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Bergans Morgedal Backcountry Anorak - Dark Khaki
Bergans Of Norway

Bergans Morgedal Backcountry Anorak - Dark Khaki

  Net Weight: 800 g        

Win 1 of 3 Bergans Morgedal Backcountry Anoraks in May. See here for details.

The Bergans Morgedal Backcountry Anorak is a fantastically versatile and lightweight cotton smock that is ideal for year-round use in a variety of weather conditions. Primarily designed for cross-country skiing, the anorak is perfect for winter use over the top of insulating mid-layers, yet equally suitable for treks in warmer weather when protection from the wind is needed.

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Win 1 of 3 Bergans Morgedal Backcountry Anoraks in May. See here for details.

The Bergans Morgedal Backcountry Anorak is a fantastically versatile and lightweight cotton smock that is ideal for year-round use in a variety of weather conditions. Primarily designed for cross-country skiing, the anorak is perfect for winter use over the top of insulating mid-layers, yet equally suitable for treks in warmer weather when protection from the wind is needed.

The Morgedal Backcountry Anorak is made from 100% cotton, a superb material which offers a natural alternative to synthetic weather-resistant garments. In a characteristic similar to that of Ventile, the Morgedal's tightly woven fabric 'swells' strand-by-strand when wet, providing a windproof and highly water-repellent barrier. As many reviewers will attest, the Morgedal Anorak can more than hold its own in adverse weather conditions.

The attached hood features a wire-rimmed peak for excellent visibility in snow or rain, as well as a Velcro attachment point for the Bergans Fake Fur Trim, for use in extreme cold. The jacket is shaped to include an extra-long back panel to keep out draughts, while the elbows are articulated to allow for improved freedom of movement when trekking and skiing. The quarter-length zip opening is covered with a soft chin protector for added comfort, and roomy hand-warmer pockets are included to finish it all off.

While the standard Morgedal Anorak is adorned with a number of bright patches and logos across the chest and sleeve, here at Woodlore we felt that a more subtle, understated look would better suit the wilderness' that this garment is designed for. As such, Woodlore have worked with Bergans to create this 'Backcountry' edition. Free from colourful badges, the Backcountry model comes in Dark Khaki and features only two small logos in complimentary colours. The Morgedal Backcountry Anorak is exclusive to Woodlore.

The Bergans company has now been in existence for over a century, beginning in 1908. Among the scores of new inventions devised by its founder, Ole F. Bergan, one in particular made the Bergans name famous worldwide - the rucksack with a frame. Since then, the Bergans brand has maintained its reputation as one of the frontrunners in the outdoor clothing and equipment industry. The Norwegian village of Morgedal, from which this jacket takes its name, is known as the 'cradle of skiing'. As such, the Morgedal Anorak is a perfect garment for cross-country skiing, and comes highly recommended for students of our Winter Expeditions.


  • Exclusive to Woodlore
  • Fabric: 100% cotton
  • Windproof and highly water-repellent
  • Quick-drying
  • Highly breathable
  • Retains body heat
  • Lightweight and packable
  • Fabric is anti-bacterial and provides protection from mosquitoes and UV rays
  • Attached, adjustable hood with wired peak
  • Velcro attachment in hood for artificial fur trim (size Medium, sold separately)
  • High, zipped collar with protective storm guard
  • Soft micro-fibre chin protector
  • Large kangaroo pouch pocket with zip closure and storm flap
  • Zipped hand-warmer pockets with storm flaps
  • Tailored cuffs with Velcro adjustments
  • Adjustable drawcord at both the waist and hem
  • Extended back panel
  • Articulated elbows
  • Spacious fit
  • Weight: 775 g in size Large
  • Colour: Dark Khaki


  Delivery in 1-2 days (within UK)
  Orders placed before 2PM GMT will be dispatched the same working day
  Overseas delivery times will vary depending on the destination

Please note that our offices are closed on weekends, so any orders placed after 2PM GMT on Friday will not be dispatched until the following Monday.

Orders with a total value over £300.00 will be dispatched via a next day delivery service within the UK at no extra cost.

Please note that in some instances, orders for heavy items may take an extra day to arrive.

For overseas deliveries, please refer to the following estimated delivery times:

  • Europe: 3 - 5 working days
  • Rest of the world: 5 - 7 working days


A full refund or exchange will be given provided that the items have not been worn or used, and are returned to us within 14 days of purchase, together with all relative labels and packaging.

Please ensure that you include a copy of your invoice, along with an explanation of why you have returned your goods. If you wish to return your goods for any reason, please do so to the following address:

Woodlore Limited
PO Box 3
East Sussex
TN19 7ZE
United Kingdom

Product Reviews

There are 16 reviews of the Bergans Morgedal Backcountry Anorak - Dark Khaki

  1 of 16

  So far so good. I am 5 foot 5 inches and the medium is a little long for me, but easy enough to tuck the bottom of the smock up under the rest of it using the draw strings without looking odd, so no biggie. It fits perfect around the chest though and wanted it to cover my down jacket when its really cold and raining. Have worn it once in the rain by a big down pour and does not leak, I think it will replace my GORE-TEX, because of the draw strings it looks fine with a T-shirt underneath also and not too baggy. Recommended. P.S. Draw strings aren't the best, though doesn't put me off.  

