Why We Chose It: Lightweight, durable, Gore-Tex Paclite technologies
Haglöfs’ new L.I.M series features a host of different products all designed around one simple concept: Less Is More. Each item is deliberately made to offer exactly what you need for mountain missions and avoids/excludes the bells and whistles that bring up the gram count. So you’ve got a Gore-Tex Paclite Plus jacket, for instance, that weighs just 230g, the Haglöfs L.I.M backpack that has a suspended mesh back system but only 840g and then a host of other super light, super functional items like trousers, t-shirts and midlayers.
What Is The L.I.M Series Designed For?
Haglöfs are angling this as a collection made for fast hiking; those trips where you don’t necessarily want to run up a mountain but you do still want to feel light on your feet and nimble. It should therefore also pique the interest of any fastpackers, backpackers or even ultralight hikers.
The L.I.M jacket will certainly appeal to the fast and light crowd – we’d say it’s even suited to trail running and climbing.
The L.I.M Jacket 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. Instead, there’s a sprayed-on PU that guards the membrane from internal abrasion and prevents sweat and dirt from blocking up the pores of the fabric in order to maintain its breathability.
“The LIM jacket will certainly appeal to the fast and light crowd.”
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.