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Fjallraven Expedition Pack Hood Review

This good-looking warm jacket features a nice style at a decent price
Fjallraven Expedition Pack Hood
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Price:  $275 List | $274.95 at Amazon
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Pros:  Warm, good features, stylish looks, cinched hood
Cons:  Heavy, compressibility
Manufacturer:   Fjallraven
By James Lucas ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 21, 2022
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  • Warmth - 30% 8.0
  • Weight - 20% 4.0
  • Water Resistance - 15% 5.0
  • Comfort - 15% 6.0
  • Compressibility - 10% 5.0
  • Features - 10% 7.0

Our Verdict

The Fjallraven Expedition Pack Hood provides solid warmth and a stylish Swedish look at a reasonable price. While far from being the best jacket for fast and light missions into the backcountry, it looks good at dinner after skiing, hanging by the campfire, and for walking around town in the evenings. It's reasonably warm, a bit heavy, fits a little large, is average in terms of compressibility, has some decent features, and comes at a good price. For a stylish jacket, the Fjallraven Expedition Pack Hood comes through.

Editor's Note: We added this new model to our fleet on August 21, 2022.

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Pros Warm, good features, stylish looks, cinched hoodIncredibly light, compact, warm for its size and weight, effective hydrophobic downLightweight, stylish, high warmth to weight ratioInexpensive, fully featured adjustabilityLightweight, inexpensive, excellent for layering
Cons Heavy, compressibilityNo hood cinch, no chest pocketExpensive, not super durableModerate warmth, noisy material, no internal zip pocketsNo hood cinch, no hem cinch, loses feathers
Bottom Line This good-looking warm jacket features a nice style at a decent priceThis high scorer offers high versatility, warmth, comfort, accommodation of movement, and light weightIf you are looking for a warm, light layer for a trip where ounces count, this is a great selectionThis down offers the warmth and quality of more premium choices at an approachable price pointA good basic and affordable lightweight down jacket for moderately cold temperatures
Rating Categories Fjallraven Expediti... Mountain Hardwear G... Arc'teryx Cerium SL... MontBell Superior Down REI Co-op 650 Down...
Warmth (30%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
Weight (20%)
4.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Water Resistance (15%)
5.0
6.0
5.0
4.0
3.0
Comfort (15%)
6.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Compressibility (10%)
5.0
9.0
10.0
8.0
7.0
Features (10%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
Specs Fjallraven Expediti... Mountain Hardwear G... Arc'teryx Cerium SL... MontBell Superior Down REI Co-op 650 Down...
Down Fill 700-fill goose down
90% down/10% feather
800-fill goose down 850-fill goose down 800-fill goose down 650-fill goose down
Total Weight 17.3 oz 8.5 oz 7.6 oz 8.7 oz 10.4 oz
Baffle Construction Sewn-through baffles Sewn-through baffles Sewn-through baffles Sewn-through baffles Sewn-through baffles
Main Fabric 100% nylon 10D ripstop nylon 100% nylon 10D nylon 100% nylon
Compression Method Stuff sack Zips into pocket Stuff sack Stuff sack Zips into pocket
Pockets 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest 2 zippered hand 2 zippered hand 2 zippered hands, 1 internal 2 zippered hands, 1 internal
Hoodless Option? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Fjallraven Expedition Pack Down Hoodie provides a stylish Swedish look but lacks the backup. The 700-fill down jacket is a solid solution for those needing warm, around-town or apres wear at a reasonable price.

Performance Comparison


Fjallraven Expedition Pack Hood down jacket - the fjallraven expedition pack hood provides some quality fashion to...
The Fjallraven Expedition Pack Hood provides some quality fashion to the down jacket game.
Credit: James Lucas

Warmth


Fjallraven stuffed the Expedition Pack with 700 CUIN (90% goose down, 10% feather) insulation. They placed a bit of synthetic down in the shoulder areas to keep it slightly more weather resistant, which also helps with the warmth. Walking around the Colorado Front Range and hanging out at 9,000 feet in the South Platte felt reasonable in the piece, which sits a bit on the heavy side.

Fleece lines the hood's zipper, allowing for a soft fit against the face when the jacket needs to be fully closed. The drawcord on the side of the jacket's hood also allows the hood to come in tight against the face and further block wind. The cinchable waist kept the jacket snugged onto the body and prevents heat from escaping. The warmth-to-weight ratio of this jacket isn't amazing. It's a bit on the heavy side, but it certainly allows for heat to be trapped inside, resulting in a warm jacket.

