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Haglofs Torsang Parka Review

The Torsang is an insulated rain jacket. With expectations aligned, it is a worthy choice for wet and cool places, but it's not the best for all around winter use
Haglofs Torsang Parka
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Price:  $510 List
Pros:  Excellent water repellency, comfortable, quiet fabrics throughout
Cons:  Limited warmth, expensive, tight upper back, clumsy style
Manufacturer:   Haglofs
By Jediah Porter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Sep 26, 2018
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  • Warmth - 25% 5
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 9
  • Comfort - 20% 8
  • Style - 20% 5
  • Features - 10% 6
  • Durability - 5% 7

Our Verdict

The Haglofs Torsang Parka makes a great first impression. The fabrics are smooth and carefully chosen. The exterior is sleek and clean. The insulation seems warm. When we put it to use, we found limitations. On the plus side, the exterior is fully waterproof, which is excellent in wet weather. But it's just not a very warm jacket. The fit is also a little funny, and the look doesn't excite any of our testers. For the price, other jackets are just as weather resistant while offering superior warmth, comfort, or style.

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Pros Excellent water repellency, comfortable, quiet fabrics throughoutDurable, clean looking, warm, weather resistantWarm, weather resistant, very stylishFashionable, warm, weatherproofWarm, long hem, comfortable hood, great features
Cons Limited warmth, expensive, tight upper back, clumsy style“Crinkly” shell fabricLight on featuresExpensive, controversial hoodBulky, faux fur hood is polarizing
Bottom Line In moderate winter temperatures and wet climates, the Haglofs Torsang is right at homeCrème de la crème of winter coats, this model outperformed the others overallA stylish long-hemmed parka with excellent warmth and weather resistanceA good choice for staying warm and looking good, but you'll have to fork over a hefty chunk of cashExtreme cold weather protection with a relatively affordable price tag
Rating Categories Haglofs Torsang Parka Arc'teryx Camosun Parka Arc'teryx Thorsen Parka Patagonia Frozen Range McMurdo Down Parka
Warmth (25%)
5
7
8
8
9
Weather Resistance (20%)
9
9
9
8
6
Comfort (20%)
8
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Style (20%)
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Features (10%)
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5
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8
Durability (5%)
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Specs Haglofs Torsang... Arc'teryx Camosun... Arc'teryx Thorsen... Patagonia Frozen... McMurdo Down Parka
Down Fill Power 60g Synthetic 750 750 700 550
Total Weight (pounds) 2.05 lb 2.14 lb 2.44 lb 2.76 lb 3.55 lb
Pockets 5 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, double front) 2 zippered hand, 1 internal security 2 hand zip, 1 internal zip 2 zippered handwarmer, 1 external zippered chest, 1 interior drop-in 2 chest height, zippered handwarmers, 2 exterior top-entry Velcro flap pockets, 1 sleeve, 1 interior media pocket, and 2 side-entry waist handwarmers
Hood Yes Yes (removable) Yes Yes Yes (removable)
Hood Adjustments Adjustable 3 adjustable drawcords 3 adjustable drawcords One rear drawcord Rear drawcord
Baffle Type Fleece & synthetic liner Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric Interior baffles Interior baffles Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric
Main Fabric 95% nylon, 5% polyester N150p-x Gore-Tex 2L 2L Gore-Tex Shell: 4 oz 75-denier 100% recycled polyester Gore-Tex 2L, Lining: 100% recycled polyester ripstop with DWR finish DryVent 2L 100% nylon

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Torsang Parka from Haglofs is a fully waterproof shell, insulated by a combination of pile and synthetic puff fill. The fit is trim, and the construction is well executed. The materials are well-chosen for their texture and protective nature. Overall, though, we wish it were more tailored both in fit and in form. Its overall cut is "tubular," and the jacket is strangely tight across the most even the most subtly athletic backs.

Performance Comparison


As winter jackets go, the Torsang isn't anything special. It is perhaps better thought of as an insulated rain jacket for around town. If we were testing it for that use, it would likely fare better in our scores.

In cool, wet weather, the Torsang parka excels. In colder...
In cool, wet weather, the Torsang parka excels. In colder conditions, there are better options available.
Photo: Rosie De Lise

Warmth


The insulation value of the synthetic fill and fleece liner is minimal but useful. In wet and cool climates, this jacket protects well. It is fully shelled and synthetically insulated, with a smooth and simple in outward appearance. Much of the USA hovers around the freezing point all winter long. At this temperature, precipitation is wet, and the air is raw. With a light sweater beneath, the Torsang's insulation is just right for these conditions. All that said, we tested many jackets warmer than this one.

