Outerwear meets streetwear with Hansen's Lifaloft hybrid jacket, but how did it fare in our review?
This jacket was apparently four years in development and is designed not just as a ski jacket/layering piece but it can also be used as an urban garment too. It features insulation comprised of 75 per cent Lifa fibres and 25 per cent synthetic fibres to give a less bulky construction along with 20 per cent less weight than standard polyester alternatives.
At the same time, the Hybrid Insulator is warmer thanks to an increased number of microscopic air pockets that capture and retain heat, and it also has a lower water and carbon foot print in the manufacturing process than many other jackets.
The shiny quilt design may be a ‘love it or loathe it’ feature, although we think it looks pretty stylish, and features are minimal: two handwarmer pockets, two inner stash pockets and elasticated cuffs, so it’s undoubtedly more of a layering piece than a stand-alone ski jacket. If you’re after low weight and bulk and high warmth, this insulator is worth checking out.
FOR Minimalist in every sense of the word
AGAINST Minimalist in every sense of the word