Haglöfs Chaos

This general-purpose waterproof jacket is reasonably lightweight. It benefits from a mesh lining to add a little extra comfort and also makes it feel a great deal lighter than it actually is. The fabric has a good performance level too. There is a more length in the body of this jacket than some others, with the hem reaching the bottom of my bum. The front zip gets a double stormflap to keep the worst of the weather out. The hood is equally proficient at providing protection, thanks to good adjustment, a good fit and good movement. The peak is large and although not stiffened isn’t too bad. Movement in the sleeves is great too and ideal for most users. The two chest pockets can also be accessed while wearing a rucksack. So all looks good for general hill-walking. But you only get two external pockets (though at least they are big). Some other hoods are a tiny bit better, and other jackets are lighter too, but not by much. So lots of positives here that aren’t easily outweighed by the negatives.

 

Outer: 2-layer Gore-Tex
Inner: mesh
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Sizes: S-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight: 632g (size L)
Made in China
Stores in UK: no info provided

Verdict: A lightweight jacket that is comfortable and practical for general hill-walking.