Haglöfs Lim Ultimate 2008

The Haglöfs Lim Ultimate is a modern classic lightweight jacket. The simple design with minimal seams saves a lot of weight, while the slashing of features and the use of Gore Paclite fabric shaves a few more grams. You do get some good features though such as a full-length front zip and a hem drawcord to keep draughts out. There is just one chest pocket, rather than the usual pair. The movement in the sleeves is excellent so the hem or cuffs don’t ride up when scrambling for example. There are thumb loops on the sleeves too so that the wrists are well-protected in wet weather. The hood is a fixed design with a small peak and a good, close fit and movement thanks to an external volume adjuster and face drawcords.  This is a classic that remains a winner for lightweight fanatics. But the Haglöfs Lim Ultimate’s only pocket won’t take a map easily, which is annoying. Also the cuffs are elasticated rather than Velcro-adjustable. The use of Gore Paclite means you will get more condensation than if Gore-Tex Pro Shell had been used, for example.

Outer Gore-Tex Paclite
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight 268g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided
If you are on a weight diet, the Haglöfs Lim Ultimate is a superb jacket; but as with all lightweight waterproofs there are drawbacks.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008