Weight


Our size medium weighed in at 17.3 ounces, making it one of the heaviest jackets in the review. This stylish piece offers decent warmth for the weight though it is a heavier jacket. For going out in cold weather, this piece will serve well. However, for those heading into the backcountry as opposed to around-town wear, lighter options are available.

Fjallraven Expedition Pack Hood down jacket - the jacket felt a bit bulky but provided a solid layer of warmth.
The jacket felt a bit bulky but provided a solid layer of warmth.
Credit: James Lucas

For those looking for a good-looking jacket, where you don't need an ultra-light backcountry piece or a heavy feature-laden garment, this jacket is one to be considered.

Water Resistance


The Expedition Pack Down Hoodie uses a DWR (durable water repellent)on the nylon outer shell to keep moisture out. In the light rains of the Rocky Mountains, the jacket did a reasonable job of keeping moisture out, but when the rain started to really fall, the jacket soaked through, as is often the case with down. Fjallraven reinforced the shoulders with synthetic material as opposed to down, but that only helped in light precipitation.

If you spend significant time in wet environments or there's a storm coming, the DWR on this jacket won't suffice, and you'll want to consider either bringing a shell or getting an outer layer that can better stand up to heavy storms.

Comfort


This jacket felt fairly comfortable to our testers. It has a longer athletic fit, which our climber tester liked. The sleeve length on the size medium fit more than a 5'10" wingspan, and the elasticized cuffs did a decent job of keeping the jacket from rolling up the forearms when our testers put their hands above their heads. The cinch cord at the waist kept the jacket down.

The jacket itself feels longer than most of the other models, nearly hitting the top of the thigh for our shorter torsoed testers. Overall, it fits well, though it's far from a performance fit. It generally fit larger than the other models in this review. For our testers who like the wrapped-in down feel, this jacket hits the mark.

Fjallraven Expedition Pack Hood down jacket - the hood of the jacket fit nicely and the jacket has a long cut.
The hood of the jacket fit nicely and the jacket has a long cut.
Credit: James Lucas

Compressibility


The Expedition Pack Hood zips into the interior pocket. It's one of the largest jackets when zipped, and it has a one-sided zipper making it both difficult to close and to open. In terms of compressibility, this jacket fared average. Though it fits into the pocket, which was a nice addition, it felt bulky and difficult to stuff.

Fjallraven Expedition Pack Hood down jacket - zipping into a jacket instead of a stuff sack adds convenience but...
Zipping into a jacket instead of a stuff sack adds convenience but the Expedition Pack Hood made a large package compared to the other models.
Credit: James Lucas

Features


The Expedition Pack Down Hoodie has standard features, including a cinchable hood and an exceptionally high collar. It also features fleece lining on the inside of the hood, an upper zipper, two large zippered handwarmer pockets, and an internal pocket, which the jacket can stuff into.


This jacket boasts a decent amount of features, and they don't a ton to the weight. For hikers or climbers looking for something more specialized, there are better jackets, but for everyday winter wear, this jacket is more than adequate.

Fjallraven Expedition Pack Hood down jacket - the fjallraven has a great casual down jacket look and feel.
The Fjallraven has a great casual down jacket look and feel.
Credit: James Lucas

The hood cinches down well, and the fleece around the zipper makes the jacket feel nice on our skin. The pockets are well sized, and the interior pocket provides nice additional storage.

Should You Buy the Fjallraven Expedition Pack Hood?


The Fjallraven Expedition Pack Hood has a simple design, and a stylish look, and comes at a reasonable price. While not specialized in any way, it provides warmth for early morning dog walks, heading out after climbing, or cozying up at a campfire after a long hike. While it is warm and stylish, it falls toward the bottom end of performance, and does not present the highest value.

Fjallraven Expedition Pack Hood down jacket - the fjallraven has a great casual down jacket look and feel.
The Fjallraven has a great casual down jacket look and feel.
Credit: James Lucas

What Other Down Jackets Should You Consider?


This jacket falls in the same price range as many others in our fleet, yet it offers lower performance. If you're after something in a similar price range that offers exceptional performance, we recommend the Patagonia Down Sweater or Rab Microlight Alpine. If you have a bit more to spend, the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer/2 is our first choice, as it excels in all metrics and is lightweight.

James Lucas
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