Haglöfs Iguana softshell pants, first look

New for this season, and kind of the strong silent type lurking shyly in the kitchen of the house that is Haglöfs trouser range. These are the Iguanas.

Fully stretch with a stack of nice features, mesh hip pockets, big thigh pockets and back pocket. Reinforced knees and inner ankle patches and a zipped gusset from ankle cuff to knee for ventilation or cinching in according to weather and whether you want to put your wellies inside or outside. Leg length and fit is typical technical Haglöfs, so a large fits me perfectly.

The material is their own FlexAble which I’m familiar with and works well. This version has silver in it alá X-Static, so ming should be kept under control on longer trips. It’s not totally windproof, so should be okay in warmer weather despite the darkness of hue.

I’ve worn them about the place for a few days and I really like them, techno combats. You could be Jimmy Bond in these if you weren’t wearing them with gaudily coloured trail shoes. Proper reports from hill use in a bit. 

Belt is models own.

21 thoughts on “Haglöfs Iguana softshell pants, first look”

  1. Just did a quick search and found them at £99 and £114.99 online.

    Are they worth it though? The most obvious comparisons in price and fabrics are to maybe the Patagonia Guide Pants http://www.patagonia.com/web/eu/product/product_focus.jsp?OPTION=PRODUCT_FOCUS_DISPLAY_HANDLER&catcode=MAIN_SP_EU.CLOTHING_GEAR.MENS.PANTS&style_color=83212-176&ws=
    and the Mammut Base Jump Pants http://www.mammut.ch/mammut/katalog.asp?view=detail&tid=54069&did=1&dart=3&sid=2

    So in that context I’d say they’re worth the money aye. The features and usability of the Iguanas ares better for me. I like the thigh pockets and the cut is more for moving and stretching than most othere that seem to have half an eye on street appeal.
    I always forget to factor in the price of test kit. I hope that makes me more objective, rather than less. I’d be thinking “Is this really worth £X?”, rather than “Is this any good?”. I’ll start adding “Would I buy this?” to my list of criteria I think.

    Thinking back over the kit I’ve got a hold of, most of it I would buy. It’s all been good, and some oustanding. The Rugged Mountain Pants for example are the best pair of trousers I’ve ever had for the outdoors. But the Mid Flex Pant I’ve got on test aren’t as good as their predecessors the Rabot Flex Pants which I’ve worn for a couple of years.

    Anyway, I digest…

  2. Only asking because I bought my first pair of Haglofs – softshell pants, 2nd hand on ebay for £45, older & lower down the range (I imagine) no ankle gussets and only one hip pocket (albeit zipped & mesh lined), but like you said with the Montane midlayer – why not put one on each side?

    Still, they’re soft, warm, light & flexible – and they fit!
    I do love the detail, especially the low profile of the zips, if not for the zip pulls you wouldn’t know they were there – I’m officially impressed.

    (PS – when it comes to our challenge, these are out of scope)

  3. Got a pair of mammut base jumps,they’re ok,but nothing to get too excited over.These Iguanas look like a bit more of a serious pair of pants,particularly like the leg zips…and black is always a good colour for trousers.At last a pair of strides that look like they’re worth the £100 price tag.Nice choice of material too.
    The base jumps are good,but not £100 good.In fact I prefer my Rab alpine trek lites which were half the price.

  4. That’s interesting about the Base Jumps, I’ve only tried them on. They always seem well thought of, but they look awfy light on features for the money. I reckon using Schoeller fabric must push the price up.
    Own-brand fabric get you better featured kit maybe?
    Just like Rab as you mention. Their new Alpine Trek pants look nice, and I thing they’re only 50-odd quid. http://www.rab.uk.com/products_softshell_alpinetrek.html

  5. The base jumps are indeed a little featureless for the money,although they do the job more than adequately,they just aint worth £50 more than the Rabs(which can be bought for £40 from Field and trek at the mo due to their 20% off all stock offer) The only thing that the Alpine treks are missing is lower leg zips/adjustment.

  6. Right enough. I wonder if they’ve got the common cop-out of having two lace holes on the inside of the hem for the purchaser to install their own adjuster :o)

  7. They all do it, bless ’em.
    Actually getting a lace in is a mornings work involving a welding rod and duct tape as well as the lace.

    But, I made a hole in the hem where your shoe laces are in one pair and put in a bungee cord instead of a lace. I pulled out a wee loop of the bungee, put a plastic hook on it and them I could attach it to my shoe. When you tightened the cuff in it pulled down onto my shoe as well. That was the ones I wore all winter and I didn’t need gaiters.

