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Bergans Morgedal Backcountry Anorak - Dark Khaki
Bergans Of Norway

Bergans Morgedal Backcountry Anorak - Dark Khaki

Brand: Bergans Of Norway
Weight: 800 g         32 reviews
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
  • Teflon™ Shield+ Fabric Protector
  • 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


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  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 free 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. You are responsible for the cost of returning items.

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

Bergans Morgedal Backcountry Anorak - Dark Khaki is rated 5/5 based on 32 customer reviews.

Overall Rating:

  1 of 32

  For more years than I care to remember I've worn an army windproof smock. Age had finally got the better of it and I decided I wanted to replace it with something a little less military. The Morgedal is excellent, very well made, strong and I like both the colour and design. At 5'11' and 44 chest I opted for the X Large which gave enough room for my down jacket underneath but also close enough fitting to be comfortable on its own. Looking forwards to many years of use.  

  Mark Pywell

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 32

  I adore the anorak I recently bought. The small men's size fits me a treat. I usually wear a size 12-14. It is a Snug fit but fine when on. I thought this might be good for future reference if another female asks.  

  Carole Gibbs

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 32

  What not Five Star? Sadly not, it's not as water repellent as I was hoping for but I do live on the borders of Dartmoor and the rain is quite persistent. That's the negative now the positive. I had been looking around for a more traditional 'Anorak' for some considerable time but couldn't justify the expense, well as most of you who will read this will also have two, three or more hiking jackets, you know what I mean. But here it was at a great price, colour and style. The fit is good, adjustments can be made for your own personal fit. I was a little uncertain of the size I would need but as I am Mr. Average (5'9' with a 34' waist 40' chest), I decided on the medium. It arrived the next day (ordered before noon), I eagerly opened the parcel and slipped it over my head. However, I was wearing a rather bulky jumper so it was a struggle. Once I had the right clothing on the fit is excellent. Windproof wise, no complaint. I would wholeheartedly recommend Bergans, get out there, live life.  

  Terry Speyer

Rated: 4/5

  4 of 32

  Item is as described and not different from pictures, it appears to be well made but only time will tell. Some of the reviews I looked at said it was slightly large on the sizing and I found this to be the case but that is a minor inconvenience. The only complaint I have is with the zipper flaps on the pockets, they face forwards instead of backwards and make it awkward getting hands into the pockets.  

  Lorna Mckenzie

Rated: 3/5

  5 of 32

  I am delighted with the Bergans smock and have worn it every day since receiving it. It is just what I wanted for hill walking and fishing in Scotland; lightweight, windproof and water repellent, although I must confess not to have tested it in really wet weather.  

  Roddy Lloyd

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 32

  Having used this for a while now I have come to the conclusion that I really like this jacket. OK, so it is made in China (as a previous reviewer has said); I see nothing wrong with this, so are a lot of things. I think at the price (I managed to pick this up at the discounted price) it represents good value. It is also a good alternative to synthetic materials. So far weather-wise it seems to have held out really well. The only gripe I have with it is the positioning of the hand pockets; I dont like it. If you wear a pack with a waist belt it is a real pain. I did buy it knowing this so I think it would be unfair to mark it down for this. I also like the colour; it is nice to have an alternative to the normal green. Top marks from me on this one.  

  Matt Crowson

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 32

  I think this might be the best thing I've ever bought myself. I love it!  


Rated: 5/5

  8 of 32

  Outstanding jacket. The breathability is excellent. As we all know breathability does come at a price i.e waterproofness. The jacket beaded beautifully in light/medium rain. After walking in very windy and heavy rain the jacket did fail on the shoulders and the chest pocket BUT I had no sweat moisture and was wearing a suitable mid layer so no product complaints. It would be great to have fully waterproof shoulder pads and chest pocket, as my map got wet and if these areas were waterproof with non-breathable fabric I don't believe overall breathability would be effected. Oh, kept very strong wind out. Comfortable hood but did blow back in head wind. Waist tie is well positioned but am slightly concerned about strength of the elastic, only time will tell. Zips are good quality. I am 64 and length is good. Very happy.  

  Guy Goodhart

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 32

  I have been after a lighter weight and longer length anorak in a Ventile-type natural material for some time, so was very pleased to see the Morgedal Backcountry Anorak listed in the Ray Mears shop. There have been plenty of opportunities to test it out in marginal to severe weather conditions recently here on the North Yorkshire Moors, and the garment certainly lives up to its claims to be wind- and heavy shower-proof, while being comfortable and quiet in use. The hood is excellent as is the chest pocket. However, the large, deep flaps covering the zips on the handwarmer pockets face forward and are very prone to catch on twigs and any other vegetation that is waist high, made worse by the large metal rings that serve as the zip pulls. Another design flaw regarding the handwarmer pockets, or rather pocket, is that it runs the full width along the lower edge of the front of the smock. If you carry a smartphone or a portable satnav and/or a compact camera in it, they gravitate to the centre and constantly bump against ones private parts - not a problem for women, but less than convenient for men! As it stands the Morgedal Anorak is not optimal for backcountry or close cover use, hence my rating. To make the garment better suited to its name, the zip flaps need to be re-designed to face to the rear along with fabric zip pulls, and the hand-warmer pocket stitched to separate it into two pockets with a gap in the middle. I am sure that the Chinese manufacturer could apply these two simple changes fairly quickly and easily, thus turning the current three star smock into a five star item.  

  Patrick Chambers

Rated: 3/5

  10 of 32

  I love it! It's now one of my favourite items of outdoor clothing. Great cut, great quality, and very practical. I'm sorry I didn't buy one sooner.  

  John Clarke

Rated: 5/5

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