Hiking come hell or high water in Haglofs’ excellent Grym Evo jacket, a waterproof marvel that’s proven to be well worth its £310 price tag.
Product description: “A tough and technical jacket. This 3-layer shell jacket boasts all of the features you need when you’re deep in the wildest bits of wilderness you can find.”
Haglofs Grym Evo Jacket review
Storm trooping: I’m just going to say it – Haglof’s Grym Evo is the best all-rounder waterproof jacket I’ve tested so far. Welded seams and fluorocarbon free DWR technology keep rain out reliably, even when you’re outdoors for hour after hour in a serious downpour. The jacket is comfortable, flexible and fits beautifully. And it’s breathable even on fast-paced hikes due to well-placed pit zips.
At 515g, this three-layered jacket isn’t really light or packable enough to work for fast-paced trail runs or warm summer showers, but that’s not what it’s for – it’s here to fight the worst weather you can chuck at it. I’ve worn mine in torrential rain and strong winds and stayed cosy and bone dry, and that extra weight and warmth from the thicker three layer material means the Grym Evo will work for winter hikes in the mountains and for snowsports (there’s also a built-in RECCO reflector, ideal if you’re heading into wild places).
The fit is perfect – the jacket has a flexible articulated cut with a nice longer length to keep your torso dry. The Grym Evo feels slim and streamlined to wear but still moves with you. The hood fits brilliantly and stays put, with a reinforced peak to keep rain well away from your eyes. The zipped chest pocket will keep a phone dry, and the two hip pockets are useful for other bits and pieces (but only snap shut, and therefore aren’t fully waterproof).
And last but definitely not least, the jacket is made with 100% recycled materials, so you can make an eco conscious choice as well as staying dry.
Verdict: Tough and technical by name and nature, the Haglofs Grym Evo is a fantastic, hardworking waterproof that’s well worth the money. If you work or play outdoors in any weather, the Grym Evo will do you proud. After something lighter or a bit cheaper? I also rate the lightweight (210g) and easily packable Haglofs LIM jacket, £112.