The Haglöfs Roc High is made from new Gore-Tex Pro so it is top of the league in terms of waterproofness and breathability, and it is a reasonably good weight too at 492g (size men’s L). But what really sets this jacket apart is the features and their design. Firstly it is slightly longer than the lightest jackets we looked at, but still not as long as the heavier options. There are two main chest pockets, plus a third small pocket on the sleeve. The two chest pockets are a good size, but they are Napoleon-style, so you cannot warm your hands in them for example, while the arm pocket is very small. There are good pit zips for venting the jacket and the shoulders are seamless to ensure there is no chafing when wearing a rucksack. There’s also a section of material at the chin that has laser-cut holes so you can breath through it when the jacket is fully battened down. The hood gets a wired peak, and it fits and moves with the head really well. All the Haglöfs Roc High’s features are well-designed and mountaineers may love those Napoleon pockets, but this is a lot of cash for the feature set you are getting. The weight is good, but there are lighter jackets at lower prices if that is your priority, while there are also jackets with better pockets at lower prices too.
Weight 492g (L)
Fabric 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro
Men’s sizes XS-XXL (Roc High)
Women’s sizes XS-XL (Roc High Q)
External pockets 3
Can hood be rolled down? no
Side/pit vents yes
The Haglöfs Roc High’s features are all well-designed and great for the mountaineer, but the price tag is not appealing when compared to other jackets and Napoleon pockets are not as advantageous as other pocket designs when not mountaineering.
Review by Graham Thompson
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