing and so the bag­gi­ness nor­mally present in most gen­er­al­ist hard­shell trousers is com­pletely ab­sent. The fab­ric has a pleas­ing soft han­dle to it and fea­tures 4-way stretch. This means that it moves and stretches with the legs and doesn’t make that dis­tract­ing plas­tic-ey rustling noise that many other shell fab­rics do.

The found­ing team be­hind Jöt­tnar are two for­mer British ma­rine com­man­dos and also life­long climbers and skiers. It’s clear that these bibs have been de­signed and built by ac­tual users as the qual­ity and at­ten­tion to de­tail are ex­cep­tional. Since the com­pany’s launch in 2013, it has carved out a niche in its home UK ter­ri­tory amongst the core climb­ing and ski-moun­taineer­ing com­mu­nity, with the Vanirs be­com­ing a favoured bib amongst moun­tain res­cue teams and moun­tain guides. Jöt­tnar has re­cently added a New Zealand/$NZD do­main to its web­site and of­fers free ship­ping on all prod­ucts from $300 NZD and up­wards.

RRP $800.00 www.jot­tnar.com

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