The next jacket we have for review is top end Norrona offering, the Lofoten Ace. Take a look
Norrona Lofoten Ace RRP £899
The Ace is easily one of the most expensive ski jackets we’ve ever reviewed, partly because Norrona say that it’s the first jacket ever to use the newly developed Gore-tex Pro fabric with Vectran fibres, which is virtually indestructible. You can’t cut through it with scissors, so a few brushes against rocks, chairlifts and irritating French skiers in lift queues will pose no problems at all.
The Ace is also extremely light (650g) as well as waterproof and windproof, although it offers no insulation, and it will appeal to riders who are serious about their freeriding and touring.
From the top, you get a helmet compatible, fully-adjustable storm hood, soft chin protector, two large chest pockets with integrated goggle wipes, key card pocket on the left sleeve, small, zipped internal pocket and a large front chest vent along with large pit zips (all zips are water resistant). The cuffs are Velcro adjustable and have hand gaiters and the hem is single-hand adjustable, whilst the powder skirt can be zipped off.
All of these are pretty standard features on any ski jacket, of course, so what you’re paying so much for is effectively a very lightweight shell made from an extremely durable fabric that also happens to look very cool. The grey metallic colour is non-negotiable since the fabric is, according to Norrona ‘so strong and durable it was impossible to dye’.
Just one small final point - the jacket I tested was in Large, which is my normal size, but I found it quite tight around the chest so you may want to go up a size, especially since you’ll invariably need to layer up beneath the Ace.
FOR Rugged, great design, great looks
AGAINST Very expensive