With it’s namesake taken from the municipality in Northern Norway, Norrøna’s Lyngen range is aimed towards ski tourers looking for lightweight, technical outerwear that performs as well on the ascent as the decent. Even with modern textiles, the waterproof, windproof yet breathable ideal remains tricky to get just right, we’ve been putting the latest Lyngen Driflex3 jacket to test around Chamonix to see how it performed.
Comfort & Fit
When first handling the Lyngen jacket, it feels very stretchy and supple with very little ‘crunch’ often associated with waterproof garments, this keeps it both quiet when moving and comfortable. The Men’s medium fit my 186cm / 72kg frame very well (Norrøna have quite diverse sizing on their website) with a little extra length on the sleeves (which I think is fine for a ski jacket) and a good length that doesn’t obstruct a harness the overall fit and feel of the jacket is excellent.
There is room for a few layers which is pretty critical, my only complaint would be that the powder skirt does feel a little high, but that’s down to personal preference and I wouldn’t mind if it was 3 or 4 cm lower down.
Build Quality & Durability
As with the other Norrøna products we have tested, the general build quality is excellent throughout. Utilising lightweight construction and hardware all around to save the grams, the jacket features taped seams and a high quality stitching as far as the eye can see. Gnarly aplinists be aware though, if you are use to Gore-Tex Pro (or similar) crunchy hard-as-nails outerwear you’ll need to treat the Lyngen with a little more respect; the large list of list of qualities this jackets features has traded off complete durability. We’d compair the material to standard Gore-Tex Vs Gore-Tex Pro in terms of how they stand up to abuse.
So this is a biggy in the ski touring world, with most good weather ascents being done in just the base layer or softshell – we’re assuming if you’re wearing a shell it’s because it’s either windy, rainy or just a shitty combination of both (see type 2 fun). Overall, we found the Drilflex3 fabric to be as good, at least, as other 3 layer fabrics.
Eventually though, every shell has it’s limit and to combat that Norrøna has added absolutely massive pit zips, these monster zips go almost the the cuffs which allows for some serious ventilation. In addition to this, they have added a 3 zip system which allows you to adjust exactly where the opening should be.
Water & Wind Resistance
When your day out turns to full type 2 fun, you can rest easy knowing the Drilflex3 fabric will keep the weather out. The 3 layer fully windpoof/waterproof fabric keeps you dry, whilst the micro zips ensure little, if any, leakage. With elastic cuffs, a powder skirt and helmet compatible hood (with a quick adjust at the rear) you can seal yourself in quite nicely.
Feature packed and adaptive, the Norrøna Lyngen Driflex3 jacket is an excellent choice for ski tourers and skiers alike. With a RRP of €399 the Lyngen sits in the mid-price range for premium performance jackets that serve this purpose and ticks all the boxes. It’s also worth considering the matching pants, which we unfortunately couldn’t test this year, but look just a promising. The Lyngen jacket has become our go-to ski jacket, and if nothing else, we’ve learnt where the ø is on the keyboard.