  James Pearcey
10th September, 2013

  2 of 16

  Light, comfortable, quiet, beads water incredibly well and dries quickly. I absolutely love this anorak. Nothing negative to write about this, totally recommended. First class service and quick delivery from Woodlore.  

  Jason Hillier
8th September, 2013

  3 of 16

  I bought this in June, and have not given it a really good, long trial yet due to the excellent summer we are having. I initially thought the cord grips didn't work, but a phone call to Woodlore sorted that problem; I hadn't realised you need to give them a hard squeeze to get them to work first time. This is a very breathable jacket which has kept me dry in a couple of the summer downpours we have had, but I have not needed to wear it for more than an hour or two at a time yet. It kept me dry and the rain beads up and runs off. It dries quickly. It is much more pleasant to wear in summer than a clammy goretex jacket, especially when you have bare arms. I also like the retro styling which reminds me of the gabardine smock I wore as a teenager. The pockets are huge and will easily accommodate gloves, compass, small camera, map, notebook, pencil and so on, and are more practical than the small pockets on most of the slim-fit goretex coats on the market now.  

  Douglas Gooday
1st August, 2013

  4 of 16

  This is a great product and supported by a team that gave me great speedy service. Before ordering the Anorak I was worried about the sizing and the sleeve length on it but The Woodlore Team went the extra mile, checking the sleeve measurement before I ordered so I could make my final decision. I couldn't be happier with the coat. It really is a quality product and I really like the large overhang on the hood (since I wear glasses) and the fact that it doesn't make me sweat like the jacket I was wearing before. Thanks Woodlore.  

  Steve B
6th July, 2013

  5 of 16

  Impressive. Incredibly thin and light. Not had the chance to properly field test this yet, but main concern was waterproofing. I tried it out in a torrential downpour (8-10C) doing some wood-lopping in my garden for an hour and stayed completely dry! The cuffs absorbed a small amount where water had built up on my hands, but shoulders/head (i.e. where pressure against material occurs) were dry as a bone. My legs below the smock were drenched. The water beads on the silicon-treated surface like a duck's back. Dried very quickly. No noise either. Wished they'd had this material when I was in the army. Only negative was that the toggle for the elastic waist-band appears to have been outsourced to BAE systems - check this! Woodlore were brilliant & replaced it having ensured a new one worked. The toggle still isn't brilliant but is good enough. Could wear t-shirt or multi-layers underneath depending on season, so more versatile than Buffalo. Bye-bye Gore-tex. Do they make trousers out of this stuff?  

  Steve, Kent
7th June, 2013

  6 of 16

  Lightweight (but robust) and versatile. Even better than that, it's reliable.  

  Steve Williams
3rd April, 2013

  7 of 16

  I have to say I first saw these on other students in the Arctic and at the time I didn't see much difference from my windproof army smock. However, I thought I would give one a try and I'm very impressed. This coat is light tough and super water resistant, it is also currently on a trip in the highlands with me.  

  Adam Howarth
23rd March, 2013

  8 of 16

  For the last number of weeks I have been putting this smock to the test in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. I’ve had it out snowshoeing in some really nasty terrain and more than a few snowstorms; I’ve also used it cross-country skiing of some distance. To say the least I’ve built up a good sweat inside this shell but with my proper wicking layers underneath, this smock performed admirably in allowing me to dry out all the while shielding me from the biting winds. I find the roomy pouch excellent for holding my binos in place and the pocket perfect for the odds and ends. The hood is very ample and easily fits over a toque, a fleece hood, and perhaps even a low-profile helmet. I dare say this garment will also serve me well for mountain biking when the time comes. This is an overall exceptional bit of gear. As for Woodlore itself, communication was great with regards to my questions, and I had my purchase delivered very swiftly. Not much more you could ask for. Thumbs up.  

  K. Knight
28th February, 2013

  9 of 16

  Great smock for the money, tested in the very cold/snow (-4) & some fine drizzle we had in Feb here on the Isle Of Wight. Stood on Boniface Downs in very high winds, not a problem for this smock. Great when used with layers, after an hour of persistent fine drizzle the smock was still dry on the inside. No need to knot the waist cinch, I just wind mine round the back of the toggle and up and through then over the stop toggle, all nice and neat.  

  S Trussler
27th February, 2013

  10 of 16

  This is a great looking anorak. My only gripe would be the draw strings are too thin, and need to be knotted. I haven't tested it in bad weather yet.  

  Craig Kemp
26th February, 2013

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