Why We Chose It: Long-lasting, eco-friendly design
It’s probably fair to say that Halti aren’t too well known in the UK, but over in Scandinavia, more specifically their home country of Finland, most outdoor enthusiasts will be aware of them – in fact, in 2018, it was chosen as the most respected outdoor brand in the country.
In our opinion, they’re deserving of some interest from us UK outdoorsmen and women. That’s because not only do they make some very functional and good looking kit, but they really put a focus on sustainability. Case in point: the Halti Next Generation Shell.
What’s Halti The Next Generation Best Suited To?
First things first, this isn’t the most technical of outdoor jackets. It’s not the kind of thing you’re going to be going to climb up Mont Blanc in. It will, however, be perfectly well suited to UK three-season hillwalking or say a good old-fashioned winter pub walk.
The Next Generation has already picked up a major outdoor award thanks to the efforts towards sustainability that Halti have taken with it. Not only is the jacket made using PFC-free recycled materials but it’s designed so that it can be easily recycled when its use comes to an end. On top of all that, and this is the thing we like most, the Next Generation has been designed so that it can be easily repaired (whether that’s by the user or by Halti) with the zips, tabs and panels all easy enough to remove and replace if they happen to wear out. A surprising amount of waterproof jackets out there have to be chucked out when the main zipper breaks, so it’s always good to see a brand making sure that this doesn’t have to be the case with their product.
Features and Design
The main material used here is a two-layer Polyester with 50% recycled content. The outer has a very durable feel to it but it’s still soft and smooth to the touch. You’ve then got a mix of mesh and a silky Polyester as a lining on the inside. The breathability numbers aren’t great – just 15,000 g/m2/24h – but that’s not too much of an issue given this isn’t really a jacket for high tempos,