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Gear of the week | Haglöfs Vassi GTX Pro Combo

Lightweight, versatile hardshell combination

by Steffen Kruse ‚ÄĘ 03/12/2023
I have used the Haglöfs Vassi Combo on about twenty ski tours so far. I wear a size L at 185 cm and 85 kg. The suit fits perfectly, not too loose, but not too tight either. I find both the jacket and trousers very light compared to my old suit, which is why I was rather sceptical about their durability for treeruns or other tougher uses. But so far I have no complaints!

The jacket

The Haglöfs Vassi GTX Pro Jacket Men is the perfect jacket for freeriders looking for a durable and resistant outer layer. Regardless of whether it is worn in demanding terrain or has to withstand bad weather and rain. The jacket is robust, yet lightweight, well thought out and very comfortable to wear. It has a slightly longer cut, which I think is great. Haglöfs calls it a "snow skirt".

A key feature of the Vassi GTX Pro Jacket is the waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex Pro material. This material ensures that you can stay dry and comfortable under the layer in any weather. Even though it's not designed as a touring suit, I easily walked 1,000 metres without getting heat exhaustion. If you are looking for a suit that is designed more for touring, it is still better to use this outer layer.

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With its well-positioned ventilation zips, the jacket is easy to regulate. The ventilation is very easy to operate, which is not always the case with the vents under the sleeves. As the zips have been moved further towards the chest, it is not getting caught when opening and closing, even when wearing a backpack.

In terms of design, the Vassi GTX Pro Jacket is packed with useful features. The adjustable cuffs, raised collar, snow guard and drawstring at the hem keep cold air and snow out. The large, adjustable hood (helmet-compatible) protects the head and neck from wind and rain. There are also several pockets, including two chest pockets (one with a goggle cleaning cloth) and two large pockets on the "snow skirt". There is also a ski pass pocket on the left sleeve. All zips (jacket and trousers) have cuffs, which make it much easier to wear gloves.

The trousers

The Haglöfs Vassi GTX Pro Pant Men is a freeride bib (fixed bib) designed for maximum durability and robustness. The membrane is made of waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex Pro Shell material. The bib is not only designed for protection, but also for comfort. The high bib keeps me dry even on deep powder days. There are zips on the sides of the trousers to make the "big business" on the move easier. There are two pockets on the thighs and the knees are pre-shaped. The leg ends are reinforced and have edge protection. The width can be adjusted using an elasticated drawstring, as can the gaiters with elasticated flap (good for use with crampons).

Conclusion

To summarise, I can say that the Haglöfs Vassi GTX Pro is the perfect choice if you can and want to invest in a durable, robust and hard-wearing hardshell. There are various colour combinations to choose from. I find the options very colourful, but not too gaudy. With its waterproof and breathable material, robust construction, good cut and useful functions, the suit is a faithful companion on all my adventures.

Here's the jacket

Here are the trousers

Remark

I am happy to pass on some information from my feedback discussion with Haglöfs. In particular, there will be a few adjustments to the trousers for next season (23/24) in terms of cut, bib pocket for avalanche transceivers, position of knee pockets, new colour combinations, etc.

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