Why We Chose The Haglöfs L.I.M Jacket: Lightweight, versatile, simple build
L.I.M, in case you weren’t aware, stands for less is more and that name does describe this waterproof jacket quite well. It’s simple – kind of no frills you could say (at least at first glance), but then it’ll deliver everything you want when you need to whip it out of your bag when the rain starts pouring down.
Who Is The Haglöfs L.I.M Jacket For?
At 230g, this is one of those jackets any lightweight hikers are going to like. It’d certainly be ideal for a long distance trek. Considering it can scrunch up into a trouser pocket, it’s not a bad option for climbers either, and then there’s the breathability factor which will make this appeal to any trail runners out there.
Materials and Construction
The L.I.M features Gore-Tex’s relatively new Paclite Plus waterproof technology. This is a two layer system involving a membrane that’s glued to a light outer fabric. In other words, there’s no backer fabric and therefore a fair bit of weight is saved by its exclusion. Backer fabrics are normally included to protect the membrane from both abrasion and from dirt and body oils clogging up the pores and it’s unclear as to how Gore-Tex have got round that problem in the case of this membrane. Perhaps they haven’t. It does feel a little bit on the light side and you wouldn’t really want to risk the straps of a 20kg backpack sitting on top of it. A daypack or light trekking backpack should be fine though.
“I was very glad to have this on a recent trip to the Lake District where the conditions weren’t ideal.”
It’s definitely waterproof – no problems there. As for the breathability, well there’s a big tick there as well. More on that from Will in the Tester’s Verdict below.
Haglöfs have done very well to keep the seams to a minimum here. That not only means less risk of leakage but also less risk of niggles as well. You do see some jackets with seams placed on the shoulders and in some instances these can rub against the skin when you’re wearing a backpack, which obviously isn’t ideal.