Craft Storm Jacket Review
Before we dive into the specifics of the Storm Jacket by Craft, let’s take a closer look at the Cross Country style skiing.
The sport that this item is mostly designed for. Cross Country style of skiing. And as suspected, the origins of the sport are really attributed to the Sami people in the northern parts of Scandinavia. Yup, they were the first recorded people that used the primitive version of this sport, and back in the 10th century Norway, when one of the Kings of this country would send his servants to collect taxes from the people wearing wooden skis. Hunters that hunted wild game, explorers in the Arctic cycle, also used this sport as a way of transportation. But today it’s a source of transportation of the resilient Scandinavians, a recreational past-time and as a much-beloved sport. And in fact, the Norwegians still excel at it.
But for now, let’s take a closer look at the Strom Jacket. A specialized jacket for a cross country type of skiing which is made by the Swedish company Craft. What are the specifics regarding this item? What are the pros and cons? And what can be said about this particular jacket? Is it a worthy purchase? Find out in the review below. Hope you’ll like it. The model and the review.
Very smooth and pleasant
The sleeves are pre-shaped
Made with reflective tapes
The front panel of the synthetic fabric is made to be an excellent provider of windproof protection, while the small elastic fabric in the back of the item allows you to have better management of your body temperature. And why is this important? Well, because the cross country type of skiing< is done out in the open in often extremely cold temperatures.
The front panel blocks the cold wind at the front of your body, while the elastic on the back will regulate the temperature changes to your body. Think about it. You’re outside. Out on the freezing temperatures. You’re skiing and on top of that, you’re sweating. The mixture of sweat and cold air can be damaging to your body, and every little thing helps.
The adjective best describes the overall feeling of the entire model and frankly is an excellent term to describe the fit itself. Why? Because the comfortable fit is very much helped by the ergonomic design of the jacket and because of the sleeves, that are pre-shaped. We’ll get to the design a bit later, but the pre-shaping of the sleeves is an actually brilliant idea.
By tightening and pre-shaping of the sleeves, the amount of air (cold air) that penetrates to the arms is limited and what you’ll be left is a sense of warmth and comfort. And it’s easy to understand why this was done. Cross country type of skiing is a sport that involves heavy use of arm muscles, and because of that, the pre-shaping of the sleeves is actually genius.
The Ergonomic design of the entire model. But what does the word Ergonomic mean? Well, it’s a specific applied design that maximizes the productivity of one person by reducing the discomfort. The entire jacket does that. It reduces the discomfort in order for you to have the best possible performance while on those skis. The sleeves 9which are pre-shaped) offer additional comfort and freedom in your movement, while the brushed interior of the model, offers plenty of warmth.
Luckily for you, Craft knows how to minimize the discomfort and to offer you better results. And although the use of the synthetic material in the making of the jacket is a great option, the smaller details like the pre-shaping of the sleeves and the ergonomic design of the entire model really pack a punch in the overall functionality.
Cross country style of skiing is a sport that’s been practiced out on the open and in the harshest weather imaginable, so any type of protection is greatly welcomed. Sure the synthetic material, the elastic placed in the back of the model and the brushed interior of the actual jacket really helps with the protection from the cold weather. A hood is lacking just to reinforce that protection to the top of your body, but a small and very practical neck guard is present. But there’s also a second type of protection, and it’s the type of protection that could eventually save your life in a tricky situation. Yes, we’re talking about the reflective prints (with strips and tapes) that are placed all over the jacket.
The reflective print is actually visible in the dark, and in much of the poorly lit environment and will come in handy if you accidentally get lost in such environment. By wearing the mode, you’ll become much more visible and therefore protected from any unwanted accident.
The Scandinavians are well known for their minimalism, and the model really shines that simplicity through every inch. But if you take a closer look at the style, you may notice that some additions are omitted here. Additions like a hood for example. Yes, this particular model lacks a proper hood, and despite the fact that the style is based on the much beloved Flex fleece type of jackets.
By limiting the washing of the item, you can actually preserve the garment and the actual environment (section borrowed from the Company’s instructions). Before washing the model with mild soap and very lukewarm water in your washing machine, try and close all of the zippers that are attached on the surface. Also, when putting it in the washing machine, flip the item inside out, and wash it with other colored items. Never mix this model with clothing that’s exclusively white. Remove the garment immediately after the cycle is done, and the item is clean, and whatever you do not tumble dry it.
Try to dry it on the open air, as the tumble drying can also damage the materials.
Things like a front panel that’s a windproof and elastic panel at the very back that regulates the body temperature when exposed on such harsh weather conditions. The model lacks a hood, but the dropped hemmed is there to offer protection to the bottom part of the jacket, while the neck guard offers some protection to the top part. Oh and the ergonomic design and the sleeves that are conveniently pre-shaped for you allow you to have better movement, better efficiency, and much better performance while still being warm and protected.
This a great jacket that is sure to become your favorite piece of clothing regardless if you’re a fan of the cross country style of skiing or you’re looking for a great model for your next hiking trip.