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Haglofs Shield Pro is a windproof with a bonus or maybe an identity crisis depending on your point of view. The shell fabric feels similar to that used on the Sonic, however it does feel slightly thicker and has a minuscule rip-stop weave and the obligatory DWR coating. This is a jacket not a smock, so there’s obviously a full zip which is nicely backed with an internal baffle. A fairly basic and lightly elasticated hood takes care of upstairs and yes, it does fit easily under a helmet. Pockets are limited to a single hand warmer that’s placed quite high on the right hand side … big enough for your keys but certainly not a map. The hem shares the same part elasticated structure as the hood as do the cuffs, which also benefit from thumb loops. So what’s the bonus? Insulation. The front of the jacket contains 40g synthetic insulation … nothing in the arms, nothing round the back, just the front where you’ll get maximum benefit. When you pick the Shield up you can tell the front’s that bit thicker but it’s not until you put it on that you really feel it. 40g/m isn’t a lot of insulation but it does make a huge difference, so much so that I’ve taken to using the Shield as an ‘evening camp’ jacket through summer.
Adding insulation obviously pushes the weight up and increases the pack size but only slightly, a medium weighs 122g and still packs down to the size of a Granny Smith. While the Shield might not be as light as the Sonic or as tough as the Fuera it does offer a level of versatility that’s ideal for the colder months.
All 3 tops are easily sourced on-line but shop about as often the rrp doesn’t reflect the price they can be bought for.