Mountain Equipment Impellor Jacket
Mountain Equipment's lightest waterproof shell, the Impellor is well suited to any weight conscious activity from hill running and ultralight walking to minimalist mountaineering, says Dave Saunders
This Winters new hot product from Haglöfs is the Spitz Jacket, an Alpine/Mountaineering shell jacket made from the new Gore-Tex® Pro Shell.
At this year's ISPO trade fair in Munich Haglöfs received the ISPO Outdoor Award in the Textiles category for its new 3-layer Gore-Tex® shell jacket Spitz Q Jacket. The distinction was awarded for the best outdoor innovation for the 2007/08 Winter, and the jury took into account such criteria as function, quality, technical solutions and the level of innovation. Haglöfs won the prize in competition with leading manufacturers of outdoor products from more than 70 countries around the world.
The idea behind the Spitz Jacket, which is part of Haglöfs' Ultimate Series, was to create a very robust and hardwearing jacket, without unnecessary extra weight. At critical wear points, where the garment is subject to chafing and wear from rocks and equipment, the jacket uses Gore-Tex® Pro Shell Cordura®, and in other areas where mobility is important, Gore-Tex® Pro Shell Ripstop is used. This mix of materials provides a jacket that combines durability with flexibility and low weight. Advanced pattern technology with a minimum of seams also contributes to the low weight.
The actual material, the new Gore-Tex® Pro Shell with a woven inner layer called Gore Micro Grid Backer Technology, gives new performance benefits to the fabric. By improving the fabric & reducing the internal abrasion between layers and snag resistance, the breathability & wicking capability of the fabric is improved. This reduces fabric weight by 15%. Gore Micro taping and the use of advanced lamination techniques provide further weight reduction.
Great care was taken in the design of the hood. It is adjustable 3 ways, is helmet-compatible, has a very simple roll-up function and an adjustable collar with a laminated fleece lined chin guard. The Jacket also features two large Napoleon pockets & one sleeve pocket. All zips on the jacket including the pit zips are laminated watertight zippers.
Weight: Approx. 495 g (Size L)
Colours: Mens: Blue, Black & Orange. Womens: Black, Red & Blue
Retail price: £280
Available from September '07 through all Haglöfs stockists. Demand is expected to be high so please check on availability from your local store.
For more information visit: www.haglofs.se or call 01934 877998
There is also an Expedition style jacket which will be a longer 4 pocket version, available with a waist draw cord, for the more discerning Mountaineer called the Crux – Retail price £300.00.