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Haglöfs L.I.M Mountain Proof Anorak | Review

A lightweight, durable and sustainable waterproof jacket – is it possible?

Why We Chose The Haglöfs L.I.M Mountain Proof Anorak: Lightweight, durable design and build, sustainable construction.

Haglöfs are one of those brands with an extremely strong reputation in outdoor gear design behind them. This dates back all the way to 1914 when Swedish carpenter Wiktor Haglöf set out with the vision of creating clothing and backpacks for people who had to endure the naturally wild and remote Scandinavian landscape.

The L.I.M (Less is More) range from Haglöfs continues that tradition of high quality while bringing in some useful modern innovation. We’ve previously seen the L.I.M Proof, a 2.5L jacket, now we have the Mountain Proof which boasts 3L protection.

This is a jacket that has only simple features for light and fast adventures such as climbing and mountaineering. Simple, but in the right kind of way, because for these types of high intensity adventures, you don’t want faff, you want stuff you can count on.

“Haglöfs’ own Proof Eco fabric is able to brag a 100% recycled polyamide construction that is all bluesign approved and stripped from the use of any nasty PFCs.”

There’s a Napoleon style single chest pocket that’ll swallow up a map and phone together, Velcro sleeves, an adjustable hem and adjustable peaked hood as well – nothing more, nothing less.

But it’s in the fabric that all the innovation has been shown off. Despite it’s impressively low weight the L.I.M is surprisingly built to last. It’s able to boast a three-layer Proof Eco waterproof system, making it that bit more durable than the typical 2.5 layer trend that’s become the norm with lightweight, sub 300g jackets.

Haglofs' Proof Eco waterproof fabric is able to offer a 100% recycled construction. Photo: Chris Johnson
A single chest pocket. Photo: Chris Johnson
Additional seam taping provides protection in high wear areas. Photo: Chris Johnson
The hood adjustment may be simple and exposed, but this means it can be repaired on the go. Photo: Chris Johnson

Not only is Haglöfs’ own Proof Eco fabric an extremely lightweight, yet tough membrane, it’s also packed full of some impressive sustainable measures to lighten its carbon footprint on the planet, with a 100% recycled polyamide construction and bluesign approved fabrics which are free from any nasty PFCs.

A half-zip brings all this together in what is a pretty generous fit, with the ability to squeeze some layers underneath, and a long back length to keep you protected whilst sitting on belay stances.

Tester’s Verdict

Jordan Tiernan, Outdoors Magic Staff Writer

“This one was an extremely popular jacket at our Outdoor100 Test Team event in the Black Mountains – everyone wanted to get their hands on it to try it out.

“There are many other brands that have been pushing the whole ‘less is more’ mantra, but at the expense of durability. With the L.I.M Mountain Proof Anorak, Haglöfs have managed to get this down to a good weight while still upholding an impressive durability, alongside the ever-popular sustainable technologies.

I loved the fit of the anorak. It’s handy that there’s room to fit layers on underneath, and I also appreciated the generously long cut, both in the torso and on the arms. Not only is this useful for those of us who are built slightly longer than average, but it also gave me complete coverage when reaching high. It’s great to see this longer cut for such a lightweight jacket, particularly when brands are frequently cutting back on material in an effort to save weight.

Whilst I’ve not been able to test this for long enough to comment for absolute certain on the durability, I was impressed with the tough feeling of the fabric. Even though the jacket comes in at a pretty light weight, it still feels like it’ll hold its own against the harshness you’re bound to put it through in the outdoors.”

The long fit means that you’re always protected, no matter the activity. Photo: Chris Johnson

Trade Secrets

Haglöfs Marketing Staff

“This anorak is a lightweight and packable yet durable emergency shell to keep in your pack for when the weather turns on the mountain. The parka is built for mountaineering and in true L.I.M spirit only featured with the essentials for the intended activity keeping weight and distractions at a minimum.”

Haglofs L.I.M Mountain Proof Anorak

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