Haglöfs Endo (2012)

The Endo is part of Haglöfs’ Intense Series, which is designed for ‘high pulse’ activities such as biking and more specifically running, and to that end the jacket is minimalist to keep the weight down. The material is Gore Active Shell, the current popular and well-proven lightweight and breathable version of Gore-Tex. The fit is closer than others, which is ideal for running and biking, while the thumb loops in the cuffs provide a good weather-resistant barrier. The back is scooped slightly to protect the bum a little more, while freedom of movement in the sleeves is exceptionally good, especially considering the closeness of fit of the jacket. The Haglöfs Endo has just one pocket, but that is enough for biking and running as it can be used for a folded map, compass or GPS. The hood on the Endo fits well and moves well with the head, but it has a large unstiffened peak, so it cannot be reshaped when deformed by packing or the wind. Also it has not been designed to be rolled down and secured at the collar, so you have to stuff it inside the collar to prevent it flapping about in the wind between showers.

Weight 318g (men’s L)
Fabric Gore-Tex Active Shell
Lining none
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes XS-XL (Endo Q)
External pockets 1
Roll down hood no
Side/pit vents no
Website www.haglofs.com/en-us

 

Verdict
The Haglöfs Endo’s fabric and design of the body and sleeves are ideal for running, biking and fast and light hiking, but the hood could be better for all these activities.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2012