A Guide To Fjallraven G-1000 Fabrics
The G-1000 material is widely used through Fjallraven’s product line, from backpacks to jackets & trousers. It is a densely woven fabric comprising of 65% polyester and 35% cotton. If used with Fjallraven’s Greenland Wax it is suitable for a variety of weather conditions and with the correct care will last for many years to come.
A slightly lighter version of the original G-1000 offering greater flexibility. To increase durability, the G-1000 Lite features an added rip-stop tread construction to increase it’s resistance to tears. Lightly waxed to offer protection against light wind and rain.
The G-1000 Air has taken warmer climate trekking into consideration with an unwaxed lightweight material that has a looser weave for optimum airflow. However this does mean that the material is no longer resistant to wet and windy weather or mosquitos.
A sustainable version of G-1000 made from recycled polyester and organic cotton, instead of the regular polyester and cotton. This has the same appearance, and all of the quality and durability of the Original G-1000, but is more environmentally friendly.
As of 2015 all new products developed with G-1000 will now use the eco version, however any of the classic styles that were designed years ago will carry on using the G-1000 Original.
Made from a mixture of beeswax and paraffin, Greenland Wax is the perfect partner for your G-1000 garment.
Although most of Fjallraven's G-1000 garments come pre-waxed it is still a good idea to know how to re-apply and care for you product as through wear and wash the wax will need topping up.
How To Wax G-1000
By adding Greenland Wax to G-1000 you can increase the wind resistance and water repellence of the material making it suitable for the occasional shower.
*Note Greenland Wax will only offer water resistance and not waterproofness.
Follow the guide on how to wax your G-1000 item in three easy steps.
Step 1: Applying the wax
Take the block of Greenland Wax and rub it against the fabric in long, thin, strokes leaving behind even layers of wax. Some pressure will be needed when applying, but not so much that the movement becomes jerky.
Step 2: Add some heat
Using an iron or hairdryer on a low to moderate heat, melt the wax into the fabric. This should be done using long and even strokes. The melting point for Greenland Wax is around 55-60ºC / 131-140ºF so try to keep the temperature around this point as we don’t want the wax to get runny.
Note - If using an iron, don’t forget to wipe off after use before ironing other garments.
Step 3: Repeat
This step isn’t always necessary, but if you want to make the fabric even more water repellent , repeat steps 1 & 2 several times. This can be a good idea for exposed sections of a jacket, such as the hood or shoulders.
If waxing an item with down or synthetic insulation the use of a hairdryer is recommended to warm the wax and prevent damaging the filling. For down fill items you can also use a tumble dryer on low heat.
If a garment has been stored for a period of time you may need to reactivate the wax, this can be done by applying low heat. The heat will draw the wax from the fabric and you should notice the difference straight away.
*Please be aware that the Greenland Wax should only be used on G-1000 materials, and not on any synthetic materials.
Quick waxing tips for jackets.