Haglofs has pulled out all the stops to successfully bring to the market an ultra minimalistic, packable and super lightweight trekking shell. Things don’t get much better than the 2.5-layer Proof waterproof and breathable fabric, and with no shoulder, side or inner sleeve seams to cause chafing, the jacket’s durability is increased. With one good-sized, zipped chest pocket for essentials, the exclusion of hand pockets keeps the weight down. I have been testing outdoors product for over 20 years, and this has to be one of the lightest and most versatile mountain jackets I have ever worn. What’s more, the L.I.M Proof is without doubt more than a simple trekking jacket. Stripped to bare essentials and weighing in at a mere 230g (size L) – the L.I.M part stands for ‘less is more’ – you can squash it down and stuff it into the smallest of spaces, and easily have it to hand when the elements are on the turn and you find yourself on a rainswept airport, down in the valleys or up on the fells. The jacket is constructed of a lightweight stretch waterproof fabric, so is perfect for a range of athletic pursuits, and features an elasticated hood, cuffs and hem, all offering an excellent fit and closure against the elements. Other features include a dropped rear hem and a rear hanging loop. I’m not preaching politics here, but another reason why I am particularly taken with the brand is the fact that Haglofs has taken on board a duty of care where the environment is concerned, with a sustainability policy which aims to minimise the company’s negative environmental impact by developing long-lasting products, by using a sustainable production process and by continuously increasing the proportion of recycled and Bluesign approved materials used in our products. That’s why, attached with the swing tag, is a ‘Take Care’ logo, which indicates a product which is Bluesign approved or using recycled materials. If you weren’t aware, the Bluesign standard is an environmental scheme aimed at removing any substances that are potentially hazardous to human health or the environment from the entire textile supply chain. So, to sum up, this is one great jacket for travel, trekking, cycling, scrambling, and anything else you care to throw at it. £130,

Tester: Michael Cowton