Aimed at the more adventurous skier, Alf puts the Haglofs Spitz jacket through its paces in our latest gear review.

PRICE: £380

WEBSITE: Haglofs

WHAT THEY SAY: "Already a classic - and continually updated as the requirements of climbers also develop. The Spitz jacket is built with ergonomics and equipment in mind. It's made to fit the form, designed to accommodate what the wearer is carrying, and reinforced to provide extra durability. Added to this, we use 3L GORE-TEX® Pro material in its construction, so the garment is hardy enough to withstand really tough conditions."

WHAT ALF SAYS: The Haglofs Spitz is a direct competitor for the Black Diamond Helio, aimed squarely at more adventurous skiers looking to give their gear lots of stick whilst at the same time wanting it to be lightweight and easily packable.

Weighing in at 490g, the Spitz uses three-layer GORE-TEX Pro fabric with reinforced shoulder, sleeve, back and hip sections which will deal in particular with the kind of stresses placed on them by constant use of a rucksack. It also has a shorter length – which I actually quite liked – to prevent interference with a climbing harness.

The three-way adjustable hood has a laminated peak and is helmet compatible, and the high collar comes with a microfleece chin guard. Below this are two large zipped chest pockets along with a useful internal mesh stash pocket with integrated zipped security pocket. In addition there’s a zipped lift pass pocket on the left sleeve.

Pit zips and adjustable cuffs and hem round off the Spitz, which is a great looking jacket that I’d happily wear year-round in the mountains. Just one thing to look out for – I wore a ‘Large’ size Spitz on test, which is my normal size, and found it just a bit snug around the chest when I had a number of layers underneath (which will be necessary in cold conditions as tit offers no real insulation), so you may need to look at going up a size. Other than that, a great jacket.

FOR: Great looks, bomb-proof build

AGAINST: Not really a problem, but you may need to go up a size

Alf Alderson is an award-winning freelance ski journalist who will be working on gear reviews throughout the 2016/17 season for the Ski Club of Great Britain.