Jämä Softshell Luhka
Essentially a short cape, in this case a bit water resistant! A compact, traditional alternative for protection from wind and light rain. Not a thin shower curtain, but made of soft and thick softshell material, almost like velvet! Rolls up to its hood and large enough to accommodate a small backpack underneath.
The good old "Laplander Cloak". The Luhka, or Luhkka, is an age old poncho style design that originates from the northernmost parts of Scandinavia. A simple and versatile piece of clothing developed by the indigenous peoples of the far north for outdoor work in a harsh climate. We got a batch of surplus soft shell fabric from a clothing manufacturer and decided to put it in use.
A clever little detail we added is the simple toggle button "cuffs". By closing these toggles a sort of sleeves are formed at the outer edges of the cloak. These help keep the luhka in place and prevents it from flapping around wildly, quite handy when doing any kind of work with your hands.
The hood and collar area are sized to fit regular head sizes. The head hole and collar are quite tightly sized so that they cover up your neck properly for wind protection. We made the hole just a tad larger than on the woolen version.
Softshell is tightly woven polyester in many layers, making it thick and wateproof in light rain. Specs:
- 100% 3-layer polyester
- Anti-static treatment
- Laminated (hidden inside the outer and lining fabric)
- Water resistance: 8000 mm
- Breathability: 5000 g m2/24h
Let's say it straight: this will not hold up in continuous moderate or otherwise heavy rain, but is more like a compromise between breathability and protection from the elements. The cape form helps with air circulation. We didn't opt for taped seams, those would have cost quite a bit more. However the way the seams are made is quite tight.
Machine wash in 40 degrees Celsius when necessary. Hang dry.
Since this is a poncho type cloak the only detail that is somewhat important when it comes to sizing is the hood. The hood is designed to fit "regular" size heads with a wool cap or even fur hat on. Bigger melons might be a tight squeeze with thicker headwear on.
Soft shell or woolen Luhka?
The main thing with the woolen Luhka is the combination on tradition, insulation and natural breathability. The softshell model is better suited against wind and rain - a bicyclist's raincape!
Jämä is upcycled surplus
Jämä is a Finnish word meaning leftovers or scraps. It’s also one of our house brands for equipment made from recycled or surplus materials. From time to time we accumulate stuff that doesn't sell well but is made out of outstanding materials. We've also got several capable seamstresses here, and the equation is pretty clear: cut that useless stuff apart and sew it back together to create something useful.
Because Finnish labour is one of the most expensive in the world, these are very simple, practical and rugged in design. Our development and prototype production remains in-house while most of the production is outsourced to Turku - still within Finland. Simplicity means strength: the fewer parts there are, the smaller the chance of breaking anything.
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