CGR visits Haglöfs UK HQ for a preview of the new clothing collection for the 2013/14 winter season.
We’ve been busy recently with most clothing manufacturers to see what’s new for the 2013/14 season. We paid a visit to Haglöfs UK headquarters to find out what’s new and we’ve cut to the chase and chosen what we think is the best selection for winter climbing and mountaineering. One of the bigger changes for the Haglöfs range is the naming of clothing, so climbing and mountaineering specific clothing now comes under the Roc range, this name was already being used for packs and we’ve reviewed both the excellent Roc Hard and Roc 35 packs. So the Roc label is the general climbing/mountaineering clothing range, Roc Speed is the lightweight kit and Roc High the premium range. On top of that the Ski specific range is the established Rando. So let’s have a look at what’s new:
Barrier Pro II Hood
A very packable, lightweight wind resistant hooded synthetic insulated jacket. With the new Quad Fusion+ insulation material made from 100% recycled Polyester, which allows moisture to be drawn away from the body. The hood has a reinforced peak, and is 3 way adjustable. 2 mid mounted torso pockets, and one chest pocket. Includes a stuff sac.
CGR says: this, fully featured and compressible jacket looked the business for chilly belays in the Northern Corries. We have one on test so look out for a full review, we’ll be looking at how warm that Quad Fusion+ material is and we like the 100% recycled element of it.
Magi II Down Hood
No compromise mountain down jacket, outstanding warmth to weight ratio, and small packsize. Box wall construction, and synthetic patches on areas where the down may be squashed (forearms, shoulders). 2 zipped hand warmer pockets, full hood – packs into its own pocket.
CGR says: a jacket for those who prefer something warmer. There’s a trend developing for hybrid insulation jackets so keep your eye out for them. Looked awesomely warm and Bruce remarked that it was ‘…bloody amazing on top of a mountain when its -20deg’.
Triton II Hood
3 season mid layer, great mix of polartec power stretch pro, stretch fleece and polartec thermal pro. Tight hood for perfect under helmet use, brilliant warmth on the chest with the thermal pro. Laser cut vent holes to prevent fogging of goggles. Laminated chest pocket for small items and 2 mid torso hand warmer pockets.
CGR says: a great looking and functional midlayer fleece, this looks like it brings the fleece into the 21st century with laser cutting and body heat mapping. We liked the thumb loops and the head hugging hood which should fit snugly under a helmet. We’ve got one on test and I’m looking forward to testing out the vent holes as it’s bad enough crawling off The Ben in a blizzard let alone crawling off in a foggy blizzard.
Rando Hybrid Pant
Lightweight & versatile soft shell pant, offering mix of wind resistance and freedom of movement. A great pant for ski touring, climbing and mountaineering.
Windstopper membrane pants to keep out the wind, and most of the water, 2 zipped hand pockets, 1 zipped rear pocket. Articulated knees, reinforced insteps, laminated internal lower leg gaiter with silicon grip.
CGR says: a good looking versatile winter pant. Suitable for most winter mountain sports from ice climbing to ski touring. It looked very suitable for UK winter conditions and would probably score highly for versality. Let’s just hope they’re not as tight fitting as the Skarn pants!
Highly versatile mountain pant made from new Gore-Tex® Pro Shell technology. Durable, 3-layer 40D Gore-Tex® Pro fabric with reinforcements in 70D quality at the knees and seat to protect you from the elements and equipment.
CGR says: a bombroof looking climbing hardshell pant. I liked the extra reinforcements in the seat and knee. Let’s hope the super reinforced crampon patches can stop you ripping into them on those high steps (… or that could just be my shoddy footwork). They felt light and flexible and should be great for climbing or mountaineering in.