Haglofs Gram Comp Pull

The Haglofs Gram Comp Pull is hand to me by Castleberg Outdoors 3 months ago during my training runs for the Trans Gran Canaria Event. Even though I think TGC event might not have rain like the ones I had previously on UTMB CCC and UTMB ; the mandatory equipment list says that I should have a fully waterproof Gore-Tex® Active Shell for maximum weather protection during these mountain ultra-trails.

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Haglofs started its life as a company by it` founder in the Dalstugan cottage in Torsång, on a spring day in 1914.  Victor Haglöf made backpacks. Victor selected the best canvas available, commissioned cord locks of the finest Swedish steel from Eskilstuna, and employed the best seamstresses in the area to produce the first Haglöfs backpacks.

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He tried to sell them to local foresters and farmers by travelling with his bicycle village by village. So an outstanding outdoor equipment company was born by selling those packs at SEK 0.90 a piece. Today Haglöfs is the largest supplier of outdoor equipment in the Nordic region.

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Here is the test summary of the Jacket.

Test Conditions

  • Lake District, climbing in extreme rain and wind conditions
  • Foggy, rainy, misty and partly snowy London. Almost 1000 km.
  • Peak District 58Km 2.800 + Trail run in 2 days

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Brief Jacket Specifications

  • Highly breathable Haglofs lightest Gore-Tex® Active Shell Waterproof (Outdoor Industry Award 2013)
  • Innovate 2 panel main body construction saves weight and it has 3-way adjustable peaked hood
  • Articulated sleeves maintain range of motion and DWR Treated surfaces
  • Weight: 215g (L)
  • RRP: £250.00

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Video Review by Castleberg Outdoors

Pros

  • It is extremely good for demanding races where functionality and weight are the two crucial elements. Like UTMB, Tor des Geants, PTL, Lakeland 100, Ultra Cavalls, Iznikultra etc
  • Yellow and Blue colours are very bright that you can feel safe during running, cycling and mountaineering in dark (especially yellow)
  • Very light and compact for packing
  • You can use your pack inside if you use one size bigger which is extremely helpful in long and tough races
  • Breathability is far more better than Haglofs Endo II Pull Jacket

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Cons

  • Extreme light results with some of the features of the product quality decrease such as pull cords and plastics quality is lower than Endo Jacket
  • Chest pocket zip always catches the V shape cut flap (when pulling up) which is made for protecting water coming from top to inside the pocket. This is definitely a problem during the races and fast moving situations
  • Head cord to tighten the hood is unfortunately useless. Elastic cords should be used in the hood. We had hard time sometimes during the wind.
  • I wish it had a back pocket or a wider chest pocket

Idea

If Haglofs make this jacket with removable sleeves which can be turned into a Gilet as well; they might be very successful. This will add a bit weight but worth. We won`t be buying many different gear and carry them during the races.

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Detailed Specifications

  • Revolutionary Gore-Tex® Active Shell delivers new levels of breathable waterproof shell technology
  • Innovative pattern construction – using just two panels for the main body to save weight and enhance breathability
  • Super lightweight face fabric and minimalist components to save weight
  • DWR treated surface
  • Simple chin guard and full length weather guard behind main zip
  • Minimalist 3-way adjustable hood with laminated hood peak
  • Laminated zippered chest pocket
  • Zippered rear storage pocket with weatherproof over flap and magnetic closure
  • Articulated sleeves with shaped elasticated cuffs
  • Dropped rear hem
  • 4mm elasticated lower hem and sleeve cuffs for lightweight, comfortable closure
  • Reflective detailing
  • Centre Back Length: 83cm (L)

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Fabric:

  • Gore-Tex® 3 layer Active, 100%      Polyamide, super light and soft 7D ripstop face, ePTFE membrane and a      light knitted backer, 82 g/m²
  • Hydrostatic head: >18,000, RET: <3

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Haglofs quotes that “what have we learned from our 96 years in the outdoor business?…..above all, to make gear which really works”. This is the summary and real truth. Haglofs gear is really worth investing for.

You can order this jacket from Castleberg Outdoors via clicking this link.
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