Haglofs Roc Spirit womens Jacket Review 2016

Features

This jacket features Gore C-Knit backer, which makes it lighter, more breathable and softer than standard Gore-Tex, though not as robust as Gore-Tex Pro. Pit zips add ventilation, and articulated sleeves improve the comfort. There are two OS map-sized pockets and one inner, which takes a smartphone. The hood has a wired peak and a soft, elasticated strip of fabric that helps stop water getting in and heat getting out.    5/5

Fit

Women’s comes in sizes XS-XL, men’s in XS-XXL. The neat cut allows for a warm layer underneath and is nicely fitted at the arms. The back gives good bum protection too, though it rides up a bit at the front when reaching. The helmet-compatible hood moves well, though not perfectly, with the head; and the elasticated ribbon of fabric beneath the peak is snug too. 4/5

Comfort

Thanks to the soft C-Knit backing (the inner layer of Gore’s 3-layer laminate system), the Haglöfs Roc Spirit feels very comfortable on, easy to move in and less plasticky next to the skin. Though breathability levels are technically the same as Gore-Tex Pro, because of the way the membranes work it feels a bit warmer – but the pit zips provide good ventilation. 5/5 

In use

Some jackets are designed for tough, higher-level mountaineering, while others focus on lighter-weight comfort, while locking out the elements. The Haglöfs Roc Spirit falls into the latter category. The material is soft, quiet, light and moves flexibly while still providing durable waterproof protection, which will be comfier in warmer conditions than others. All important features are present too, making this a good choice for year-round hillwalking. 5/5

Value

The price is high but you benefit from an excellent fabric, good features and extended use through the year. RRP £330. 4/5

Verdict

The Haglöfs Roc Spirit  is well-featured and very comfy. Not as tough as some, but a good choice for year-round hillwalking. 4.6/5

Haglofs Astral III Jacket Review 2016

Features

The Haglöfs Astral III carries Bluesign approval, which means it meets the standards for responsible sourcing of materials to protect the environment. It is made from Gore-Tex 2-layer fabric and has a loose lining for extra comfort. There are two main chest pockets plus a third smaller pocket higher on the body. Pit zips are provided and the hood gets a wired peak too. It is perhaps a little heavy at 646g. 4/5

Fit

The men’s sizes are S-XXL and the women’s XS-XXL. The jacket is about 5cm longer than some others we looked at, so it offers a little more protection to the bum. The hood has exceptionally good movement with the head, and the wired peak ensures clear vision. The sleeve movement is excellent without the cuffs or hem riding up. Overall a very good fit. 5/5

Comfort

The Haglöfs Astral III feels more comfortable than a 3-layer jacket as the outer fabric is a little softer and you get that soft, loose lining. The hood is also very comfortable around the head, and the cuffs are softly lined for increased comfort against the skin. I also like that there is an external stormflap over that front zip to keep wind and rain out. 5/5

In use

This is slightly heavier than others and as the fabric is so soft it may not be as tough as some other 3- layer designs; but for most users these are tiny drawbacks. The top chest pocket is a little annoying as it is too small for an OS map. Also the main pockets have a soft lining rather than a watertight sealed lining, so you need to be a little more careful about water entering the pocket and passing through into the jacket. 4/5

Value

This is very well-priced compared to others so it has to be good value, although higher-priced jackets bring additional benefits. RRP: £275. 5/5

Verdict

If you prefer a softer fabric for its comfort benefits the Haglöfs Astral III is a great option that is competitively priced. 4.6/5

Haglöfs Roc High (2013)

The Haglöfs Roc High is made from new Gore-Tex Pro so it is top of the league in terms of waterproofness and breathability, and it is a reasonably good weight too at 492g (size men’s L). But what really sets this jacket apart is the features and their design. Firstly it is slightly longer than the lightest jackets we looked at, but still not as long as the heavier options. There are two main chest pockets, plus a third small pocket on the sleeve. The two chest pockets are a good size, but they are Napoleon-style, so you cannot warm your hands in them for example, while the arm pocket is very small. There are good pit zips for venting the jacket and the shoulders are seamless to ensure there is no chafing when wearing a rucksack. There’s also a section of material at the chin that has laser-cut holes so you can breath through it when the jacket is fully battened down. The hood gets a wired peak, and it fits and moves with the head really well. All the Haglöfs Roc High’s features are well-designed and mountaineers may love those Napoleon pockets, but this is a lot of cash for the feature set you are getting. The weight is good, but there are lighter jackets at lower prices if that is your priority, while there are also jackets with better pockets at lower prices too.

