The 2117 of Sweden Vindeln is a comfortable and semi-technical softshell that comes at a really budget friendly price. This is a great piece for those skiers on a budget, especially for those who only get out skiing several times a season. It has decent waterproofing, okay breathability, and a few skier specific features that will make your day on the mountain that much better.
2117 of Sweden Vindeln Softshell Jacket Review
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The 2117 of Sweden Vindeln has a 12k/5k waterproof and breathable layer that is okay for a softshell. Often softshells don’t have a high amount of waterproof tech, so seeing 12k is actually pretty good. This is just above the industry standard and enough to keep you dry on moderately wet days. It wouldn’t be my first choice for really wet days, but for an entry level budget friendly jacket, it’s actually really good. The only disappointing thing is that breathability is only 5k. Softshells tend to breathe much better than hardshells, and often that is the draw. So with 5k breathability, the Vindeln isn’t on par with most softshells, and won’t breathe extremely well.
Warmth: The 2117 of Sweden Vindeln is an insulated softshell. It’s unusual to see a softshell with insulation, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing to see. Sometimes people really want a softshell, but they find they aren’t warm enough. This gives you the best of both worlds. Unfortunately the downside is that breathability suffers. But, if you want the soft comfortable feeling of the softshell with the warmth of moderate insulation, the Vindeln delivers.
Fit: The 2117 of Sweden Vindeln fits pretty well. It’s slightly on the small side, but I found that the medium was actually just about perfect for my size. The shoulders are plenty broad, and arms are plenty long. The length is pretty standard.
Features: The 2117 of Sweden Vindeln is a mix of casual around town jacket, and semi-technical ski jacket. It has decent waterproofing, and a number of skier specific features that are great for the resort. It does have a contoured hood, although it’s not great over a helmet. There is a pass pocket on the upper arm, two hand arming pockets, and a pocket on the inside. WE would like to see some pit vents, and a powder skirt, but these aren’t necessary on the snow.
Bottom Line: The 2117 of Sweden Vindeln is a casual around town jacket that could also be used at the resort. It’s an insulated softshell that is comfortable, but lacks the breathability you typically see with a softshell jacket. It is decently waterproof though, and could work well in light snow. It’s not an overly technical shell, but it has just enough tech and features to get you out on the snow. It would be great for those who like the comfort of a softshell, but want some waterproofing and insulation, and care less about breathability. It does come at a budget friendly price that would be good for skiers who only get out a few times a year.