Haglöfs Winter 2009/10 sneakier peakier

Haglöfs have maybe suffered from the notion that all Scandinavian footwear is something akin to winter forestry boots, or has a big bottom lip for clicking into cross country skis. But Icebug blow that notion out of the water and Haglöfs have had proper lightweight models in the range for a while, and next year sees a few more models that have caught my eye.

Above we have the Vertigo HI GT closest to the camera and second in line, the others are Crag HI GT’s. The Vertigo’s are lighter and I like the lacing which goes down to the toe, good for lower volume feet like mine. The Crag’s are a little heavier, but both look like great years round mountain boots, scrambling, backpacking whatever above or below the snowline.
Another great looking mid-cut is the Trail 2 from the current range below, a bit lighter and more flexible. And remember next year all of Haglöfs footwear comes with Sole insoles, and having used them it’s a good idea. They’re not Superfeet, they’re more subtle than that. Foot assistance, not foot assault.

And, there’s also some proper trail shoes coming. These will be available in Spring as well. Above are the Escape Ventilators, which come in Nubuck and Gore-Tex flavours as well. It feels like they have a good flex for backpacking and general mountain bumming around.
The outsole is below. Will it stick? We shall see.

There was a mountain of stuff, and I think we’d all slip into a coma if I’d covered it all. Packs are pretty much unchanged, a wee surprise was that the LIM 55 has been canned. The 45 and 35 are stying, but if you want the big one, seek one out soon.
The Corker will be available in white, so Holly might get a new changing bag if she behaves…

19 thoughts on “Haglöfs Winter 2009/10 sneakier peakier”

  1. Moggy, no half sizes. Whole Euro sizing is their way, 40-48 in the mens, 36-42 in the wummins.

    Craig, I’m still trying to place the movie where the helmets are like that on some of the bad guys, it’s either Time Bandits or Legend…

  2. Those runners look sweet. I like the Icebug Navigator (I’ve tried on some Pythos and they are all kinds of comfy) but red isn’t a colour for general usage. They look like the kind of shoe I could live in. I’ve got some TNF runners at the moment and they are a bit meh.

    When will we be able to make a purchase? Who does Haglofs shoes?

  3. Haglofs’ Sole-inclusive footear will be instore in March. I should be able to get a hold of more details nearer the time, and hopefully a test pair of something as well.

    Matt, the Trail 2’s got a Gore-Tex liner.

    Moggy 48 does indeed mean 13, lucky for some then?!

    Bobinson, come January we’ll look like twins out there I’m sure…

  4. its a right pain getting shoes/boots to fit, ive so far managed scarpa, raichle, merrell and salomon that are comfy and do the job.

  5. Lack of choice is a real bugger.
    Clothing is my stumbling block, I should really be wider with shorter arms to enjoy most brands.

  6. Wider is easily achieved, especially if you like pies… :))

    Shorter arms may require a more drastic modification! ;O)

  7. ive usually got problems with getting stuff to fit round my thighs or tracking down stuff for my big feet.

    currently after some new insoles for my boots ;o)

  8. PTC, you were asking about people’s experiences with the Haglofs shoes. I recently got a pair of Trail 2 shoes (not the mids)and have been out a few times in them now.

    They really are rather different from most other trail/approach shoes I have used (Keen Targhee/Voyageur and Salomon Fastpacker being my current points of reference). Much more boot-like would be the impression: they have a very solid feel, and less easy flexing. The really odd thing is that I feel much more raised up from the ground than the footwear I mention above, no doubt due in part to the excellent cushioning; but it does give the initial impression (real or otherwise) of being less stable. I like the all-leather upper for durability and some inherent water resistance before the membrane, and the sole has deep lugs and a distinct heel that helps in descent. I’ve just come back from a week in the North West highlands, literally wading my way up the mountains, and the grip on these in wet and slippery conditions seems good and better than the Fastpackers (the latter are not the best on greasy surfaces – in particular the pattern of the tread is not ideal for traversing, resulting in falling over sideways).

    Along with the boot theme, the Trail 2 shoes are a little bit heavy compared with many other options, but they are very nicely made (and a little more expensive than most of the competition). Fit-wise, I still need to do a bit of tweaking to get this right. They are well worth a look if you are looking for good width across the forefoot. I suspect I’ll be using these more in winter than other times of the year: initial impressions are that they will be fairly warm.

    Overall they are a real different choice for this type of footwear: a tough shoe with boot-style sole. From a quick look at the other Haglofs shoes it seems that they too are bringing something different to the table and I hope they do well.

  9. Interesting stuff, cheers.
    I thought the high volume thing might be an issue for me, seems to be a Scandinavian foot shape thing. I use volume reducers on Icebogs outside of winter.
    The stiff sole on a low shoes sounds good for long days on rough ground. As long as the heelcup is a good fit and the stiffness doesn’t try and tug your heel out at every step (blister central).
    I’ve chased up Haglofs to see what’s coming in so hopefully I’ll be able to compare notes at some point!
    I know Bobinson has been wearing a pair of Trail 2’s for a wee while, I’ll need to see how they’re doing too.

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