Price: £480 / 550€
With many jackets either coming in either extremely heavy, with a loose cut; or featherweight with a tight cut, It’s always great to see brands bring in lightweight fabrics to a looser freeride cut. These jackets are designed for skiers who like to have an extremely lightweight jacket for improved efficiency on the uphill, yet not look like a lycra-clad skimo racer while you’re stomping around town.
“It’s always great to see brands bring in lightweight fabrics to a looser freeride cut”
This is certainly the case with this ski touring jacket, the Haglofs Vassi Touring, as it features a construction made up from the lightweight and breathable Gore-Tex Active waterproof material, while sporting a loose cut to help add on the style points.
Haglofs Vassi Touring GTX Jacket Build
Now the first thing to note has to be the use of Gore-Tex Active waterproof fabric. This three-layer waterproof technology puts low weight and high breathability at the core of its design thanks to an lightweight, and highly-porous, membrane that’s able to dump sweat while you’re breaking trail in the backcountry.
While Gore-Tex Active remains extremely lightweight, durability has been addressed through a 30-denier face fabric being used on the outside of the jacket to save it from any potential scuffs. That being said; this is a lightweight jacket, so it can’t be treated like your bombproof shell layer that could live for years at the bottom of your festering ski touring backpack.