Weight 492g (L)

Fabric 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro

Lining none

Men’s sizes XS-XXL (Roc High)

Women’s sizes XS-XL (Roc High Q)

External pockets 3

Can hood be rolled down? no

Side/pit vents yes

Website www.haglofs.com

Verdict

The Haglöfs Roc High’s features are all well-designed and great for the mountaineer, but the price tag is not appealing when compared to other jackets and Napoleon pockets are not as advantageous as other pocket designs when not mountaineering.

Review by Graham Thompson

Just missed out on being in Trail magazine November 2013

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Haglöfs Orion II (2103)

The Haglöfs Orion II is designed as a versatile, general-purpose trekking jacket so it has the standard layout of two base pockets and a chest pocket. But it is slightly shorter than some other jackets such as the Craghoppers Kiwi, Berghaus Hurricane or Lowe Alpine Teton and the result is not only less weather protection but also that access to the base pockets while wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt is severely compromised. The chest pocket is accessed from the top, which is usable, although it’s a little tricky getting smaller items out compared to a more conventional side-entry chest pocket. The design of the sleeves is very good though as the hem and cuffs don’t easily ride up when scrambling. Also there is a double stormflap over the main zip, to keep out driving rain that can seep through unprotected water-resistant zips. The hood can be zipped off, but it cannot be rolled into the collar, so when removed it needs to be stashed in the internal zipped pocket. The hood is a good close fit though and the stiffened (but not wired) peak is pretty good too. The Haglöfs Orion II is a Gore-Tex jacket with a mesh and polyester lining, so it is very comfortable, but on the hill the short body length and pocket access are not so ideal.

Weight 658g (size men’s L)

Fabric 2-layer Gore-Tex

Lining mesh and polyester

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes XS-XXL

External pockets 3

Can hood be rolled down? no

Side/pit vents no

Website www.haglofs.com

Verdict

The Haglöfs Orion II is very much a general-purpose jacket with a good hood, but on the hill other jackets offer more practical design details like longer length and better pocket access.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2013

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Haglöfs Rival (2013)

The Haglöfs Rival is a new jacket that is made from Gore-Tex Paclite, which is lightweight and durable but does tend to display condensation a little more than other forms of Gore-Tex. Its low weight has allowed the Rival to be 3cm longer in the body than many other jackets in our test. The basic design is similar to others with an exposed water-resistant front zip providing the main opening, and this benefits from an internal stormflap to keep leaks under control. You then get two large chest pockets that are placed high on the body so you can retain good access to their contents even when wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt. These pockets are mesh-lined to provide extra venting, but that does mean they will allow water through the jacket if it enters the pocket, so it’s not the best option for the wettest of weather. Movement in the sleeves is particularly good with this jacket, meaning the cuffs and hem don’t ride up easily when scrambling. The hood gets a wired peak and a great fit to allow it to move very easily with the head, and it’s certainly one of the best hoods in this test. All that for 306g (size L) is superb, but I’d prefer better condensation management from the fabric.

Fabric Gore-Tex Paclite
Lining none
Men’s sizes XS-XXXL
Women’s sizes XXS-XXL
External pockets 2
Stowable hood no
Side/pit zips no
Weight 306g (size men’s L)
Website www.haglofs.com

 

Verdict

The weight and features of the Haglöfs Rival are ideal for most hillwalkers, although the mesh pockets and fabric aren’t the best for staying really dry and comfortable.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2013


Haglöfs Endo (2012)

The Endo is part of Haglöfs’ Intense Series, which is designed for ‘high pulse’ activities such as biking and more specifically running, and to that end the jacket is minimalist to keep the weight down. The material is Gore Active Shell, the current popular and well-proven lightweight and breathable version of Gore-Tex. The fit is closer than others, which is ideal for running and biking, while the thumb loops in the cuffs provide a good weather-resistant barrier. The back is scooped slightly to protect the bum a little more, while freedom of movement in the sleeves is exceptionally good, especially considering the closeness of fit of the jacket. The Haglöfs Endo has just one pocket, but that is enough for biking and running as it can be used for a folded map, compass or GPS. The hood on the Endo fits well and moves well with the head, but it has a large unstiffened peak, so it cannot be reshaped when deformed by packing or the wind. Also it has not been designed to be rolled down and secured at the collar, so you have to stuff it inside the collar to prevent it flapping about in the wind between showers.

