Särmä TST L3 Loft Jacket

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A very lightweight and packable loft jacket for thermal insulation. Lightweight and breathable polyamide with Climashield continuous fiber filament insulation. A fantastic little bundle of warmth and happiness, this is something you want to bring with you where ever you go.

  • Sized for wear over base/mid layers
  • Weight: 405 g (Medium Regular)
  • Pack size: 10x20 cm (Medium Regular)
  • Breathable and quick drying
  • Elastic cuffs and adjustable collar and hem
  • Long hem at the back
  • Articulated elbows
  • Zippered breast pocket
  • Materials:
    • Fabric: 100% polyamide
    • Insulation: Climashield Apex 67 g/m2

The L3 is primarily designed for wear as an insulating layer under your field jacket but also functions when donned over your other clothing as a quick means for extra warmth when pausing for a break in cold weather. Thus the simple design, very low profile and one single breast pocket on the left hand side, easily accessed after opening the front zipper of any jacket worn over the L3. The construction and insulating properties are comparable to a modern lightweight summer sleeping bag.

L3 - Insulation layer

The third layer of the Särmä TST clothing system, designed to be worn over a base layer of merino wool and under a field uniform or other outer shell. L3 garments come in two styles, unlined wind wear and lofty thermal wear with Climashield insulation. Lightweight, quick drying and highly breathable fabrics guarantee effective moisture management and great packability.

Take a sneak peek at our upcoming Särmä TST Clothing System here: Särmä TST Clothing System!

Pro-Tip: The L3 is also a clever choice if you want to extend the temperature range of a lightweight sleeping bag, just use it as a thermal pyjama! The materials and construction really serve this

High quality materials

Shell and liner: Calendered 60D, 58 g/m2 100% polyamide ripstop. Very lightweight, quick drying and really strong for such a lightweight material.

Calendered? Calendering is a process in which a fabric is hot pressed to seal it´s surface. The effect is basically the same when you use a lighter to burn the end of a cut piece of cord. The heat basically irons the tiny fibres flat thus making the fabric very windproof and somewhat moisture resistant. Calendering is a good alternative to PU-coating when you need added protection from wind and moisture but still want to keep the fabric uncoated for the best possible breathability.

Climashield Apex 67 g/m2 insulation. This is some of the best insulation there is, fantastic weight-to-insulation ratio and great performance even in wet conditions. Apex is a continuous fiber filament, this means it does not need any attaching stitching like you would find on common polyester or down loft garments. By eliminating these stitches we also eliminate possible cold spots, further adding to the insulating properties of the garment.

Sizing

Sized to fit over warm mid layer clothing without being tight but staying lofty enough to function as insulation. If you wish to use the L3 jacket over all your gear we recommend simply measuring your chest when wearing the gear in question and picking your size accordingly.

Varusteleka Särmä TST

Särmä TST is our own family of specialized military gear. All Särmä TST stuff is made in co-operation with Finnish military manufacturers, the most important thing for us is high quality MILSPEC grade materials and construction. This is kit that you can trust to really take a beating!

Sewn in Estonia

These are sewn in Estonia, by an experienced factory that has a long history of producing clothing for military, law enforcement and emergency services.

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4.25 / 5
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4.5/5
I would recommend for a friend
15.03.2017
I also own a similar model from Carinthia. Nearly identical in terms of function, super warm, and much cheaper than the competitors. Put it on over a t-shirt and within seconds you can feel the warmth it provides. Great cut - mediums are usually quite tight in the shoulder area, but the medium for this jacket fit me well, with enough room to move my arms about unrestricted. The only downside is the lack of pockets, but for a jacket this good, and at that wallet-friendly price, I can live without them.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
21.03.2017
Tilasin het! Vaikutti erittäin pätevältä villapaidankorvikkeelta, kevyempi ja kuivuu nopeammin, sekä menee pienempään tilaan.

Käyttökokemuksia kun saan raportoin lisää. Housutkin tulossa, mikä on erinomaista.

Kokojuttuja taas. Olen 193 cm ja painan 116 kg. XL-long oli juuri sopiva takin alla pidettäväksi, eli tämän alle mahtuu vielä Leka Merinovillahuppari XXL ja Leka Merinovilla T-paita XXL. Päälle sitten Leka Windproof Smog XXL-long. Kesällä huppari jää tietty reppuun ja tämä toppatakki varmaankin kotiin. Mutta toukokuussa otan molemmat mukaan Karhunpolulle Lieksaan.
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4.5/5
I would recommend for a friend
30.10.2017
Even if you dont want to subscribe to Varusteleka's SarmaTST layering system, this is a piece of gear which I would suggest making part of your layering setup for a backpacking trip in the wildnerness. This jacket functions on the same principals as a sleeping bag, working to create a cushion of insulated air to keep your upper body warm. The jacket itself is incredibly comfy. The poly-ripstop material the jacket feels like material sleeping bags are made out of. This is a good layer to keep either in the top of your ruck, or somewhere else you can easily get to it when you come to a stop and start to cool down. The jacket is also great to sleep in.

