Product reviews/10/30/2023

ISPO Award Winner 2023: Haglöfs Spitz Down Hood Jacket

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The Haglöfs Spitz Down Hood is a stretchable down jacket designed for warmth in wet mountain conditions and with the high demands of mountaineering in mind. It has a high-tech baffle construction, as well as lots of climbing specific features.

The Haglöfs Spitz Down Hood was made for the rigors of mountaineering. “The big idea was to answer true climbers and mountaineers needs. Not only does this jacket offer a warm and reliable insulation with great stretch, but also high performance when it comes to water resistance. This jacket is the perfect companion on every adventurer's next challenge”, explains Caroline Auclair, Head of Product Management Apparel at Haglöfs.

Its tough and water-resistant two-way stretch outer fabric ensures you stay dry and warm even when the weather takes a turn for the worse: The Haglöfs Spitz Down Hood comes equipped with 800 CUIN fill power H DOWN Platinum, which is a hydrophobic goose down that can remain dry and keep its loft for up to 10,000 minutes when exposed to wet conditions. The down is RDS certified while the Nikwax DWR is PFAS(PFC)-free and the jacket made from 86 per cent recycled polyamide and 14 per cent elastane. The combination of both provides great durability, stretch and recovery and the weft stretch helps to enhance the wearer’s comfort, compared to a non-elastic traditional down proof style.

The seamless baffle pattern creates even warmth and a reliable barrier against cold.
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Stretchy and Seamless Baffle Construction

One of the standout features of this jacket is its high-tech baffle construction, designed to eliminate cold spots and maximize insulation. The pre-woven, seamless dynamic baffle pattern creates a barrier against the cold. Its customized »ROC« pattern creates evenly distributed warmth and body temperature. Unlike traditional embroidered garments, the seamless construction is less prone to water seepage and also locks in warmth better. The pre-baffle material is also down-proof by construction (using 20d yarns) which avoids the need for additional CIRE or PU coatings that can impact air permeability negatively. Overall, the Haglöfs Spitz Down Hood provides the ideal balance between protection and mobility, offering stretch and performance while maintaining water resistance, so it really convinced the ISPO Award Jury as it caters to all the needs of climbers and mountaineers in harsh conditions.

The Haglöfs Spitz Down Hood comes with an adjustable climbing helmet compatible hood
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Technical Features and Slim Fit

With its tough construction and excellent stretch, this jacket is as durable as it is functional, keeping the needs of climbers and mountaineers for an insulation layer in mind, that is even water-resistant. The Spitz Down Hood also offers great packability as it comes without lining. It features an adjustable helmet-compatible hood, ensuring that you can stay snug and secure even in the most challenging conditions. The minimalist slim fit design allows a great range of movement and large harness-compatible hand pockets are positioned strategically, give easy access to essential gear without exposing yourself to the cold. Additional adjustable features give the Spitz Down Hood just the right fit to move with you.

It comes in three different colour ways: Electric blue, habanero (which is a vibrant orange-red), and true black. And while the colour range is inclusively offered for both men’s and women’s models, the fit it not: women’s models are specifically tailored to the female body and morphology for an even better fit when climbing and mountaineering. Sizes range from XS to XXL in women’s and S to XXXL in men’s models.


Here’s what the jury had to say about the Haglöfs Spitz Down Hood Jacket:

"This jacket is refreshingly straightforward while not compromising on performance. It's a testament to the idea that less can indeed be more when executed with precision and innovation. Every detail is well-thought-out from the jacket’s features to its baffle structure and hydrophobic properties."
ISPO Award Jury

5 Reasons Why the Haglöfs Spitz Down Hood Convinced the ISPO Award Jury:

  • stretchy, yet water-resistant
  • slim-fit for better range of movement
  • seamless dynamic baffle pattern for better temperature locking properties
  • dry for up to 10,000 minutes when exposed to wet conditions
  • helmet compatible hood & harness compatible hand pockets

Product Specs:

  • 86% Recycled Polyamide, 14% Elastane, PFAS(PFC)-Free Nikwax DWR
  • Bluesign, OEKO TEX & GRS certification
  • RDS Certified Down
  • Colours: Electric blue, habanero, true black (men & women)
  • Sizes: 
  • Men: S-XXXL
  • Women: XS-XXL
  • RRP: € 400