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Haglöfs L.I.M Mimic Hood | Review

A lightweight jacket that's made using recycled materials and that deploys the 'world's strongest material' to boost its insulation

Why we chose it: Impressive insulation, versatile, good eco credentials

The L.I.M range from Hagöfs has become a real favourite amongst the team here at Outdoors Magic with piece after piece impressing our testers. The concept of L.I.M, which stands for Less Is More, is to provide kit that does exactly what you need it to without any fussy details that add extra weight and bulk to carry. It’s pitched at those who like to move and feel fast and light through the mountains in kit that they know will help them see off some tough conditions. 

We’ve reviewed there L.I.M GTX Jacket and more recently, the impressively high-spec L.I.M Z|T Mid Sync 2. This time we’re taking a look at their insulating layer, the L.I.M Mimic Hoody, a lightweight synthetic filled puffer jacket which boasts some excellent materials that are both highly functional and kind to the environment. 

Who Is the Haglofs L.I.M Mimic Hood Is For?

This is a versatile jacket that, in summer, will serve well as that principal piece of insulation during hikes and backpacking trips. It’s too thin for winter use by itself, but the slim profile and low bulk allow it to fit perfectly into a layering system.

Eco Credentials

Haglöfs are a climate neutral company that have set themselves the goal of hitting net zero by 2030 and as part of that commitment they’ve begun a switch to using recycled and recyclable materials right across their line. This jacket reflects their efforts there, with a fully recycled polyamide used for the outer and inner fabrics and then 100% recycled polyester used for the fill too. You can also rest assured that the water repellent treatment is free from any nasty PFC chemicals as well.

Features and Materials

The fill Haglöfs have used here is called Mimic. It’s a mix of synthetic fibres that are designed to look like, feel like and perform like down, with the added benefit that they won’t lose their insulating properties when they get wet. These clusters are even blown into the jacket’s baffles following the same process used in down garment manufacture. 

OM testers Holly and Will with Haglofs LIM Mimic jackets on the Cumbria Way. Photos: Joe Whitmore

There’s more though, because these synthetic clusters also have a graphene filament mixed into them and the benefits of this are actually quite remarkable. Graphene, you see, is a material that’s mainly heralded for its remarkable low-weight, high-strength ratio, but it’s also a super conductor of heat too. That means it’ll take heat from high warmth areas, like your arm pits, and spread it throughout the jacket. From our tests, when you put this jacket on you do really get the sense that heat is spreading and warmth comes on quickly. 

OM editor Will was also trialling the L.I.M Fuse Pants, a lightweight and comfortable pair of trousers that complement the Mimic Hood well.

Details include deep handwarmer pockets, an elastic-rimmed hood that’s comfortable underneath a climbing helmet,  elasticated cuffs and that’s about it – not much in the way of details but, as they say, Less is More.

I’m five foot 10 and have an average build and I tried this in a size medium which is my usual size. I found it fitted nicely, though, as you might see in the pictures, it is cut quite short on the hem. I found I could wear it over a light fleece but it’s a bit of a squeeze with anything bulkier. Most waterproof jackets will fit over it due to those narrow, low-bulk baffles. 

Haglöfs L.I.M Mimic Hood

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