The big news in waterproof fabric this autumn is the release of Gore-Tex Active Shell, which is signalled as being WL Gore’s most breathable waterproof fabric. Haglöfs is featuring the fabric in its new Endo jacket, which looks set to challenge the dominance of the brand’s popular Oz and Ozo jackets
Gore-Tex Active Shell is a 3-layer fabric that’s extremely breathable, but it also it manages to control condensation really well when it does appear. It’s also very thin and soft, so it feels great on.
Gore-Tex Active Shell is also very lightweight, so you won’t mind packing the 310g of a men’s size L Endo into your rucksack.
The Haglöfs Endo is more of a fast and light jacket owing to the simple design and the relatively close fit, which hugs the body more than others here. Rather than a pair of massive pockets, you get just one small chest pocket, which is okay for stashing a GPS receiver, phone or compass in, but not a lot else.
The front zip has no external stormflap but you do get an internal baffle with a gutter design to funnel away any water that gets through the zip.
There’s a neat, soft chinguard to prevent the zip from catching your skin, and thumbloops at the cuffs give a closer fit and stop the sleeves riding up.
The Haglöfs Endo jacket’s hood has a large, unstiffened peak and a volume adjuster cord at the back. But the peak cannot be remoulded to a smooth curve as there is no wire stiffening to shape it. So, while the hood fit and movement are good, a wired peak would allow you to see better in a storm.
Weight 310g (men’s L)
Fabric 3-layer Gore-Tex Active Shell
Men’s sizes XS-XL
Women’s sizes XS-L
External pockets 1
Wired hood no
Contact (01539) 822595; www.haglofs.se
Gore’s Active Shell is a great fabric, but I’m not sure the Haglöfs Endo jacket is the best use of it – unless you like the small pocket and unstiffened hood peak.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2011