Fjallraven's G-1000 fabrics have niche cult written all over them and not in a bad way.
Posted: 19 July 2012
It's always interesting to see different approaches to outdoor clothing and Swedish brand Fjallraven has one of the more different ones in the shape of its G-1000 fabric which uses hardwearing fabrics proofed with a mix of beeswax and paraffin.
Polyester Cotton With Added Wax
The actual fabric is a closely woven polyester cotton mix, but it's then treated with Fjallraven's own Greenlanmd Wax. You rub it into the fabric then use a heat source - an iron for example, as in the photos we took last week at OutDoor or a camp stove - to help the wax penetrate the fabric.
What's really interesting is that not only does the wax help create a tough, durable and very weather resistant fabric, but you can actually change the balance of weather resistance and breathability to suit your personal preferences, but varying the amount and location of the wax.
More wax gives better weather resistance, but reduced breathability, while less wax increases breathability, but reduces weather protection slightly. You can even do DIY body-mapping - heavy wax the shoulders, front and hood of a jacket for example, but leave the sides and back more lightly waxed for better breathability.
It sounds like a genius idea. Looking at the G-1000 kit on Fjallraven's stand, it's probably fair to say that styling is a sort of modern take on traditional Nordic general outdoors wear. It's also not the lightest kit out there, the Sarek Jacket pictured to the right weighs a claimed 850g, but then aesthetics and weight have never been a huge issue for Paramo users.
We're kind of intrigued and we've been promised a G-1000 jacket to give a whirl some time soon.
More Fjallravenism at www.fjallraven.com.