Taking the 66° North Snæfell shell jacket for a spin in the Lake District

Taking the 66° North Snæfell shell jacket for a spin in the Lake District

by Ollie Cox
3 min

Hold tight gorp gang, there’s a fresh eco fabric on the block. 66° North has launched an updated Snæfell shell jacket, bringing some new materials into the mix with the help of Polartec. The new version of the Snæfell updates the shell jacket with Polartec® Power Shield® Pro plant-based waterproof fabric technology, offering some environmentally conscious protection. 

Given that it is named after the largest free-standing mountain in Iceland and designed with a range of weather conditions in mind, it felt only right that the jacket, and all its new technology, was put to the test.  And, if there’s one place in the UK where you can guarantee you’ll get rain, sunshine, and banging views, it’s the Lake District. So we left London behind, jumping on the train and swapping grey for green as we switched the city for some clean countryside serenity. When we arrived at Another Place Ullswater, the double denim was ditched, along with London’s once-in-a-blue-moon nice weather.

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Waterproofs on, we got straight into the wild, getting out onto the trails dodging puddles, scaling stiles, spotting sheep and having a laugh as the rain lashed down. We put the jacket through the ringer for two days of hikes and cold dips in Ullswater, where the jacket’s technical features including a newer stretcher fabric, and adjustable hood offered us protection while out in the sticks. 

For the second day of our trip, we kicked off bright and early with a cold plunge into Ullswater Lake, blowing off the cobwebs before setting off on the second day on the trail. This time the sun showed its face with a side of howling winds, where this crazy concoction showed 66° North’s versatility in the British countryside, the mountains and fishing ports of Iceland, and the UK rail networks (we had to head back to London straight after the walk).

While we advocate leaving the city and taking in some fresh rural air when you can, we couldn’t help but think about the impending round of festivals that are being thrown around our group chats, and the need for waterproof clobber that it entails. Anyway, with festival season fast approaching, if you fancy swapping calm and tranquillity for a mega few days in a field with your mates listening to music, the Snæfell jacket has you sorted for that, too.

The Snæfell has already carved a name for itself with its banging mix of breathability and protection from the elements. It has already won both the ISPO Outdoor Award and the Scandinavian Outdoor award, and with this new fabric, it’s more breathable and responsibly made than before.

The updated Snaefell jacket arrives in both men’s and women’s cuts, aligning with 66° North’s positioning across the outdoor and lifestyle space under the creative direction of Kei Toyoshima, who brings experience from across the menswear sector to the Icelandic label’s pioneering technology-centred approach. This new take on the Snæfell is the latest product in the brand’s mission to connect its wearers to nature through its products by lessening its environmental impact with the inclusion of conscious materials courtesy of Polartec®. 

The 66° North Snæfell Jacket with Polartec® fabrics is available now via the 66° North website, and select retailers.  

Cover Image: @danikm

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