I am a huge fan of that foxy Swedish brand Fjällräven and have been using one of their field jackets for over a year now, the Skogsö.
First off fabric choice makes or breaks a garment and if the main component is not up to scratch then the item simply fails. In a market dominated by synthetic materials it is at least somewhat refreshing to see brands using cotton, albeit a blend in this item however. Moreover the garment treatment is wax based and not PFC based (per-fluorinated compound treatments) so less chemicals…
Back to the Skogsö though and its a hip length trekking jacket with two hand pockets and two chest pockets with a slightly thicker fabric on the shoulders which helps prevent wear from rucksacks and providers further protection from the damp. The body is in a lighter G1000 material (the name Fjällräven gives to their blended cotton polyester) the idea of this is to improve breathability where you get hottest. G1000 is very wind resistant and the lack of pit zips means you will get pretty hot if you are hiking in warmer conditions with this jacket and this is compounded by the lack of a wicking liner found in some other ‘soft shell’ like jackets. So the Skogsö is to be taken off in warmer conditions or when you are working hard. If you find yourself heating up quickly then perhaps a thin synthetic wind jacket is more appropriate but then you are not very well protected from abrasion and on longer trips I do prefer my garments to be a little tougher.
I find the fit of the Skogsö to be spot on with its longer arms and body its also able to accommodate a mid layer in colder weather.
The hood on the Skogsö is great and it features a good peak.
I find the jacket comes into its own when moving through overgrown brush as the G1000 fabric protects the user amazingly well from thorns and the addition of cotton in the weave means there is less of a fire risk when stood around a fire from spitting wood showering you in embers.