The Haglöfs Lim Ultimate multi-activity jacket makes good use of the Gore-Tex Paclite fabric by capitalising on its benefits of being very light and packable. So the jacket has just one pocket and minimal seams. It gets a full-length zip unlike its lighter stable mate, the Oz Pullover. That full-length zip allows the Lim Ultimate to be more effectively vented. The hem drawcord helps keep the draughts away from the body, while thumb loops and elasticated cuffs help lock out draughts up the sleeves. The movement in the sleeves is excellent, so the hem or cuffs don’t ride up when scrambling and being bent over handlebars. 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 an excellent piece of kit for travelling light if you prefer a full-length front zip rather than a lighter smock design. But the Haglöfs Lim Ultimate multi-activity jacket has no reflective piping and the hood cannot be secured at the collar. Mesh pockets would help condensation control. The only pocket you get won’t take a map easily, and the cuffs don’t have Velcro adjusters. There is more condensation than with Gore Pro Shell for example. Haglöfs’ Oz Pullover is a lighter option that would also be ideal for multi-activity use.
Outer Gore-Tex Paclite
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
Verdict: The Haglöfs Lim Ultimate multi-activity jacket is a superb jacket for travelling light, but it has drawbacks for true multi-sport action.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009