- Water Resistant
- Fully Adjustable Hood
- Double-Separating Front Zipper
- Internal Front Zip Stormflap
- Zippered Napoleon Pocket
- Two Zippered Hand Pockets
- Left Hand Pocket Doubles as Stuff Sack
- Stretch Binding at Cuffs
- Drawcord Hem
Fit: Standard Fit
Fabric GORE® WINDSTOPPER® 2L, 100% nylon, 100% nylon 30D lining // PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Eco 60g
Avg. Weight (oz./g): 18.3oz / 518g (L)
- Wind, wind go away! (Review by Nick)
When standing on a cold and breezy ridge, you will soon realize how beneficial this jacket can truly be. Although initially I was concerned about the amount of insulation that this jacket provided, it was determined to work rather well during athletic activities into the mid teens. I was in need of a synthetic mid layer and looked initially at the Neoplume jacket as it has the same weight of Primaloft as this jacket does. While only weighing in 4oz heavier, to include the Gore Windstopper layer, a hood, and two way zipper, it was worth the decision to go this route. Other features of interest is the stow away pocket that the jacket zips into for easy packing, internal chest pocket with a media port for your headphones. and the no fuss elastic cuffs which move with you naturally.
At 5”10 and around 180lbs, a medium has more of an athletic feel, yet not too tight to restrict any movement. The internal fabric is soft to the touch and when you are dry allows you to slip your arms into the sleeves very easily. Since this fabric is not stitched to the jacket in many locations, if you have any moisture on you when you are removing it, you will find some minor difficulty with the sleeves...only a minor annoyance. With the Gore layer, the jacket doesn't seem to breathe very well, as I found the need to dump heat from time to time, but the two-way zipper helped with this issue. In light drizzle, this jacket will keep the weather beading off your sleeves, yet anything more and it tends to wet out quickly, so keep a shell handy if you feel you will find the wet weather. The hand pockets are in a great location for everything other than having a pack with hip straps on as they tended to dig in slightly with a pack on. This may differ depending on your body type.
Overall, a great lightweight, warm, and wind resistant jacket that will keep the elements out and keep you looking food out on the town, or even waiting for a city bus. Buy with confidence!
(Posted on 8/3/14)
- Great light weight parka (Review by skiology)
This is a great everyday go to jacket. I bought it as a light weight piece of insulation for ski touring or day long alpine climbs that would take up minimal space in pack when not in use. Great to have for transitions, lunch breaks, and belays. While light weight its fairly warm, especially with the hood on. Windstopper materials does a good job of cutting bitting winds and even has a bit of rain resistance so I'll use this around town on those 40F light showery days. I also like that the main zipper can be unzipped from the bottom, making it easier to belay, find things items on a harness' gear loops, or just be out of the way when nature calls.
Complaints: not a whole lot but here it goes: 1) Inner lining on the sleeves get dragged out every time put my arms through - don't even bother trying to put it on with gloves - no matter how thin they are. That's the biggest complaint. 2) It would be great to have a light weight mesh pocket on the inside to stuff things like gloves, bennies, etc you need to take off for a moment but don't want getting wet or snowy; 3) this is picky, but I would prefer the two hand pockets to be slightly higher on the jacket because my backpack hipbelts overlap a little and I can feel about an inch of the zipper length pushing into my hip when I really cinch the belt down. This is minor though and definitely not as bad as other jackets out there.
All and all a great light weight insulated parka that works.
(Posted on 2/19/14)
- Warm, good measurements (Review by Sam)
I was looking for an insulated, hooded jacket to use skiing or walking around town on cold, clear days. I was a little hesitant about the Primaloft Eco, which isn't as warm as One, but I honestly couldn't tell much of a difference between the two. I'd attribute this to the Windstopper construction, which is really noticeable.
I compared the Havoc to Black Diamond's Stance Belay Hoody and the Arc'teryx Nuclei jacket. The Stance Belay, which I bought first, uses Primaloft One but it's outer shell feels much less durable than the Havoc's, which was a big drawback to the Stance Belay. The Nuclei, while probably great for weight weenies, felt almost too light and fragile on its own. I had visions of tearing the fabric while not protected with a hardshell. The Havoc, essentially, is a nice compromise of both insulation, weight, and durability.
I'm 6'3" with a slim build and wanted something with an athletic fit, so I went with the medium. Though listed as a standard cut, the Havoc fits trim around the midsection and armpits--usually a problem area for tall guys who buy mediums--and has good sleeve length. In fact, the sleeve length of the Stance Belay was another reason I returned the jacket in favor of the Havoc.
As far as weather-resistance, I wouldn't wear the Havoc in anything more than a drizzle. The shell wets-out after a few minutes, but it does do a terrific job blocking cool breezes, which almost certainly contributes to its overall warmth despite using Eco over One. I wore this skiing in late December beneath a hardshell and ended up sweating in 20-25* weather (if that counts for anything). Lastly, I really like the handwarmer pockets and the fleece-lined collar -- thoughtful additions. So far, my only "want" is for a helmet-compatible hood, though my helmet is generally warm enough and negates having to cover my head with anything further.
(Posted on 12/29/13)
- update to my last review (Review by Clayton)
Yesterday we skied at Keystone with 0 degree F temps and -20 F wind chill. Wearing a wicking long sleeve (power-dry) under the radiant hoody with the transcendent vest and the havoc jacket, I couldn't have been more comfortable! Awesome layering system!!
(Posted on 12/9/13)
- awesome synthetic puffy (Review by Clayton)
I'm very happy with this purchase. I bought it to replace an old montbell thermawrap as my main all-around synthetic puffy for rock climbing, resort skiing & backcountry skiing. It's definitely a bit warmer and beefier, without feeling much heavier. The windstopper is really nice and the fit is great for me (average height & weight). Seems like a durable layer that should hold up well. I got the orange which isn't exactly the color that I see on my computer from the product shot (my fiancée makes fun of me calling it the highlighter but I still like it). For really cold temps you would want layers underneath but nothing this weight is going to work for frigid temps.
(Posted on 12/4/13)