G-1000: One of the world’s best outdoor fabrics
G-1000 is Fjällräven’s own hardwearing and versatile fabric, a proven outdoor classic that will prepare you for all types of adventures, in all climates, year round – from the tropics to the polar regions. The densely woven fabric (65% polyester and 35% cotton) is treated with Greenland Wax. This combination makes G-1000 one of the world’s best outdoor fabrics with a number of strong properties:
• Durable G-1000 is very resistant to wear, and this in combination with its low weight makes it an excellent choice for both traveling and outdoor life.
• Water resistant Greenland Wax makes G-1000 garments very resistant to rain and moisture. This means that you can wear them during brief rain showers. If the fabric gets wet, it will dry fast.
• Windproof The dense weave makes G-1000 almost totally windproof. Once infused with Greenland Wax it offers complete protection against biting winds.
• Breathability One of G-1000’s most impressive qualities is its excellent ventilation – it efficiently releases moisture from the body, which is particularly important when partaking in strenuous activities.
• UV protection The fabric provides almost 100% protection against the sun’s ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB) and therefore greatly reduces the risk of sunburn.
• Mosquito safe The tight weave keeps mosquitoes and other flying insects away from your skin – practical both in the mountains and the forest, or when traveling in hot climates. (Note that G-1000 Lite is not mosquito safe.)
ECO-SHELL: Waterproof, Breathable and Sustainable
Eco-Shell is Fjällräven's own high-functioning shell material for complete protection in wet-weather and tough conditions. The Eco-Shell Collection also meets strict requirements and allows you to have gear that is both functional and sustainable.
For that reason, Eco-Shell has an outer fabric made of recycled polyester which has been infused without using fluorocarbons (environmentally hazardous substances that spread further when you wash the garment and also when you wear it in the great outdoors). The membrane and inner fabric are made of polyester, making it easier to recycle when the time comes. In addition, the Eco-Shell garment is climate-compensated.
SUSTAINABLE DOWN: Forty years of experience of high quality down
Fjallraven has worked with down as an insulation for more than 40 years and we only use down that meets the highest quality standards. This means that a Fjällräven down jacket or sleeping bag offers an unbeatable ability to insulate in relation to its low weight. You will also notice how well our down products can be compressed to take up minimal space in your pack. When you buy a down product, you should primarily check to make sure it has a high CUIN and a good blend of down and feathers. You can read more below about what this actually means.
High quality down products are often rated on their "fill power". Fill power is a measurement of buoyancy or "fluffiness". It measures how much of one cubic inch is taken up by one ounce (27.3 grams) of down. This is called CUIN (cubic inch per ounce) or fill power. The higher the value the better the insulation.
A down product with a higher fill power weighs less and is more compressible than a similarly warm product made with a lower quality of down. Fill power of 400–450 is considered to be average quality, 500–550 good, 550–750 very good and 750+ excellent. Many of our down products have a fill power over 600.
Mix of Down and Feathers
Another factor that determines the features of the down jacket, sleeping bag or other garments is the blend of down and feathers. Down binds more air than feathers and also offers better insulation. The higher the percent of down, the higher the insulation properties given the same weight. A description of "90/10" means that 100 grams of padding consists of 90 grams of down.
Down's main features: Down is a natural product but it still offers the best insulation on the market. It is also extremely lightweight, and garments made from down can often be compressed to take up little space in the pack.
The down's origins
The high-quality down that we use in our garments and equipment comes from the food industry and is tested according to American standards. We only use one down supplier, with whom we have a close and active relationship throughout the production process. Our supplier has signed our code of conduct, which for example regulates animal protection, as well as an agreement that prohibits down being plucked from living birds. We monitor our down process regularly, through both pre-arranged and unannounced visits by Fjällräven's quality assurance team.