I spent an hour or two with the guys at Haglofs UK recently, having a look at some of the key lines from the new range. It’s been a few years since I last saw the range in full and I’ve got to say that in that time they’ve really stepped it up when it comes to their ski and snowboard specific stuff. Here’s a quick review of the highlights, all available from autumn.
Haglofs Vojd Jacket
The Vojd Jacket sits at the top of Haglofs’ range of ski outerwear for next winter. It’s been in development for two years, with significant input from Haglofs athletes and mountain pros.
The Vojd is built from 3 layer Gore-Tex Pro and is designed to offer the hardcore skier or snowboarder the ultimate all round shell. It’s fully weatherproof, durable and full of features for lift served freeriding, yet also offers great breathability and versatility for backcountry adventures too. Build quality looks exceptional and the fit is just right. There’s an abundance of pockets, a huge helmet compatible hood and a removable snow skirt. It looks like the real deal.
Haglofs Vojd Pant
The Vojd Pant complements the Jacket by being tough, technical and ready for big mountain action. The face fabric feels exceptionally durable, the fit is relaxed but articulated and, again, the build quality looks really high-end. After feedback from mountains guides Haglofs have given the Vojd Pant and pocket specifically for storing a transceiver. The idea of carrying your avalanche transceiver in a pocket seems to be getting more popular. The pocket is on the right thigh and has a loop attachment inside.
Super durable keprotec patches adorn the lower leg and the pant has a small zip on the waist band to connect to the Vojd Jacket for those deep days.
Haglofs Vassi Suit
The Vassi Suit gives the freerider an absolutely weatherproof option. It costs less, and weighs less, than the equivalent jacket/pant combo and has multiple pocket and venting options. It also has a big helmet compatible hood and is made from 3 layer Gore-Tex fabric for great durability, weather protection and breathability. If you’re confident enough to wear one of these then it might best best to get in there quickly, I have a feeling they won’t last long!
Haglofs Roc Spirit Jacket
The Roc Spirit Jacket is part of Haglofs’ mountain range, rather than the ski specific one. However, it’d work great as a lightweight shell for touring and backcountry use, as well as being great for mountain adventures the rest of the year too. A size large weighs just 455g, despite having pit zips, multiple pockets, a great hood and 70d reinforcements over high wear areas. The rest of the jacket is made from 40d Gore-Tex Pro so it should breathe well and be very durable.
Haglofs Rando Hybrid Jacket
The Rando range is a mini collection of garments designed to offer lightweight, breathable and flexible garments for touring and ski mountaineering. The Rondo Hybrid is a really interesting combination of very light Windstopper Soft Shell on the front of the torso for weather protection and super breathable FlexAble soft shell fabric on the back and in the under arm areas. It therefore offers protection and breathability in the right areas and should make for a great active layer for touring. It’ll also breathe really well when worn as a mid layer with a shell over the top.
Haglofs Rando Barrier Jacket
The Rando Barrier Jacket is another garment that mixes different fabrics. It uses a combination of Pontetorto Tecnostretch fleece fabric in areas that require mobility and breathability and 60g QuadFusion + synthetic insulation with a Pertex Quantum shell for warmth and protection over the upper torso. It should breathe really well under a shell and, due to the fleece panels, it doesn’t feel bulky or awkward. A close-fitting hood, multiple pockets that can be access whilst wearing a pack and a low weight of 445g for a size large adds up to what should be a really versatile mid or outer layer for touring.
Haglofs Maggi II Down Hood
The Maggi II Down Hood is a full on, mega warm down jacket. It’s still light and packable though due to the excellent quality down that Haglofs use (800 fill power euro) plus the combination of Pertex Quantum fabrics and an efficient construction. The Magi II would be a great choice for a backcountry camping trip, or for simply keeping warm in really cold places through the winter.
Haglofs LIM Barrier Pro Hood
The LIM Barrier Pro Hood really caught my eye – it weighs just 200g and feels amazing as soon as you put it on. It’s part of the LIM range and would make an incredible light weight mid layer or emergency outer layer. The 7 denier (!) shell fabric is very soft to the touch and super light. The hood fits well and the 40g QuadFusion + recycled insulation feels warm straight away. Haglofs have always done ‘minimal’ really well and the rest of their LIM range is looking really cool.
Haglofs LIM Power Dry Hood
Another one from the LIM range, the Power Dry Hood is a full zip, hooded base layer or light weight mid layer. The big thing here is the use of Polartec PowerDry High Efficiency fabric. It has a gridded structure for warmth and moisture management combined with a very open weave that should enable the top to breathe and regulate temperature really well, plus dry very quickly. The full front zip offers further venting options and the close-fitting hood sits nicely under a ski or climbing helmet. I reckon it’d make a great mid layer for touring and ski mountaineering.
The PowerDry High Efficiency fabric has a very breathable open weave:
Haglofs Grym Gloves
The Grym Gloves use two thicknesses of goat leather, QuadFusion + recycled insualtion and a Gore-Tex insert for total weather protection. Best of all they feel really soft and fully ‘broken in’ from the word go. Should make a good all round ski and snowboard glove for freeriding and touring.
Haglofs Expedition Mitt
The Expedition Mitt is a very warm, fully featured mitten for the coldest conditions. They have a combination of both 750 fill power down and QuadFusion + synthetic insulation for warmth and a full goat leather palm for durability. Perfect for those who really feel the cold or for anyone who regularly skis in really cold places like Canada or Scandinavia.
It’s worth mentioning that Haglofs have made a big effort with regards to their environmental credentials over the past few years. They use recycled and bluesign approved fabrics where possible and have made a big push to switch to DWR ‘s that are free from harmful fluorocarbons and PFOA. It’s also good to see that all the down that Haglofs use is responsibly sourced and traceable. Having a coordinated and coherent environmental policy isn’t always the easiest thing for an outdoor company to achieve and I reckon Haglofs deserve some credit for their commitment.
So, it’s looking pretty good in Haglofs land – find all their gear at their website.