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.