Haglöfs Winter 2011/12 Preview

Lost in a wilderness of colour, it can only be the Haglöfs showroom. No longer a shed, but the same faces and huge array of kit as usual.
There’s a bunch of new stuff as well as updates, some personal highlights are the new merino base layers, the new Paclite killing (I’m not supposed to say that) Gore-Tex Active Shell cut into an frighteningly light and racy jacket and a new ultralight insulation range.

So, here we go, I’ve got pretty much the whole Winter 2011/12 range below. There’s a mix of his and hers, remember Haglöfs usually make equivalents of every single model, but there are exceptions, like the new wummins specific technical shell that the guys are going to want…

The base layers have some new colours. The Cool models above have the nice two-tone green and the ubiquitous black. I like the Dryskin fabric they use here, very soft.
The Regular weight models are below, zoned in the super sweaty areas to let the nasty out.

Above is joy hanging from hooks, the new merino baselayers. There’s long sleeve crew and zip necks, longjons and ¾ leggings, all in three colours of 153g mulesing-free Aussie merino.
I’ve tried in it on, long body and arms, nice high collar in the zip-necks and the fabric feels great against the skin. It’s an interesting weight of fabric they’ve gone for, and that with the long cut it puts into a little niche of it’s own. Ah man, look at the leggings, you can dress up like a superhero. It looks like good kit, looking forward to testing it.

Below is the Warm range, a nice change from the scratchy winter weight stuff they used to make. It’s a mix fabric, mainly polyester and merino, but not just blended yarn, the fabric is zoned within itself, and whatever they’ve done it’s given it a frictionless inner surface. You can see a microgrid pattern in there, but touching it is like touching the surface of the contents of an open tin of paint, it’s that smooth. It should feel great against the skin.

They’ve sexed up the Stem tops (above), thumbloops and pocketed full-zip jacket. It’s cut from own-brand Dryskin fabric, and having used it it feels like a Powerstretch variant.
Powerstretch features below in the return of the Bungy collection. The girls get the yellow and the hooded vest of course, but it’s good to see this back in the range.

See my hands in my pockets above? They’ve fixed the terrible tiny pockets on the Juniper as well as bring it out in some block colours. Aye, that’s more like it.
The tops are there as is the vest, it’s a cracking fabric they use for these.

Gus assured me that the above was the colour mix of justice from the new gear, I’m thinking about it.
The jacket is an Isogon, also in a hood version, and there’s a bit of lifestyle crossover here, a technical feeling cut with a texture-faced fabric like we see on the Arc’teryx Covert kit. I foreseethis being popular.

The woolly madness above is the Thule Hood, made from a steam-ironed black sheep. I love it, it’s a real oddball, but if feels great on.
The Zones below stay in the range, and of course that lovely ice blue doesn’t come in a blokes large.

Softshell charges on, the various Lizards above have tweaks, check out the new cuff below, very comfy and very snug.

The Lizard jacket and Boiga Hood have some new colourways. All the softshells above are in FlexAble, own-brand but awesome fabric. I like when top-end doesn’t automatically mean branded fabrics.
The Glasgow swing tag for the Reptile is below. Say it out loud and you’ll sound like me…

The Pelamis above has 100weight microfleece lining its Gore Windstopper, warm and alpine there I think.
The Fangs below are kinda the classic Sharkfin’s descendant, much more supple though, very wearable with a cracking hood. There’s mix of fabrics there, balancing weight, warmth and movement.

The Eryx above is in plain Windstopper, same general specs as the Fang, but you can layer up as you please here. Lighter too.

There’s a huge range of softshell pants as always, some colour too which is nice. I was looking for the details that I suspected were being phased out, but I was pleased to see double poppers on every waist band. There’s weights and level of insulation to cover all bases(and arses).

I’ll edit in the name of these pants above when the workbook appears, but zoned fabrics, side pockets, crampon patches and ankles that cinch in? Winter fast and light pants, yes please.

Below  and above are the Proof collection. Proof is Haglöfs own waterproof fabric, it comes in three and two layer is made of recyclable polyester, and having used it, the performance is good. The MVTR rate looks low compared to other membrane’s, but the 3-layer has a hydrophilic inner scrim that sucks moisture in and the drop liner in two-layer I’ve tested kept me dry. The features and even some prices for the Proof gear are up there with the Gore-Tex and eVent kit, so Haglöfs think it’s good enough to look other fabrics straight in the eye.
The two layer models have all this extra storage (see above), it’s so bloody handy when you use it, it causes me all sorts of dilemmas because I love a plain jacket in the hills.

