Haglöfs Bivvy Down Hooded (2017)

Features

The insulation is 700 fill power down with a water repellency treatment. This is combined with a Pertex Classic Eco shell that is Bluesign-approved for its eco performance, and the shoulders and sleeves get extra reinforcement. The hood has drawcords but the cuffs are elasticated without Velcro tab adjusters and this is not quite the lightest option. So not quite the best spec, but still good. 4/5

Fit

The Haglöfs Bivvy Down Hooded offers a wide size range: XS-XL for men and XXS-XXL for women. The size L fitted me well, with a slightly scooped tail that protected my bum better than others. The hood drawcords worked well to allow the hood to fit and move with my head easily. The cuffs fitted me – but you may need extra adjustment, which this jacket does not have. 4/5

Comfort

The Haglöfs Bivvy Down Hooded does not quite have the cuddly, cosy feel and warmth of some other jackets, but it is warm enough for milder winter conditions. The chin area does not have a big patch of soft fabric either. But you are getting a water-resistant down and more wear-resistant shoulders and sleeves, so this should maintain comfort slightly better than some. 4/5

In use

This is not quite the lightest or the warmest but you could stash it in a rucksack and carry it on the hill quite happily. The hood is great; and while cuff adjustment would be nice, a pair of gloves will ensure warmth in this area. The outer is relatively durable and the down is water-resistant – useful features for the hill-goer. Not perfect, but pretty good. 4/5

Value

Small details lift the Haglöfs Bivvy Down Hooded above the lower-priced jackets, so it is reasonable value and you have to pay more to get worthwhile benefits. 4/5

Verdict

The Haglöfs Bivvy Down Hooded is a good all-round hill-goer’s jacket. It does not offer the lowest weight or the absolute best features, but it is a good overall package. It won Trail’s ‘Approved’ award. 4.0/5

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2017