Founded in Sweden in 1960, Fjällräven first brought its classy waxed-canvas outerwear to North America in 2009. In the Abisko, the company pairs its trademark fabric on the shoulders and front with a soft shell on the back and sides to create a unique, versatile jacket.
While the leather zipper pulls lend the Abisko a note of casual, urban style, it performs surprisingly well on the trail. The Greenland-wax-infused, tightly woven canvas sheds rain and blocks wind extremely well, while stretchy synthetic material in the rest of the jacket strikes the perfect balance between protection and breathability.
Bottom line: A great combination of style and performance. 1 lb
I had been monitoring the swells in Fiji for a few years, when, in June 2012, the conditions aligned and I could tell the waves were going to be massive. The swell built during the day and the wind dropped, then switched offshore.
It was a lucky day for the big wave surfers who'd come from all over the world and rode the best conditions Cloudbreak had ever seen. I was fortunate to score a jet ski and was able to position myself in the best spot to capture Reef McIntosh as he stormed through a gigantic barrel.
TOOLS: Canon 1D Mark III, 70-200mm f/4L, 1/1000 second, f/4. ISO 320