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Fjallraven Anorak No.8 I have just finished somewhat begrudgingly waxing and hair drying this anorak for the umpteenth time. This was time consuming and done without the joys of ironing boards or Woman’s Hour as on previous occasions. The anorak was veritably stiff with wax. It could nearly stand up on its own. Indeed, it appeared something other than G-1000. It started raining - a light shower. Anorak on, I put my arm out the door. Rain drops beaded. Thank God for that. I walked across the yard to my workshop - 30 seconds - in a LIGHT shower. The anorak was wet on the inside. The fancy leather labelling on the inside was darkened and damp. I do not write reviews. This is my first. It is also hopefully my last. I bought this anorak some four years ago. I bought it for working in my woodland. It appeared to be robust enough and designed for that purpose. (I also thought it would be eminently suitable for coastal/estuary bass and sewin fishing.) It certainly was not cheap. It was to replace a very old ripped Barbour and a 20 year old, yet superb Paramo smock which was worn with great care not compromise its performance in the mountains in winter. First outing for the Fjallraven Anorak No.8 was to sort out a load of wind throw. It was snowing lightly. Underneath were tried and tested wicking layers and Stihl/Schoeller chainsaw trousers. My top half got soaked and pausing for tea I also got cold. Ah The Wax. Need to wax it. Next outing waxed and confident - the anorak had the feel of armour - in a light shower I got wet and cold. Repeat. Repeat ad nauseum. My partner tells me to complain. It’s not in nature, so the anorak gets hung up and only worn when there is NO risk of rain. There’s the rub - NO RISK OF RAIN. In Wales, Scotland and Ireland there are few days in the year when this is the case. Indeed, four seasons in one day is more likely. So it’s to be worn in dry conditions. It is not, as claimed, water resistant. Even heavily waxed it is not water resistant. Despite intentions it has never been exposed to sea spray or salt air. All care instructions have been followed as prescribed. It has never been tumble dried. Suitable wicking layers have been worn underneath. And an awful lot of time has been wasted waxing, ironing and hair drying. I am no stranger to Fjallraven - I have two pairs of Vidda Pros which I practically live in. I am aware of G-1000. I am no fool. I had great expectations of this anorak. Sadly, however, I am bitterly disappointed. This is by far the most expensive piece of clothing I have ever bought. Should it have been water resistant as claimed I would be delighted and the anorak would have seen an awful lot of use. It will now probably end up on EBay. Service from this company has been as good as one could possibly expect. Other items bought have thus far proved durable and well worth the expense.
Stephen Holt19th August, 2020
Woodlore's Reply - 20th August, 2020
Dear Stephen, Thank you for your review. We are very sorry to hear of your problems with your anorak. I have sent you an email and I look forward to discussing this further with you. With best wishes