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2009

66 Degrees North Askja Light Jacket review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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The Askja Light Jacket from 66 Degrees North is designed to provide unsurpassed warmth for the area where it was designed – the edge of the Arctic Circle. 66 Degrees North was founded on the latitudinal line that marks the outer rim of the Artic Circle on the western side of Iceland.

The 66 Degrees North Askja Light Jacket, borrows its name from a stratovolcano located in a remote part of Iceland. This region of Iceland is dry as a bone since it receives just a small amount of rainfall per year. The Askja Light Jacket has a similar rain-repelling design.

The jacket is constructed using Polartec fabrics that repel water. The Polartec fabrics make the Askja highly wind resistant. According to Polartec, the materials used in the jacket blocks the wind 4 times more effectively than traditional fleece. Of course, the jacket is breathable since it is a fleece and wicks away moisture quickly.

The torso sides of the jacket and the inner arms are made of a stretchable fabric. The fabric gives the Askja Light Jacket a true-to-form fit and the flexibility needed for vigorous winter activities.

The jacket is ideally used as a mid layer during the bitter winter days on the slopes. 66 Degrees North has designed the jacket to also be used by itself for chilly fall and spring days. The jacket performed admirably as a mid and outer layer. The Askja kept the wind out and the heat in as outerwear even in temperatures in the mid-30's.66_degrees_north

Two zippered pockets are on the outside of the Askja. Keep them unzipped to increase ventilation. The fit of the jacket can be adjusted by a draw cord at the hem.

Distinctive to its Icelandic heritage, the 66 Degrees North Askja Jacket provides great warmth as a mid layer and also by itself as outerwear. The Askja is available in standard sizes from XS to 3XL and has an MSRP of $192.  

 
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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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