Jämä Softshell Luhka

Jämä Softshell Luhka

Price 83.99 USD excluding VAT
In stock 17 pcs. Also available in our walk-in store.
This product has used and returned variations. Used are washed and unbroken. Heavily used are also washed but might be missing buttons, have tears, main zipper can be broken etc.

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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.

Material

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.

Care

Machine wash in 40 degrees Celsius when necessary. Hang dry.

One-size-fits-most

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, made in Turku

This product is NOT made here in Konala where we reside, but in Turku, 200 km West of here (it's still Finland). Manufacturer Turun Työkeskus ja Puvustamo. And the fabric is indeed surplus of clothing industry. Why don't they make Laplander cloaks from the surplus fabric by default?

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