This arrived just to late to use last winter, but I’ve had it out on a few cooler and drizzly days and now that the skies are getting grey it’ll be oot and aboot more regularly.
The Viper !! is one of Haglöfsmany softshells, and sits in the middle of the range in weight, protection and features.
It’s cut from Haglöfs own Flexable fabric which I’ve been using various versions of in tops and pants over the past few years and it in no way suffers from not having an mass-appeal logo attached. It’s membrane-free, and in this lighter weight takes out most of the wind and stays super-breathable with a healthy amount of stretch. The DWR is outstanding on it, I’ve worn it in showers without a shell and I’ve stayed perfectly dry. The inner face is soft and fuzzy, the outer is smooth with a slick face which snags neither pack not shell jacket.
The fit is as you’d expect, long and slim, and the articulation is good so wearer comfort is high.
There’s two mesh chest pockets which are half way between low and high and are good for hands and stashing kit, the cuffs are powerstretch and the hem is adjustable.
The hood is a plain type, no visor. It has a soft binding around the face for comfort and is multi adjustable meaning a close fit if you need it and it’ll move with your head. This plainer hood works better with a shell hood, and the lighter fabric means that you’re more likely to wear a shell than you would with a heavier softshell, so I can see the reasoning. At first I was bitching about it until it clicked.
I’ll get this on some proper hills now and seehow it does.