Alf runs us through the pros and cons of Norrona Lofoten's top end salopette offering
Norrona Lofoten Ace RRP £749
Given the price, you’d expect a hell of a lot of ski pant here – but what you get is actually relatively little, at least in terms of weight. The Lofoten Ace comes in at 840g and as such provides very little insulation (break out the heavy duty long johns) but that’s just the point – they’re designed to be super-light and breathable as well as being incredibly durable.
Norrona claim that ‘we could not even cut [the fabric] with regular scissors when making the prototype at the RD&D lab.’ And I couldn’t cut through our test pair with a reasonably sharp knife, so one thing you are getting for your money is a pair of ski pants that should last a very long time.
Featuring Gore-tex Pro fabric throughout, the Lofoten Ace also comes with three different bib options; a powder skirt, a regular zip off with suspenders and a full-on, tight-fitting vest with an asymmetrical zipper and a transceiver pocket. They’re designed to match with the equally expensive Lofoten Ace jacket, which we’ve also reviewed.
Beneath the bib you get large Velcro waist adjuster along with generously-sized belt loops, a small hand pocket plus phone pocket and two cargo pockets, all with water resistant zips.
Other essential features include snow gaiters, cuff reinforcements to protect against ski edges and inside leg ventilation with mesh backing. The fit is quite loose and the metallic appearance of the fabric is cool, modernist and makes you look like you mean business. Apparently Norrona had no other choice of colour as the fabric is so strong and durable it’s impossible to dye!
FOR Bomb-proof build, all the essential features, lightweight, great looks
AGAINST No insulation plus the price – ouch!