Haglöfs Rival (2013)

The Haglöfs Rival is a new jacket that is made from Gore-Tex Paclite, which is lightweight and durable but does tend to display condensation a little more than other forms of Gore-Tex. Its low weight has allowed the Rival to be 3cm longer in the body than many other jackets in our test. The basic design is similar to others with an exposed water-resistant front zip providing the main opening, and this benefits from an internal stormflap to keep leaks under control. You then get two large chest pockets that are placed high on the body so you can retain good access to their contents even when wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt. These pockets are mesh-lined to provide extra venting, but that does mean they will allow water through the jacket if it enters the pocket, so it’s not the best option for the wettest of weather. Movement in the sleeves is particularly good with this jacket, meaning the cuffs and hem don’t ride up easily when scrambling. The hood gets a wired peak and a great fit to allow it to move very easily with the head, and it’s certainly one of the best hoods in this test. All that for 306g (size L) is superb, but I’d prefer better condensation management from the fabric.

Fabric Gore-Tex Paclite
Lining none
Men’s sizes XS-XXXL
Women’s sizes XXS-XXL
External pockets 2
Stowable hood no
Side/pit zips no
Weight 306g (size men’s L)
Website www.haglofs.com

 

Verdict

The weight and features of the Haglöfs Rival are ideal for most hillwalkers, although the mesh pockets and fabric aren’t the best for staying really dry and comfortable.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2013