The Haglöfs Pelamis is made from Gore Windstopper, which is an extremely popular soft shell fabric, particularly for more general use on and off the hill. The fabric comprises of a Windstopper membrane sandwiched between a stretchy, abrasion-resistant soft shell outer and a softer inner for insulation. The fabric is not classed as waterproof but it does resist water very well and it is the seams that leak rather than the fabric in general use. To help improve condensation control you get a pair of very long pit zips so you can vent condensation out of the jacket, and as the pockets are mesh-lined they also allow increased airflow to the body. The two hip pockets are large enough for OS maps and are also suitable for handwarming. There is an additional chest pocket with a mesh lining and this is ideal for a GPS receiver or compass. There is no hood so you’ll need a hat when it does rain, but as this is a great jacket for climbing and scrambling, when used for this application much of the time you would be wearing a helmet anyway. In addition, the Haglöfs Pelamis’ more general design makes it ideal for casual as well as general hill use.
Material Gore Windstopper soft shell
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s Pelamis Q)
Weight 600g (size men’s L)
The Haglöfs Pelamis is the best choice for general use among the soft shells jackets we looked at.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2012