Haglöfs Cirque 2010

Haglöfs is a Swedish brand but the Cirque is designed for the British market. So it has the sort of features that allow it to stand up to yomping up Scottish Munros in all weathers. It is built around a Gore Pro Shell material as are many jackets here. But it is a notch lighter than many similar options thanks to a thinner version of the fabric. The full-length zip gets a double external stormflap to keep the worst of the weather out. There are four chest pockets plus two internal mesh pockets, and these are all well-designed to be accessed on the move with harnesses or rucksack belts on. You also get pit zips for added venting. The hood is particularly good as it has a wired peak, volume adjustment and fits over a helmet. The Cirque compares well with the best jackets here and is ideal in many ways for heading up and over British mountains at any time of year. But the Haglöfs Cirque’s price is creeping up compared to some others on offer. You don’t get the snow skirt that some jackets offer, although I doubt many walkers will require this anyway. You could save money and weight if you did not require the pit zips or so many pockets of course.

Outer 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability; extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s Cirque); XS-XL (women’s Cirque Q)
Weight 610g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 38

The Haglöfs Cirque n excellent new jacket that is at home in the wind and rain of British mountains; just a pity about the price tag.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010