Warmth Without Weight - The Haglofs Way
Primaloft insulation, water resistance, and only 265g ...
Posted: 18 November 2008
Looking for insulation that keeps you warmer but weighs less is a bit like eating chocolate cake and then jumping on the scales hoping to find you’ve shed a few pounds. But it’s also the equation that outdoor gear manufacturers have to crack.
The most recent solution comes from Haglofs who have brought out a new addition to their range – the LIM Barrier Pullover - which looks like it might do a pretty good job of being thoroughly cosy and very light at the same time.
Haglofs have used Primaloft fabric for the insulation which, if you’re new to the stuff, is not quite as warm for its weight as down, but it’s pretty close. It also has the advantage of being warm when it’s wet, which is rather handy as certain amounts of damp have occasionally been known to penetrate these parts:-)
Which weight of Primaloft? 60g/m2, to be precise, if fabric weights mean anything to you. If they don’t, that’s not quite arctic levels of toastiness but it’s a pretty good Scottish level of toastiness, if you know what we mean. We could possibly be a little vaguer if we really tried:-)
Ahem, anyway, other features include a DWR-treated (wind and water repellent) outer, articulated elbows, elasticated cuffs, and a security pocket. The latter doubles up as a stuffsac for packing away your jacket when the going gets a bit too warm, so you don’t have to waste extra weight on the sac.
The other weight saving measure is the simple fact that this is a pullover not a jacket, so you ditch the extra grams involved in having a zip all the way down the front. If that thought awakens the suspicion that you’ll overheat and end up having to take the pullover on and off every five minutes to maintain the right temperature then fear not. There is a zip that comes half way down the front, so you can still get plenty of ventilation.
And now for the moment you’ve been waiting for. What’s the weight and what’s the financial damage? Overall weight is 265g for a Large (it comes in sizes XXS to XXL) and the srp is £100.
Perhaps it’s time to think about purchasing a Christmas gift for the number one?:-)
Full details from Haglofs website.
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"a pretty good Scottish level of toastiness"
Maybe for the spring or autumn, but probably not in full winter weather ime -- and certainly not if you're static.
Posted: 19/11/2008 at 13:10
[Primaloft]It also has the advantage of being warm when it's wet
Up to a point, Lord Copper...
It is markedly less crap than down that has had a good soaking, but that's not the same thing as "being warm when wet". It'll still be a lot colder and more miserable than if it's dry, simply because water conducts heat so much more effectively than air.
Posted: 19/11/2008 at 13:18
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I've often wondered about how someone defines 'warm when wet'? I'm sure the reference is cotton - for being definitely not warm when wet. Presumably anything that fares better is called warm when wet. Whether you'll actually be warmer than if you took it off depends on the conditions!
Having fallen in various lakes & rivers in UK winter conditions (learning to scull took me a while, OK!) I can attest to the fact that if your clothing is fully soaked and the weather is calm & dry - typical of taking a plunge through a frozen lake for example - you could possibly be warmer naked! Otherwise you might be wasting valuable body heat trying to evaporate moisture out of your clothing. These days I don't row in cotton - except occasionally in summer- knowing that if my clothing gets wet it will dry fast enough to be a useful insulator again; and that the energy requried to dry it is relatively low (especially if it's polypropylene). In winter, I tend to keep a PL gilet (dry!) stored inside the floatation chamber of my boat. I haven't fallen in for years, but it doesn't take much to turn a single-scull over, and knowing that I'd have something to put on afterwards is reassuring.
PL copes quite well with damp because the water soon runs out leaving airspaces that do insulate. And being windproof, there's a good chance that it will still protect you from the worst of the windchill. But does that make it warm when wet? I challenge anyone to take their PL, submerge it in a bucket of cold water, put it on and claim that they are warmer than before! 'Warmer when wet' might be a more honest phrase, when compared to other fabrics.
Posted: 19/11/2008 at 13:40