Are you looking for the toughest jacket in existence? The Haglofs V-Series Down Jacket might just be the answer, thanks to its partial Dyneema construction. Dyneema is an ultra-high molecular-weight polyethylene compound (how’s that for a mouthful) that is widely considered the strongest fiber in existence, and used to make fabric for everything from bulletproof body armor to PVC. It may not be the most technical jacket on earth, but it’s no wonder why Haglofs (based in Sweden, where they know a thing or two about winter) thought it fit to make a jacket out of.
The outer layer of the jacket is a Dyneema, polyester and polypropylene blend that is both extremely breathable while waterproof, while staying ultra-lightweight. It’s filled with 900 CUIN fillpower goose down, for a super fluffy warmth. The down is treated with “flourocarbon free” DWR coating to keep it warm and dry in wet conditions – should any moisture get through the waterproof outer layer.
There are YKK, water resistant zippers on the outside, two hand warmer pockets, and two internal mesh pockets for storing your valuables. The bottom hem is adjustable, and there are reflective overlays on the back. And of course, a warm hood, adjustable and designed to accommodate climbing helmets.
Now, the design and cut of the V-Series isn’t exactly slim and form-fitting; this is a very warm down jacket, and the shape of the jacket reflects that. It’s big and puffy, with plenty of room underneath for other layers. Despite that, it packs down to a packable size, and even comes with a stuff sack.
The biggest problem with this jacket is, unfortunately, the price. It comes in at almost $1200. But if you’re determined to get the most durable puffy jacket on the planet, well…you’ve got no other choice. Recommended for hiking, climbing, or just wearing when the next blizzard hits.