I love the Haglöfs Oz Pullover jacket for travelling light when staying dry is going to be an occasional preference, rather than an all-day essential requirement. Its tiny packed size and tiny weight mean it can easily be stashed in a rucksack, just in case those dark clouds turn to rain. Also its minimalist design makes the most of the fabric, which is designed specifically to be light and packable, hence the name Paclite. To keep that weight down the jacket is a smock design with minimal features. But you do get a hem drawcord plus elasticated cuffs to keep draughts out. There is one pocket on the chest too that is okay for a small item like a compass. The hood is a fixed design that has excellent movement and it provides great protection. Use it for travelling light and it is ideal. But when the rain comes down the Haglöfs Oz Pullover’s short style, the lack of pockets and the soft, flexible fabric are drawbacks. Firstly you need overtrousers immediately. There is nowhere to stash maps or warm your hands. Condensation soon builds up inside the fabric too. The hood peak is large and soft, and can easily obscure the view in windy weather. So it’s great until the weather is really bad. It’s also a high price compared to similar jackets.
Outer Gore-Tex Paclite
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight 184g (size L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 40
Verdict: If weight is your number one priority then the Haglöfs Oz Pullover is the perfect jacket, but for the price you could get better features.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009