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Haglöfs L.I.M Series Waterproof Jacket | Review

Fast and light, that’s the aim of the game with this diverse collection of lightweight kit from Swedish brand Haglöfs

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.

Photo: Chris Johnson

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. 

Photo: Chris Johnson
Photo: Chris Johnson
Photo: Chris Johnson

Water resistant zips, very similar to YKK Aquaguard ones, are used throughout – in other words, on the main zipper and the chest pocket. On the subject of that pocket, that’s all the storage you get here (‘less is more’ remember). Still, it’ll look after your phone, car keys and/or your lift pass.

The cuffs are elasticated and don’t have any adjustment. The hem does have adjustment though and this is via a toggled drawcord at the hem.

As for the hood, this holds really securely thanks to its three-point adjustment and the laminated peak does the job it’s supposed to. 

Tester’s Verdict

Will Renwick, editor of Outdoors Magic

“I was very glad to have this on a trip to the Lake District where the conditions weren’t ideal. It was actually my first proper testing experience of Gore-Tex Paclite Plus and I was impressed. This waterproof jacket really is very packable and while it’s not the lightest of lightweight jackets out there it’s certainly one of the most protective ones I’ve come across in the category.”

Photo: Chris Johnson

“The waterproof protection is excellent and so is the breathability. It was noticeably more airy than jackets that have standard Gore-Tex – the little concealed air vents seem to contribute a lot towards that.

“Elsewhere in the L.I.M range I’ve been really impressed by the L.I.M backpack. I like the trousers too. They’re super light and are therefore perfect for those summer backpacking trips where you don’t really feel like you need to take trousers with you but know you probably should, just in case.”

Photo: Chris Johnson

Haglofs L.I.M Jacket

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