Lets face face it, I was always going to pull on the orange outfit. The Crag is below, cut from Gore-Tex PerformanceShell, it’s a four-pocket general-purpose hideaway hood affair and it  gets the same styling as the top end kit. I admire their optimism in showing it to UK store buyers, Oh wait, there’s black…

That’s the Riot above, the update for the Heli which half of Western Europe was wearing at one time. 2-layer performance Shell again, cheery looking and practical. It’s always annoying when bulky or relatively heavy kit feels good when you pull it on you know.

Above and below are the Zenith jacket and pants in 3-layer Proof. The jacket’s a Spitz-a-like and is very nice, but the pants are a stand-alone and really impress.
Pockets on waterproof pants are something I’ve always liked, and here with the leg zips, soft, lightly stretchy fabric, crampon patches, wide, belted waist, we’ve got an all-day winter pant if you stick longjons underneath.

Now here’s a talking point. Gore-Tex Active Shell, Gore Tex the way it’s meant to be? Light, thin, a new laminate with no PU coating and the best breathability you can get from Gore. Gore are controlling the use of this fabric, the designs are scrutinised down to how many square centimeters of doubled fabric there are, that means pockets for example.
All the top brands are going to be wading in with something, and there’s already bitching as they sneak a look at each others designs, it’s be tears and snotters before they get to the shops, but we’ll be the winners because of that I hope. And, the fabric has to be made into a proper sports piece, no Active Shell dog walking  jackets will be made.

Haglöfs have the Endo (above and below, pant too), and the jacket feels very good indeed. The fabric is very light to wear, and the features and both minimal and well thought out. The hood is protective and fully adjustable, there’s a big stretch pocket, the cuffs have softshell palms so you can keep the rain out of your sleeve by covering your knuckles but still grip your handlebars and the front zip on the sample is some kind of wacky affair that I’ve never seen before that’s beyond description (seriously, it’s nothing like a regular zip), and probably won’t be on the ones in the shops.

I like this, and I like the fact that Gore’s got off the couch and are doing something even if eVent’s giving up the chase.

The Electron above is a Paclite/ProShell mix, and the Nebula Below is a Euro version of the Ozone I’ve got on test. It’s the same ProShell fabric, but adds an extra napoleon pocket.

Above is the wummins-only Spinx. It’s a bit like a four-pocket Spitz and it comes in the same ProShell stretch fabrics as the top-end Ratio. Nice.
Below is the Topp, essentially a Ratio to suit the worst UK conditions. One photie down, shell pants to suit any mood and almost any jacket. the black versions come in various leg lengths, something that Haglöfs they’re going to be expanding on further, pants for every shape and size?

Couliours and matching pants above. It’s like a mix and match of 1970’s track suits.

That’s the Utval directly below, Proof waterproof shell and a Primaloft Eco 100g fill. The shelled insulation has done well for Haglöfs, so they’re expanding it to new models and more colours on this winters models. Below we’ve got the Nevluk, then the Pirtuk in new colours and then the Nevluk pants.

The long-standing Barrier Performac shelled Thermolite insulation collection has had a little makeover. The excellent Hood has some new colours, the Jacket now has the same articulated sleeves as the Hood, and the vest ses the biggest changes with new quilted panels down the sides and what feels like smaller pockets.
The Barrier Pants below have a rather nice resolution to the waist adjustment with a good range of adjustment for wearing over baselayers or all your kit.

This is the new ultralight synthetic kit, the Barrier Pro jackets and hoods. It’s low profile, think Montane Prism, and a neater fit for on-the-move winter use. I absolutely love it, but it’s going to be pricey so there’s a chance there won’t be enough store orders to get it into the production. This will be a travesty.

The new down kit returns next winter, and the Bivvy Jacket gets new colours and a vest (I’m wearing it a bit further up).
I got misty eyed when I saw the Belay & Borea lineup below. I don’t care what Haglöfs call it, it’s the ice blue, cobalt, tomato and orange from the ’98 Karrimor Alpiniste series. My favourite gear of all time. I am pleased.

