Scandinavian brands are world-renowned for creating high quality weather-proof clothing, so we’ve brought together our top eight Scandinavian brands for you to consider. For some, we’ve highlighted particular jackets, and for others we just want to draw your attention to the brand overall to help you find what you’re looking for.
Ilse Jacobsen Rainwear
The Ilse Jacobsen range focusses on beautiful, feminine designs, but they’ve also put plenty of work into ensuring their clothing is comfortable, durable and seriously waterproof.
Their soft-shell raincoats offer quality materials (often polyester and cotton or polyester/elastine combinations with patented Teflon coating). Oversized sleeves together with cuffs that extend beyond the wrists allow for easy movement and comfort, while high button-up collars and adjustable hoods make for comprehensive weather protection. Choose between full length or three-quarter, both of which offer great coverage without being restrictive.
66 North – the Skalafell Jacket
Founded in 1926, Iceland, 66 North has strong credentials when it comes to weather-proof gear. They make jackets like the Skalafell – a great windproof, waterproof all-rounder. It’s great for low temperatures but also has high breathability making it suitable for warmer weather activities too. The design is simple and it only has two pockets (a potential downside for hikers) but it’s a fantastic option overall.
Stutterheim – Unisex Rain Jacket
Swedish brand Stutterheim focusses on good quality raincoats that not only keep you dry but also keep you looking fashionable. While we have to acknowledge that they’re not as stylish as the Ilse Jacobsen range, we love their unisex rain jacket for it’s simple, unobtrusive design. Navy in colour and with white details (snap buttons, hood strings and lining), it’s made of 70% cotton and 30% polyester and will go with anything.
Haglöfs – Boa
Founded in 1914, Haglöfs is now the largest supplier of outdoor gear in Scandinavia. Their Boa softshell menswear jacket is lightweight and comfortable, making it suitable for sports, outdoor activities or general everyday wear. Made of 90% Nylon and 10% Spandex, this is a simple zippered top that hides a tucked-in hood and has a wind flap and chin guard to protect from the cold. It doesn’t have a great deal of length to it, and is more of a general protective layer than a heavy-duty rainwear option, but represents great value for a simple all-weather jacket.
Tretorn – Erna Women’s Raincoat
Established in Sweden in 1891, Tretorn is manufacturer of the Erna Women’s Raincoat: a comfortable waterproof overcoat with an adjustable hood, a medium-height collar and elastic cuffs (including thumbholes, which you’ll either love or hate). It comes in a range of vibrant colours including fuchsia, yellow and white.
The more recently-established WeSC brand began in 1999 and offers a modern take on traditional weather-proof gear. Influenced by snowboarding and skateboarding, we recommend checking them out if you’re looking for casual styles and genderless, modern designs.
Fjällräven – Women’s Greenland Parka
Fjällräven, from Sweden, specialise in outdoor gear for hiking and camping. Their Greenland Parka is a standout for women – it’s a heavy winter jacket that offers significant weather resistance when it comes to rain, cold, and UV. It is bulky compared to some of the other options here, but is nevertheless a quality option. You’ll find it available in navy, red, black and more.
Ocean/Abeko – The Bella Raincoat
Danish brand Ocean/Abeko have created a stylish range of raincoats from soft, durable, carefully-tailored materials (the Bella is 100% polyester, 100% waterproof and seriously light-weight). We particularly love this coat because it makes for easy travelling – the flexibility and lightness of the material means it can be folded up for your suitcase (or your backpack if you’re hiking) without adding bulk and weight. What’s more, it’s machine-washable which can make things easy when you’re tired and ready to relax after having been out enjoying the day!
The important thing is not to let bad weather spoil your enjoyment of the great outdoors. Instead, think about the features that will suit your needs, and use this list of quality brands to choose a jacket that’s just right for you. Scandinavian brands offer quality raincoats for kids, woman and men so that everybody can enjoy the best in protection from the elements.