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Haglöfs Nordic Expedition Down Jacket | First Look

We take a first look at the all-new Haglöf's Nordic Expedition Down Jacket – winner of the ISPO Gold Award 2021

When a product takes home ISPO Product of the Year and a Scandinavian Outdoor Award at the outdoor industry’s largest tradeshow, you know it’s going to be worth checking out. This is exactly the case with this insulated down jacket, the Haglöfs Nordic Expedition Down Jacket.

By using a unique combination of waterproof protection with an adjustable design, Haglöfs have created a winter insulator that’s as comfortable in an arctic winter as it is battling the UK’s jet stream-fuelled winter conditions.

Claiming to be the world’s first breathable down jacket, the Nordic Expedition Down Jacket features a mixture of Haglöfs’ own graphene-infused Mimic synthetic insulation (as found in the V Series Mimic Jacket) and hydrophobic 800 fill power goose down. Haglöfs claims this mixture provides a warmth-to-weight ratio that’s basically second to none. On top of that the mixture of insulation eliminates unwanted zero cold spots while promoting improved breathability.

The jacket is packed full of a range of versatile features. Photos: Giles Dean

Surrounding this insulation is a three-layer waterproof fabric that covers the shoulders, torso and arms. Featuring a hydrostatic head of 15,000mm and a moisture vapour transmission rate of 10,000, this waterproof material is said to have been designed to keep you dry for up to 10,000 minutes in ‘wet or humid conditions’. To put it simply, that’s just under a week of wet weather protection.

And of course, being a Haglöfs jacket, this waterproof fabric has full bluesign approval thanks to its lack of any environmentally-harmful fluorocarbons.

The straps are designed to improve ventilation. Photo: Giles Dean
The hem can be cinched in to trap heat. Photo: Giles Dean
The outer fabric features a waterproof membrane. Photo: Giles Dean

Although the Nordic Expedition Down Jacket is aimed (and named) towards nordic expeditions, we see it being well-suited to typical UK autumn and winter mountain conditions as well. Thanks to its bombproof construction and waterproof rating, it should also make for a superb belay jacket

Not only does the Nordic Expedition Down Jacket feature a weatherproof design and build, it’s also got some handy features that’ll please the winter climbers and mountaineers out there, including a waterproof drop seat that provides protection for when you’re sitting on snowy ledges, a helmet-compatible hood and two-way main zip. And that’s before we’ve got onto the straps across the front of the jacket.

The drop seat is waterproof and insulated. Photo: Giles Dean

Designed to help improve ventilation, the straps let you open up the main zipper without sacrificing too much in terms of rain and wind protection. We see this feature being really useful while you’re standing at a belay stance as not only will you be able to regulate your temperature but you’ll also be able to give yourself a clean line of sight to your belay device. 

There’s no real surprise that Nordic Expedition Down Jacket has managed to snap up an ISPO Gold Award considering the innovative materials and unique designs. You can expect it to be released in Autumn 2021 and available in men’s and women’s versions at a retail price of £660.

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