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Haglofs L.I.M Down Jacket | Review

A very light, very packable insulator that has top notch moisture resistance too

L.I.M in case you were wondering, stands for less is more. It’s a collection from the Swedish brand that focuses on providing high functioning kit but in a minimalist, unfussy way. I’ve used a bunch of L.I.M products over the years – I even once ran 500 miles with the L.I.M waterproof jacket – and it never disappoints and I can confirm that this, the Haglofs LIM Down Jacket, has lived up to my expectations.

Weighing just 250g, this is a very lightweight and very packable down jacket but it also packs a punch in the thermal department too. OK, it’s not warm enough for winter in northern Scandinavia, but it’s not meant to be. This is one of those layers that just perfect for summer use; when you don’t really think you’ll really need any insulation (and don’t want to carry it) but still feel like you should take it just in case. I’ve also found it’s ideal for those summer wild camps too. The shoulder seasons will stretch its capabilities as your main insulator, but on those chillier days I’ve found it combines really nicely with a hooded fleece worn underneath it.

Will using the Haglofs LIM Down in Pembrokeshire. Photos: Dave Macfarlane

I’ve also found this excellent for ultra running too. It’s the kind of layer that you can cram into your running pack either for use during emergencies or simply for when you stop to refuel. At the time of writing, I’m just back from running the Ultra Trail Snowdonia and while a layer of insulation wasn’t on the kit list for the 50K event, I still took this with me as a just-in-case option. I didn’t use it, but that wasn’t too much of a problem because it didn’t really weigh me down either.


The down used here has an 800 fill power. If you don’t know your thermal efficiency ratings, 800 is basically slightly above average. Haglofs haven’t provided details on the fill weight – it definitely feels light. It also has a hydrophobic treatment to ensure the down stays lofty (and able to insulate) even when it gets wet. Haglofs say that it can face up to 10,000 minutes of exposure to rain before the down flattens and I’ve found its performance has backed this up. I’ve worn this in light rain and it’s performed like a synthetic insulated jacket – I’ve even held it under a tap and seen water simply bead and fall off it. For me, this treatment hasn’t run out yet but when it does, I’m confident that a washing cycle with some Nikwax will get it back firing again.

The shell material, which is Pertex’s impressive Quantum fabric, is also water resistant. This uses a lightweight but tightly woven ripstop nylon weave which has an impressive tear threshold that belies its thinness.


All of the water resistant treatments used throughout the Haglofs LIM Down are PFAS-free, the down is responsibly sourced and the nylon is recycled, so credit can go to Haglofs for their eco efforts here.

Ultimately it’s a jacket that, as the name suggests, is very simple, but I’ve definitely found it to be very effective. If you want a bulky insulator that will keep you warm in sub zero stuff, you’re in the wrong place – maybe look at something like the Rab Mythic Ultra or Arc’teryx Cerium – but if you want something light and packable for use from mid spring to mid autumn, I’d say this would serve nicely.

I tried this in a size M, my usual size and it fitted really nicely. I’m 5 foot 10 and have an average build.

What I liked: very light, very packable, lofty, good water resistance.
What I didn’t like: quite expensive, would be handier for climbers if it came with a stuff sack

Price: £250
Weight: 250g
Available at: ellis-brigham.com

Selected for the Outdoor 100 Sping/Summer 2024 guide
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