Haglöfs Vassi GTX Pro Jacket & Pants | Review

Batten down the hatches with this durable and weatherproof outerwear set from Haglöfs

Why we chose the Vassi Touring GTX Jacket & Pants: Weatherproof, durable, roomy cut 

Weight: 615g (jacket), 714g (pants)
Price: £640 (jacket) , £530 (pants)


The Vassi series from Swedish outerwear brand Haglofs has served as the brand’s freeride outerwear setup. First produced in 2012, in conjunction with freeskier Per Jonsson, the Vassi series combines highly technical fabrics with a freeride-specific fit. That blend can certainly be seen in this Ski 100 product, the Haglofs Vassi Touring GTX. It’s a ski jacket and pants combination that makes use of a freeride look and feel, and is cut from the extremely durable waterproof Gore-Tex Pro fabric technology.


As mentioned already, the Vassi GTX Pro has been cut from Gore-Tex’s pinnacle of waterproof fabric design – Gore-Tex Pro. If you’re unaware, Gore-Tex Pro features the highest level of waterproof membrane technology and is backed up by an extremely protective face fabric. This results in something that can withstand high levels of wear, and still serve up impressive levels of breathability for those long ascents in the backcountry.

The face fabric (that’s the outer fabric that protects this waterproof membrane) found on the Vassi GTX Pro features a 40-denier protection across both the jackets and pants to provide an extremely wear-resistant setup, meaning you’ll be able to rely on this jacket to keep you protected whether you’re on your first or hundredth day of the season.

Features And Fit

Taking a look at the features, the first thing you’ll notice is the amount of zip action that’s going on with this jacket. You’ve got two chest pockets – one that’s been exposed with a water-resistant zipper and another that’s been hidden behind a bit of fabric. This hidden pocket, it’s worth pointing out, features a handy goggle wipe cloth. You’ve then got another two lower hand pockets that sit just below your hip, to ensure they don’t get in the way of your backpack hip belt when you’re on the move. 

Then, looking at the large zipper that cuts across the front of the jacket, you’ve got underarm venting that’s been offset to sit across your chest to make for extremely easy access, and to also ensure it doesn’t interfere with your backpack strap. It’s worth noting that all of these zips feature large cord toggles on them, to make them really easy to use, even when you’ve got large ski gloves or ski mitts on.

The pants are just as well-equipped as the jacket, too. First up you’ve got two zippered thigh pockets that come with a loop to clip your avalanche transceiver to, if that’s where you like to stash it. Like the jacket, these pockets feature large cord toggles for use with gloves, and also feature extra fabric at the bottom to allow them to expand to fit larger items.

The bottom of the trousers feature reinforcement to protect them from ski edge and crampon wear, while the internal gaiter helps to keep snow out.

Both the jacket and pants feature what we’d call a relaxed fit; certainly one we’d attribute to a freeride outerwear setup. The jacket drops well below the hips, and layers the pants seamlessly, to provide full-on winter protection. Our model, Giles, is 6’1” and is wearing large samples. We’d recommend sizing up from your usual size to get a nice roomy fit that allows warmer midlayers to be thrown on beneath.

The Haglofs Vassi GTX Pro jacket and pants are some of the best freeride-specific jackets and pants we tested last season. Yes, they’re both quite pricey items but you are paying for the pairing up of finest Scandinavian design with best in-class waterproof technologies. That’s something, let’s face it, which is worth every penny. 

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