Haglöfs Jacket Lands Award
Swedish maestros gonged for heavy duty waterproof weighing in at under 500 grammes!
Posted: 5 February 2007
Those nice Swedish people from Haglöfs have won
another award, this time for their Spitz Jacket, which is due
out later this year.
It's yet another triumph for the company after their brand,
spanking new 175-gramme Oz
Pullover landed a gold European gong last year. This time the
award is from the ISPO outdoors trade show in Munich, which is
happening right now, and is in the textile category.
The idea behind the Spitz - below - was to develop a heavy duty
jacket, designed to withstand abrasion in strategic high wear areas,
but to keep it as light as possible along the way. That means using a
mix of a strong fabric in areas like shoulders and forearms, but a
lighter, more flexible, less bulky one in less vulnerable areas like
underarms, chest and stomach.
Designer Fredrik Lundberg - doesn't he play for Arsenal in his
spare time - sums it up:
"The inspiration comes from a mix of traditional armouring; turtle
shields and the way hedgehogs protect themselves - protect the
critical areas but don't restrict flexibility and comfort."
The Spitz uses new Gore-Tex Pro Shell three-ply fabric with a
tough Cordura face in abrasion prone areas. The new fabric is lighter
and the woven micro-grid backing material offers 'greater abrasion
and tear resistance' it says here.
Haglöfs is also working to minimise the number of seams in
each jacket with clever pattern cutting reducing weight. A further 15
per cent reduction in weight is due to the lightness of the new
Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric and narrow 13mm seam tape also helps.
The end result is a heavy duty jacket weighing a claimed 495
grammes for a men's large and 430 grammes in a women's size 12.
The Spitz isn't due out in the shops until late summer and it
looks like a winning combination of toughness and lightness.
Full details of the current Haglöfs range at www.haglofs.se.
More details of the new stuff for 2007 in our links to previous
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Well aint that the best looking jacket you ever did see?
only kiddin but i fell in love with it the moment i saw it..
Gores new Pro Shell new out this autum and i have ordered mine now,
shouldnt buy before you try but couldnt resist with this one..
first Haglofs item so a new name for me to tryout,have heard a great deal about haglofs lately and its all been good,so roll on autum
Posted: 09/03/2007 at 22:03