Haglofs Astral III Jacket Review 2016

Features

The Haglöfs Astral III carries Bluesign approval, which means it meets the standards for responsible sourcing of materials to protect the environment. It is made from Gore-Tex 2-layer fabric and has a loose lining for extra comfort. There are two main chest pockets plus a third smaller pocket higher on the body. Pit zips are provided and the hood gets a wired peak too. It is perhaps a little heavy at 646g. 4/5

Fit

The men’s sizes are S-XXL and the women’s XS-XXL. The jacket is about 5cm longer than some others we looked at, so it offers a little more protection to the bum. The hood has exceptionally good movement with the head, and the wired peak ensures clear vision. The sleeve movement is excellent without the cuffs or hem riding up. Overall a very good fit. 5/5

Comfort

The Haglöfs Astral III feels more comfortable than a 3-layer jacket as the outer fabric is a little softer and you get that soft, loose lining. The hood is also very comfortable around the head, and the cuffs are softly lined for increased comfort against the skin. I also like that there is an external stormflap over that front zip to keep wind and rain out. 5/5

In use

This is slightly heavier than others and as the fabric is so soft it may not be as tough as some other 3- layer designs; but for most users these are tiny drawbacks. The top chest pocket is a little annoying as it is too small for an OS map. Also the main pockets have a soft lining rather than a watertight sealed lining, so you need to be a little more careful about water entering the pocket and passing through into the jacket. 4/5

Value

This is very well-priced compared to others so it has to be good value, although higher-priced jackets bring additional benefits. RRP: £275. 5/5

Verdict

If you prefer a softer fabric for its comfort benefits the Haglöfs Astral III is a great option that is competitively priced. 4.6/5