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Received the anorak eventually... I am based overseas, so Royal Mail tracking was poor and gave no update from leaving London even after I had received it 9 days later. Obviously appreciate this is not anything to do with the company, just letting people know of the shipping experience if you are not UK based. With regards to the anorak itself...the sizing is not what I was expecting. I ordered XXL based on my trying on 3 other Fjallraven jackets locally and thinking that XXL would be correct based on these. This thing is nothing like the rest of their range as far as sizing goes. It is considerably bigger. To be honest, I have even thought about sending it back...but can't be bothered with the shipping time and re-sending a smaller size, so going to put up with it. I'm a big bloke...6ft 2inches and a big build one at that, and it's still big. If you're wanting a closer fit on shoulders and torso and only thinking of light layers underneath...go a size down. I would definitely have been better with XL. It's a little frustrating the sizing charts don't seem to apply to this like the other jackets such as Greenland or Skogso. I'm a good 46 inch chest in suit jackets and assumed the fit would be bang on from this. You absolutely need a couple of fleece layers underneath to stop this looking like you borrowed your big brothers coat! As far as the quality of the product itself...everything seems to be nicely finished. Only tried it in cool windy weather and it cuts out wind admirably. Not tested in rain or anything harsher as yet...so time will tell. Seems pretty breathable...much more so that the clammy Gore-Tex pro-shell jackets I also have. With my Swazi fleece underneath...I could have stood on the beach (in southern Australia) in bracing 8c temps with the recent 40mph stormy winds all day long and not feel it. The collar is huge and really keeps out the wind like nothing I've tried before. The only snag I would say is the cuffs are still loose even on the tightest of the two studs. Wish there was a third for when you don't wear gloves as it simply lets out the heat otherwise. A shame as this would really help the sleeve movement if it had some grip on the wrist. The main zip is a big high quality looking one...with the rest seemingly much smaller gauge and perceived lower durability. Only time will tell how tough they are. Albeit, they all seem to run smoothly with no snags. So, overall I think the product seems like a good bit of kit on initial impressions and wear. It's a heavy layer, but not warm on its own. It is absolutely necessary for chunky layers underneath for any warmth. But, the length is good, covering your bum and underneath layers...and collar and hood really are protective. I've given 4 stars rather than 5 purely because of the online sizing guide. I think a 'numbers range' size guide should be created as they are obviously not the same as the rest of their range. Main advice...definitely size down.
Martin29th May, 2019