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An outdoor classic from 1968

While developing his tents, Åke Nordin had gathered a number of different test fabrics from across the world that were piled up in his basement. One day, not long before he was going to head out on one of his countless mountain treks, he happened to see a roll of olive green tent material. The supplier had praised the fabric’s durability, but Åke did not think it was right for his tents. It was too heavy to make a lightweight tent, which was his goal. He un- rolled some of the material and felt it. The tight weave of cotton and polyester was both waterproof and breathable. He pulled a little on the fabric. It did seem to be undeniably strong. He placed the roll on his back and carried it upstairs to the sewing machine in his apartment.

After his successes with the Greenland expedition in 1966 and following long conversation with expedition team members Hasse Hellström and Per-Åke Sjöman about equipment and clothing, Åke had begun to seriously consider making a jacket for mountain climbing. Drawing on Hellström’s knowledge in the area, he sketched a pattern for a functional jacket to be worn when on vertical walls of rock. He put two large pockets on the chest, one for maps and one for cigarettes.

He reasoned that side pockets were unnecessary since mountain climbers often wear a harness and therefore would not be able to access them. He started pumping the pedal on his Singer and watched as the needle strenuously moved across the strong fabric. He sewed a hood into the collar that would follow the movements of the head. The jacket was given the name Greenland Jacket and immediately became a favourite among climbers and, after a few modifications, for general outdoor life in forests and fields. Today the jacket is just as popular, although most people have realised that there are much better uses for one of the breast pockets. A compass, for example.

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  1. Greenland Jacket

    Greenland Jacket

    Classic outdoor jacket that will withstand wind and wear for many years. Six pockets and a...
    £185.00
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  2. Greenland Winter Jacket

    Greenland Winter Jacket

    Classic jacket with warm lining that will withstand wind and wear for many years. Six pock...
    £240.00
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  3. Greenland Winter Jacket W

    Greenland Winter Jacket W

    Durable jacket in G-1000® with straight cut and warm pile fleece on the inside. Fixed hood...
    £235.00
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  4. Greenland Jacket W

    Greenland Jacket W

    Classic outdoor jacket that will withstand wind and wear for many years. Six pockets and a...
    £175.00
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  5. Kids Greenland Winter Jacket

    Kids Greenland Winter Jacket

    Classic hip-length, straight winter jacket. Outer fabric in durable G-1000® with pile lini...
    £120.00
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  6. Greenland Down Jacket

    Greenland Down Jacket

    Classic down jacket in durable G-1000 Original with fixed, well-fitting hood. Hip-length m...
    £395.00
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  7. Greenland Down Jacket W

    Greenland Down Jacket W

    Classic down jacket in durable G-1000 Original with fixed, well-fitting hood. Hip-length m...
    £405.00
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  8. Kids Greenland Down Parka

    Kids Greenland Down Parka

    Down parka for kids in durable G-1000 with insulating, high-quality down padding Detachab...
    £170.00
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  9. Greenland Winter Parka

    Greenland Winter Parka

    Long parka in durable G-1000 Original with warm teddy-pile lining. A timeless design with ...
    £290.00
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  10. Greenland Winter Parka W

    Greenland Winter Parka W

    Long parka in durable G-1000 Original with warm teddy-pile lining. A timeless design with ...
    £290.00
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  11. Greenland Parka Light W

    Greenland Parka Light W

    Unlined, long parka version of the classic Greenland Jacket. Made from durable G-1000 with...
    £190.00
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  12. Greenland No. 1 Down Jacket

    Greenland No. 1 Down Jacket

    Timeless down jacket in G-1000 Eco with contrasting colours and leather details. Fixed hoo...
    £400.00
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