The high collar is protective, but the hood is relatively small.
The high collar is protective, but the hood is relatively small.
Photo: Rosie De Lise

Weather Resistance


The Torsang excels at weather resistance. Taped seams and waterproof gasket zippers complement the waterproof/breathable fabric. The result is solid protection that's right in line with the best sort of waterproof gear.

The one chink in the jacket's protective armor is its hood. After years of reviewing sports-specific clothing alongside everyday wear, we've come to appreciate hoods that fit over helmets. Even when you're not wearing a helmet, these bigger hoods offer greater protection. You can make a big hood smaller with clever cordage, but you can't make a small hood bigger.

The hood protects well enough, but we've become spoiled by larger...
The hood protects well enough, but we've become spoiled by larger versions that can be cinched down close in all ways.
Photo: Rosie De Lise

Comfort


The Torsang has two comfort stories. First, the good news: The jacket's fabric and textile selection is spot on. There are many types of fabrics employed, and things are stretchy, soft, smooth, and quiet in all the right places.

The upper torso is lined with high-loft fleece and the rest (hem and...
The upper torso is lined with high-loft fleece and the rest (hem and sleeves) is lined with nylon as fine and light as the fabric lining a nice suit jacket.
Photo: Rosie De Lise

On the other hand, the Torsang's fit is a bit clumsy. Our size medium, average build lead tester found the upper back section of the Torsang quite confining. It's as if there is a tight band connecting his armpits across the back. The sleeves are plenty long, and the waist fits as it should, but this major tailoring issue is quite distracting. Other testers experienced a similar proportion issue.

Haglofs equips the Torsang with soft inner cuffs and velcroed outer.
Haglofs equips the Torsang with soft inner cuffs and velcroed outer.
Photo: Rosie De Lise

Features


Dual-layered cuffs, high and low handwarmer pockets, and one interior pocket round out a simple feature set. The cuffs feature velcro outer closures with stretchy, soft, lycra-like inner cuffs. The upper handwarmer pockets are lined with fleece, but otherwise uninsulated.

The lower set of handwarmer pockets is lined with really soft nylon and insulated on both sides. The extra insulation is a special treat. It means that your hands are well-protected and that you can leave the pocket unzipped without exposing your digits to a draft. Constructing handwarmer pockets this way is more expensive, but worth the effort. A few other jackets use this tactic, notably, Editors' Choice' Arc'teryx Camosun.

The upper chest pockets are lined with fleece but hard to get to...
The upper chest pockets are lined with fleece but hard to get to. The openings are real far back on your torso.
Photo: Rosie De Lise

Style


The sleek construction should be quite stylish. However, the cut is decidedly rough. One tester described the look as "like a tube." For a town jacket like this, with these sleek materials, better tailoring should be easy.

Testers didn't particularly like the somewhat shapeless overall form...
Testers didn't particularly like the somewhat shapeless overall form for its less than impressive fit, comfort, and style.
Photo: Rosie De Lise

Durability


The fleece liner and waterproof outer layer should perform well for a long time. The synthetic puff insulation, however, will degrade with time. For a jacket like this, the most durable insulation is down. Fleece also holds up, but isn't warm enough for a dedicated winter jacket. Taking care of the shell fabric by washing it gently and tumble drying on medium to high will keep the exterior waterproof.

Value


This jacket is expensive. The materials are good and the wet weather function is excellent, but there are similarly priced jackets that protect as well, are warmer, and have down insulation that will last longer. We can't call this an excellent value.

To test both weather protection and warmth, our early autumn...
To test both weather protection and warmth, our early autumn protocol included Teton evening motorcycle rides. The Torsang holds up to the wind but just isn't as insulating as we'd like.
Photo: Rosie De Lise

Conclusion


As a wet weather winter jacket, this piece is in rare company. The jackets that we have tested in this subcategory are closely matched in many ways. The unifying factor is excellent water and wind repellency. Some are warmer than others. The Torsang comes out on the less insulated end of this spectrum. If you mind the fashion and fit warnings, this is a jacket worth considering.

Jediah Porter