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Pros: 7.2 ounces, very comfortable, fits in your pocket.
Cons: Non-adjustable waist and wrist closures, half-length zip reduces ventilation.
Best Uses: Fast and light anything.
The Haglofs Gram Comp Pull is the second lightest hardshell we've tested. It uses a highly breathable Gore-Tex Active membrane and a thin face fabric that is both durable and comfortable. This jacket excels at backpacking, climbing, and any application where saving weight is important. Though it performs very well in our tests, and scores very highly overall, several other shells have features, such as full-length zippers, waist drawcords, and larger pockets, that increase function and versatility. However, if saving weight is your #1 priority the Gram Comp Pull likely the best available option.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The Haglofs Gram Comp Pull is the lightest Gore Active Shell jacket on the planet. It provides waterproof, windproof and highly breathable protection for only 7.2 ounces!! That's roughly 10 ounces less than the average fully featured hardshell we've tested!! This jacket is a study of minimalism. Simple and light.
The Mountain Hardwear Blazar weighs 0.2 ounces less than the Gram Comp Pull (that's the equivalent of two United States pennies) and is the lightest three-layer waterproof breathable jacket we know of.
The Gram Comp Pull is about as breathable as any hardshell gets. Unfortunately, it does not have a full length zipper, so you can't ventilate it as well as jackets with that feature. Some of testers find this to be a large drawback and others don't. Ultimately, it comes down to the temperature you plan to use the jacket in. A full-length zipper is better for warmer temperatures. Regardless, the material is highly breathable. So much so that this could be one of the best waterproof jackets available for running.
It's important to wash any hardshell regularly and reapply DWR to maintain breathability. See the video at the bottom of this page for wash instructions.
The jacket has a ˝ length zipper, a single and relatively small chest pocket, a smallish helmet compatible hood, and elasticized closures at the wrists and waist. The hood uses a single closure that runs on the exterior of the hood. Despite looking rather meager we've been impressed with its comfort and function.
The jacket has proven to be very durable, especially considering its weight. We tested this side-by-side with the Mountain Hardwear Blazar, Patagonia M10, and Arc'teryx Alpha FL, and found it to be much more durable than the Blazar, but not quite as durable as the Alpha FL and M10. However, we have yet to put the jacket through long-term tests. It scores relatively low for durability in our ratings not because it's fragile, but because we compare it to some bombproof expedition shells that weigh four times as much. Thus far, we have been impressed with the Gram Comp Pull's durability; it shows few signs of wear despite several hundred miles of hiking, heinous bushwacking, dozens of pitches of climbing, and a significant amount of backcountry skiing.
If durability is a top concern we suggest the Arc'teryx Alpha SV.
A full-length zipper would make the jacket better for hiking in warmer temperatures and, therefore, more versatile. We would also prefer adjustable closure at the wrist and waist. All of these features are possible without significant weight gain—even the 4.9 oz. ZPacks Waterproof Breathable Cuben Fiber Rain Jacket has them!!
Making the chest pocket larger would also be better for storing gloves, energy bars, a camera, and other small goodies.
The jacket feels so soft and so light it's almost like wearing a wind jacket. It's remarkably comfortable. The extra long back section helps to keep it tucked into a harness or a backpack's waist belt, which is very nice.
The Haglofs Gram Comp Pull is one of highest rated hardshells. It offers phenomenal performance for a wide variety of activities, particularly those in cold weather.
Backpacking, alpine climbing, ski mountaineering, running.
The Gram Comp Pull is not yet widely available in the US market. Retailers that carry it often do so at a price above similarly performing jackets.
The Gram Q and Gram Q - Women's, $400, are gore-tex three layer jackets with a hood, articulated sleeves, and reflective detailing.
— Chris McNamara and Max Neale
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