Haglöfs Intense Zip Top

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Manufacturer Description

A lightweight zip-t for intense activities.


  • Next-to-skin comfort with a soft touch
  • Extra long zip for ventilation – 28 cm (11 in)
  • Flatlock seams for maximum comfort against the skin
  • Odor resistant through Polygiene technology
  • High wicking action
  • Reflective print
  • Laminated pocket on sleeve – 17 cm tall x 10 cm wide (6.7 in x 3.9 in)
  • 100% 128 g/m2 Recycled Polyester, Bluesign
  • UPF 50+
  • Measured size medium
    • Weight – 192 g (6.8 oz)
    • Pit to pit – 53 cm (20.9 in)
    • Center back – 73 cm (28.7 in)
    • Sleeve length – 89.1 cm (35.1 in)
  • Retail – $93 (?)

YMMV Review

Haglöfs is a Swedish Company that has been making equipment and clothing since 1914. Many people in the US probably have not heard of them, but they are the largest supplier of outdoor equipment to the Nordic region of Europe. I started to notice Haglöfs years ago watching documentaries about climbing in the Himalaya. Many of the European climbers were wearing Haglöfs clothing, which led me to look them up. Currently, there are very few retailers in the US selling Haglöfs but there are plenty overseas, and I would recommend checking them out. They now make over 500 different products and can entirely outfit someone for a trip with their broad range.  Their gear has a European style and fit while being made at very high standards. After some work, I was able to set up a test of the Intense Zip Top.

Front View of Top


This top is part of Haglöfs Intense Collection. I used it mainly on runs but also as a baselayer for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. I layered it over thin short sleeve baselayer tops on occasion as well.

Design ★★★½☆

Appearance (30%) ★★★★☆

Construction (40%) ★★½☆☆

Sustainability (10%) ★★★★★

Weight (20%) ★★★☆☆

The Haglöfs Intense Zip Top first off, has striking colors. Both colors available are a mix of blue and greens which I think are awesome. The Intense Zip Top is part of the Intense Series made for high-output activities. It is made of 100% recycled polyester. This polyester is 128 g/m2which is lightweight and thin. It has a high wicking action to pull moisture off the skin and evaporate it into the environment. This top is very low bulk. All the seams are flat locked and placed in strategic locations. There are no seams on top of the shoulders, for example, for optimum comfort when wearing a pack. The armpit is also gusseted to give unrestricted movement and a seam-free underarm. On the left arm, there is a laminated zipper pocket. The pocket is laminated to reduce the bulk and eliminate seams. One thing that is missing here is an audio cord port. I was surprised that this pocket did not have this feature built in. Around the cuffs, there is low bulk elastic to keep the sleeves tight and still provide easy in and out. Just as I was surprised by the lack of audio port, there are no thumbhole loops in the sleeves which have become almost standard in most lost sleeve tops I have seen lately.

Back View of Top

The top has a 28 cm (11 in) long front zip for better temperature regulation. All the print on the top is reflective to give the user comfort that they will be seen at night. The polyester fabric carries with it a UPF 50+ rating which is the highest rating given to clothing for sun protection. It has also been treated with Polygiene technology to reduce odor. Polygiene is an Anti-Odor treatment that focuses on inhibiting the growth of bacteria and related odors. This helps prevent odors rather than just masking them. This also allows the top to be washed less often promoting less energy use and longer fabric life.

The Intense Zip Top is made of 100% recycled materials. It is even a bluesign product. Bluesign is a voluntary initiative for textile manufacturers to improve their production to the highest environmental standard available. Haglöfs as a company is doing a lot of initiatives to be as green and sustainable as possible. Over 35% of their fabrics used are recyclable, and their chemical treatments are free of many harmful chemicals. They also work hard to design products that will have a long life cycle.

Fit ★★★½☆

Arm Length (20%) ★★★★☆

Comfort Next to Skin (20%) ★★★½☆

Cuff (10%) ★★★☆☆

Ease of Movement (30%) ★★★½☆

Torso Sizing (20%) ★★★½☆

The Haglöfs Intense Zip Top can best be described as trim fitting. There is only a slight bit of room under the shirt for me. The arms are nice and long. On some of my cold weather runs I would pull the cuffs down to around the base of my thumbs for warmth. Since there are not any thumb loops, this was the best I could do. The elastic cuffs do a good job keeping them securely in place. There are no grippers or bungee cords at the bottom hem. It is able to just hang down . I found that the top was a good length and did not have any issues where I felt like it needed a gripper or bungee cord at the bottom. The neck is also sized well and did not feel overly tall or tight. Some shirts I have tested either have too tall of a neck or it is not sized well. This top can actually be worn comfortably zipped up fully for me which is rare. The top of the zipper has a zipper garage for comfort.

Wrist Cuff Pull Down over Part of Thumb

The front zip is a good length to amply let out heat. I tended to use it more on day I layered a lightweight baselayer underneath. The top has an excellent range of motion. I never felt restricted when wearing this top. The underarm panels make it easy to lift your arms and the stretch in the fabric also helped. The fabric seems to have a bit more horizontal stretch as compared to vertical stretch. I only noticed this while playing with in between my fingers. I did not notice any differences when wearing the top. The polyester fabric is also very comfortable against the skin. It is very lightweight and soft making it comfortable.  The flat locked seams never gave me any issues. I wore this top with hydration packs a couple of times and had no chafing issues at all. The lack of seams on the shoulders is a definite plus.

Performance ★★★☆☆

Breathability (20%) ★★★☆☆

Drying Speed (15%) ★★½☆☆

Durability (20%) ★★★☆☆

Moisture Transport (20%) ★★★☆☆

Versatility (20%) ★★★½☆

Wind Resistance (5%) ★★½☆☆

The Intense Zip Top was great as a running top.

Left Arm Sleeve Pocket

It takes a little of the chill off on colder days. It breathes well and let the wind through as I expected. When I did break a sweat, the fabric would pull moisture from my skin well and spread it out over the face of the garment. I feel like the top dried as expected when it did get wet with sweat. I was not overly impressed or under whelmed by this process. The top does seem to be very durable. With other flat lock seams they have a tendency to get an occasional thread pull or fuzz around them from abrasion. These seams are tight and still look brand new even after wearing and washing a bunch of times. The pocket on the left arm is good for light weight items or heavier stuff during less bouncy activities. When running I could not put anything with too much weight in there, or it would be really bouncy. Small iPods or gels are the most I would recommend for running.

Overall ★★★½☆

Overall, I would definitely recommend this top. It can be used for a wide variety of activities and fits really well. It is a trimmer fitting garment which is one of the reasons I like it. Furthermore, the colors are bright but not overly so, which gives it a great look. I like to wear it as casual wear from time to time as well. The top has many of the performance features you expect from a top and is even made of 100% recycled materials. I do wish it had thumb loops and audio port in the sleeve pocket. Except for those missing features, the top is great, and I am impressed by my first experience with Haglöfs. Stay tuned as I have a softshell jacket to review as well: the Bioga Hood. Haglöfs may be difficult to get your hands on, but I know this top will not disappoint. As always, your mileage may vary.

Up Close of the Seams


  • 100% Recycled polyester
  • Looks cool
  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Flat locked seams strategically placed
  • Trim fitting with good torso & arm length


  • Tough to get in the US
  • No thumb loops
  • No audio port in left sleeve pocket


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About the Author

I am an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, hiker, climber, skier and many other activities that would make this list too long. I started Your Mileage May Vary Reviews in Early 2011 to combine two of my passions: sports and gear.

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