The Intense series goes green again, not quite budgie green, but it’s looking more familiar again. The Halo gets a face-lift, the new rear below should keep back-tyre splash out of your baselayers a bit better this time.

It had been a long day, but the new hats are a joy, beanies of every kind from merino to bobbled to shelled and insulated ones, with balaclavas and peaked mountain caps in there too. I wear a few of the beanies and l like them, neither skull-cap tight nor ridiculous smurf hat as is popular right now.

We looked at Haglöfs sleeping bags, something I know little of, only having tested a budget synthetic monster for Trail a while back. The blue Goga is a down monster with models rated down to -44°C extreme, the Green Zensor is the synthetic equivalent, the ratings are almost as good but of course the weight takes a jump up.
Hopefully we’ll see a Goga in over the winter.

 And to end, we have a Haglöfs “buff”. It feels like the same fabric as the Cool baselayers and matches that magic wee explorer guitar there.

That was a lot of kit, almost all of what I saw (some is secret for now), gloves and shoes see no real changes and it’s the all-new merino, lightweight insulation and that Endo jacket that had me grinning the most. I hope we see it all in the shops.
I’ll tell you though, there’s a lot of purple in there, you gotta like that.

68 thoughts on “Haglöfs Winter 2011/12 Preview

  1. Erex, don’t know that model, but I’ve been impressed with the Berghaus test kit.

    Phil, you have returned. My phone is off, and I have been horizontal since Christmas Day. See you soon.

  2. Hey Petesy,

    Happy New Year!

    As the person probably most knowledgeable about Haglofs kit who doesn’t actually work for them, can I pick your brains regarding comparisons between the Rand and Omni pants? I thought I’d been lucky enough to find a pair of Omni in a long leg size for £99 and promptly ordered them, only to later get an email saying the last pair had been sold and no more in stock – but I believe they have the Rand in same size at same price…… no leg venting from what I can see but what else is different? Have you come across these on your various trips to the magic Haglofs shed?? Welcome your thoughts! Cheers,

  3. Happy New Year back at you!

    When I was ordering my winter test kit the Rands were on the shortlist (it was the Col’s that appeared).
    I liked the look of them, they’re a little lighter than the Omni as some of the fabric is a lighter weight of Flexable. They keep the inner gaiters (I think), the thigh pocket, crampons kick patches and the braces (which are brilliant I think). You lose the vents, the low-profile zips and the tougher fabric all-round.
    They thing is they’re both designed as ski-pants, but they’re perfect general winter mountain pants.

    I think if you can live without the thigh vents (only you know how hot your legs are!!) you should be okay. Seeing the samples I would have been happy enough to take a test pair.

  4. Cheers for the speedy reply Pete. I’m in two minds about the Rands as I’m unsure as to quite how less durable and less weather resistant they might turn out to be. I don’t want to end up buying a pair of winter troos that might be little better than wearing my summer ones!

    Amazingly, having gone through the entire list of Haglofs UK stockists from their website, nobody in the UK currently appears to have any stock of Omni other than in size small or where there is no choice as to leg length. I may contact Haglofs directly to see if they can offer any remedy and in the meantime will just have to wait the upcoming Trail review of winter trousers to see if they can suggest any viable alternatives, though the Haglofs were top of my list features-wise.

    Hey ho :(

  5. Hurrah! The nice man from the shop just phoned me to say they’ve had a pair in my size returned – so my Omnis are on the way. All is well again in 2011 – now to choose some new boots and spikey things :)

  6. Just snapped up a Barrier hood in the sales as i really like the thermolite insulation and love my barrier jacket. According to the latest haglofs info on OM they are changing to another synthetic fill? which i don’t fancy, so i thought snap one up now and layer it with the LIM down vest and thats my winter insulation covered. Even considering just carrying the hood in summer for warmth/waterproofishness instead of a few jackets. The slight issue i have is the hood is a bit big for my small napper, even after adjustment, but it packs down fairly small so looking forward to trying it soon. Another fine recommendation pal, although the wallets thinner, lol

  7. Good call!

    The big hood means you can pull it over and zip it up over all your other layers including a waterproof :o)

    The Barrier insulation stays the same, but the new Barrier Pro gets Primaloft.

    The Hood should last, my original has been well worn, both hill and general use, it’s four years old and in perfect nick.

