Over the past weeks and the coming weeks, you will see a lot of our reviewer Rinske, who dressed in red will be skiing and discussing skis in our ski reviews. The ski sey she is wearing is the Bergans of Norway Myrkdalen jacket and Hafslo pants. A combination of which we reviewed the men’s version a while ago, and now also the ladies models.

Circumstances

I used the Myrkdalen jacket and the Hafslo pants during a winter sports holiday in Austria at temperatures of -5 to 10 degrees. There was a lot of wind at the top of the mountain and it was much warmer near the bottom station. The water tightness was tested by cleaning the jacket with bottles of water after a full cup of coffee went over it in an unguarded moment.

Review

Bergans of Norway has been making outdoor equipment for a century with a quality that they base on their experiences during expeditions. No other brand can match that length of experience as they proudly proclaim on their website. That sounds promising. Tastes differ, so I’m not put off by a suit in one color which I normally find quite boring.

Right off the bat, the jacket fits like a glove. The pants are actually a little too small (the review size was a bit to small, the sizing chart itself is spot on). But that offers the possibility to thoroughly test the zipper. In spite of the pressure that sometimes occurs when I bend my knees, the zipper stays closed and the pants stay where they belong. What helps is that there is a slight stretch in the Dermizax fabric.

On top of the mountain in strong winds, I am very happy with my red set. Even though it is a three-layer shell (not insulated), I am still warm even though under the shell, I only have a base layer on. That is because lower on the mountain it is much warmer. And as I ride in the sun it is clearly noticeable that the 3-layer Dermizax laminate of the jacket and pants are not only wind proof, but also breathable. I did not feel too hot at all, while others were taking layers on and off. The opening of the zippers that run diagonally under the arm and on the pants ensures sufficient cooling and ventilation.

We spontaneously tested the water tightness by throwing a lot of water over the jacket after we had a cup of coffee snafu first. You can see the water droplets beading off the surface of the fabric. Luckily we did not have any rain so a real water test did not happen, but in this case I will rely on the expedition experiences of Bergans of Norway.

A drawback of the jacket I find, is the hood. Although Bergans indicates that it should fit a helmet, I can adjust everything that is adjustable, set it at its largest, but when I put the hood I can’t move my head around freely.

The pockets are very nice in size and placement in front of the jacket. And the extra reinforced pieces at the bottom of the trousers are very functional against damage of sharp ski edges etc.

Bergans of Norway delivers on its rather big statements on the website. I have not previously had ski clothing that adapts to all weather conditions and keeps my body temperature comfortable. If I can give the brand another tip not only to be great during expeditions but also on the ski slope I would really imagine slightly more daring colors. But fortunately, not everyone loves the same colors. The only functional drawback is that the freedom of movement is limited when the hood passes over the helmet.

Conclusion

Bergans of Norway makes her rather biggest statements on the website more than true. I have not previously had ski clothing that adapts to all weather conditions and keeps my body temperature comfortable. If I can give the brand another tip not only to be great during expeditions but also on the ski slope I would really imagine slightly more daring colors. But fortunately, not everyone loves the same colors. The only functional drawback is that the freedom of movement is limited when the hood passes over the helmet. For a technically high-quality shell jacket and pants, the prices are not too bad.

 

Bergans of Norway Myrkdalen

3-layer Dermizax shell jacket

Retail price: € 399,95

Bergans of Norway Hafslo

3-layer Dermizax shell pants

Retail price: € 299,95

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