Product reviews/11/17/2023

Perfect Outfit for Expeditions: Lightweight, Breathable and With Many Innovative Details

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This clothing set from Jack Wolfskin consists of a jacket and dungarees. It is designed for expeditions and extreme weather conditions and was developed together with extreme adventurer Eric Larsen. Performance, sustainability and specific expedition features make it an outstanding polar expedition system.

Winner of the ISPO Award 2023: The EXPDN 3L Jkt & Pant from Jack Wolfskin.

When developing this outfit, consisting of a jacket and dungarees, Jack Wolfskin concentrated on tailoring the system precisely to the needs of an expedition traveler. The focus is therefore primarily on low weight, maximum breathability in combination with waterproofness, temperature regulation and exclusive expedition functions. These features are complemented by sophisticated solutions for greater sustainability.

This outfit was developed together with extreme adventurer Eric Larsen.
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Jack Wolfskin

Focus on Lightness and Breathability

The waterproof and windproof outer material is made from recycled 3L Pertex Shield Air. With its high air permeability, it ensures high breathability in rapidly changing climatic conditions and guarantees perfect temperature management. The innovative OCTA® lining on the inside of the thighs reliably protects this sensitive area from cooling down. It offers special insulation and breathability with a unique fiber construction that is 50 percent lighter than conventional material. Eric Larsen himself says of the outfit: "I think the biggest part of my work was to develop a "system". A set of apparel and equipment that works as a whole and at the same time is able to use parts in different combinations. Ultimately, breathability and overall functionality in extreme cold are key to each individual feature."

Sophisticated Expedition Features

With the external expertise of Eric Larsen, Jack Wolfskin was able to create a special outfit for moving fast in an extremely cold environment where every second counts. For example, Jack Wolfskin took into account particularly easily accessible zippers with contrasting colors for better visibility, extra-long armpits for maximum breathability and the ability to quickly remove the jacket when wearing a harness. In addition, the sleeves can be stowed in the harness so that they don't drag on the ground when the temperatures get warmer.

The pants feature adjustable back straps, an elastic waistband in the back and extra-long two-way zippers for easy entry and exit and greater breathability. Four individual pockets - one on the front and three on the thighs - provide plenty of storage space for essential tools. The OCTA® lining on the front thighs provides additional insulation and protects against chilling in key areas. To protect the knees, the pants have insert pockets on the inside for standard knee pads. Snow gaiters and Velcro fasteners on the legs prevent snow from getting in.

To round off the concept, an overall glove-friendly zipper design has been implemented.

Sustainable Materials and Services

84 percent of the fabrics used and almost 40 percent of the ingredients consist of bluesign-approved materials. This means that the production of these materials is based on high standards in terms of chemicals, environmental aspects and occupational safety. The outfit is PFAS-free and also has a high level of functionality. In addition, the main fabric consists of 88 percent recycled polyamide and 12 percent polyurethane.

Jack Wolfskin offers a repair service as well as spare parts and a professional PFC-free washing and waterproofing service.

The outfit was created for moving fast in an extremely cold environment.
Image credit:
Jack Wolfskin

This Convinced the Jury:

  • Sophisticated expedition set
  • Very light and particularly breathable
  • Innovative, highly functional materials
  • High proportion of sustainable materials

Statement From Jack Wolfskin:

"Winning this year’s ISPO Award is the highest recognition for commitment to innovation and sustainability. It‘s a validation of our collaborative spirit, pushing performance in the outdoors, where every second counts. We‘re thankful that the jury acknowledges the dedication we‘ve poured into developing pioneering technologies and sustainable solutions. We’re inspired to push our product development to the next level. As a team, we‘ll conquer new horizons, one discovery at a time."
Amy Williams, Category Director - Outdoor Technical, Jack Wolfkskin

What the Jury Says:

"Especially in extreme situations, every detail counts. With Eric Larsen, Jack Wolfskin has developed a well thought-out clothing set that offers new, innovative solutions in many areas and does not forget the issue of sustainability."
Jury ISPO Award