  8. Just read this link to OM’s latest haglofs new season stuff i know your preview was sooner so i just wondered if they had changed the synthetic fill since you saw it or OM has got it wrong pal. If the links not accurate it was on picture 9 ref the barriers. No biggy but just curious.

    http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/gear-features/haglofs—new-for-autumn-2011/8009-9.html#historysub

    Went out today for a good wander kitted out in all haglofs gear and carrying some too. Must have looked a right twat, lol. But still i felt great and was comfy all day :0)

  9. Oh aye, I don’t even remember that, must be right? I’m supposed to be picking some samples up in the next week or so I shall ask anyway!

    It’s nice when your outfit matches coops :o)

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  11. Hey great blog……Need some advice..Im looking for a good thigh length jacket. THe Arcteryx Theta SV jacket is floating my boat is there any others you can recommend….do haglofs have a similar jacket ?.

    Thanks
    steve

  12. Hi Steve. The Cirque seems to be about the longest jacket they do, not as long as the old-school ones that go mid-thigh though. Great kit, feels protective, more body coverage than a lot of current jackets.
    I was looking at next years kit this wek and nothing else long on the cards from them right now.

    Cheers

  13. Hi,

    This is a really great blog and i’m looking at buying some of the kit at the moment and would like some advice if you wouldn’t mind.

    I’m looking for a jacket for skiing, hiking, camping and for wearing in cold and crap weather situations. I don’t want a ski jacket but a jacket i can use as a top for layers. I currently have an Arc’teryx Sidwinder SV, which is great jacket with one massive problem for me. You can’t fasten the hood down, which when skiing is just massively annoying. So that’s on ebay.

    At the moment i’m looking at replacing it with the Haglofs Topp jacket. Having had a look through their range and whats available to go and look at in the UK it seems to be the best jacket for my needs. Would you agree?

    My second question relates to a fleece/mid layer. I’m looking for something warm to wear underneath the topp jacket when skiing and then be able to wear it over a t-shirt when camping, hiking etc as my main ‘jacket’. I’ve been looking at the Thule hood, but it’s the hood that concerns me when it’s being used as a mid layer under the jacket. Where does the hood fit underneath jacket and will it simply cause a lump under my jacket at the back of my neck? Anything else you would suggest?

    I appreciate any time and advice you can offer me as these things are not cheap and i want to get it right and not have to buy any more stuff.

    Regards
    Chris

  14. Hi Chris

    The Topo is probably a decent all-rounder, lots of pockest for general use and a zip-off hood for skiing. The fabric not up there with the likes of Gore’s ProShell, but I’ve used plenty of own brand or middle-performing waterproof fabrics over the past few years and it’s not a huge issue outside of long days in persistent rain.
    I like the Haglofs shells and a lot of them have hood roll away tabs, so there are a few options. There’s different fits as well, standard and slim models.

    I’m not sure the Thule made it into production, if you’ve seen it in the shops I’m quite pleaed because it’s a nice bit of kit.
    Hoods on midlayers are important for me, I used to like peaks and adjustable hoods but they layer badly being bulky under a shell and interfere with a shell hood so I like simple hoods unless I’m wearing a softshell that I’ll wear on its own all day.
    The Micro Fleece Hood I’m wearing above (the green thing) layers really well, but the pockets aren’t the best.

    Nothing’s perfect is the truth, it’s finding the closest thing is the trick.
    I’ve good hoodies from Haglofs, Montane (Fury, review coming up) and Lowe Alpine that I really like, but it’s a good idea to try on as mant models as you can to get points of reference. Like you say, it’s an expensive gamble if you’re not sure.

  15. Thanks very much for the response, really appreciate it. I have to keep reminding myself that when you are at this level all the gear is going to do a brilliant job for my usage and it really comes down to fit and then style. I’m nto scaling any mountains am i.

    I found the Thule online for about £150, not in any shops.

    I tried on the Arc’teryx Covert Cardigan fleece which was a nice fit and £120, so i’ll see if i can find it cheaper online. Already found the topps jacket £60 cheaper online than shops.

    Thanks Again
    Chris

  16. Most of the gear these days is good, it’s the details that can make it brilliant or disappointing and that usually comes down to personal preference of what features work for you rather than an issue with the design.
    That’s why the outdoor forums are full of folk arguing that black is white about what gear is best, there is no best, it’s just what you like :o)

    Happy shopping!

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