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The Norrona Lofoten Alpha proved itself a versatile cross between a shell and an insulated jacket, in our Austria on-snow test

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Overall Score
simple and effective design, great looks
more expensive than the similar Rab Microlight

A versatile jacket that can be used as either a shell or a mid-layer, the Lofoten Alpha uses Polartec Alpha insulation that is lightweight (480g), breathable, wind resistant and highly packable - it's pretty much a direct competitor to the Rab Microlight, in fact.

Indeed, the Lofoten Alpha even comes with similar minimalist features - three zipped pockets, a well-designed hood and comfy Powerstretch cuffs being about it.

The lightweight mesh liner feels great against the skin as does the soft, quiet face fabric, and if you're looking for one jacket for year-round alpine activities the Lofoten Alpha is right up there with the Rab Microlight - they're so similar in terms of design, performance and looks that you'll be making your decision based on whether you prefer down to synthetic insulation; and price, of course.

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