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Haglöfs collaborates with the fabric experts at Polartec to create a new collection of mid-layers, billing the range as “groundbreaking” and “of the highest quality”

Swedish brand Haglöfs and inventors of the fleece Polartec have been allies for decades. They worked together in the 1980s, popularising the original fleece in Scandinavia, before continuing to innovate with subsequent evolutions of the fabric: Power Stretch fleece for flexibility; Thermal Pro performance fleece for the highest warmth-to-weight ratio; Power Shield for the softshell revolution; and fleece made with recycled PET bottles for improved sustainability. And today, in 2021, the partners have come together again with a new FW (fall/winter) collection of mid-layers billed as a “new era” and “something special”.

Polartec is a perfect partner for us when it comes to covering — from top to bottom — all different levels of activity”, says Paul Cosgrove, global product director at Haglöfs. “We know there’s so much more we can unlock that ultimately pushes the limits of performance. Polartec is helping us achieve that at the very top level. We can guarantee that the products we’ve created for FW 2021 will be of the highest quality, they’ll be sustainable, they’ll deliver durability and more importantly performance comfort. The quality that Polartec delivers, you can’t just get from anywhere else. We trust Polartec to really provide that.”

The new range, which has been “engineered to provide an outstanding level of comfort and warmth in cold conditions”, features three distinct lines: ROC, SNW and Out. The ROC outline is designed for harsh environments where maximum warmth is required; SNW is built for mountain users; and Out is targeted at trekkers. Here are the details of some of the mid-layer products in each line:

ROC Series – Mimic Junction Jacket

The premium series in the collection, ROC products have been tested in the “harsh Nordic alpine environment, where freedom of movement and protection are paramount”. The Mimic Junction Jacket, for example, uses Polartec Power Air, a “groundbreaking” fabric with a micro-quilted appearance.  Small pockets of air are trapped within the fibres, retaining warmth and reducing microfibre shedding during washing by over five times that of traditional mid-layer fabrics, helping keep plastic out of the oceans.

SNW Series – Touring Mid Jacket 

Haglöfs SNW Series is about big mountain performance wear.  The Touring Mid Jacket is made from a Polartec fabric originally developed for the US Special Forces. Alpha Direct is adept at accommodating changes in activity levels, keeping users comfortable throughout, without the need to shed layers. This adaptable insulation is fast-drying, super breathable and lightweight. The omission of a backing fabric also enhances breathability and keeps the garment super lightweight.

Out Series – Astral Hood

The Out Series Astral Hood uses Polartec Power Stretch Pro, making it suitable for both all-season trekking and sitting around the camp in the evenings. This fabric is “supremely comfortable” thanks to its generous stretch, excellent breathability and durable nylon face.

Haglofs new Polartec range of mid-layers will be released soon, available in men’s and women’s versions at haglofs.com

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