Everything about this jacket screams Ultralight! Minimalist and ground breaking design means this isn't going to be to everyone's taste. However, it is ultralight, waterproof and breathable. What more do you want?
The Black Anorak is built entirely using Gore-Tex Active Training Shell, the latest and most breathable technology in the Gore-Tex family. Stripped to bare essentials to eliminate weight, the unique design of the Black Anorak features a single centered pocket and has no bulky zippers that add weight and stiffen up the grament. This is an ultra packable emergency piece to bring on high-paced trails or where ever you need light weight, functional protection.
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Haglofs' The Black Anorak is not designed as an all purpose hard wearing piece. The focus is weight and performance. Made entirely of Gore-Tex Active it has a soft silky feel and is really comfortable. With a high level of waterproofing (HH 28000), rain is never going to be a problem. The question comes with breathability. The Gore-Tex Active is highly breathable but if you are doing something like running in it then it starts to feel hot and sweaty. There are reinforced areas across the shoulders and seems which all adds to the stylish look of the anorak.
Haglofs state that this is a packable emergency piece and it certainly works perfectly for this. They have managed to keep the weight down by removing zips and replacing them with a simple and light drawcord up the chest and neck and two small plastic poppers. The hem and hood are elasticated and the waist is too with an additional silicon grip strip. There is one front pocket, which the jacket stuffs into, that has two small magnetic fasteners to provide some security.
Overall, it is so lightweight and high performing that it is a great option. As an emergency piece of kit or for trail running this is perfect and has performed well under a range of weather conditions so far.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear