It’s always excit­ing when we fea­ture a new brand on The Clymb. Today is no excep­tion as we debut Fjall­raven, Swedish pio­neers of moun­taineer­ing gear and apparel.

Cred­it: Fjallraven

Fjall­raven is Swedish for ‘arc­tic fox.’ Founder Ake Nordin was inspired by this resource­ful preda­tor, which was a con­stant sight on his hikes through the moun­tains as a young man.

 

At 14, Nordin spent more time out­doors than indoors, and found him­self dis­sat­is­fied with   the back­packs avail­able for long moun­tain treks. Tak­ing mat­ters into his own hands, he designed a wood­en frame that allowed for bet­ter dis­tri­b­u­tion of weight and the abil­i­ty to car­ry more. That was the start of Fjallraven.

After redesign­ing back­packs and tents, Nordin turned his atten­tion to appar­el, fash­ion­ing pro­to­types out of tent mate­r­i­al using his grand­fa­ther’s tai­lor scis­sors and moth­er’s sewing machine. The fab­ric, G‑1000, is treat­ed with Green­land Wax, a paraffin/beeswax for­mu­la made my a small fam­i­ly in North Swe­den. When damp, G‑1000 swells and pro­vides excel­lent pro­tec­tion against water and wind the harsh­er the con­di­tions get.

The inno­va­tion did­n’t stop there. In the 1970’s, answer­ing the call for warmer cloth­ing for expert adven­tur­ers, Nordin got the idea to sew togeth­er two jack­ets. The space between them trapped warm air and made for warmer insu­la­tion. After a few years of test­ing and devel­op­ment, the Expe­di­tion Down Jack­et was born, and its design was labeled a work of art by the Swedish Supreme Court.

The arc­tic fox isn’t just Fjall­raven’s name­sake, it’s also their cause. Fjall­raven sup­ports SEFALO, a project ded­i­cat­ed to sav­ing this curi­ous crea­ture from extinc­tion. This kind of envi­ron­men­tal aware­ness and stew­ard­ship extends to Fjall­raven’s busi­ness prac­tices as they devel­op­ment envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly fabrics.

Below, three Fjall­raven trekkers break­down the dif­fer­ent fea­tures on three of their trekking pants.

Be sure to shop our Fjall­raven event today and stock up on decades of inno­va­tion in moun­taineer­ing  out­er­wear and apparel.