(The Gear Loop) - Scandinavian outdoors specialist Klättermusen is revered for its cutting-edge mountain equipment, designed and built to withstand the harshest environments and rigorously tested by some of the most adventurous folk on the planet.
However, its latest range of jackets, pants and hoodies are a little less technical and a tad more Tik Tok as the brand moves from clothing to tackle the elements, to clothing that can handle a swanky SoHo party.
According to the brand, the "re-envisioned pieces" have been borrowed from the performance equipment line-up, but "elevated into a broader purpose". To dig deeper, the latest range balances functionality with material innovation, but "dismisses all boundaries sometimes faced when developing unique fabric blends".
Take the 103 Katla Hooded Wind Jacket, for example, as this wind breaker is made from 100 per cent organic Katla cotton, and boasts a special close-knit weave structure that ensures it is breathable but blocks out wind and resists ingress from rain… an organic Gore-Tex, if you will.
It’s also features a ripstop construction, to ensure it can handle the mean streets (and mountains), while an abrasion-free interior comes courtesy of sealed outside seams that make it comfortable against the skin. It costs £320.
If a full-on wind breaker isn't your cup of tea, there’s the Alfsol Half Zip Hoodie, which is made from a heavy, 320g organic cotton and comes with equally chunky ribbed cuffs and bottom hem, as well as an eye-watering price tag of £260.
Finally, the Ivalde Pants have been inspired by some of the technical climbing and snow pants found elsewhere in the Klättermusen range. These tear resistant leg protectors are made from a unique cotton soft-shell fabric with seer-sucker construction and a high-wicking fleeced interior for added comfort. Expect to part with £280 for those.
To ramp up the lifestyle credentials some more, the Scandinavian brand turned to ultra-hip underground clothing retailer SlamJam and photographer Rory Griffin, who also edits Orienteer Mapazine (arguably the Vice Media of the outdoors world), to assist in its imagery.
Gorpcore gone mad or multi-functional masterpieces? We’ll let you decide on that one.