Weight 318g (men’s L)
Fabric Gore-Tex Active Shell
Lining none
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes XS-XL (Endo Q)
External pockets 1
Roll down hood no
Side/pit vents no
Website www.haglofs.com/en-us

 

Verdict
The Haglöfs Endo’s fabric and design of the body and sleeves are ideal for running, biking and fast and light hiking, but the hood could be better for all these activities.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2012


Haglöfs Endo jacket 2011

The big news in waterproof fabric this autumn is the release of Gore-Tex Active Shell, which is signalled as being WL Gore’s most breathable waterproof fabric. Haglöfs is featuring the fabric in its new Endo jacket, which looks set to challenge the dominance of the brand’s popular Oz and Ozo jackets
Gore-Tex Active Shell is a 3-layer fabric that’s extremely breathable, but it also it manages to control condensation really well when it does appear. It’s also very thin and soft, so it feels great on.
Gore-Tex Active Shell is also very lightweight, so you won’t mind packing the 310g of a men’s size L Endo into your rucksack.
The Haglöfs Endo is more of a fast and light jacket owing to the simple design and the relatively close fit, which hugs the body more than others here. Rather than a pair of massive pockets, you get just one small chest pocket, which is okay for stashing a GPS receiver, phone or compass in, but not a lot else.
The front zip has no external stormflap but you do get an internal baffle with a gutter design to funnel away any water that gets through the zip.
There’s a neat, soft chinguard to prevent the zip from catching your skin, and thumbloops at the cuffs give a closer fit and stop the sleeves riding up.
The Haglöfs Endo jacket’s hood has a large, unstiffened peak and a volume adjuster cord at the back. But the peak cannot be remoulded to a smooth curve as there is no wire stiffening to shape it. So, while the hood fit and movement are good, a wired peak would allow you to see better in a storm.

Price £220
Weight 310g (men’s L)
Fabric 3-layer Gore-Tex Active Shell
Lining none
Men’s sizes XS-XL
Women’s sizes XS-L
External pockets 1
Wired hood no
Contact (01539) 822595; www.haglofs.se

Features 3
Design 3
Comfort 5
Performance 4
Value 4

Gore’s Active Shell is a great fabric, but I’m not sure the Haglöfs Endo jacket is the best use of it – unless you like the small pocket and unstiffened hood peak.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2011


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


Haglöfs Ozo Pullover 2010

The Haglöfs Ozo Pullover multi-activity jacket weighs 212g (size L); simple design improves breathability; short front zip for venting and minimal weight; thumb loops; small chest pocket; hood with volume adjuster; reflective patches. But Gore-Tex Paclite can become very sweaty compared to other materials; hood does not roll to collar so not ideal for biking or running; only one small pocket so can’t warm hands.

The Haglöfs Ozo Pullover is an excellent light walking jacket, but a rolldown hood, more pockets and better condensation control would make it better.

First published in Trail magazine November 2010


Haglöfs Lim Ultimate 2010

Gore-Tex Paclite’s main benefit is that it is packable and lightweight, as the name suggests. So to optimise these benefits it makes sense to create a minimalist design, and the Haglöfs Lim Ultimate does just that. So the jacket has just one pocket and minimal seams, thus the weight is low and the packability good. It gets a full-length zip unlike its lighter stablemate, the Haglöfs Oz Pullover, and this longer zip means it can be more easily vented, which is a real advantage. To keep draughts out there is a hem drawcord and also elasticated cuffs with thumb loops. The hood has a peak and volume adjuster, and provides a good fit and movement. The whole jacket in use allows good freedom of movement without obstructing vision or impeding activities like climbing. This is a great lightweight jacket if you prefer a full-length front zip rather than a lighter smock design and don’t need many pockets.  But the only pocket you get with the Haglöfs Lim Ultimate is easily accessible but it won’t take a map easily and of course there is only one pocket so you cannot warm both hands for example. Gore-Tex Paclite does suffer from condensation build-up more than other fabrics, which is a real drawback. The Haglöfs Oz is a lighter option if weight is your main priority.

