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AT Magazine reviews the rugged Jottnar Hymir smock

jottnar hymir male digital blue
Overall Score
Excellent build quality, rugged good looks
Smock style won’t appeal to everyone

Okay, not everyone will like the smock style of the Hymir, mainly because it’s more hassle to get on and off than a regular jacket, but if smocks are your thing you’ll love it.

Build quality is great, but that doesn’t mean the Hymir is heavy or bulky – quite the opposite, in fact, since it’s made from three-layer Polartec Neoshell fabric, which is the lightest Polartec fabric available.

As well as being light the Hymir is also breathable, waterproof, windproof and very packable – it comes with its own zippered stuff sac (with carabiner loop) that is no bigger than a paperback book.

The helmet-compatible hood works brilliantly, giving great protection and vision thanks to the mix of wire stiffened brim, mouldable peak and easy adjustability. Below this is a half-length YKK Aquagard water-repellent zip which allows decent venting when unzipped.

Clearly this won’t be as good as a full-length zip in terms of ventilation, but it does help keep the weight down, which is a primary consideration in the Hymir’s design. Pit zips would have aided with ventilation too, but also increase the weight.

There’s one large, harness-compatible zippered chest pocket which will comfortably and conveniently hold an OS map, Velcro-adjustable cuffs and a drawcord- adjustable drop rear hem, and all-in-all this was our favourite shell and one that anybody considering buying a smock should take a look at.

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