When Haglöfs LIM Ozone came out it was the lightest Gore-Tex ProShell jacket out there, even with a full zip, proper hood and two chest pockets. But the LIM Ozone had quirks, holes stamped in pocket lining for ventilation where folk expect mesh, printed shoulder reinforcement, the wacky colourway, so of course, like all good kit it disappeared quite quickly. However, the design is back in this UK-only Ozone I’ll be testing over the winter. It’s not on Haglöfs’ website, but you’ll find it in the UK stores.
There are some differences to it’s predecessor, the Gore-Tex ProShell fabric is a little tougher, so no need for the shoulder reinforcements, but we’re still coming in at 450g for a size large. The pockets don’t have the hypalon pegboard lining this time, just plain fabric.
The hood this time around is the same 3-point adjustable one you’ll find on the Spitz, and it’s a belter. I’ve used this on a couple of other jackets and it’s a winter marvel, rock solid whatever the weather’s doing.
The zips are all water-resistant (and nicely colour contrasting), with a big flap behind the main zip which has a little micro fleece patch on the inside at the top anda popper at the bottom to secure and keep pressure off the zip. There’s velcro cuffs, wide cuffs too for good venting, and an inner stretch mesh pocket on the left side.
It’s clean, simple, the layout is the essence of a classic winter shell: two chest pockets-badass hood.
I got on very well with the LIM Ozone indeed, and I’ll be expecting no less performance from its bright orange offspring.