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Haglöfs V Series Mimic Jacket | Review

A lightweight jacket that harnesses the power of a Nobel Prize-winning material

Why We Chose It: Very innovative and unique, lightweight and eco-friendly
Weight: 380g

We’ve seen plenty of shoes that use the so-called ‘super material’ called graphene, mainly those from British trail running brand Inov-8, but we’re only aware of a select few brands that have utilised it for a garment. 

Now, Haglöf’s have joined that exclusive list, building the material into their new update to their Mimic jacket for 2020.

The Mimic family has thrown up some well-reviewed jackets over the years here at Outdoors Magic. Just like The North Face’s Thermoball Collection, it’s a lightweight insulator with a synthetic fill that closely mimics down (hence the name), albeit with the added benefit of being able to retain its loft even when it gets wet. The graphene is actually mixed in with the fill, using its impressive thermal conduction properties to spread out heat throughout the garment. 

What’s The V Series Mimic Best Suited To?

This is one of those lightweight insulated jackets that’ll work as part of a layering system during winter or that will be kept in your backpack during summer to pull out on a windy summit or at camp during the evening. I’d say it’s comparable to Rab’s Xenon or, like I mentioned above, The North Face’s Thermoball – basically it brings a nice bit of insulation but it’s not going to be suitable as your sole insulator during a hike at 5000m in the Himalaya. 


The Mimic fill used here isn’t just similar to down in terms of its performance, it also looks and feels like down, and it’s built into the micro baffles of this jacket in the same way that it would be in a down jacket. Essentially what I’m trying to say here is that you wouldn’t know this isn’t filled with down. It feels like any other 700 fill power down jacket.

Photos: Chris Johnson

That insulation is sandwiched between a superlight 7D Pertex shell and Gore’s impressive new windproof but breathable Infinium fabric. Overall, the jacket’s materials feel super light and fairly durable but, like most lightweight insulators, you wouldn’t want to test its abrasion resistance too much.

Features include a peaked hood with adjustment tabs on the chin to cinch in the volume, two zipped handwarmer pockets (these are a little fiddly to access under a harness or backpack hipbelt), a large zipped pocket on the chest and then elastication on the cuffs and hem. 

The Eco Credentials

When it comes to eco efforts, Haglöf’s have proven themselves to be one of the most progressive outdoor brands out there in recent years. One notable move they’ve made is to start moving towards being completely PFC-free and they must be very, very close to that now – if not already at that target. The V Series Mimic, for instance, uses a recycled polyester as part of the insulation and also features an alternative durable water repellent that doesn’t require any eco-hazardous chemicals, doing the same job but without the downriver ecological consequences. 


It’s the warmth-to-weight ratio that’s impressed me most about the V-Series Mimic and I wouldn’t be surprised if the graphene has played a big part in that. At 380g, it’s no bother at all in your backpack, and it brings instant warmth when thrown on. There’s also that warmth-when-wet aspect of it. I gave the insulation a good soaking and still found it continued to loft and insulate. It’s not as packable as its down equivalent would be, though it’s no bigger than, say, a small melon when it’s properly scrunched up – so it’s still pretty decent in that regard. 

As for the fit, I’m 5 foot 10 with an average build and size M jackets normally fit me well, but this was a little on the small side for me in a Medium. So, it might be worth sizing up here if you want a jacket that you can wear comfortably over a fleece or some layers. I’ve been able to wear this over my Patagonia Synchilla fleece, which is quite thick, though there’s not much wiggle room left! On the flip side though, this jacket’s athletic trim means it will easily be accommodated underneath a shell layer when necessary. 

More info: haglofs.com

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