The Haglöfs Bungy Q Zip Hood is a lightweight yet durable fleece that has all the features you’d want for winter walking, scrambling and mountaineering. It’s made from Polartec Power Stretch, which gives light (342g, size UK12) but warm insulation, wicks sweat quickly and provides excellent freedom of movement for all cold-weather activities. The tighter outer weave has some wind resistance while the inner is soft, comfy and warm next to the skin. The arms are long enough to reach for scramble holds and the thumb loops fit well, with a more durable, low-bulk soft shell section under the thumb making for a close, comfy fit that also helps retain heat nicely. The two side pockets are high enough to access when wearing a hipbelt, while the smaller arm pocket is handy for lipsalve or an iPod. There’s a hem drawcord to complete the neat fit, and there’s an easily adjustable hood – the best here for all head shapes and sizes. Better still, when you pull the elastic tight it forms a small peak at the forehead for further protection from the elements. The Bungy Q Zip is also Bluesign-certified so you know it meets high environmental and health and safety standards.
Pockets 2 side, 1 arm
Material Polartec Power Stretch
Thumb loops yes
Men’s version yes
The Haglöfs Bungy Q Zip Hood is an excellent, fully adjustable, warm yet lightweight fleece with all the right features. Perfect for the hillwalker, scrambler and mountaineer, it won our ‘Best in Test’ accolade.
Review by Claire Maxted
First published in Trail magazine October 2012