Särmä TST L3 Loft Jacket
A very lightweight and breathable loft jacket with Climashield insulation. Packable enough to fit right in your trousers cargo pocket. Designed for use as an insulating mid layer under your regular field jacket, can also be used as an outermost layer during static breaks or other light activities.
- Relaxed fit, sized for wear over base/mid layers
- Breathable and quick drying
- Elastic cuffs and adjustable collar and hem
- Long hem at the back
- Articulated elbows
- Zippered breast pocket
- Weight: 405 g (Medium Regular)
- Pack size: 10 x 20 cm (Medium Regular)
- 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 look at our 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
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.
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.
Särmä TST is Varusteleka's own in-house brand of clothing and gear designed for military and law enforcement end users. Our clothing and equipment are made in co-operation with a number of experienced manufacturers with a strong background in producing clothing and gear for military and law enforcement officials, most notably for the Finnish Defence Forces. For further reading check out the Särmä TST corner of our website.
Särmä TST products are covered by a 12-month warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. For further information please read our detailed warranty guide.
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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does not recommend
Michael B. Varusteleka employee 15.03.2017 (Edited 08.05.2017)
Timo V. 21.03.2017 (Edited 22.03.2017)
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.
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.
Linus S. 09.11.2017
Ignacio N. 19.12.2017 (Edited 09.04.2018)
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
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.
Viktor S. 01.03.2018
Tuomas R. 02.03.2018 (Edited 02.03.2018)
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.
Markus P. 05.04.2018
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.
-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.
Jari L. Varusteleka employee 29.08.2018
At this point, Särmä TST L3 Loft Jacket is the dearest piece of garment we have in the assortment for me, and it is an integral part of my EDC kit. The jacket is lightweight, packs into small space and offers a warm and fluffy feeling for the user. Looks pretty smart on its own so works well as a lightweight loft jacket even in an urban environment. In a woods, Särmä TST L3 Loft Jacket truly shows its performance. Works well as an extra layer during breaks and as a mid-layer during the colder weather. Combining Särmä TST L3 Loft Jacket, trousers and Särmä TST Thermal cloak I have slept well in quite cold conditions. Every time I go into military exercises, I carry loft jacket in my webbing. Jacket fits nicely in general purpose pouch, where it can be easily accessed when needed.
Tish T. 17.09.2018 (Edited 20.09.2018)
james l. 04.11.2018 (Edited 05.12.2018)
2. The zippers are ok but nothing special and not double row stitch.
*******(UPDATE 11/15) upgrade to 3.5 stars
I wore this jacket a bit in moderately cold weather on the range and woods in mid 20's F. with only T shirt under. The insulation is good and never felt cold. and its stopped wind very well. It is warmer than my previous comperable jacket that uses primaloft insulation.
As long as you dont need large pockets I would now recommend this jacket. It would make good insulation layer under a hardshell.
******(update 12/4) downgrade back to 2.5 stars
After two hunting trips with one near 0'F in Maine the insulation is good but lack of pockets very annoying.
The zippers are SHIT. they are already hanging and getting sticky. Real outdoor gear use #8 to #10 zippers not this cheap crap. And why are the zippers set like female clothing on the opposite side.
Ive already ordered a wild thingsgear jacket like the one I used in the Military to replace this jacket.
Marcel N. 29.01.2019
Con's: material is not velcro friendly. I have a pair of Mechanix gloves with velcro closure which damaged both cuffs significant over 2 days. The main zipper is also a concern, you don't want to be in a rush :-). Sometimes it's sticky and make sure it doesn't get stuck on the fabric.
Monte G. 23.02.2019 (Edited 23.02.2019)
Oon-Kwee P. 24.05.2019
Two suggestions for the next version: a means to attach a hood (I dislike built-in hoods), and a small rectangular stuff sack to allow this jacket to be used as a pillow.
For folks who want a slightly tougher jacket with two pockets and a beefier zipper, take a look at Wiggy’s Sweater with Lamilite insulation (old name for Climashield).
Barry N. 21.06.2019 (Edited 11.07.2019)
Update: I did get a second one and I was surprised by the differences between the gray and green versions. The gray version has a better double slider zipper allowing you to vent the bottom of the jacket. It seems a somewhat better/stronger zipper too. The green version has a semetrical hem drawcord, but the adjustments are well placed at the front. I might rate the green version 4.5 stars that zipper might get replaced.
Chris K. 26.08.2019 (Edited 26.08.2019)
The complaint about the zippers is understandable. The zippers are really small and maybe not the best choice, but they work so far.
The other complains here about the zipper being on the "wrong" side (female-zippers in the US) is definitely not a real issue. All zippers in Europe are made this way and that's something to get used to very easy (like the metric-system).
Roger M. 03.11.2019
Warm and puffy, packs down nice. Elastic cord locks on the hem and elastic bands for the wrists are a must-have to keep the cold out. Sometimes I wear this jacket even when it's 50 degrees F (not cold really and not something you need a puffy jacket for) just because it's so comfortable.
I see other reviewers taking away stars because they say the jacket only has one pocket... but I don't understand this because Varusteleka tells you that right from the start on the product info section. If they tell you there's only one pocket and you decide to buy it anyway, it's not fair to them to take stars off your review.
Anyway, if I had a complaint, it's the damn main zipper. Feels very low quality, catches and gets stuff often. I feel it will completely fail one day then I'll be left with a jacket that can't zip, making it useless. To the folks at Varusteleka: let's see an updated model with some Kroko or YKK zippers, at least for the main zip!