It is sized generously to fit over other layers, for example I have had no issues throwing this on over a plate carrier.

I would however suggest keeping it away from an open flame, or rolling up your sleeves when working around an alcohol stove. This will melt if exposed to high heat, but so will just about any high tech insulating layer jackets you can buy for 2x the price from a sporting and outdoor store.

This does not get a 5 star rating because it only has one pocket. It would be nice for a garment designed to keep you warm were to have hand-warmer pockets.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
09.11.2017
Mukavan yksinkertainen takki ja todella lämmin. Aivan loistava käytettynä tuulenpitävän kuoren alla, esim. smock-takki. Peittoaa helposti muut omistamani untuva ja tekokuitu lämpötakkini. Enemmän ajatuksia videolla: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTPqty2tO3g
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3.5/5
I would recommend for a friend
19.12.2017
Great jacket. I live in Finland but work in Norway and that´s a perfect situation to have this kind of thing. Fits anywhere and its super warm. I use it with a gore tex shell on and its perfect for travelling in the cold (I have tried in -5/-10). Downsides, I see loose threads here and there. I hope it doesn´t mean that it won´t last long. But we´ll see.


As almost every one I don´t give more stars because of: 1-just one pocket (quite big though), 2-the threads I see around


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3-the lack of "one hand" adjustments. Come on guys, I would pay a little extra for one hand tightener adjustments. That´s a must in any outdoor/military clothes.


UPDATE: Actually the jacket HAS one had adjustments. It can be only mine but they work so bad I tought it didn´t have. The plastic buckle is so tight that I feel I´m gonna break the cloth if I pull so hard so I finally use both hands. But... yeah, ok, it has one hand adjustments.

Honestly, I would invest a bit more and buy the Carinthia model. But if you can´t afford it, this one is a very good piece of cloth.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
01.03.2018
Great product. Warm and fits perfect under a shelljacket or smock, I would realy appreciate an even warmer option though as this insulation is a bit to little for use when the temperature drops under -10C. Also the jacket would benefit from some type of extra reinforcment as the outer layer zipper most likely will get stuck and tear the fabric If not carefull. All in all a great product though.
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2.5/5
I would not recommend to a friend
02.03.2018
Vetoketjut halvan oloiset ja takin kangas on jatkuvasti vetskarin hampaiden välissä. Koko potin kruunasi kun vetskari hajosi muutaman kerran käytön jälkeen kesken Lapin syysvaelluksen normaalisti päälle pukiessa. Kiva. Lisäksi irtonaisia langanpäitä näkyvissä eli se siitä viimeistelystä.

Kesämakuupussissa lisäeristeenä käytettynä osoittautui jostain syystä kylmemmäksi kuin level 2 merinopoolo. Jäin kaipaamaan myös niitä sivutaskuja. Takki osoittautui pettymykseksi ja meni palautukseen, propsit kuitenkin nohevasta toiminnasta vetskarin tuotevirhevastuun osalta.

Hinta monelle houkuttelevampi kuin esim. Carinthian tuotteissa muttei siltikään voita perinteistä brittisoftieta hinta-laatusuhteessa. Ihan ok takki perusperiaatteeltaan, mutta vaativammalle käyttäjälle suosittelisin mielummin Carinthian tai Arc'teryxin lämpötakkeja taikka budjettitietoiselle brittisoftieta.
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4.5/5
I would recommend for a friend
05.04.2018
Oma takkini on osoittautunut kestäväksi ja toimivaksi vaikka onkin ollut ihan sinänsä aktiivisessa käytössä nyt puolisen vuotta -> Tuomas R:n kohdalle lienee osunut se sitruuna =(

Arvostan sitä että lekan suunnittelu- ja toteutusporukka on osannut pitää päänsä kylmänä ja ko. takin käyttötarkoituksen kirkkaana mielessään, ja siksi on _aivan oikea päätös_ että tästä takista on jätetty pois mm.
-huppu
-sivutaskut
-velcropaikat tai muut typeryydet

Jokainen edellämainituista ominaisuuksista ennenkaikkea heikentää takin pakattavuutta, mutta myös lisää hintaa ja painoa tuomatta juuri lisäarvoa tilalle.

Parannusehdotuksena kuitenkin sellanen vetoketjun tuulilistan hiukan tukevampi "suojakagas" kuten esim. Carinthian LIGissä on, ehkäisee tehokkaasti kankaan hakeutumisen vetoketjun väliin jota nyt välillä pääsee tapahtumaan.
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