  8. Haglofs Troos…. distribution – grrrrrr, it’s pants!!

    I’m really interested in the current legwear in their Intense series – some of them look spot on for summer use and/or backpacking lightweight spares. I’ve trawled pretty much all the decent shops in the N. West and N. Wales – several are stocking various tops from the series but so far I’ve found 1 pair of the Zone Tights (too figure-hugging for me!! ;O) ) and nowhere seems to stock any of the others. I’d really like to try the Kazoo pant, Zephyr pant and Haze pant but they’re more elusive than the proverbial snowflake in the Sahara :(

    Does anyone know why? Are the distributors not bringing them into the UK or are the shops choosing not to stock them? Is there a contact I could try to see about tracking down any pairs of these? Or had I better set aside a weekend for Easyjet to Stockholm…? :))

  9. It’s the shops Matt, I think they bottle it when they see the range and play “safe” rather than get the good stuff when they order stock. Anything from the range can be had over here though, so any stockist can get them. The default contact is info@haglofs.co.uk

    But definitely doing some Intense kit are Ellis Brighams, Outside, Outdoor Warehouse in Bowness, Tiso and a few other independants.

    The Kazoo pants I’m liking a lot, slim but not superhero tight. The Zephyrs are the same. I can’t get away with the Zone tights, which is a shame as they’re magic.

  10. Cheers ptc*. It was Outdoor Warehouse where I tried the Zone tights. They looked great as lightweight legwear/bikewear, but I really can’t get awat with ‘the look’! As you say, something a little less superhero…. :))

    I’ll check out Brighams in town tomorrow, I think they might just have a pair of Kazoos. Otherwise perhaps I need to cultivate the Outdoor Warehouse to the point that they’ll get things in for me to try? (Still prevaricating about getting the LIM 45 pack from them.)

  11. An extra point about the Halglofs pants is that they discontinue the Intense range over the winter. So what stock there is, is all there’ll be until Feb/March ’09 when they relaunch it again for summer.
    So if you fancy something, be quick.

  12. Yay, I tracked down a pair of Kazoos at Ellis Brigham this lunchtime – amazingly light, lovely and soft and stretchy, and they don’t look too bad either!! :))

    Amazingly I even had a 10% discount voucher left over from my ski trip booked through Exodus, so for once EB didn’t get top dollar – result!

    (No word back from info@haglofs.co.uk on the whereabouts of Zephyr or Haze stock though…. :(

  13. OK, after independent success with the Kazoos, Haglofs got back to me yesterday. Seems there are no Zephyrs in the country, possibly never were, and they wonder if they wee cancelled completely. Not to worry, I wasn’t too sure about using Windstopper Stretch anyway and I reckon in function they must overlap a lot with the Kazoos.

    But I’ve got a couple of leads to follow up for the Haze. I’m hoping these are going to be a well-fitting and understated version of Montane Featherlites! :)

  14. The fabric the Haze Pants are made of is the same as the Kaza wind top I wear and it is pretty good. I’ve worn it in light rain and in snow showers and it’s been fine, great DWR, dries quickly too.
    The pants should be good if you can get a hold of them, 165g? I fancy them for summer as well.

  15. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to not end up head to toe in Haglofs, and thus looking like some guy straight out of their catalogue. You’ll need to strike a pose every five minutes. I was looking at the sharkfin trousers the other day, they were marvellous, but far too pricey.

    Ah well!

    Speaking of the Kaza, I got a characoal one at a bargain £30 over the winter. It’s rapidly becoming my favourite kit purchase so far. I thought it was maybe bordering on the heavy side for a windshirt, but the cut is glorious and the build quality and all the little touches ( mesh pits, pack away pocket, microfleece collar) make you forget the extra grams.

    I originally wanted a Montane wind shirt, they’re really nice, but the sizing is just all wrong on me. The size Large is perfect on the body but has silly short person arms that leave my wrists exposed. The extra large is ok on the arms but too baggy in the body. I’m left wondering whether I’ve got monkey arms, or they’re average large person is a bit… ‘stumpy’.

    By the way, any tips on washing wind-shirts to maintain the DWR. I’ve worn my Kaza on a few runs, so it’s starting to get a bit clogged up. I’m presuming a Tech wash rather than a normal wash, and maybe reproofing?

  16. Spot on there. The Kaza is nearly twice the weight of a Montane Featherlite at 150g, but it’s well worth the weight.
    Montane have revamped their windshirts and the fit is supposed to be better. I’m the same as you with older ones, if I get the body right the sleeves are half way up my forearms. That’s partly why I was so surprised at the good fit of the Oryx.

    Rab had it right with their Pertex Quantum and Microlight windshirts but they’ve been discontinued.

    I wash all my shell stuff in Nikwax TechWash which does the job, I’ve been meaning to try Grangers cleaners as well. It does restore the DWR a bit, but it wears off pretty quick. Whoever invents a proper permanent DWR treatment will be a hero indeed.

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