I visited the new Haglöfs Scottish showroom last week, the range for 2011/12 has grown so much that the old shed has been vacated. I’ll have more on that soon, but first here’s something I picked up for test on my visit, in the shops now: the Haglöfs Cirque.
The Spitz has been a big success, and it’s always had a partner jacket, the Crux and then Creva, that was intended as an all-round bad conditions mountaineering jacket to the Spitz’s short-bodied alpine climber. Unfortunately none of these really set the world on fire so, we now have the Cirque, and evolution of the previous models, but now tightened and honed to be a perfect match for a Scottish winter, hence the McSpitz reference.
What this actually means is a longer jacket with a cut that has room for a couple of layers underneath, we’ve got the same killer multi-adjustable hood that we get on the Ozone and the Spitz, but with a little more face coverage. There’s pit-zips, four unobtrusive chest pockets, a sleeve pocket, two inner pockets, waist and hem adjustment, velcro cuffs and a double-storm-flap main zip. The jacket’s cut from Gore-Tex ProShell, lightweight on the lighter areas and with a tougher face fabric on the darker areas where abrasion is most likely.
Now, all this comes in at 588g for this size large. Aye, it’s got all the features, but there’s no fat on it, from the micro seam-sealing tape to the slender welded zips. When I was still weilding two short axes I’d have cried for joy with a jacket like this, today it’s just a joy to have all the stuff with a weight that looks like the scales are lying (they’re not, I zeroed it twice). I’ve been been in blizzards and knock-you-over winds in a Haglöfs Oz, and it’s absolutely fine, but sometimes it’s nice to just shut it all out, and modern fabrics and manufacturing let us do that without carrying an 1100g shell jacket (Oh, I’ve done that).
Orange Rush and Sunset it is, but this colourway never made production (orders for 15 don’t make a production run, that’s the buyers for you, they don’t want us to have colours), so you’ll see black, blue and red out there in both mens and wummins.
More of this through the winter.