Outer Gore-Tex Paclite
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 34-44 (women’s)
Weight 268g (L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided

The Haglöfs Lim Ultimate is a superb jacket for travelling light, although it lacks some features offered elsewhere,

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010


Haglöfs Route 2010

The Haglöfs Route general-purpose jacket is made from Gore-Tex Performance Shell fabric, which is not quite as good as Gore-Tex Pro Shell, but it still provides reasonable performance. There is a mesh lining for added comfort too. The front zip gets an external stormflap to keep the rain out, and there are two chest pockets that can be used to warm the hands. These pockets also take a map with ease. Movement in the sleeves is good too, and so the body works well for general hill-walking. The hood can be removed with a zip if it not needed. The hood has a good fit and good movement, plus a large unwired peak. The body is slightly longer than some jackets, so although not as long as some would like, it does offer a little more protection than many jackets. But there are lighter jackets around that offer better performance than the Haglöfs Route. Gore-Tex Pro Shell would offer more breathability too, and the hood would be even better with a wired peak. Some may prefer if it could be rolled into the collar too. The price tag does seem a little high considering the features provided, so better value is available elsewhere.

Outer Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Inner mesh lining
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 654g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided

The Haglöfs Route is a reasonably good jacket for walkers, however better fabrics and performance do exist elsewhere for less.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010


Haglöfs Cirque 2010

You only have to think about Volvo and Saab cars to realise that Sweden is famous for products that are built to last while providing supreme performance and comfort.
So when the Swedish outdoor brand Haglöfs gets its head down to create a jacket for the British hill-walker, you’d expect it to be tough and practical.
The new Haglöfs Cirque jacket is designed specifically for the British hill-walker who thinks nothing of battling through rain while rubbing shoulders with mud, scree and rock. So it comes with all the bells, whistles, tweaks and tucks that you’d expect.
It’s made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell, which is well-established as a proven performer thanks to its high levels of waterproofness and breathability. More importantly, there’s reinforcement at the shoulder, sleeves, back and hips so that the jacket does not wear out when used with harness or rucksack straps.
But for me the big ticket features are the four chest pockets, which allow maps to be stashed or hands to be warmed. The two main pockets take an OS map easily, while the two Napoleon pockets are a notch small for a map, which is shame, but they are still ideal for stashing guidebooks, compasses or GPS receivers on the move.
The other great feature is the hood, with its deep wired peak. It enabled me to wear this jacket in strong, wind-blown rain and still see where I was going – something that is essential on a typical British mountain day.
There are a host of other great features here too, including pit zips and a double stormflap over the main zip. Perhaps as you would expect from a Swedish brand, all these features work well and this jacket really does do what it says on the label. But, as you can see from the price tag, such quality does not come cheap.

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
Stockist details – tel. 0845 602 7343; www.haglofs.se

The Haglöfs Cirque is designed for the British hill-walker and it is ideal for the kind of conditions that the British hills throw at you – if you can live with that rather steep price tag.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2010





Haglöfs Oz Pullover 2009

I love the Haglöfs Oz Pullover jacket for travelling light when staying dry is going to be an occasional preference, rather than an all-day essential requirement. Its tiny packed size and tiny weight mean it can easily be stashed in a rucksack, just in case those dark clouds turn to rain. Also its minimalist design makes the most of the fabric, which is designed specifically to be light and packable, hence the name Paclite. To keep that weight down the jacket is a smock design with minimal features. But you do get a hem drawcord plus elasticated cuffs to keep draughts out. There is one pocket on the chest too that is okay for a small item like a compass. The hood is a fixed design that has excellent movement and it provides great protection. Use it for travelling light and it is ideal.  But when the rain comes down the Haglöfs Oz Pullover’s short style, the lack of pockets and the soft, flexible fabric are drawbacks. Firstly you need overtrousers immediately. There is nowhere to stash maps or warm your hands. Condensation soon builds up inside the fabric too. The hood peak is large and soft, and can easily obscure the view in windy weather. So it’s great until the weather is really bad. It’s also a high price compared to similar jackets.

 

Outer Gore-Tex Paclite
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight 184g (size L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 40

Verdict: If weight is your number one priority then the Haglöfs Oz Pullover is the perfect jacket, but for the price you could get better features.

