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Norrona Lofoten Hiloflex200 Review

This is a unique softshell jacket that includes a facemask that some skiers or climbers might find useful
Norrona Lofoten Hiloflex200
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Price:  $170 List
Pros:  Warm, wind resistant
Cons:  Awkward hood design, poor breathability
Manufacturer:   Norrona
By Ryan Huetter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 6, 2021
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RANKED
#11 of 11
  • Weather Protection - 30% 6
  • Breathability - 30% 6
  • Mobility - 25% 7
  • Weight - 10% 7
  • Versatility - 5% 4

Our Verdict

The Norrona Lofoten Hiloflex200 takes a tried and true softshell design (a fleece-backed midweight coat with a durable exterior finish) and adds some unique new features. These additions make it useful for specific users but likely annoying for most others. The jacket itself is an average performer, warmer and more comfortable than many thanks to the soft inner fleece, though it does not breathe especially well. Where we have issues is the execution of the integrated hood design, something climbers who like their hoods under helmets will appreciate, but most others will find to be over-thought and uncomfortable to use.

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Pros Warm, wind resistantGreat mobility, highly breathable, well-fittedInexpensive, great breathability, stretchyIncredibly light, very mobileSuperlight, wind protection, packable
Cons Awkward hood design, poor breathabilityOnly one hood adjustment, average weightLimited weather protectionLimited weather protection, few featuresNot durable, minimal wet weather protection
Bottom Line This is a unique softshell jacket that includes a facemask that some skiers or climbers might find usefulThis stretchy and mobile jacket is great for climbing and skiing thanks to its above-average breathabilityFor summertime rock climbing where cool winds and rough surfaces are expectedThis is one of the lightest softshells out there, perfect for cool windy days at the cragThis is the lightest softshell jacket we have tested, and it is a great choice for active sports
Rating Categories Norrona Lofoten Hil... Marmot ROM 2.0 Ferrosi Hooded Rab Borealis Kor Preshell Hoody
Weather Protection (30%)
6.0
8.0
3.0
5.0
2.0
Breathability (30%)
6.0
8.0
10.0
8.0
10.0
Mobility (25%)
7.0
9.0
10.0
9.0
8.0
Weight (10%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
10.0
Versatility (5%)
4.0
7.0
4.0
5.0
3.0
Specs Norrona Lofoten Hil... Marmot ROM 2.0 Ferrosi Hooded Rab Borealis Kor Preshell Hoody
Measured Weight (size medium) 17.6oz 17.1oz 13oz 10.5oz 4.5oz
Material 92% recycled polyester, 8% elastane 92% nylon, 8% elastane Body/hood: 86% nylon, 14% spandex 90D stretch woven ripstop
Shoulders/lower sleeves: Cordura 91% nylon, 9% spandex 120D stretch woven
Lightweight Matrix single weave with 2-way stretch and DWR Pertex Quantum Air 20D stretch ripstop nylon
Type Active Technical Active Technical Technical
Lined/Insulated? Fleece backing No No No No
Hood? Yes Yes Yes, adjustable Yes, under helmet with lycra binding Yes, non-adjustable
Number of Pockets (zippered unless otherwise noted) 2 hand, zippered chest 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, 1 zippered 3 (2 handwarmer, 1 chest) 2 (external chest) 2 handwarmer
Adjustable Cuffs? No Yes, Velcro Elastic cuffs Lycra cuffs Elastic cuffs
Available Sizes S - L S - XXL S - XXL S - XXL S - XXL

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Hiloflex200 is a decent softshell jacket that performed adequately in most of our review metrics but did not stand out in a way that made it rise above the others. For certain applications, such as climbing in windy conditions, the integrated facemask may be a benefit, but more than likely, you'll find it an annoyance.

Performance Comparison


A specialized layer for face protection in the wind, the Lofoten...
A specialized layer for face protection in the wind, the Lofoten Hiloflex200 did its job on a chilly day.
Photo: Steve Mace

Weather Protection


The Lofoten Hiloflex200 uses a woven polyester/elastane blend to comprise the outer shell. This heavier weight material adequately blocks wind and snow, though it was not tight enough to offer much protection from wetter precipitation. The inner recycled fleece backing aids in warmth, making this a more favorable jacket for cooler weather. The elastic thumb loops help keep the jacket cuffs in place, though the cuffs felt too tight to slip over gloves. We had to wear gloves over the cuffs, which does not offer as much weather protection. The hood is only useful if you plan on wearing it underneath a helmet. It is not made of weather-resistant material and is more like a sewn-on balaclava.

This outer layer beads off water far less effectively than others...
This outer layer beads off water far less effectively than others, and wetted out faster than we would have hoped.
Photo: Ryan Huetter

Breathability


This jacket performed slightly below average when we considered breathability. It uses a fleece backing, which makes it warm, but it also felt like it trapped perspiration when on steady uphill climbs. The fibers do not easily dry out, which caused us to feel cool and uncomfortable after stopping. This softshell would be a more appropriate choice for someone recreating in cooler weather who will benefit from the added warmth and wind protection that the fleece offers and who does not expect to be exerting as much.

This fleecy inner layer is warm, but it did trap excess moisture.
This fleecy inner layer is warm, but it did trap excess moisture.
Photo: Ryan Huetter

Mobility


The Hiloflex200 is reasonably mobile, with stretchy fabric and a trim fit. We found it to respond well to the demands of climbing, skiing, and hiking. The thumb loops are a benefit to climbers who plan to do a lot of overhead reaching.

Ski touring in cold temps felt like a place the Lofoten could shine.
Ski touring in cold temps felt like a place the Lofoten could shine.
Photo: Steve Mace

Weight


This jacket had a verified weight of 17.6 ounces. This puts it on the heavier end of the spectrum, but that is only due to the extremely lightweight nature of some of the other jackets our review. At barely over a pound this weight is fine, and for those looking for a warmer softshell, a couple of extra ounces for the fleece backing will seem worth it.

Checking the weight on the Lofoten
Checking the weight on the Lofoten
Photo: Ryan Huetter

Versatility


Versatility was a metric we could not give this jacket high scores because of how awkward the facemask/hood combo is to use, how it is really only meant to be worn under a helmet, and how it does not offer any wet weather protection. One of the things we had an issue with was deploying the facemask when already wearing the hood.

Comfortable thumb loops are a nice feature and help keep the cuffs...
Comfortable thumb loops are a nice feature and help keep the cuffs in place.
Photo: Ryan Huetter

Value


The Lofoten Hiloflex200 is a reasonably priced softshell when judged against the retail prices of other jackets we reviewed, though it is a very niche jacket that is more of a specialized tool than a do-it-all performer.

Conclusion


If you prefer to wear your hood underneath a climbing or ski helmet, and you often like to wear a facemask or balaclava for wind protection, then this jacket might be the right call for you. But if you don't need such a niche feature and value breathability and water resistance, you may want to look elsewhere.

For those who want to wear the hood under a helmet, you're in luck.
For those who want to wear the hood under a helmet, you're in luck.
Photo: Ryan Huetter

Ryan Huetter