For a year or two we’ve been spotting what look to be well-designed and well-made Haglöfs gear here and there- but it took ads for their monochrome Intense collection of riding and trail running gear for us to really set aside the time for a closer look. The Intense collection’s colors are designed to be mixed and matched- or coordinated for the ultimate in matchy-ness.
We’d love to hear from readers with first-hand experience, but the winner of the group–for those who live in wetter climates anyway–looks to be the softshell Ardent short. It’s BlueSign certified, seems to be nicely cut, and comes in colors guaranteed to chase the gloom away. We’re not aware of any US distribution, so until someone sees fit to bring the line Stateside, it’s an Internet-only proposition. Hit the jump to see our picks!