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009


Haglöfs Lim Ultimate 2009

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
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

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


Haglöfs Spitz 2009

The Haglöfs Spitz general-purpose jacket weighs 506g (men’s L); Gore-Tex Pro Shell, very waterproof and breathable; two Napoleon chest pockets; long pit zips; hood has very large wired and stiffened peak that fits very well. But Napoleon pockets do not allow wearer to easily warm hands; short body length; no external stormflaps; price is high.

Verdict: A high price and Napoleon pockets make the Haglöfs Spitz a specialist purchase rather than a general walker’s jacket.

 

First published in Trail magazine November 2009


Haglöfs Oz Pullover 2008

The Haglöfs Oz Pullover  is an extremely popular jacket that is ideal if low weight is your main priority. It uses Gore-Tex Paclite fabric so high levels of waterproofness and breathability are ensured, while the simple design means there are fewer seams, which further improves breathability and makes the most of the weight advantage of Paclite. It is a smock design with minimal features to keep the weight down. But you do get a hem drawcord plus elasticated cuffs to keep draughts out. There is one pocket on the chest too that is okay for a small item like a compass. The hood is a fixed design that has excellent movement and fit, and provides great protection. It is the minimalist design that really sets this jacket apart and makes it ideal for hill-walking, biking or climbing when you want to travel as light as possible.  But with the Haglöfs Oz Pullover you may miss a pocket for a map, or to keep your hands warm and dry. Gore-Tex Paclite is well known for exposing any condensation on the inside of the fabric and in this department Gore-Tex Pro-Shell jackets are better. The large, soft hood peak can easily obscure the view. Reflective material is only found on the front pocket.

Outer Gore-Tex Paclite

Inner none

Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof

Fabric breathability extremely breathable

Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)

Weight 184g (L)

Made in China

Stores in the UK no info providedVerdict

If weight is your number one priority, the Haglöfs Oz Pullover is the best jacket around, but if you can live with more weight there are advantages to be had elsewhere.

Review by Graham Thompson

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First published in Trail magazine November 2008

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
Verdict
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

Haglöfs Spitz 2008

The Haglöfs Spitz winter jacket weighs just 498g (men’s L); Gore Pro Shell is one of the best waterproof and breathable fabrics; two Napoleon pockets; long pit zips for venting; hood gets a very large stiffened peak that fits very well. But the fabric is very thin and supple, so it may feel a little cold in winter; pockets do not work as handwarmers; short body length.

Verdict: The Haglöfs Spitz is a very lightweight jacket with a great hood, but what you gain in a lower weight you lose in features.

First published in Trail magazine November 2008

Haglöfs Chaos Q 2008

The Haglöfs Chaos Q  general-purpose jacket weighs just 676g (men’s L); Gore-Tex Performance Shell extremely waterproof and very breathable; mesh lining; scooped tail; two large chest pockets; double stormflap; zip-off hood with fair fit, movement. But pocket access easily obscured with rucksack belts; other jackets have better hoods and more breathable fabric.Verdict: The Haglöfs Chaos Q is a good, mid-priced jacket but pocket access is not ideal when wearing a rucksack.

First published in Trail magazine November 2008

Haglöfs Chaos

This general-purpose waterproof jacket is reasonably lightweight. It benefits from a mesh lining to add a little extra comfort and also makes it feel a great deal lighter than it actually is. The fabric has a good performance level too. There is a more length in the body of this jacket than some others, with the hem reaching the bottom of my bum. The front zip gets a double stormflap to keep the worst of the weather out. The hood is equally proficient at providing protection, thanks to good adjustment, a good fit and good movement. The peak is large and although not stiffened isn’t too bad. Movement in the sleeves is great too and ideal for most users. The two chest pockets can also be accessed while wearing a rucksack. So all looks good for general hill-walking. But you only get two external pockets (though at least they are big). Some other hoods are a tiny bit better, and other jackets are lighter too, but not by much. So lots of positives here that aren’t easily outweighed by the negatives.

 

Outer: 2-layer Gore-Tex
Inner: mesh
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Sizes: S-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight: 632g (size L)
Made in China
Stores in UK: no info provided

Verdict: A lightweight jacket that is comfortable and practical for general hill-walking.